This is the third edition of «The Leading Maritime Capitals», and the report was launched at Sea Asia in Singapore 25 April. This biennial report, benchmarks the 30 leading maritime city regions around the world in four maritime sectors: shipping, finance and law, technology, ports and logistics, together with an overall assessment of the cities’ attractiveness and competitiveness. Singapore is again rated as the leading maritime capital of the world, followed by Hamburg and Oslo. While the top three cities are the same as in the 2015-report, this does not imply that the power structure within the global maritime industry is unchanged. For instance, the increasing importance of China in the maritime industry is evident by the fact that Shanghai climbs from the fifth, to the fourth most important maritime capital. Hong Kong, on the other hand, is challenged as a maritime hub by other cities in the region.