Opinion

Copper is still king. So is China

October 13th, 20150 The shipping industry still looks to commodities as barometers of its own future, and the global economy, generally. Copper is important in wiring and electronics. But...

The El Faro blame game begins

October 8th, 20152 It is said that the struggle to improve on safety at sea "progresses from sinking to sinking". It is likely that last week's tragic loss of the El Faro and all 33 souls...

Umbrella tactics to fight cyber crime

October 7th, 20150 A problem for a journalist attending this week’s Danish Maritime Forum is the insistence on Chatham House rules, where what is stated here in Copenhagen cannot be...

Glass half full: Clay Maitland

October 5th, 20150 Back in the day, as they say, it was a commonplace (particularly in England) that 'things have to get worse, before they get better'.Since things have gotten plenty...

Is marine reinsurance set for a crisis?

October 2nd, 20150 As many of us would remember, about 10 years ago, we learned a lesson. The world learned that repackaged mortgage loans, renamed ‘collateralised debt obligations’...

The times they are a-changin’

September 30th, 20150 Shell’s decision to abandon the Burger J project, along with its entire Arctic exploration program, comes immediately after the revelation that Volkswagen has been...

After the Lord Mayor’s show

September 17th, 20154 Shipping calendars these days are so frenzied that as soon as one event ends, a raft of others hove into view. As London International Shipping Week (LISW) completed its...

Myanmar: Headwinds or progress?

September 7th, 20150 Over the last few weeks we have seen several significant developments within Myanmar, and I thought it appropriate to give a general update regarding the oil and gas...

Beware of Chinese proverbs

August 31st, 20151 It may be due to the ubiquitous Chinese fortune cookie, but nowadays, all Chinese proverbs seem to be purpose-written for takeout purposes. The one that comes to mind...
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