Opinion

Strategy versus tactics

March 19th, 20152 Recently various approaches to deal with the prolonged downturn in the dry bulk sector of shipping are being tried. For example, pooling is being adopted by several...

Corruption jackpot

March 16th, 20150 Although I’m no gambler I’ve always had a soft spot for Macau. The city bares no resemblance to its pre-Vegas days, say, 15 years ago, but still there’s a unique...

Growing regulatory pressures

March 12th, 20152 An annual growth rate of 2.8%. That is not a figure for a nation’s rate of GDP growth, although it might be. Nor is it a figure for a nation’s population growth,...

What Triton could learn from Somalia

March 5th, 20150 A couple of weeks ago I tweeted a link to a BBC news story on the Triton operation that has taken over from Mare Nostrum monitoring, rescuing and landing migrants...

On maritime ineptitude

December 7th, 20141 I dare say most of us know that the concept of ‘CRM’ - cockpit, or crew, resource management - is applied in three fields - aviation (where it developed), ship...

Overcapacity concerns

December 5th, 20140 So here we are at the end of another tumultuous year for shipping, one finishing with much talk of overcapacity concerns and consolidation across every segment of...

The great PMSC retreat

August 26th, 20140 When I was six, I lived with my parents in Mogadishu. It was a delightful place to be a little boy. One day a man with a big black beard and tattoos came to stay in the...

Bright spots amid the gloom

August 25th, 20140 So here we are about to mark six years since Lehman Brothers fell and shipping remains in the doldrums. I get the feeling that many speculative investors will look...

Building a shipping brand

November 20th, 20130 Over 100,000 merchant vessels carry 90% of the world’s trade, yet the shipping sector rarely gets good press. Actually, it rarely gets any press, unless something goes...

Trading places

September 11th, 20130 It was only a matter of time before Maersk EEE would lose its crown as “the biggest” container ship. Orders by China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab...
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