Singapore: The former head of Hong Kong’s Pacific Basin and one of the best known wheeler dealers in shipping is on the cover of Maritime CEO’s first issue of 2014. Chris Buttery, chairman of Epic Gas, features alongside the ceo of the fast growing gas owner. The pair are just two of 20 shipowners interviewed in the magazine, a sister title to SinoShip.
Buttery became chairman of Epic Gas in the middle of last year – with his old Pacific Basin partner, Paul Over, also joining the board of the Singapore tanker owner.
In the cover story Buttery noted similarities of the gas market now and the bulk markets of the early 2000s when he led Pacific Basin in Hong Kong. The significant driving factor back then was bulk and the China story. For Epic, there’s now the gas and shale story. Both are “game changing” events, Buttery said. His thoughts echo the feelings of Siemens president and CEO, Joe Kaeser, who this week described shale gas as “the biggest shift of balance in the global economy since China joined the WTO”.
As well as interviews with other top shipowners this issue of Maritime CEO contains leading economic commentary covering important regions. There’s market commentary from well-known analysts on the three main sectors, plus new columnist Dagfinn Lunde tackles finance while every edition of the magazine aims to tackle an important issue facing the industry; this time it’s where to access capital. Towards the back of the magazine is a more lifestyle section, orientated towards the busy maritime executive while at the back there is an acerbic column and results of the Maritime CEO Future of Shipping Poll conducted at the turn of the year.