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Shipping loves a war. It’s a trite saying, dished out by shipping veterans as TV news correspondents don flak jackets and social media becomes awash with armchair generals.

Rates near war zones tend to spike at any sign of a skirmish, and the need to source cargoes from alternative, peaceful climes has a habit of extending the overall tonne-mile picture, soaking up tonnage and making owners richer.

That’s the argument regularly trotted out. However, with this Russian invasion there is o...

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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