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Sep

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The Coffee Supply Chain.

The Coffee Supply Chain.

This National Coffee Day, I look at out over this busy seaport. Container ships coming and going, intermodal containers being loaded and unloaded, the tireless clanging of the global supply chain. Friends, let us take a moment to appreciate the intricate, expansive and unlikely system that brings us: coffee. Indeed, the cup of java in […]

23
Sep

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Oil Futures Rhapsody: Will you do the Contango?

Oil Futures Rhapsody: Will you do the Contango?

The Contango. A dance requiring dexterity, timing and especially nerve. And a lot of crude oil. No, the Contango is not a Spanish dance you do at the gas station. It’s an unusual scenario where the futures price for oil is higher than the expected future spot price. If you’re starting to have that nightmare […]

23
Sep

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Operational Resilience: 7 Lessons from The Walking Dead.

Operational Resilience: 7 Lessons from The Walking Dead.

  Earthquakes, intrusions, climate change super storms, Justin Bieber’s resurgence… Never has the port and marine industry faced more serious and diverse challenges than we do today and never has operational resilience in the face of crisis been more important. The question is: What lessons can we take from The Walking Dead? If you’re unfamiliar […]

11
Sep

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What Crazy Thing Have You Proposed Lately?

What Crazy Thing Have You Proposed Lately?

New York, New York. The city so nice they named it twice. Possibly the only place on Earth where you can see priceless works of art and a guy dressed up as Batman in the same afternoon. NYC is undoubtedly the most over-exposed city on Earth. If an alien species were to examine our movies […]

05
Sep

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Shipping Industry On Front Lines Of Refugee Crisis

Shipping Industry On Front Lines Of Refugee Crisis

Sailors have always accepted rescuing those in need at sea as a moral imperative. If people on the water need help, you help them. The current Syrian refugee crisis has brought into stark relief the fact that, though those in the shipping industry are doing their part, the response on land in many cases has […]

02
Sep

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Arctic Exploration – Here We Go Again:

Arctic Exploration – Here We Go Again:

The more things change, the more they stay the same. For centuries, explorers dreamed of finding a navigable route through the Arctic, the fabled Northwest Passage. Over hundreds of years a great many people died, and many others became really, really cold searching for it, but the frozen ocean has recently become a hot topic […]