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Jan

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It Just Wasn’t Your Year, Shipping Industry.

It Just Wasn’t Your Year, Shipping Industry.

3 minute read. People everywhere are saying that the Shipping Industry is depressed. Yes, you have been a little depressed, haven’t you Shipping Industry? Feeling a little low in the water? Let’s be honest: Last year wasn’t great, was it? It just wasn’t your year. Yes, positivity has been in short supply lately, hasn’t it […]

18
Dec

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`Twas the Night Before the Merger

`Twas the Night Before the Merger

`Twas the night before the merger And all through the port, Not a dock worker was engaging In any form of transport. The tankers were nestled all snug in their berths, While visions of market share gave them great mirth. The CEO in his blazer and I in my yachting cap, Had just settled down […]

27
Nov

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We Need Less CO2 and Way Fewer Acronyms

We Need Less CO2 and Way Fewer Acronyms

“[The impacts of climate change] go far beyond the environmental. Their consequences reach to the very heart of security agendas.” Margaret Beckett, former British Foreign Secretary. The T&E, IMO and other NGOs tell the UN to reduce CO2. O.k. Clearly the shipping industry produces far too much of two things: Acronyms and CO2. We can […]

20
Nov

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Update: We’re still plucking refugees from the sea.

Update: We’re still plucking refugees from the sea.

“No one puts their children in a boat, unless the water is safer than the land.” “Home” by Warsan Shire. It seems all anyone can talk about lately is ISIS. Well, ISIS and Charlie Sheen. (It’s been a rough week news-wise.) The people were calling for revenge, the Pope was calling it the Third World […]

17
Oct

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The Highway To The Drone Zone

The Highway To The Drone Zone

A man stands alone in the desert, staring up at the sky. He holds his breathe and carefully takes aims his ray gun to shoot a plane out of the sky… A pilot flashes through the air, tearing the clouds at Mach 1. He is being tracked by multiple unmanned vehicles. Their reflection flashes across […]

14
Oct

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Fighting Climate Change with Pizza.

Fighting Climate Change with Pizza.

2 minute read. The OECD, ICOMIA and the IMO are calling for massive reductions in CO2 ASAP. LOL. But seriously folks, per capita the shipping industry produces more carbon dioxide than the Indy 500 and we need to do better. The International Maritime Organization is calling for the shipping industry to pay a tax on […]

08
Oct

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Marketing Climate Change: Selling the Apocalypse

Marketing Climate Change: Selling the Apocalypse

3 minute read. “The beginning of the end of the end of the beginning has begun.” This line, spoken by M. Gustave of the adultery of his beloved Grand Budapest Hotel, could aptly be applied to the switch away from fossil fuels. The era of fossil fuels is coming to an end…but it’s taking it’s […]

02
Oct

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The Rise of China: Everyone Panic!

The Rise of China: Everyone Panic!

The Rise Of China: Everyone Panic! Chinese economic growth is slowing. There’s a real estate bubble that’s likely to deflate. The bond and stock markets recently did a Jackie Chan-style face plant. O.k…Everybody panic! On second thought, let’s call that Plan B. There’s probably a better way to get our heads around the situation. One […]

29
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 […]

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