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Containers will be key amid global economic woes

Photo: Gerd Frick, Container ships are the lifeblood of the global economy. Every day vessels laden with consumer goods from the Far East set sail to Europe, the US and Australia. The insatiable appetite for a huge array of products from across the globe seemed unlikely to wane. But[…]

Jeanne Socrates Sails The World Solo Once Again

Photo: Jeanne Socrates In September 2019, 77-year-old Jeanne Socrates became the oldest person to sail around the world nonstop alone. Her journey began on October 3, 2018, and ended on September 7, 2019. (Previously, the record was held by Minoru Saito, who was 71 when he completed a nonstop circumnavigation[…]

Looking after hardworking seafarers is crucial in final quarter of 2020

Some white-collar workers are heading back to the office after the summer lull.  But with coronavirus cases still stubbornly high around the world, a mass return to the norms of 12 months ago doesn’t look likely any time soon.  Many businesses – including MarineTraffic – are still happy for their[…]

Making tanker OPEX count

So far this year, the managers of the world’s fleet of clean and dirty tankers have spent approximately $4.5bn on operating costs (OPEX). That’s everything from crew, provisions, deck and engine stores, lubricating oil, insurance, maintenance and repairs and management fees, but doesn’t include voyage costs such as fuel, port[…]

Supply chain headaches will prompt industry-wide rethink

Coronavirus is shaking up global supply chains – and maritime industries will have to adapt quickly.  The ongoing pandemic has completely adjusted the fabric of global commerce across swathes of industries.  As we head into a potentially challenging winter in Europe and North America, executives are looking to make their[…]

Tide has turned on public opinion when it comes to pollution

Coronavirus is dominating the media landscape as the world continues to wrestle with the pandemic. But whilst 2020 will forever be synonymous with COVID-19, the current chaos will – in time – subside.  And when some semblance of normality returns, the narrative once again shifts.  For many people there were[…]