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China consolidates its dominance

By Helen Kelly


With strong state backing, and growing dominance across maritime industries, China secures its leading spot on our 2017 ranking

Making of the Top 100

By Helen Kelly


No ranking is ever perfect, but we hope our snapshot of global influencers creates debate, and helps set the scene for the year to come 

Interactive digital edition

2017 issue


Read the full digital edition of our 2017 Top One Hundred influential people edition eight





Top 10's


Top 10 Finance 2017

Hu Xiaolian, chairman, Export and Import Bank of China

Top 5 Next generation

Dorothea Ioannou, global business development director for SCB, manager of the American P&I Club managing director

Top 10 Classification societies 2017

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Maritime chief executive, DNV GL

Top 10 Technology leaders 2017

Oskar Levander, vice-president of innovation, Rolls-Royce Marine

Top 10 Box Ports 2017

Huang Xiaowen, Cosco Shipping Ports

Top 10 Regulators 2017

Kitack Lim, Secretary-general, International Maritime Organization

Top 10 Flag States 2017

Fernando A. Solorzano, General director of merchant marine, Panama Maritime Authority

Top 10 Insurers 2017

Dieter Berg, senior executive manager, global marine partnership, Munich Re and president of IUMI

Top 10 Law 2017

Lord Mance, Deputy president, Supreme Court

Top 5 Lifetime Achievement

Francis Vallat, SOS Mediterranée

Daily Briefing December 15 2017

China dominates this year's annual ranking of influence in the shipping industry, taking the top four positions in the newly published Lloyd's List Top 100 Most Influential People in Shipping
Daily Briefing

Latest Articles

Anangel exercises two newcastlemax bulker newbuilds at SWS
Greek owners ratchet up new tanker orders
Thinking outside the box
Inmarsat aims even higher with Alesund commitment
DNV GL reveals a new singlemindedness
SSY buys Danish dry bulk shipbroker Bidsted
IMO appoints new faces as veterans step down
Hapag-Lloyd's outlook raised to stable at S&P
Maersk launches booking system with cancellation penalty
Containerised freight key in boosting intermodal transportation in India
Skuld cuts technical loss to $13m at nine-month stage
Safe Bulkers adds post-panamax to fleet
Yang Ming eyes major fleet renewal
Navios Maritime Containers acquires four pananaxes for $97m
BIMCO and CIRM draw up software maintenance standard for shipping
Japan expands unilateral sanctions on North Korea
Singapore adds further funds to LNG bunkering initiative
Kexim bank eyes more funding for shipbuilders in 2018
How we make the Top 100
China consolidates its dominance
China leads Lloyd’s List ranking of industry influencers
DNV GL ownership change limits acquisition potential
Yamal LNG to arrive in the UK — a good sign for tonne-mile demand
CMA CGM aims to give customers peace of mind
Thriving dry bulk rates bring seasonal cheer



BDI: Does it matter to shipping, or the world?

The new Baltic Dry Index, planned for launch in January as a trading tool, risks losing its status as an indicator of economic health

Dry Bulk Brokers International

Can Yang Ming afford to make ship orders?

Taiwanese carrier has said it is in the initial stages of discussing a replacement plan for chartered and older tonnage

Asia Pacific Containers Shipbuilding

Zero-emission vessels declared key to decarbonisation in shipping

Fresh study by Lloyd's Register says ZEVs will need to be part of the global fleet by 2030 to meet carbon reduction goals in line with the Paris Agreement

International Energy Environment

Sanctions on shipping: Failing since 432 BCE

Restricting free trade costs the industry money, starves ordinary people, and doesn’t usually bring desired benefits 

International South America Middle East and Africa

Yildirim bides time on further port investments

The Turkish businessman expects prices to fall as container line consolidation hits terminal operators, but is happy to retain his 24% stake in CMA CGM

Yilport Holdings Containers Ports and Logistics








Sanctions on shipping: Failing since 432 BCE

David Osler

Restricting free trade costs the industry money, starves ordinary people, and doesn’t usually bring desired benefits







The numbers game

Michael Grey

The shipping industry’s idea of what constitutes safe manning levels has little consensus but it is more than a debate about headcounts







Putting the pieces together

James Baker

The final pieces of the consolidation jigsaw are falling into place