The accumulation of disruption and supply chain shocks are transforming global trade as governments and businesses look to exchange efficiency for security
Added disruptions to shipping are expected due to the escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait, including vessel rerouting to shun continuing military drills, harassment of Taiwanese or Taiwan-bound vessels, and further supply chain shifts in the longer term
China extends military drills heralding ‘new normal’ for shipping off Taiwan | Ukraine grain exports pick up pace | Global container volumes see slight uptick
The global focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles has led to the worldwide expansion of sustainability-focused investments
‘Steamship Mutual remains in a strong position, with substantial free reserves and a growing membership,’ says Stephen Martin
Emission reduction programme allocates biofuel capacity to shippers’ cargoes. K+N claims this will allow customers to benefit from carbon-neutral shipping
The deal to allow the safe transport of grain out of the Ukraine by sea is an unprecedented agreement between enemy combatants, but it is still a work in progress and the list of potential risks that could yet scupper it are long. This week we talk to war risk expert and head of marine and aviation at the Lloyd’s Market Association Neil Roberts about the insurance hurdles yet to be overcome. And we talk to Anna Biliuga, an agent for Eurogal Services, which acts as Lloyd’s agents inside Odesa, for a personal take on how the grain deal will play out on the dockside
Half-Year Outlook 2022
The war in Ukraine, China lockdowns, supply-chain disruptions, and the risk of so-called ‘stagflation’ mean recession for many countries will be hard to avoid. The consequences are not yet playing out in the shipping sectors reviewed in this outlook report, but even in containers where rates remain high and cash is still flowing, executives are already planning for the post-pandemic party hangover.
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As part of our Future of Shipping programme industry leaders and sector experts map the path to a sustainable and profitable future.
‘The shipping industry itself has set itself a pretty mealy-mouthed target of 5% by 2030. I think that 15% is a respectable target. By 2030 we shouldn’t have any engines which are not dual-fuel capable so that by 2040, we’ve got a shipping industry which can go carbon neutral.’
‘We are at an inflection point. First mover activities are going to inform and inspire the rest of the industry. They need to be enabled and supported, meaning that individual governments need to engage in this process and make sure that we have regulation in place that supports it in the interim until we get global regulation in place.’
‘We need to get closer to our customers and co-operate on making this industry more efficient. Because there’s so much waste. The moment you put a value on carbon and decreasing the carbon footprint, I think that people have a tendency to be more friendly, open to discuss and see how they can co-operate together.’
‘There are some tough decisions to be made, but I think the reality is the old business models that we had are not going to survive this and I think that a lot of companies will have to figure out how they actually deal with this. So, I really want to see that happening between us and our clients and I believe that that will mean a dramatic change of the contractual relationship that exists between the two of us.’
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