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The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Top 100 People

This week’s podcast showcases the highlights of our Top 100 People ranking, which identifies the most influential people in the global maritime industry. This year Kitack Lim, head of industry regulator International Maritime Organization has stormed to the top of the list on the back of key environmental regulations and their long-term effect on shipping

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IN THIS podcast Lloyd’s List Europe Editor-in-Chief Helen Kelly talks to fellow journalists and editors involved in the project about game-changing environmental regulation and how new technologies and new players will transform the maritime industry in years to come.

We put regulator International Maritime Organization secretary-general Kitack Lim at the very top of our global ranking to reflect how 2018 was a pivotal moment in the maritime industry’s history as game-changing environmental regulations such as Sulphur 2020, Ballast Water Management and Decarbonisation 2050 ushered in a new era of shipping and trade.

The ongoing US-Sino trade war also coloured the ranking this year, pushing Cosco Shipping Group's Xu Lirong and China Merchants Group's Li Jianhong down the ranking by a couple of places. Given that China’s ambitions have been curbed, at least for now, by US President Donald Trump’s ratcheting up of trade tariffs, other Chinese executives have also dipped down, including Hu Xiaolian from the Export-Import Bank of China. How long that situation lasts is anyone’s guess, but there is no doubt that a very different political relationship will exist between the world’s two leading economies by the time it all plays out.

As always this year’s ranking reflects the most powerful shipowners, with AP Moller-Maersk's Robert Uggla, John Angelicoussis and John Fredriksen vying for position with Paddy Rodgers and Rodolphe Saadé. But we expect our list will look very different in years to come as the big changes, regulatory and trade, work their way through the global industry.

Subscribers can now dive a little deeper into the forces shaping shipping with the series of market Outlooks and the full Lloyd’s List 2019 Outlook report is now available to buy via our e-commerce store.

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