The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Our outlook from Asia
This podcast is part of a special mini-series gathering the collected views of the international Lloyd’s List editorial team on what stories are going to be shaping the shipping markets in the coming months. Today’s edition features the Asia team talking about bunkering, LNG, trade tariffs and digitalisation
Listen to the latest edition of Lloyd’s List’s weekly podcast — your weekly briefing on the stories shaping shipping in the week ahead. The first episode in this trio, which covers Euope, can be listened to here. The third episode, covering the US, can be listened to here.
THE Lloyd’s List editorial team are generally stationed around the world from Singapore and Hong Kong, to Los Angeles, Boston and Athens, but last week everyone was in London, so we took the opportunity to gather our combined market knowledge and focus the discussions on the stories we believe will be shaping the shipping markets over the coming months.
In this edition, it was the turn of our Asia team to lead the agenda.
• Hwee Hwee Tan, our senior reporter based in Singapore, is fully focused on bunkering right now. Given the looming regulatory shift, Singapore is abuzz with sulphur stories, but inbetween 2020 coverage Hwee Hwee is looking much more seriously at the prospects for increased LNG bunkering in Asia.
• Cichen Shen, our China editor, is based in Hong Kong but is in and out of the mainland more regularly than a Shanghai feeder operation. The US-China trade war is inevitably keeping him fully focused on trade stories right now and his basic conclusion is that shipping should expect political complexities to be the new normal — a warning that implies planning for shipping operations is going to become a lot more difficult than anyone anticipated. On a more optimistic note, he also sees opportunities emerging on the trade finance side where some ports have been taking advantage of data insights to find new value to offer the market.
• Vincent Wee, our Hong Kong-based news editor, argues that it is digitalisation that is driving so many of the stories that we’re covering right now and that’s true across all sectors. Given that Asia is leading in much of the technology development and adoption, he’s well positioned to offer a view on where the opportunities and threats lie.
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