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David Osler

Finance Editor

London

David specialises in the white collar shipping services scene, including law firms, banks, insurers, and trade associations, and also turns his hand to piracy, sanctions and industrial relations stories as necessary.

A London-born British and Swiss dual national, he was educated at the London School of Economics and Birkbeck College, and has academic qualification in politics, sociology, economics and international relations.

Three times voted Seahorse Club shipping news journalist of the year, he has also twice been longlisted for the Orwell Prize, Britain’s premier non-fiction literary award, and twice shortlisted as Periodical Publishers’ Association business journalist of the year, the highest honour in trade press journalism.

He has worked for Lloyd’s List since 1996, making him the longest-serving member of staff, although he doesn’t like to mention that more than three or four times a week at most. Unless it’s strictly necessary.

He has also written for many other newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Observer, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and New Statesman, and has appeared on all of Britain’s main television and radio news programmes.

He is a member of the Labour Party, Amnesty International and National Council for Civil Liberties, and supports the charitable work of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks.

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MPC Container Ships picks up $13m after Oslo placement

MPC Container Ships has raised NKr125m ($13.2m) after the successful completion of the private placement of 7,250,00 new shares in the Norwegian capital

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Polemis company leaves American Club as P&I providers confirm firmer pricing

‘The reduction in rates seen over recent years has been arrested and reversed, as planned, this being an important step to address the imbalance in risk exposure/premium created by the prolonged soft market’ — London’s Ian Gooch

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P&I renewal round sees 7.5% ‘going rate’ fail to stick

‘Maybe three, three-and-a-half-ish,’ says P&I broker asked to specify percentage point jump in what owners are actually paying

International Insurance

P&I pricing hardens slightly but 7.5% ‘going rate’ fails to stick

Sources say pricing for owners rose about 3%
Marine

Kelly Tolhurst appointed UK maritime minister

Following last week’s UK government reshuffle, the new ministerial briefs have been assigned. Kelly Tolhurst will also have to pick up the aviation brief in addition to her maritime responsibilities, which notably include the introduction of up to 10 new freeports

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