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Richard Clayton

Chief correspondent

I joined Informa at the end of June 2017 from IHS Fairplay. My role now, as it was for the past two years at IHS, is to bring more than 30 years’ experience in maritime journalism to the business. This means I won’t just be writing opinion and insight pieces for the various sites, newsletters, and magazines, I will also be connecting with our colleagues in sales, marketing, and events to help build our presence. I have experience in chairing round table discussions, seminars and webinars, business and breakfast briefings; I have delivered keynote speeches at IMO events and shipping organisation events; I have written white papers on topics such as annual previews and key trends in the industry; and spoke to small groups both in-house and externally to set out how I think shipping is evolving.

My wife and I run a small Bed & Breakfast business in the beautiful Wye Valley, where we welcome walkers on the Offa’s Dyke Path, visitors to the England/Wales border, and friends who are passing through.

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China has been chasing European Union investment in Africa, and the gap is narrowing rapidly. But there are concerns over increasing African debt to Beijing, which is beginning to cause some tension

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Suit the technology to the ship — not the ship to the technology

A ship’s operating profile is the best guide to which technology is most suitable. However, considerations such as charterer’s expectation and commercial objectives play a significant part

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Shipping’s tech transition demands reality check

New York-listed product tanker firm Ardmore Shipping is anticipating publicly driven changes to the company’s cargo mix, while branching out into tech ventures. This is an opportunity for nimble businesses with supportive stakeholders

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Seafarer training falling behind as tech accelerates

The delay between introducing new technology on board ships and full implementation of training on that equipment will grow. Bringing in automation will require an overhaul of the STCW Convention itself

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Winter trends put Nordic icebreakers and crews at higher risk

Alandia, a marine insurer, is hoping that designs for new icebreakers will be approved soon. It is calling for environmental changes and operational decisions to be understood and factored into plans.

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