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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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Ammonia appears to be the dream fuel: it releases no carbon dioxide and can be a zero-emission fuel if produced from clean energy sources. But leakage into manned areas could be catastrophic

Sustainability Fuels

Seafarers to be surveyed on working conditions

Recruitment and retention of seafarers in the future will depend on providing a good work-life balance

Crewing Ship Management

Seafarers happier as going home becomes less of a lottery

Data-driven positivity comes with a note of caution that seafarers are continuing to have to tackle real barriers. Extended feedback, whether good, bad, or ugly is said to be the actual power underpinning data

Crewing Safety

Ferry labour shortage said to be ‘inevitable and ongoing’

The ferry industry’s long-term success depends more than ever on well-trained people, and the sector’s ability to drive support for the technologies and facilities that are crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Passenger Crewing

Does shipping now have too much data?

Some shipowners have invested in software systems that are no longer supported. The best system is one that is used, and where owners and managers are supported to understand the information

Finland Wartsila

Columbia gambles on Monaco as shipmanagement aims for high-fliers

The manager’s ESG report is a bold initiative that reflects core values and emphasises transparency. When it comes to clarifying the P&O Ferries situation, transparency is trumped by client confidentiality

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