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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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Digital technology should drop the science-fiction

He believes the sci-fi videos of autonomous vessels took the discussion about digital technology in completely the wrong direction. The aim is safety and efficiency, not crew reduction

Finland Digitalisation

Digitalisation vs human intelligence; it's a matter of trust

Shipping is trying to understand why it has come later to the digital party. There are many reasons, including culture, leadership, nervousness about transparency, the value proposition, and trust

International Technology and Innovation

Understanding the collaboration conundrum

Companies trying to apply digitalisation to all their processes discovered that the outcome was not what they had anticipated

International Ports and Logistics

Successful collaboration needs focused leadership

Shipping has come up against a series of issues of global significance that can only be addressed through working together

International Containers

Globalisation to be reshaped by coronavirus

Multinationals will diversify their sources from a single country to more than one location in a bid to manage risk. But shipping must recognise that alternative trade options are being considered

Political Risk and Trade Ports and Logistics

Seafarers are key workers — they should be treated as such

Understanding the future of seafaring, especially the role of the officer within the shipping company, will mean asking who makes decisions, in what context, and who is responsible for taking action

Crewing Ship operations
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