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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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From the News Desk: Britain on alert as a WTO-terms Brexit looms

This week: The United Kingdom government warns the shipping industry and those around it that they must be ready in the event of a WTO-terms Brexit, Iran appears to be thawing to the idea of releasing the oil tanker it impounded after the release of the Iranian tanker seized by British Royal Marines and container lines try to clamp down on misdeclared cargoes

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Check out Britain’s intellectual capital at London shipping week

LISW comes seven weeks before the UK leaves the European Union. How will that affect the country’s maritime sector? Where will the industry see gains and losses? How can shipping benefit from Brexit?

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Maritime cities must learn the advantages of cluster thinking

Hong Kong is in the throes of political turmoil, however most maritime hubs have concerns. One way to mitigate disruption is to think of a maritime city as a node in a connected network: part of a cluster 

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Charterers are the key to greener shipping

An academic study has concluded that vessel charterers benefit more from trading opportunities than from saving the planet. Until that attitude changes, shipping’s own efforts will be minimal

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Charterers ‘behaving rationally’ in rejecting virtual arrival clauses

In theory, ‘virtual arrival’ would enable ships to reduce speed, and thereby emissions; in practice an academic study found charterers’ own commercial considerations outweigh these benefits

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Why is shipping so slow to digitalise?

Shipping leaders understand that digitalisation is important, but obstacles still stand in the way of full-scale roll-outs

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