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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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The merged Viasat/Inmarsat will pool their people, technology and network assets to serve the maritime, energy, government and aviation sectors. Inmarsat chief executive Rajeev Suri joins the Viasat board

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‘Whale tail’ research must prompt questions about propeller inefficiency

Shipping’s carbon footprint is a function of inefficiency. Ship propulsion technology is almost 200 years old. Research into cetacean propulsion must stimulate the stale discussion about fuels

Sustainability Technology and Innovation

Combining wind with advanced tech would swiftly bring savings

Joint projects such as the NAPA, Norsepower, Sumitomo venture reveal potential benefits that go beyond trials. Alternative fuels will take years to bring on stream: wind should be factored in

Sustainability Technology and Innovation

Charterparty expectations holding back decarbonisation efforts

By bringing together machine learning software and high-frequency data, it is now possible to reimagine the traditional expectation that ships race across the ocean to queue up for a berth

Ship operations Sustainability

Safety is rising up the decarbonisation agenda

DNV and Lloyd’s List look behind the number of casualties in the Safety Trends report to ask why accidents happen at all, and what might be done to mitigate risk at a time of transition

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