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Could US-Iran Tensions Increase Tanker Tonne-miles?

Following the killing of the Iranian military general Soleimani, tension between the US and Iran are running high. Retaliation by Iran for the attack has taken place but how vulnerable is the Strait of Hormuz? Last year saw a list of events in the escalation of tension that directly targeted ...

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Where has the Chinese trade data gone?

Something very odd happened in June this year. The Chinese customs authority stopped publishing their detailed trade statistics, citing a ‘technical problem’. Commentators believe its one of the retaliatory measures against the US caused by the trade war initiated by Mr Trump. Obviously ...

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The Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Shipping

AI, as it’s usually called, can be defined as the ability of machines to mimic cognitive functions, such as learning and problem-solving, that humans associate with other human minds. Computers can detect problems and work round them. Except, of course, when they don’t; as happened in 2016 when ...

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The Sun Shines in the East, Invigorating Dry Cargo Demand – A Review of 2016 Trade Patterns

March is a good month to look back at customs trade data and see how the dry cargo market performed in the previous year. The largest trading countries have published their December monthly data. We now have a clear picture about what went on. Compared to the stagnation in 2015, we see a 3% rise in ...

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