Barry Parker

Barry Parker

New York correspondent, Seatrade Maritime


Barry Parker is a New York-based maritime specialist and writer, associated with Seatrade since 1980. His early work was in drybulk chartering, and in the early 1990s he moved into shipping finance where he served as a deal-maker and analyst with a leading maritime merchant bank. Since the late 1990s he has worked for a group of select clients on various maritime projects, also remaining active as a writer.

The “traditional” ways of doing business, and the tools for effecting transactions, commerce generally, and vessel operations, are no longer static was the message Hellenic-American/ Norwegian-American Joint Shipping Conference.

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) annual conference coincided with President Trump’s State of the Union address, and the cheers from attendees watching the speech on a big screen TV, following the first day’s presentations, grew louder and louder each time that he used the “I-word” (infrastructure) in his remarks.

Josh Shapiro coo of Liberty Maritime/Liberty Global Logistics cut through the buzzwords associated with the digitalization of shipping to explain the real benefits the company is seeing from the process.

With President Donald Trump completing his first year in office his efforts have been focused on actualising ideas that were voiced during the arduous 2016 sprint to the White House.

With the President Trump's administration one year in, the talk has turned back to Infrastructure revival in the US, an important theme in 2016’s campaign season.

After nearly a year of wrangling in the US Congress, a major “Tax Reform” package was passed in the waning days of 2017. 

The announcement of Euronav’s all-share acquisition of Gener8 Maritime came after years of pounding the virtues of the C-word – consolidation - by Euronav’s ceo Paddy Rodgers.

The Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) has announced its 2018 recipient of the very prestigious Commodore Award. Sabrina Chao, executive chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Ltd will receive the award in mid-March, at the conclusion of the 2018 CMA conference and trade exposition, a three day event which is held in Stamford, Connecticut.

Despite Greece’s financial difficulties it remains the dominant player in shipping with its owners successfully playing the market cycles.

The integral role of insurance, at a time that regulations and business practices cannot keep up with the rapid pace of technological change was in the spotlight at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU).

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