Marcus Hand

Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review.
Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and roundtables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.


When it comes to Asia and ship management the cities of Hong Kong or Singapore are most likely to spring to mind, not Bangkok. However, the Thai capital is home to Highland Maritime, which since 2010 has been growing itself a nice little business of technical management and full Thai crew.

The demise of the paper Bill of Lading (B/L) has been long talked about and may finally becoming a reality as G2 Ocean and Manuchar complete a successful trial pilot of CargoX's blockchain-based B/L solution.

A Cosco Shipping mega-containership has become the largest to call in Saudi Arabia.

The world's third largest container line CMA CGM is rationalising its brand structure with APL and ANL as part of a $1.5bn cost control programme.

The navigation systems on your vessel shutdown or malfunction at a critical time due to a cyber event and it crashes into the wharf leaving a huge gash in the hull. It’s a nightmare scenario that is becoming all too real in the interconnected world and could leave the shipowner with a costly repair bill, and loss of hire to boot.

The world’s second and third largest container lines MSC and CMA CGM are joining the blockchain digital shipping platform TradeLens developed by the biggest box line AP Moller – Maersk and IBM.

Former BW Group and Norden chief Carsten Mortensen is taking up the role of non-executive chairman at weather routing company StormGeo.

Oldendorff Carriers is making the switch to LED lights on board all the vessels on its fleet, which are up to 80% more efficient.

Shipping increasingly “sticks out like a sore thumb” in the connected world, but maritime communications executives believe this will change in the short term.

Star Bulk Carriers is continuing to expand acquiring the fleet of 11 vessels owned by Delphin Shipping LLC for $139.5m in a cash and equity deal.

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