The toxic political climate in the States has impacted matters related to shipbuilding, the Jones Act and other maritime matters.

UK-based Coldharbour Marine, a manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) based on unique inert gas technology, has opened a new office in Singapore and appointed Mohit Batra to lead its planned expansion into the Asian market.

Bimco and the European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA), the two leading associations representing shipowners globally and in Europe respectively, are looking at ways they can tighten their cooperation.

As the world of shipping changes much more rapidly than it has done before, the transition of leadership at the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is also about keeping up with that change.

Cosco Shipping Holdings has received all the approvals required for its takeover of Orient Overseas International one day ahead the 30 June deadline for the $6.27bn.

As shipping industry leaders it's the duty of the Greeks "to present a realistic way of solving many of our global issues" says Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee chairman, Haralambos J Fafalios.

Commodore Bob Sanguinetti has been appointed as the new chief executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, taking up the post on 16 July 2018.

Shipping group Wilhelmsen and equipment manufacturer Kongsberg are setting up the world's first autonomous shipping company which is designed to offer the entire value chain for unmanned vessels.

In the second part of this two-part series international shipping lawyer Torgeir Willumsen takes a closer look at the legal obstacles to autonomous shipping.

According to law firm Reed Smith the biggest opportunities for shipping in blockchain lie with digitising the supply chain, electronic bills of lading, marine insurance and smart contracts.

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