In hopes of raising wider public awareness on the crucial role of modern day shipping, IMO secretary-general Lim Ki-tack steered away from his usual regulation talks for a moment and instead highlighted the importance of maritime heritage for the ultimate goal of securing a sustainable future.

Last year proved to be "challenging but positive" and "cautious optimism" seems to sum up the feeling in the industry when it comes to 2019, judging from comments made by Nick Brown director, marine and offshore at Lloyd's Register when cutting the Greek Vassilopita at the classification society's traditional annual celebration in its London office, 15 January.

China’s eastern province Anhui has set up a new Anhui Port & Shipping Group to promote local port and shipping business.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is continuing to boost innovations in shipping and port operations as its ongoing initiatives seek out new start-ups to develop new talent and ventures for the maritime sector.

Shipping contribution to Greece’s coffers in the first nine months of the year have shown a significant recovery according to latest Bank of Greece (BoG) data.

China has been recognised as the top international shipping nation according to a new DNV GL and Menon Economics report titled: “The Leading Maritime Nations of the World”.

Struggling Singapore-listed commodities and shipping conglomerate Noble Group faces a key shareholder vote on its controversial $3.5bn restructuring plan, which could determine its survival.

New ways of looking at already new ideas was the thrust of the appropriately named Global Perspectives: The Future of Shipping, a new event at Singapore Maritime Week 2018 where a panel sought to discuss the transformation taking place in the maritime industry and possible disruption of current business models by players outside the industry.

BIMCO has come out with a statement against US-led protectionism and warned about the threat of a damaging trade war as imports tariffs on steel and aluminium announced earlier this month are set to enter into force.

The supply chain is “the nirvana of blockchains” with many applications where they can be employed. According to Guardtime chief risk officer David Piesse, the key to making it successful is making sure everybody who is involved in the supply chain gets onboard.

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