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.

The year seems to be ending on a high note with the latest Moore Stephens Shipping Confidence Survey noting that shipping confidence held steady at its highest rating in the past three-and-a-half years in the three months to end-November 2017.

A female humanoid robot called Alpha spent several minutes of her valuable time greeting journalists as they arrived at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center (NMCC) in Ålesund, Norway, last week.

The decline in traditional ship finance and a lack of provision from regional banks have posed serious challenges to the shipping industry as a whole, but at the same time triggering the rise of alternative funding.

The value of the UK Maritime Sector has been reemphasised in a new report launched by Maritime UK for London International Shipping Week.

Calling all budding maritime photographers - would you like to see you work published worldwide? Well here's some good news - the Seatrade team has launched a ‘Seatrade in Focus’ photography competition to coincide with its offshore marine & workboats event taking place in Abu Dhabi later this year – giving finalists the chance to have their work displayed on a global platform.

Four major international shipping and maritime trade associations have made a joint proposal to the IMO on ambitious carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions by the global shipping industry.

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