Container Shipping Editor
James has been working as a business journalist for more than 25 years in his native New Zealand and the UK which he now calls home.
He is currently Container Shipping Editor for Lloyd’s List, covering container carriers, terminals, shippers and regulation, having been a specialist reporter and editor for Informa during the past two decades.
Outside of containerships, James also has an interest in smaller vessels, and is a member of the Wafi Yacht Club.
Latest From James Baker
The arrival of the ETS tax could see sharp players in the shipping world divert their cargo to non-EU ports for transhipment in order to cut the tax bill. In response, the EU has said that it will limit itself to monitoring the situation, but it may review the regulation down the line
The Panama Canal is set to become a major logistics chokepoint. But the alternatives have their own problems too
The fuels needed to meet to net zero will mean seafarers having new skills. A taskforce to ensure that happens is launching its training framework during COP28
Deliveries are being pushed back but new orders are already coming in. Slow steaming and higher scrapping levels will be needed to prevent further market deterioration
Asia-North America trades have seen capacity reduced in an effort to prop up rates. But the influx of ultra-large containerships continues to dog the Asia-Europe market
There is still a wide disparity in the prices being indicated for the initial quarter of ETS implementation. But some expect this gap to reduce as actual costs become more apparent