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Janet Porter

Chair of the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board


Janet Porter is an award-winning business journalist with extensive knowledge of the maritime industry, and in recent years a particular focus on the container shipping sector.

She chairs the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board, an independent panel of experts who provide guidance and advice to the editorial team to ensure the highest standards of journalism are maintained.

Prior to that, Janet was responsible for overseeing coverage of the global container shipping industry for two of the world's leading maritime publications, Lloyd's List and Containerisation International.

Janet has often been the first to report some of the industry’s ground-breaking events. She broke the story that AP Moller-Maersk was poised to take over P&O Nedlloyd, as well as the Danish group’s subsequent acquisition of Hamburg Süd, and has interviewed most of the chief executives of the world’s top container lines over the years.  

She was in overall charge of Containerisation International as it was fully integrated into the Lloyd’s List group. This included publication of a monthly magazine plus daily online news and analysis. At a time when box shipping was in the throes of the biggest upheaval in its 60 years history, CI provided the most comprehensive coverage available of all the changes taking place, and how these would affect the future shape of the industry.

Before joining Lloyd’s List, Janet was London correspondent and bureau chief for The Journal of Commerce, then a daily New York-based business paper that became part of the Economist Group, covering a broad range of industries from shipping, aviation, and surface transportation to insurance, regulation, and trade policy. She also managed a network of European correspondents.
Since retiring as executive editor in 2018, Janet has continued to contribute to Lloyd’s List.

Latest From Janet Porter

Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello dies

Born in Italy in 1950, Battistello brought colour and glamour to the industry but was nevertheless a tough businesswoman who rose up through the ranks to become managing director of Contship Containerlines in 1988, and went on to hold other leadership positions

Containers Ports and Logistics

ACL targets US west coast-Europe traffic with land bridge to beat Panama delays

Chief executive Andrew Abbott has promised customers that ACL will neither blank sailings nor slow steam in 2024 as the global container trades struggle to manage capacity amid a surge of newbuilding deliveries

Containers Ports and Logistics

Essberger eyes expansion in chemical tankers market

The privately owned shipping business, which is now run by the third generation of the family, is preparing to celebrate Essberger’s 100th anniversary in 2024

Europe Germany

Box shipping has evolved, says Skou as he prepares for Maersk exit

Speaking exclusively to Lloyd’s List two weeks before he steps down as chief executive of AP Moller-Maersk, Søren Skou says the recent collapse in freight rates from record highs touched a few months ago should not be seen as a signal that the industry has returned to its bad old ways

Europe Denmark

Acquisitions on the radar as Hamburg boxship owner Offen seeks to diversify

Chief executive Arnt Vespermann is actively looking for investment opportunities that would lessen the group’s dependence on post-panamax containerships

Europe Germany

Perfect moment for Søren Skou to retire as Maersk transformation completed

Maersk was losing shareholder value when Mr Skou took over the top job nearly seven years ago, but he has totally reversed its fortunes through the transformation from a diversified shipping and energy conglomerate to an integrated container logistics company

Europe Denmark
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