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The View

Lloyd's List's weekly view on the big issues impacting and shaping shipping, providing timely insight and thought-provoking opinion

How to keep the Panama and Suez canals open

Of course there are viable alternative routes. But simultaneous widespread disruption would be a strain on much of the shipping industry, not to mention the global economy

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Shipping’s carbon challenge is a case of economic Darwinism

The EU Emissions Trading System is going to be difficult and expensive for shipping. It is without doubt flawed and there are many questions to be answered, but it will start to sift those who have been genuinely charting a new course from those who have been secretly hoping all this will just go away

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How to make the 12th package of restrictions on Russian crude actually work

If the West wants to up the ante, increasing the scrutiny of attestation documents is a no-brainer. The proposal that the Danes would inspect Russian tankers would need to be part of a wider push to leverage choke points

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Hamburg knuckles down in uncertain times

Food for thought aplenty at the annual Eisbein celebrations and in German shipowners’ boardrooms amid numerous industry challenges ahead. But the illustrious shipping nation is well versed in adversity

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What the Maersk and Norden numbers are telling everybody else

Our lifetimes may never again see an era in which sailing vessels from A to B generates returns that make Gates, Zuckerberg and Bezos envious

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Welcome to the shipping coalface

Everyone with a well-paid desk job in white-collar shipping services should be properly grateful to the workforce that keeps the industry moving

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The contradictions of the Russian oil price cap

More Russian oil than ever before is being carried on sanctions-busting tankers exploiting regulatory loopholes. The entire scheme of sanctions stands or falls by an attestation mechanism that patently isn’t working

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This is about more than the future of Euronav

Alexander Saverys’ perspective for tanker shipping is built around a business model that is radically different to the one Fredriksen exemplifies

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World Maritime Day ambitions must match the rhetoric

For the IMO’s proceedings to represent anything more than a drinks reception accompanied by a token press release, shipping’s contribution to the fight for a better environment needs to be stepped up

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Can shipping be relied upon?

There is a growing realisation in shipping that nebulous net zero pledges are starting to require action and investment, and will be harder to achieve than first thought. The divide between those who can and can’t be relied upon is widening

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What is green about methanol?

Maersk is to be applauded for its ambition. But for mass adoption of methanol fuel to make environmental sense, the molecule shipping uses must be truly green — and there is plenty to suggest it won’t be

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Nothing is perfect. Certainly not alternative fuels

For those seeking guidance on what to do next, the MEPC80 targets may have been too weak a signal

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What now for the dark fleet?

The dark fleet may be coming out of the shadows, but the cloud it casts over the rest of the industry is not going anywhere

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What if Panama Canal droughts are the new normal?

Until now, shipping has always found a workaround to restrictions on using this key waterway. But it won’t be able to do so indefinitely

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Ukraine should not fight a just war with unjust tactics

The embattled country has the moral high ground in its fight with Russia. By declaring commercial shipping a valid military target, it abdicates a portion of it

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Fires: Now a burning issue

EVs have gone way beyond ‘first kid on the block with a Tesla’ bragging rights and production volumes will increase exponentially. We need to be sure ships can carry them safely

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Russia’s naval blockade of Ukraine: Illegal, immoral, inept

Blowing up neutral shipping is in nobody’s best interest. Not even Moscow’s

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To err is human. But that’s no excuse for shutting down the Suez Canal

If the industry is to have confidence in the Suez Canal Authority’s pilotage service, extensive retraining and assessment of English proficiency may be required

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Shipping’s climate compromise keeps 1.5°C alive, for now

The IMO’s loosely worded climate targets fall short of keeping shipping aligned with the 1.5°C Paris Agreement temperature goal, but they are closer than most expected and keep alive the prospect of global technical and economic measures to come that could yet radically reduce the industry’s carbon output

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The IMO must show leadership on carbon emissions or face irrelevance

If China gets its way, fragmented regionalism will replace the United Nations specialist agency as the rule maker. That is not good for world trade and not good for shipping, either

International Sustainability

If Greta Thunberg doesn’t shame you, Legal & General Investment Management will

Even if you’re as tired of environmental stuff as Tor Olav Trøim, you’ll soon find out that the more polluting you are, the more it is going to cost you to borrow

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US west coast labour talks: There must be a better way

Carriers will welcome the six-year settlement between port employers and dock worker representatives announced this week. But it’s time to move on from ritualised confrontations twice in every decade

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Decarbonisation is shipping’s D-Day

Former US presidential contender John Kerry used a speech at Nor-Shipping to compare the industry’s fuel transition to the Allied invasion of Normandy. When a decorated Vietnam veteran uses military metaphors, pay attention

Sustainability Environment

It’s not yet time for Plan B on Russia shipping sanctions

Our industry is providing a second front without the shooting. Let the vice tighten slowly but surely

Sanctions Political Risk and Trade

A Flag of Convenience is one thing. A Flag of Last Resort is another

Sanctions are only going to get more extensive. The past week shows that everybody in the industry — from Ulaanbaatar to the outskirts of Bristol — would benefit from greater situation awareness

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The View: Combatting climate change needs passion, not statistics

The climate change activists were not parading around Dubai’s convention centre calling shipping to account: There was no point. Shipping has lost the radical edge that challenges, confronts and contests

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Shipping is a target again just for doing its job

When 53 seafarers can be taken hostage in the space of a week and it barely causes a ripple in the international news, it is time for the shipping industry to address why it all too often seen as an ‘easy’ target

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Banks learnt sanctions diligence the hard way. Shipowners don’t have to

Sanctions efforts have so far been unrolled more by way of moral suasion and threatened consequences rather than active enforcement. But that is likely to change shortly

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The Wimbledon effect should see London still dominate maritime legal market

As long as shipping disputes are by default resolved under English law in English courts, domestic firms have an obvious head start

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Dark fleet: Out of mind, but not out of sight

Hundreds of substandard, unclassed, uninsured vessels are routinely hauling Russian oil internationally while avoiding any serious oversight, so why are governments looking the other way and pretending the dark fleet is invisible?

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It is still possible for the IMO to translate climate aspiration into action

Shipping’s climate negotiations are a high stakes game of poker, where governments will be looking to make deals in exchange for compromises. It makes little strategic sense to show your hand this early in the game, but real progress can be achieved in the next three months

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