COLUMN | Shipwrecked captains get rich [Offshore Accounts]

Lotto tickets are typically a tax on the poor and stupid, who spend a disproportionate share of their much-needed income buying dreams of a better future, typically featuring yachts and sports cars, rather spending than their money on rent or clothing, and things they actually need.

EDITORIAL | 2018: A bad year for ferry fatalities

After a couple of good years in 2016 and 2017, 2018 saw a significant increase in ferry fatalities worldwide. From 549 “known” fatalities in 2016, the total increased to 748 in 2017 and then jumped dramatically to 1,082 in 2018.

  • Published in Ferries

COLUMN | Don’t shoot the designer [Grey Power]

Ship design, we were brought up to believe is a matter of compromise – and lots of them! A shipowner, who, after all, is paying for the thing, requires a ship that can carry enormous quantities of cargo, has a miniscule thirst for fuel and can be manned by very few seafarers who don’t eat very much. And it must be cheap.

COLUMN | Christmas in the fast lane [Aft Lines]

I write this just before Christmas but I certainly won’t be the first to be celebrating, with the large fast ferry construction community no doubt thinking virtually all their Christmases have come at once.

  • Published in Ferries

COLUMN | Unintended consequences? [Tug Times]

It is good to note that the recent safety seminar held by the British Tugowners Association (BTA) was widely reported in the shipping press. Most people in towage regard safety as paramount, but we seldom get credit for it – the press is generally more interested in mistakes than in efforts to prevent them.

COLUMN | Women in shipping [The Boroscope]

The theme for this year’s IMO World Maritime Day is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. A fine sentiment that marks a long and arduous road for women not only in shipping but in all professions.

COLUMN | Bumping along the bottom [Offshore Accounts]

Watching the difference between what people say, and what they actually do is always revealing. Whether it’s priests and sex, imams and alcohol, or cost cutting executives and their own personal expenses, watch what people really do and what really happens, ignoring the pious statements of intent, the high-flying aspirations, or the motivational rhetoric.

COLUMN | Cabotage conundrum [Grey Power]

It is a faraway country, but what goes on in maritime Norway often reverberates around the world. Ships and shipping still matter in this country, with even the public oddly well informed about their maritime leaders, who sometimes enjoy a celebrity rarely found elsewhere.

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