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Bunkers - if you wait long enough, everything becomes cool again

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 23 Nov 2020

It’s been a funny old 18 months for CFOs and principals in the bunker sector.

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Two Minutes With Eleonora D'Orio, Senior Analyst

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 20 Nov 2020

This month we spoke to Eleonora D’Orio, Senior Business Analyst at Infospectrum’s London office. She shared what it is like working in shipping along with how the industry has evolved since her career began.

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Getting Serious About Sanctions - Introducing Infospectrum's New Sanctions Vetting Tool "Sirius"

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 20 Nov 2020

Sanctions, sanctions, sanctions! For those of us involved in risk and compliance, the seemingly never-ending increase in complexity around maintaining sanctions compliance can feel somewhat overwhelming at times.

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LNG exporters and the COVID-19 dilemma

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 18 Sep 2020

After battening down the hatches in August, US LNG exporters have weathered the storm of Hurricane Laura, with the key Sabine Pass and Cameron LNG terminals now back in action. But, the other storm faced by the LNG industry, that caused by COVID-19, is set to rage on. Back in February, with US LNG cargoes cancelled or force majeure invoked by European and Asian importers, risk analysts may have feared that LNG exporters were genuinely facing an existential crisis.

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LNG - Navigating Politics and Pandemic

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 8 Jul 2020

The emergence of the United States (US) as a net exporter of LNG in 2016 upended the supply-demand balance in the sector, enabling importers to accelerate a transition away from fuels perceived to be more polluting, and the LNG shipping sector to adopt a more spot-driven model, underpinned by speculative orders for LNG tonnage. In 2019, final investment decisions were taken to proceed with a reported 71m tonnes of new production capacity, much of this capacity also uncontracted, with further liquefaction projects, with a capacity of circa 900m tonnes per year, on the table by the beginning of 2020.  

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False Positives - Not at all Positive

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 3 Jul 2020

The use of sanctions by the US Government, particularly under the current administration, has proved an immense compliance headache for our sector, with shipping, commodity trading, banking and insurance sectors all having to react quickly to initiatives put in place with little warning. While some industry participants proved somewhat adept at “working around” such issues, the increased surveillance of sanctioned and non-compliant activities, particularly over the last 12 months, has reignited a focus on compliance.

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Tonnage provider risks in the container sector

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 18 Jun 2020

A return to the bad old days beckons for container tonnage providers. With container volumes dropping like a stone since February 2020, demand for chartered tonnage has also fallen away – tonnage providers are looking at a bleak near-term future with no immediate kickers to push earnings back up.

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A Post-Covid Future?

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 20 May 2020

We are probably all considering the reality of our lockdown lives now that the novelty has worn off and, for those of us in COVID hot spots like the UK, we face up to ‘the new normal’, whatever that may be.

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WTI futures market: Risk versus Return in an Unprecedented Era

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 19 May 2020

The rollercoaster that is today’s West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures market promises to give everyone connected to oil derivatives trading a very interesting ride in the weeks and months ahead.

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Hin Leong - A lesson learnt?

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 22 Apr 2020

Yet again, we, as risk analysts, have to pick apart a major corporate failure and see what could have been done differently. How can lessons be learned, and models adjusted, in the future?

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