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Bad Operators: It's All in the Small Print

Posted by William Hogg on Mar 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

We've covered the impact of the recent dry bulk market movements on the operating sector in our recent article, but there are some market participants whose model ensures money is made in any market by walking away from commitments.

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Two Minutes With Simon Hasslacher, Senior Analyst, Americas

Posted by William Hogg on Mar 12, 2019 9:40:28 AM

This month, we spoke with Simon Hasslacher, Senior Analyst at Infospectrum’s Americas office, to learn more about how his shipping career began and what he gets up to outside of work.

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Irrational Ordering? Container Shipping Supply and Demand Hangs in the Balance

Posted by Neil Dekker on Mar 7, 2019 9:25:34 AM

Is it business as usual for ocean carriers as they continue to buy large vessel assets? In a rapidly changing market, it is important that shipping lines have sufficient liquidity to pay for assets that some would argue are, in certain cases, not even required.

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Compliance Risk Management — Money No Object?

Posted by William Hogg on Feb 20, 2019 10:54:19 AM

Over the past ten years, legal and regulatory bodies — particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States — have enhanced their expectations of compliance risk management.

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'Heads I Win, Tails You Lose' — Old Dry Bulk Operating Models Go Out the Window

Posted by Ian Staples on Feb 15, 2019 12:01:24 PM

Heads I win, tails you lose. That has been a tacit suggestion at some stage from companies that have sat in the dry bulk operating space for any period of time in the past 30 years.

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Infospectrum Prepares for an Eventful Year

Posted by Panos Panousis on Jan 28, 2019 4:08:08 PM

2019 is likely to bring about major changes to our industry, with almost all of our client base impacted in some form by Brexit and IMO 2020. With demand for our services at an all-time high, we have invested in our team and new office locations. 

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Bunkering and Banks - Once Bitten, Twice Shy?

Posted by William Hogg on Jan 28, 2019 4:06:52 PM

Bunkering has always needed finance to cover expansion and bridge cash flow gaps in a notoriously liquidity-demanding sector, and banks have often been keen to provide it. While the impacts on the multiple unfortunate creditors of the recent collapses in Singapore's bunker sector are known, the indirect impact may be more significant — it may undermine confidence in the sector at a time when the bunkering industry seeks liquidity in the run-up to 2020.

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Two Minutes With Nicolas Defillion, Senior Analyst, Oxford

Posted by William Hogg on Jan 25, 2019 10:42:30 AM

This month, we spoke with Nicolas Defillion, Senior Analyst at Infospectrum’s Oxford office, who shared with us how he first entered the shipping industry, what a typical day looks like, and what he gets up to outside of work.

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How Will the Container Industry Recover USD20bn in Fuel Costs Post-2020?

Posted by Neil Dekker on Jan 18, 2019 1:42:55 PM

This week's Insight has come from one of our new colleagues and industry veteran Neil Dekker, formerly of Drewry and the Informa and Safmarine groups, who has covered the liner sector for over 25 years.

The way in which ocean carriers price their services has significantly changed in 2019 because of new IMO low sulphur fuel regulations due to be enforced on 1 January 2020. The companies are now more cost-driven and will focus on yield management in an effort to drive profits – after what will inevitably be a poor 2018 financial performance for the majority.
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Blue Sky Tanker Thinking - Changes Afoot in the VLCC Sector

Posted by Ian Staples on Jan 11, 2019 12:03:20 PM

This week's Insight has come from Infospectrum alumnus Ian Staples, now a Global VP at Inchcape Shipping Services, who has been keeping an eye on movements in the VLCC sector.

Wouldn’t it be nice to find out about a new trade route for shipping? Wouldn’t it be great if that trade route had never previously been active? It would be even better if it turned out to be a long haul route as well, right? Well, look no further, read on and behold the potential wonders of the changing of the world's crude oil market for VLCCs.
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