Upcoming Webcasts

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 02:00
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On September 8th, the Ballast Water Management Convention will come into force, and  shipowners have been granted extra time before they must comply.

In July, IMO member states at the 71st meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) agreed to effectively extend compliance with the D-2 standard of the convention (i.e installation of an IMO type-approved ballast water management system) by two years, depending on a particular vessel’s renewal survey.

The delay gives shipowners more time to assess costly equipment investments, but it also brings new challenges - such as whether and when to decouple their International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) renewals with the rest of the vessel surveys.

Meanwhile, shipowners trading in the United States continue to seek compliance extensions from the US Coast Guard, which has become more strict in overseeing its own ballast water management regulation.

Fairplay Senior Regulations and Safety Editor John Gallagher will moderate a discussion with ballast water experts from the class, legal, and shipowner sectors to discuss the impact of the recent MEPC 71 decision and the ripples it is sending through the maritime industry. Ballast water system manufacturers will also be on hand to answer technical installation questions.

Who should attend?
- Shipowners, vessel operators, ship management companies
- Class societies and flag states
- Shipyards and naval architects

Topics to be covered include:
- Updated shipowner strategies for complying with the Ballast Water Convention
- Advice on how to extend compliance dates in the United States
- Problems shipowners are experiencing with ballast water equipment performance and installation


Archived Webcasts

Thu, 06/07/2017 - 15:00
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With countdown to compliance less than three months away, this webinar will build on roundtable discussions hosted this year by Fairplay in London, Athens, Hamburg, Singapore and Seattle, around the cost of compliance for shipowners as they weigh ballast water equipment investment decisions. Join Fairplay Senior Regulations and Safety Editor John Gallagher for a discussion around two of the more popular ballast water cleaning technologies that have emerged over the past year in the USD30-60Bn ballast water management system market, and concerns raised during the limited amount of experience with these systems in commercial operations. The webinar will feature presentations by two ballast water equipment manufacturers that will expand the discussion by looking closer at the treatment technologies and how they work, as well as provide an opportunity to show how manufacturers are addressing operational concerns raised by shipowners.

In addition to looking ahead to the International Maritime Organization’s 8 September ballast water enforcement date, the webinar will also consider regulatory changes made at MEPC 71 – to be held 3-7 July - which could affect ballast water implementation schedules.

Issues to be addressed will include:

- Problems shipowners are experiencing with ballast water equipment performance and installation
- UV- vs. chemical-based ballast water systems, including attributes, benefits, and shortfalls
- Amendments adopted and/or approved at MEPC 71 that will affect equipment installation schedules

Who should attend?

- Shipowners, vessel operators, ship management companies
- Class societies and flag states
- Shipyards and naval architects


Wed, 05/07/2017 - 15:00
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After an extended period of selling ships to raise cash and bolster balance sheets, publicly listed owners have now embarked on an aggressive buying spree, acquiring vessels en masse in the second-hand market. Near-record levels of equity issuances are being used to fund these purchases. Join Fairplay’s Senior Commerce Editor Greg Miller as he examines how and why public shipping companies have made their dramatic change in capital allocation, and how this plays out in terms of money raising on Wall Street. How long will the new strategy last and will second-hand vessel purchases be followed by newbuild orders? To what extent are public owners allocating cash for other purposes, such as dividends and buybacks? What does the new capital-allocation strategy mean for the future performance of shipping stocks?

In addition to examining the public owners’ switch from defence to offence, this webinar will also feature an update on how US-listed shipowners have fared in the second quarter of 2017, including the levels of proceeds from public and private equity and debt issuances and how those levels compare to previous periods.

Issues to be addressed will include:
-The market rationale behind the shift in capital allocation and how it impacts equity and debt issuances
-How vessel-purchasing strategy is impacted by access to commercial bank debt
-Concerns that second-hand market activity will raise vessel pricing and spur newbuild orders

Who should attend?
-Public and private shipowners
-Investors in public shipping companies
-Legal, financial and accounting professionals serving public companies

This webinar took place on the: 5 Jul 2017


Thu, 30/03/2017 - 15:00
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Listen to Fairplay’s Senior Commerce Editor Greg Miller as he looks at how shipping equities could fare in the wake of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the president of the United States. Will the volatility and volumes in shipping micro-caps seen in the immediate wake of Trump’s election resurface? Are the prospects for tanker stocks improved, given Trump’s push for more pipelines and potential tax reform that could favour US crude and refined products exports over imports? What do the escalating tensions between the Iran and the Trump administration mean for tanker stocks? And given that so much of shipping stock buying in general has been a proxy bet on China, how would a deepening political rift between China and the US play out for shipping shares? 

In addition to examining the ‘Trump Effect’, this webinar will also feature an update on how US-listed shipowners have fared in the first quarter of 2017, including the levels of proceeds from public and private equity and debt issuances and how those levels compare to previous periods.

Issues to be addressed included:

  • How shipping stocks have performed since new US administration 
  • How new US policies could translate into shipping demand 
  • How Trump policies on trade, energy, sanctions and taxation could impact shipping stock

This webinar took place on the: 30 Mar 2017  at 15.00 GMT


Thu, 15/12/2016 - 15:00
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 On 2 December 2016, the US Coast Guard approved a ballast water management system that will legally comply with US regulations for commercial ships trading in the United States – which represent an estimated 6% of global imports and exports - thereby immediately changing the game for shipowners who have been seeking more certainty as they plan capital expenditures. 

Listen to IHS Fairplay’s safety and regulations editor John Gallagher and a panel of experts representing vessel operators, class societies, and the equipment makers themselves to discuss the latest thinking on how the news from the US, along with recent regulatory changes at the IMO, can be used by owners, operators, and charterers to help plan for these million-dollar investment decisions.

This webinar took place on the: 15 Dec 2016  at 15.00 GMT 

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Wed, 07/12/2016 - 14:00
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Join Fairplay’s Senior Commerce Editor Greg Miller as he looks at how public shipping markets have evolved and where they are going. In the future, will the public shipping field be comprised of consolidated, high market cap, highly liquid sector leaders, or will the industry move away from public listings and revert to its private roots? Will the industry re-attain the healthy access to public equity investors it enjoyed in 2002-7, or will its access remain constricted? These are very important questions for shipowners – whether they are public or private.

Our quarterly shipping finance webcast series will be hosted and led by Fairplay Senior Commerce Editor Greg Miller, a leading journalist with years of experience covering maritime finance, whose analysis of all aspects of the market is widely followed by leading industry players.

Each webcast will kick off with a review of year-to-date maritime finance activity and then move on to a deep-dive quarterly topic.

This webinar took place on the 7 Dec 2016 / 14.00 GMT


Tue, 01/11/2016 - 15:45
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Implications of Hanjin Collapse for Retailers

Join our industry experts as they explain what the collapse of Hanjin Shipping means for the
industry in the short and long-term. 

During the 30 minute webcast Szakonyi and Lee detail what the stranding of hundreds of thousands of containers on Hanjin ships means for European and US retailers preparing for the holiday season and peak season spot rates. Their highlighting of exclusive trans-Pacific market research will help shippers make more informed decisions ahead of the launch of new shipping alliances this spring.


Wed, 26/10/2016 - 16:45
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Connect the Supply Chain Dots: Collaborate from Design to Delivery

Today’s global supply chains face pressures on all fronts – making internal communication, collaboration, and centralized data absolutely critical. Companies and their trading partners need to create a technology network to connect the dots and gain visibility into the entire design to delivery process.

Learn how achieving a truly seamless supply chain – including partner and supplier networks – can improve product innovation, ensure accurate landed cost, reduce risk, achieve significant duty savings, and accelerate time-to-market.

Moderator: Alessandra Gregory Barrett, Senior Content Editor, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade


Nathan Pieri, Chief Product Officer, Amber Road

Wed, 28/09/2016 - 08:00
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An enduring risk: Trends in piracy around the world

Political and public interest in international piracy peaked between 2009 and 2012 as Somali pirates wrestled with the international naval community for control of the sea lines of communication passing through waters off the Horn of Africa. A confluence of pressures, including naval action at sea and ashore, wider international activities ashore, and (arguably) the presence of armed security at sea on some ships, brought a halt to the piracy issue off Somalia.

However, it was always unlikely that the piracy issue would go away completely; the piracy risk endures around the world, as there remains a need to address its causes as as well as its consequences. In modern times, the issue emerged in the Asia-Pacific region, and today it remains a problem there. Moreover, the Gulf of Guinea endures as a region of international concern.

The reasons why piracy exists and the forms in which it manifests itself differ from region to region around the world. With piracy remaining a concern for political leaders, armed forces, the commercial sector, international organizations, and analysts alike, this timely webinar will examine new developments, assess key themes, and consider potential solutions to the piracy problem. Specifically, IHS experts will cover: 

• Piracy incidents and trends in the Asia-Pacific region
• Piracy and wider maritime security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea
• Trends and issues in the commercial shipping sector 

Speakers include: Ridzwan Rahmat, IHS Jane's Asia-Pacific Naval Reporter; Devlin McStay, Data Analyst, IHS Maritime & Trade; Martin Roberts, Senior Analyst, Africa, IHS Markit Country Risk; and Dr Lee Willett, Editor of IHS Jane's Navy International

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Thu, 28/07/2016 - 15:15
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Peak-Season Freight Outlook: Ocean and Intermodal

It’s becoming increasingly clear that, without a dramatic jump in demand and a decrease in capacity, container lines can expect to limp through the next couple of years with little chance of making a profit. The fundamentals are all wrong. Demand for global container shipping this year is expected to increase barely 1 percent, with capacity growing 6 percent. Not only is capacity outstripping demand, but the vessels entering the market are ever larger as carriers search for lower unit costs, even as they come under siege from record low freight rates. On the land side, intermodal rail is winning back market share from trucking as rail service that bombed out two years ago has recovered in a big way. Many analysts, however, attribute that to weak freight demand reflected in declining rates and FTR Associates’ expectations for a scant 0.2 percent uptick in North American intermodal volumes this year. Yet FTR expects peak-season volume to rally, leading to greater growth in 2017.

This live, 75-minute webcast will analyze the outlook for the summer-fall peak shipping seasons for the containerized shipping and intermodal rail markets.

Moderator: Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com, IHS Maritime & Trade


Mario O. Moreno, Senior Economist, IHS Maritime & Trade

Lawrence J. Gross, Partner & Senior Consultant, FTR Associates and President, Gross Transportation Consulting

Moderator: Peter T. Leach, Editor At-Large, The Journal of Commerce, IHS Maritime & Trade

Speakers: Mario O. Moreno, Senior Economist, IHS Maritime & Trade



Interested in sponsoring a webcast? For more information, please contact Tony Stein at Tony.Stein@ihs.com

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 15:30
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A landmark referendum over the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union has ended in victory for those in favour of leaving the European Union but what does this mean for the shipping industry, both in the United Kingdom and further afield?  

Join our live webinar on Thursday 30th June at 2pm (BST) as our experts discuss the implications.


Brexit – any benefits for shipping? Will it affect London’s status as a maritime centre?

Brexit – who are the maritime winners and losers?

Brexit – what next? What can shipping expect to change in the months to come? Further down the road?



Nicola Good, Executive Editor Fairplay


Mario Moreno, JOC Senior Economist

Jonathan Roberts, Head of Communications, UK Chamber of Shipping

Toby Stephens, Shipping Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan

Tue, 07/06/2016 - 15:15
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Like its container shipping cousins, the shipping lines that operate multipurpose ships carrying breakbulk and project cargoes are suffering from overcapacity, lack of global demand and low freight rates. And like the container ships, multipurpose vessels are getting ever larger. That makes the few bright spots around the globe — the Middle East, parts of the U.S. Gulf and China — even more critical for multipurpose ship operators and the heavy-lift industry. In short, it will take some time for global cargo demand to catch up to the glut of multipurpose vessel capacity that carriers ordered when demand was stronger. But the breakbulk/project cargo sector is a complex market encompassing commodities such as steel, natural rubber and forest products; heavy-lift shipments including turbines and refinery equipment; oversized equipment such as energy-generating windmills, and project shipments for construction work, and demand can vary widely by commodity and region.

This webcast will examine the outlook for breakbulk/project cargo shipping and the economic and other issues driving the market direction.

Moderator: Joseph Bonney, Editor Breakbulk & Project Cargo, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade


Susan Oatway, Lead Analyst, Drewry Maritime Research


Interested in sponsoring this webcast? For more information, please contact Tony Stein at Tony.Stein@ihs.com

Thu, 17/03/2016 - 15:00
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When the International Maritime Organization in 2014 said it would require all containers to be weighed and bear validation before loading aboard a vessel, it put the onus on shippers for compliance. Like data-transmission regulations imposed after the September 11 attacks, these safety-related rules, which will take effect on July 1, will impact shippers on a day-to-day, operational basis. They also have the potential to cause significant disruption to shipper supply chains at a time when they’re also wrestling with other disruptive factors.

This webcast will analyze the regulation, how it will be carried out and enforced, and discuss best practices for beneficial cargo owners to ensure compliance and supply chain efficiency.

Moderator: Chris Brooks, Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events, IHS Maritime & Trade


Peter Tirschwell, Senior Director, Content, IHS Maritime & Trade

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com, IHS Maritime & Trade


Interested in sponsoring this webcast? For more information, please contact Tony Stein at Tony.Stein@ihs.com


Thu, 21/01/2016 - 16:45
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The volatility ocean carriers, shippers and intermediaries experienced in 2015 may have been severe, but it’s becoming more evident that such unpredictability is the new normal. 2015, of course, was marked by several industry-changing events: the protracted ILWU labor negotiations that led to the worst West Coast port congestion in a decade, followed by a contract that will yield labor peace into 2019; a widening supply-demand gap that sent Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific rates into free-fall; and a slowing China that is hitting containerized imports and exports alike. As 2016 begins, questions abound: What impact will an expected interest rate hike in the U.S. have on the economy at home and abroad? Will China reverse its slide? What impact will consolidation among major ocean carriers have on services? And, with new container-weighing rules just months away, what do shippers need to know to avoid disruption.

This webcast will examine the outlook for the containerized shipping market, the economic indicators playing into that and the impact the latest trends and regulations will have on service, reliability and visibility. 

Moderator: Peter T. Leach, Editor-at-Large, JOC.com, IHS Maritime & Trade


Mario O. Moreno, Senior Economist, JOC.com, IHS Maritime & Trade

Lars Jensen, CEO and Partner, SeaIntelligence Consulting


Interested in sponsoring this webcast? For more information, please contact Tony Stein at Tony.Stein@ihs.com

Wed, 02/12/2015 - 16:45
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What lies ahead in 2016? Join our chief maritime analyst, Richard Clayton, as he looks at the maritime industry and related sectors.

  • Markets: Demand for bigger ships continues, market supply and demands changing the face of fleets
  • Finance: Maritime finance landscape continues to change with new players
  • Technology: Technological developments
  • Expertise: Ageing maritime workforce
  • Canals and ports: how will they cope with the ever-increasing size of vessels
Richard Clayton, Chief Maritime Analyst, IHS Maritime & Trade