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On our Forum: Questions aplenty about ship fuel problems and ‘green’ solutions

  By Michael Grey* You would be, to say the least, extremely angry, if your car came to a grinding halt and the nice person from the emergency services looked up from the engine compartment and told you the engine had been wrecked because of the fuel you had been supplied by the filling station. …

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On our Forum: Stranger than fiction in a world ‘not far short of chaos’

By Michael Grey* Will what we used to think of as “normal” ever return? Black swans used to be rare, but now they are coming by the squadrons, like migrating geese, as one daft occurrence succeeds the last in bewildering succession. There is a world shortage of lorry drivers, as they all opt to drive …

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(On our Forum)Fantasy Island and the realities of decarbonisation…

By Michael Grey* One of my happiest assignments was during the 1970s when I found myself the part-time “Maritime Editor” of the new children’s weekly “Speed and Power”. It was a wonderful role, with a readership that could be relied on to respond vigorously to just about everything the journalists said in their pages. And …

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Marine salvage expertise must not decline… (Forum)

  By Michael Grey* These are tough times for the professional salvor, with concern being expressed about weak revenues and worries about capacity. To the casual inquirer about salvage matters, it might seem that marine casualties have been both frequent and spectacular of late, what with containership fires, blazing tankers and car carriers that won’t stay …

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Cauchemar de la navigation avec les pirates du golfe de Guinée (Forum)

  Par Michael Gray * Peu de gens de mer aujourd’hui naviguent vers le golfe de Guinée avec un cœur léger et une allure joyeuse, pas plus qu’ils ne le faisaient il y a deux cents ans, lorsque la maladie était endémique le long de ses côtes. C’est un autre type de fléau aujourd’hui, avec …

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La crise des gens de mer en cours: les affréteurs ont-ils un cœur? (FORUM)

Largement considéré comme le porte étendard du journalisme maritime mondial, Michael Gray* propose dans notre section FORUM, un autre commentaire passionné et une suggestion urgente pour l’intervention de BIMCO sur des marins si inhumainement traités pendant la crise croissante du COVID. Les gens de mer ont-ils une âme? Sont-ils des êtres humains sensibles, avec des …

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The ongoing seafarer crisis: do charterers have hearts? (FORUM)

Widely regarded as the senior statesman of world shipping journalism, Michael Grey* offers in our FORUM section, another impassioned commentary and an urgent suggestion for the intervention of BIMCO on seafarers so inhumanly treated during the mounting COVID crisis. Do seafarers have souls? Are they sentient human beings, with natural rights, or, as the last …

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