Thursday again and we are back in your inbox...hopefully. The past week has seen the breakbulk expo in Houston and according to sources that we had including my colleague Cody visiting there it was a good event, albeit not as big or as crowded as previously. Perhaps the events market is becoming saturated and its time to review the amount of expos...still what other solution is there than actually meeting people face to face? Hardly any! Budget may be a factor too of course, but it costs money to make money and our accounts department should sometimes remember that.
I visited one of my children in London and also made a trip to the Isle of Wight last week. Speaking of costs, there is certainly no free lunch in London. According to what I heard from several contacts in the UK the costs are really going up, but services aren't. From what I could see, from taking the bus/train/ferry, large parts of the UK could do with massive infrastructure investment.
Privatisation is not always the cure that fixes everything I believe. A couple of nuclear power plants are forging ahead, such as Hinkley point, which will mean lots of equipment for the active shipowner and project freight forwarder to look out for. Needless to say, since its a government operation, its behind schedule and above budget! When the government spends our hard earned tax dollars I see little or no accountability, and if there is a sacking it is normally with a golden parachute.
Well you are reading this newsletter hopefully for the content and not my editorial, so here is what we have in store for you today: We can call this week the Viking week as we portray a couple of very dynamic and successful danish shipping personalities, who have been active for many years in shipowning and project shipping on a worldwide scale.
We then have some solid neutral and factual shipping advice from a competent master mariner that I met on my trip to London. For the active sales departments out there we have some interesting sector news that could lead to cargo for you, and we finish off as usual with our photo, video and wise words of the week.
Enjoy this last issue in October and I wish you all a good read.
Bo H. Drewsen