Week 39 has arrived and so has your new issue of Project Cargo Weekly. A current hot topic, at least in Europe, is the re-election of the German chancellor Ms. Merkel, but also the arrival of a newcomer in the parliament called AfD. It seems that any new party daring to upset the status quo are branded populists by most of the mainstream news media. What does that mean? I tend to believe that they must be popular and have a message that seemingly 8 million people in Germany like to hear - that is ALSO democracy when someone gets voted in, that one may dislike.
Here at my home there is generally no democracy and I am not popular, but c'est la vie right? :-)
Now turning the attention to the shipping business, today we have an interview with a company in a former Soviet Republic, Lithuania. As they are now free, democratic and open for business since some years, it's good to learn more about the Baltic countries. Project Cargo can also be carried by air, thus for our second interview today we have a company with established expertise in the field of aircraft chartering. It's amazing what the giant Russian aircrafts can "eat". See the pictures for yourself.
Finally, before our usual sector news and other intel that we hope you will find useful, I wish to direct your attention to a talk on computer forensics in Singapore, organised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore). Looking for a specific entry or a single email can be daunting but critical. An entire business dispute or multi-million-dollar claim/arbitration may hinge on the data - when it was generated, altered, deleted by whom and under what circumstances" unquote. Sounds interesting, doesn't it? On a personal level, just think of going to court with the ex-wife to be and you just cannot find that email needed to defend yourself or vice versa as the case may be. Whatever we do online is recorded somewhere for better or for worse, as we all know by now - and if we were in doubt about the surveillance state, Mr. Snowden certainly woke us up to it, didn't he?
Wishing you a pleasant read and, until next week,
Bo H. Drewsen