UNCTAD Examines Fifty Years of Shipping


By The Maritime Executive 11-23-2018 03:16:34

The major events that have marked the past of maritime transport – and issues that are likely to forge its future – are examined in a special publication released on Friday, marking 50 years since UNCTAD first published its longest standing annual report, the Review of Maritime Transport.

The new commemorative publication offers a forward-looking assessment of issues likely to shape shipping in the future and explores fresh directions in research and analysis, as well as examining the history of the Review of Maritime Transport over the past 50 years. It comprises reflections by seven eminent guest essayists, chosen for their expertise and roles in the maritime transport industry:

• Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization

• Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University

• Serigne Thiam Diop, former Secretary General of the Union of African Shippers Councils

• Peter Hinchliffe, former Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping

• Martin Stopford, President of Clarkson Research Services Limited

• Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors

• Chris Welsh, former Secretary-General of the Global Shippers’ Forum

In addition to core issues covered by the Review of Maritime Transport since 1968, including demand and supply, ports and freight markets, and legal and regulatory developments affecting transport and trade, the commemorative report considers several emerging themes. These include consolidation in liner shipping, alliance formation, maritime transport costs, connectivity, green shipping, ports and environmental sustainability, digital innovations, climate change mitigation and resilience.

Prepared under the overall direction of Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director, Division on Technology and Logistics (DTL), the study “50 years of Review of Maritime Transport, 1968–2018: Reflecting on the past, exploring the future” is a collaborative effort. The Special Issue project was managed by the Trade Logistics Branch, DTL, namely Hassiba Benamara, Jan Hoffmann and Frida Youssef.