George Lauriat

George Lauriat

Civilization Ends at the Waterline: 2016 IMB Piracy Report

“It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always on top.” Hunter S. Thompson, Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ‘80s.

Jan 18, 2017View Full Blog

Welcome to the Revolution

On 22nd of December, 2016, Maersk, arguably the world’s largest ocean containership carrier (the argument coming from similar-sized 2M alliance partner MSC [Mediterranean Shipping Company]), began offering Chinese shippers the option of using Alibaba’s (arguably the world’s largest retail commerce company in gross revenue terms) OneTouch system. This move could well be as revolutionary as Malcom McLean’s launch of the containership industry just over sixty years ago.

Jan 13, 2017View Full Blog

Asia Risk Assessment 2017

Steve Vickers, the CEO of the Hong Kong-based consultancy company, has a hard-earned reputation for being one of the keenest observers of political and economic developments in the region.

Jan 11, 2017View Full Blog

Carrier Conundrums: HMM, the 2M Alliance and Korea Line

The 2M Alliance, composed of the two largest containership operators, Maersk and MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Corporation) reportedly announced today it will not admit Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) as a full partner in the agreement but will explore other options such as slot exchange or purchase agreement.

Nov 23, 2016View Full Blog

Dangerous Ground – The Lawless Sea

It was announced last week the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in their dispute with the People’s Republic of China over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Shortly after the announcement, Beijing rejected the ruling as illegal while Washington immediately chimed in with a statement that The Hague ruling was both legal and binding.

Jul 15, 2016View Full Blog

From Across the Pond: The Exit - Brexit Over and Exit Strategy begins

Early Friday morning (24-June) the U.S. awoke to the results of Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union. On the western shores of “The Pond” the controversial referendum was often buried in the electric ether of the U.S. Presidential campaign or more exciting issues like keeping up with another generation of Kardashians. However, with the “shocking decision” (an expression used by at least a dozen U.S. news reporters) “The Exit” is today’s news.

Jun 24, 2016View Full Blog

Top 50 Containership Carriers

A snippet from AJOT's Ocean Carrier Review 2016 coming in this weeks edition!

Apr 15, 2016View Full Blog

“Long Haul Legacy” delivers

The book, Long Haul Legacy by F. Martin Harmon (Atlantic Book Printing), tells the tale of long haul trucking in the U.S. This is a story that has been told more than once, but Harmon fills in some important details left out of many accounts on the unique evolution of trucking in the U.S. The subtitle “SMC3 and the Evolution of Motor Freight” is frequently missing from most accounts, and frankly the omission is as big as Superman without his cape.

Mar 15, 2016View Full Blog

When is a real Project - a project?

When Global Shipping Services Project Director Jim Zino got a call from a satisfied customer with the question, "Are you ready to move more helicopters?" He was ready.

Aug 10, 2015View Full Blog

Get me past the Greek

Back in 2010, ironically about the same time as Greece agreed to the EU backed bailout program, “Get him to the Greek” was a rock (hardly Greek) comedy. But at this moment in time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and indeed most of the leaders in the EU [especially Francois Hollande, President of France], would simply like to get past the Greeks and move on.

Jul 07, 2015View Full Blog