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Jonathan Saul
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 23, 2022
Russian oil tankers get India safety cover via Dubai company
India, which has refrained from condemning Russia given its longstanding security ties, has sharply boosted Russian crude oil purchases in recent months.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 25, 2022
Insurance is Russian oil's Achilles' heel
Insurers from Europe and the United States, which dominate the international marine market, are curtailing coverage for Russian oil tankers, industry sources say.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Mar 21, 2022
Defiant Odessa is seen as vulnerable to Russian sea assault
Military experts said an attempt to capture Odessa, which has so far been spared intense bombardment and fighting, was possible given its strategic and symbolic importance to Ukraine.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Nov 15, 2021
Shipping companies feel the heat as investors shun coal
Such pressures pose new challenges for the shipping industry, which hitherto largely hasn't been drawn into the center of the coal debate.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 12, 2021
'Containergeddon': Supply crisis drives Walmart and rivals to hire their own ships
U.S. retailers' traditional lifeline from Asia is freezing up due to a resurgence of COVID-19 in countries like Vietnam and Indonesia plus a power-supply crunch in China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Jul 25, 2021
Global supply chains buckle as virus variant and disasters strike
Events have conspired to disrupt the fragile flow of raw materials, parts and consumer goods, according to companies, economists and shipping specialists.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2021
SOS: Stranded and shattered seafarers threaten global supply lines
The United Nations describes the situation as a humanitarian crisis at sea and says governments should class seafarers as essential workers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 14, 2021
Too cold to handle? Race is on to pioneer shipping of hydrogen.
Companies including Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries are beginning to develop a new generation of vessels that can deliver hydrogen to heavy industry.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 13, 2020
Who owned the chemicals that blew up Beirut? No one will say
A probe reveals an intricate tale of missing documentation, secrecy and a web of small, obscure companies that span the globe.
WORLD
Jan 12, 2015
Oil glut spurs rush for supertankers to store excess at sea
Some of the world's largest oil traders have hired supertankers to store crude at sea, marking a milestone in the build-up of the global glut.

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