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April 2017

21

Can the U.S. and its automakers live with two major contradicting sets of emission legislations?

In the European Union, China and United States, legislation on vehicle emissions has changed over time to meet a variety of policy objectives. While the European Union and China are moving towards tightening their emission regulations, the US on the other hand is shifting in the opposite direction.

February 2017

1

2017: A year of uncertainty and turbulance

It has probably never been as difficult to predict future economic developments as today. What is becoming clear is that the current economic and financial system may look totally differently at the end of this year – changed according to the rule: destruct and rebuild.

January 2017

6

How well did we predict 2016?

The start of the year is a high time for predictions. All respected research institutions and experts are rolling out their crystal ball to forecast what will lay ahead, while old views, that were so-often wrong are forgotten instead of being reviewed. Today, I offer you a review of the predictions we made for 2016 on our website last year. As you can see our predictions were reasonably correct.

December 2016

16

Sharing economy disrupts car ownership model

In the world where more than half of the population lives in densely populated urban areas, new mobility services like car-sharing are challenging the traditional model where we own our own car. This trend, together with autonomous and connected car technology, will likely revolutionize our individual travel patterns in the not so distant future.

December 2016

2

Ship naming ceremony – a memorable event for guests attending

Last week, I had the honour of attending a traditional naming ceremony for Höegh Trotter, the sixth New Horizon class vessel, my company has built at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industries in China. Many people outside the shipping industry wonder what such a ceremony is all about, therefore I thought of shedding some light on this old custom.

October 2016

28

Developing automotive markets in Africa - The industry’s last frontier

Africa, essentially the last continent representing significant expansion opportunity for the automotive industry, has in recent time become a key focus area for all global manufacturers. Things are starting to happen here.

October 2016

12

On our way towards the next, more balanced phase of globalisation?

Recent report by the WTO reveals that the global trade growth (in physical goods) has now slowed sharply to its slowest pace since 2009.

September 2016

30

Dancing at sea

Being a seafarer has helped me improve my knowledge and skill in navigation and develop a positive attitude towards the value of hard work. Surprising however it has also ignited my passion for dance.

September 2016

23

What can be learnt from the Hanjin’s fall?

The media are these days full of articles about Hanjin’s spectacular fall. Many opinions on the reasons of the fall, current effects and possible outcomes of this disaster are circulated every day. I will not dwell on this today, but I’m thinking - how dependent the global economy’s growth is on well-functioning and efficient shipping industry.

September 2016

7

Why I love being a seafarer

We seafarers take a six to nine month contract on board a ship. Within that period, we see the vast ocean and sky most of the time. Isn’t that boring? Well, if you don’t have some patience, determination and optimism, you can definitely conclude that life at sea is quite boring. But if you want to see the world, it is an opportunity.

August 2016

5

Do ALL new technologies solve the fundamental challenges of our time?

We stand at the doorstep of the fourth Industrial Revolution. Media picture is packed with news and analyses of a great number of technology trends enabled by Big Data. It is often difficult for ordinary people to comprehend all the new breakthroughs, and to grasp consequences of them for how we will live, get around, work and relax in the future.

July 2016

28

You can accomplish anything when you believe in yourself

In recent years, more women engage in professions which were classically designed for men. Despite the hardships and difficulties that female seafarers encounter, I have found trusting and believing oneself are the key factors to overcome such circumstances.

July 2016

22

Is traditional forecasting a thing of the past?

The media picture is dominated by the UK’s unexpected and unpredicted decision to leave the European Union. Analysts, consultants, commentators, and of course politicians, all race to present their Brexit impact analyses. It is a great time for speculations, ideas, theories, predictions, even forecasts, warnings of grave consequences and risks. And that is exactly that – nobody knows what will happen.

June 2016

29

Who says seafarers can’t do Zumba?

Seafarers must have the skills, competence and knowledge to perform their duties and responsibility to keep the ship in its best condition. But seafarers on board must also be emotionally happy and physically fit.

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