31-34/2013 A cloud behind the silver lining
Summer has finally reached our little patch of Europe north of the Alps. Everyday activities seem to have slowed down somewhat in the holiday period, and the sun isn’t only shining out there in the world, but in our hearts a bit too. The news that the economic climate in the euro area has improved slightly in the third quarter, fits this upbeat mood quite well. Expectations for the next six months are also substantially more positive than they were in the last quarter, according to the research institute Ifo’s economic indicator. The health of the transport and logistics industry is said to be one of the key indicators of the global economic trend. The latest quarterly figures published by various shipping lines, for example, indeed point towards positive developments. Not everything in the garden is rosy, however. You can read about these and other hot topics in this issue of the ITJ. Besides this positive news there is a sad note clouding my heart too. David Cheslin, founder and managing director of Dunelm Public Relations in London, passed away on 5 August. It is probably not an exaggeration to describe David as a pioneer of communications in the shipping industry. From the 1970s onwards, he shaped it strongly, thanks to his extensive knowledge of the trade and his keen sense for hitting the right note. I wasn’t the only one to learn tremendously from him – we’ll all miss him.
Head of shipping and ports