Forgive us for sounding like a "train spotter" but there can't be many other industries that are so inextricably and directly linked to global trade and without which global trade would just grind to a halt. There are those who are concerned about the arrival of hedge funds and banks on the freight trading market and, with them, million dollar bonuses, but by crikey it's made shipping sexy again. Who would ever have thought we'd see traders moving from banking and commodities into shipping? To take part in our annual freight trader salary and bonus research contact Phil Parry on + 44 (0)1702 480142. In a similar vein, for information on joining the Maritime HR Forum, a global association of shipowners and trading organisations please email [email protected].