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WE always aim for light-heartedness and brevity when writing Changing Course. We hope therefore that you'll forgive us a couple of lengthy articles this month! If you read nothing else, please do read about the OSCAR Campaign, which is raising funds from the shipping industry to fund the new Seas and Oceans themed floor at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Of course, there's plenty more worth reading. Do you know the difference between a charterer and a freight trader and which one earns the most money? Or why the new Lloyds Open Form makes us think of cod? Why Mexicans must stop making pretty girls angry (or something like that)? Or indeed why spurious employment disputes could be a thing of the past? And if you want to know how those cheeky charterers are getting one over on shipowners, read on…

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