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WHERE on earth did January go? We'll be counting the shopping days to Christmas before we know it.

This month in Changing Course there's a test of your shipping knowledge. We asked our Chairman to impress us all with his superior shipping brain… but he couldn't and he had to pass on three questions. Can you do better?

Our condolences to everyone at Tradewinds who lost their friend and long-time colleague John Landell at the end of January. Aged just 59, John died from a debilitating lung condition.

Sadly, death features again this month. While shipping is a much safer place than it used to be, with over a thousand deaths happening at sea every year, the IMO has called for action to halve this figure.

Nearly a thousand people gathered in London for the annual LTOPS party. A huge thank you to the LTOPS organisers for their support for the Sailors Society and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Read on for more about that and for news that there are now more women in shipping than you can count of your fingers and toes. What progress!

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