The Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping Trade and Finance at Bayes Business School (formerly known as Cass) has been the starting point for many high flyers in shipping.

But what ideas and what vision do its soon-to-be graduates — the shipping executives, traders and financiers of tomorrow — have about what is in store for the industry?

To showcase its talent, Bayes held an essay competition on board a boat on the River Thames with £500 prize money on offer for the best pitch.