Sadly, a poll of TradeWinds readers disagreed with the Foresight Group chairman, naming John Fredriksen as the industry's most famous face.
Custodial sentences for contempt of court are considered a rare and extreme measure by English judges, but former shipowner Nobu Su is a rare and extreme character, who was jailed for 21 months in March.
Israeli shipowner Idan Ofer hosted an extravagant Burning Man-themed party on Mykonos in August to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary to his fourth wife. The party reportedly cost Ofer $5.5m. How much of that was spent on eyeliner remains unclear.
When the Sanchi sank in January 2018, it was thought that its entire crew were lost with it, but their families say a series of mysterious phone calls has led them to believe otherwise.
Many shipping companies are staunchly anti-scrubber, but none more so than Hudson Shipping, which has gone to extraordinary lengths to broadcast its views, as TradeWinds revealed in September.
Russian tanker company Novoship was revealed in August to be suing a Burford Capital executive, accusing him of unlawfully trading confidential documents for a sex tape relating to a US oil billionaire.
A fraudster who conducted a $700m shipping investment scam was arrested while walking his dog in Athens in November, after hiding in plain sight for five years.
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No one was expecting the chief executive of the one of the world's biggest crude tanker owners to make the leap to Royal Museums Greenwich.
The 15.5 tonnes of cocaine seized from containers onboard the MSC Gayane is thought to be the biggest haul ever.
It may not have been surprising that Greek owner George Economou finally took DryShips into private ownership in August, but the intensity of Wall Street's reaction was certainly unexpected.
Tensions in the Middle East Gulf escalated this year, with Frontline's tanker Front Altair and the Schulte-managed Kokuka Courageous suffering attacks while off Fujairah.
China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) executive Sun was jailed in July for bribery and abusing power. Chinese state media described the 12-year sentence as “lenient”.
It turns out that $300,000 per day fixtures lasted only a few hours before failing.
Authorities in Gibraltar detained the tankerGrace 1 in Gibraltar on suspicion that the VLCC was carrying Iranian crude to Syria.
Iran retaliated shortly after by seizing the Stena Bulk tanker Stena Impero. The shipowner's chief executive Erik Hanell talked to TradeWinds in October and revealed his company's 71-day battle to free the vessel and its 23 crew.