Shipping loves a crisis. While it is painful to break the maxim of great British writer George Orwell "never to use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech", there are times when needs must.

And 2021 has proved that old saying true, once again.

Not that shipping relished the Covid-19 pandemic-induced supply chain crunch. Far from it. Shipowners and trades unions collaborated in unparalleled fashion to fight the severe problems faced by some crews.