Sometimes it really is who you know, not what you know. Although in the case of Ardmore Shipping’s methanol-to-hydrogen joint venture e1 Marine, it was probably a bit of both.

Two years ago, the Ireland-based product tanker owner was “scratching its head” as it pondered the implications of clean technology for shipping.

So it turned to former Wells Fargo shipping analyst Mike Webber, now the head of Webber Research & Advisory.

Ardmore chief executive Anthony Gurnee says: “I always like to say Mike has the ability to see around corners.