Chris White

Chris White

Chris is a contributor to Inkstone. He is a Singapore-based freelance journalist & photographer.

What a traffic jam in an Asian shipping lane says about the world
Flying into Singapore’s Changi Airport, visitors often remark on the hundreds of vessels, from supertankers to freighters, anchored along the coastline. Why are there so many? What are they doing there? A decade ago, the global recession created a maritime car park of apparent ghost ships in the Singapore Strait – vessels sat idle in the world’s busiest shipping lane as companies were going bust or did not have enough business to justify their use. Now there’s a similar stockpiling of ships in the Strait, but it’s more like a traffic jam. A growing global population that is getting richer means a burgeoning demand for goods. The Strait is one of global trade’s most important stretches of wa
What a traffic jam in an Asian shipping lane says about the world