Chinese investment in ports is not a new phenomenon, as the country's Belt and Road Initiative focuses on maritime routes with the Maritime Silk Road. But recent investment in the Port of Hamburg in Germany has been a cause for concern for those worried about China's growing influence. We investigate the matter in this issue.

Elsewhere, we profile the Stad Ship Tunnel project in Norway, which will allow shipping to bypass the Stad Peninsula, one of the most dangerous routes along the coast of Norway. We also learn how the decision to suspend the National Flagship programme in the UK has enabled investment into Defence projects.

As well as all of this, we look at Moscow's decision to suspend participation in a joint UN-Turkish programme that enabled the export of Ukrainian grains via a maritime corridor in the Black Sea. Lastly, we consider the role that the Panama Canal could play in resolving the warehousing logistics crisis in the US.

For all of this and more, read on. And don't forget to stay up to date with everything at @ShipTechMag and @FutureCruiseMag.

Peter Nilson, editor