The Loadstar is known at the highest levels of logistics and supply chain management as one of the best sources of influential analysis and commentary. The focus is on independent, high-quality journalism for the benefit of our readers’ knowledge and understanding.

Read by shippers, forwarders, logistics providers, carriers, ports and airports, The Loadstar connects through information. We provide breaking stories, original comment, news and research – as well as the best articles from around the world.

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“Following publicity in The Loadstar, we were contacted by a number senior executives across a broad spectrum of industries interested in the Transport Sector; they included major shippers, airlines, forwarders, institutional investors and analysts. This is the result we had hoped for.”Peyton Burnett, managing director, TAC Index

“There is a new kid on the block in the transport press, The Loadstar. Here in research we can’t speak highly enough of this website. The Loadstar’s take on the transport industry is both irreverent and incisive.  Set up by a blogger and former Lloyd’s List journalist, the editors do an excellent job of picking out the key stories of the day, as well as linking to the ‘best of the rest’ from other organisations. If there is one email newsletter you sign up to, make it this one.” From an internal email from the research department of a major transport union:

“The Loadstar has recently propelled itself to the forefront of multimodal transport.  It does so because it ticks all the boxes – delivered daily electronically, and free of charge. Its articles are well-researched, gutsy and relevant, and not just the mouthpiece of the biggest advertisers or sponsors. It’s required reading for people in the shipping business whether by air, sea or road. The convergence of these modes means that practitioners have to stay informed about the entire spectrum. The Loadstar is the only publication that does that with such style and substance. That’s why I read it and encourage my senior management to do the same.” Larry Coyne, CEO, Coyne Airways

“The Loadstar is one of the bright new sources of multimodal trade transport news, covering sea and air. But, unlike many startups, it benefits from a veteran editorial team who have spent  many years covering the industries, so they have the contacts, context and insight to uncover the news that matters.” Russ Barling, Owner, Scripto Communication — Energy & Transport Expertise

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About us


Alex Lennane, publisher Alex launched The Loadstar blog in March 2011. It was well-received by the industry, which triggered its transformation into the new site.

Alex is an experienced writer on aviation and logistics, with many contacts throughout the air cargo industry, and she edits the quarterly magazine Airline Cargo Management. She is also Europe editor for the Seattle-based subscription news service, Cargo Facts. She has freelanced for IFW, HeavyLiftPFI and Cargo Systems, among other publications, since leaving The Guardian newspaper. She also works as an air freight consultant and is head of The Loadstar’s marketing.

Alex won the Seahorse Supply Chain Journalist of the Year 2011, and was runner-up in 2012, and was Journalist of the Year (runner-up) in both 2010 and 2011.

You can contact Alex at [email protected] or on + 44 207 403 2005.

Gavin van Marle, editor. Gavin joined The Loadstar from Lloyds List, where he was senior reporter. He was previously editor of IFW and before that Cargo Systems. He is editor of the quarterly publication Container Shipping & Trade. Gavin also works as a consultant on the sea freight industry, providing insight to shippers and other companies, and is the author of the acclaimed book Around the World in Freighty Ways: Adventures in Globalisation.

Gavin has won numerous awards, including the Seahorse Journalist of the Year 2011 and 2009, and Supply Chain Journalist of the Year 2010 and 2014.

You can contact Gavin at [email protected] or on + 44 207 403 2005.

Phone 300314 207Mike Wackett FICS, business development & editorial consultant

Mike Wackett joined The Loadstar after editing Containerisation International online for six years, writing a weekly opinion piece for Lloyd’s Loading List, and latterly working as a senior correspondent on Lloyd’s List.

Before a change of direction into journalism in 2007 Mike worked on ‘the other side of the fence’ as the managing director of a shortsea feeder line. In a 30+ year career he has been employed in various sectors of the shipping industry and held several commercial and operational senior management positions.

Mike is a qualified shipbroker and is a past chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ East Anglia branch. He is the owner of a shipping consultancy and in this capacity has advised many companies involved in the supply chain.
Mike was chosen as the Seahorse Club Online Journalist of the Year for 2008. You can contact Mike on +44 7808 481 816 or [email protected].

Ale PixAlessandro Pasetti, financial columnist, is the founder of Hedging Beta Ltd. He also writes about investment strategy and assets valuation for European clients. Based in London, he previously worked for about five years at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, producing analysis for the IB community. Prior to that, he contributed to the launch of London-based Loan Radar, where he worked for three years. He had stints in equity research at Bear Stearns in London and HVB in Munich. He did his intermarket analysis research thesis with Unicredit in Milan. You can contact Alessandro on +44 740 22 555 12 or at [email protected].


Sam WhelanSam Whelan, Asia correspondent, joined The Loadstar from TOC Events Worldwide, where he spent four years producing container port, shipping and logistics conferences. During his time with TOC, Sam produced 15 events taking place across four continents, recruited over 500 speakers, and developed a keen interest in the freight industry. Sam is currently based in Vietnam and plans to explore South East Asia whilst covering the region for The Loadstar. You can contact him at [email protected].


Jaye Tucker, commercial director,  began her career at one of the largest air cargo media companies in the world, where she worked in a senior sales capacity for more than ten years.  She was responsible for selling and developing a variety of frequency titles, global exhibitions, websites and directories. She then joined the industry, working for a leading airline general cargo sales agent based in Heathrow. She left to help launch a cargo division for a top city aviation recruitment company, where she was able to use her contacts and skills at connecting people, and she continues to place mid to senior management appointments. She joined The Loadstar a year after its launch, in 2012. Having travelled the world, attending all the major trade shows, Jaye has built up an enviable network of contacts and she remains one of the air freight industry’s best fixers and networkers.

She can be reached at [email protected] or on +44 7841 522 273.


Rob Sturges provided many of the photos on The Loadstar. An experienced photographer, apart from his assignments for The Loadstar he regularly undertakes commissions from corporate clients, as well as putting on his own exhibitions.

You can contact Rob at [email protected]

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