Gavin van Marlemanaging editor 

Gavin joined The Loadstar from LloydsList, where he was senior reporter. He was previously editor of International Freighting Weekly (IFW) and before that Cargo Systems. He has also been a contributor toContainer Shipping & Tradeand hadone some consultancy for the sea freight industry, providing insight to shippers and other companies. Gavin is also the author of the acclaimed book Around the World in Freighty Ways: Adventures in Globalisation.

Gavin has won numerous awards, including the Seahorse Awards’ International Editor of the Year 2018, the Journalist of the Year 2011 and 2009, and Supply Chain Journalist of the Year 2010 and 2014. Gavin specialises in sea freight, supply chain management and e-commerce logistics. You can contact Gavin at gavin@theloadstar.com, or on +44 (0)7825 908 924. 

Alex Lennane, publisher

Alex launched  The Loadstar blog for the air cargo industry in March 2011. It was very well-received, which triggered its transformation into the new site in 2012. 

Alex is an experienced writer on aviation and logistics. She was editor of the quarterly magazine Airline Cargo Management for eight years, and Europe editor for the Seattle-based subscription news service,Cargo Facts, for four years. She freelanced for many of the key logistics titles, such as International Freighting Weekly (IFW), HeavyLiftPFIandCargo Systemsafter leaving The Guardian newspaper in 2002. 

Alex was the Seahorse Awards’ Air Cargo Journalist of the Year in 2018 and its Supply Chain Journalist of the Year in 2011. Alex specialises in air freight and the forwarding industry. You can contact her at on +44 (0)7879 334 389, or at alex@theloadstar.com. 

Alessandro Pasetti, head of Loadstar Premium

Ale spearheaded the launch of our Premium subscription service in November 2018 and immediately broke the biggest M&A news story of the last 12 months, the takeover of Panalpina by DSV. Since launch, Premium has become the essential financial news & analysis resource for executive teams, shareholders and investors of the major 3PLs and carriers. He was runner up for the Seahorse News Journalist of the Year 2018 for his exclusive analysis on Maersk’s restructuring.  

Based in London, Ale previously worked for five years at  Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, producing analysis for the IB community. Prior to that, he contributed to the launch of London-based Loan Radar. He also had stints in equity research at Bear Stearns in London and HVB in Munich and completed his intermarket analysis research thesis with Unicredit in Milan. You can contact Ale on +44 (0)7402 255 512, or at alessandro@theloadstar.com. 

Mike Wackett FICS, consultant and sea freight correspondent

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 (0) 7808 481 816 or mike@theloadstar.com.

Mike Weir, deputy head of Loadstar Premium

Mike’s byline has appeared in publications as diverse as The Oban Times and the Wall Street Journal. If the BBC did bylines, it would have appeared there too.

On the basis of having a truck driving licence, Mike was encouraged to become the editor of Lloyd’s Loading List a few years ago. Like most of its editors, Mike departed quite quickly but has flirted with the logistics sector ever since. He enjoys writing punchy commentary on all of the key players in the supply chain.

Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent

Sam 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 more than 500 speakers, and developed a keen interest in the freight industry. Sam is currently based in Vietnam and plans to explore south east Asia while covering the region for The LoadstarHe was the runner up in the Seahorse Feature Journalist of the Year Award 2018 for a LongRead on China. You can contact him on +84 77 203 8462, or at sam@theloadstar.com. 

David Badger, production editor

David is the beating heart of The Loadstar – without him, we would have no daily news service. A journalist for more than 45 years, David began his career in local newspapers. In 1997 he joined Informa as Production Editor of International Freighting Weekly (IFW), later becoming Group Production Manager, running a 16-strong team producing a series of B2B titles for the logistics industry, including Containerisation International, Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, International Bulk Journal, Freight Transport Buyer Asia andAirtrade. David oversaw the move to online publishing of IFW and Lloyd’s Loading List, for which he served as associate editor.  

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