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30 years ago

Three decades ago a British shipyard was still able to pick up a contract to build a large LPG carrier, something that is unthinkable now.

30 years ago

There is an eerie symmetry between June 1982 and June 2012. Thirty years may have passed but there are some spooky coincidences: a severe recession in the US and Europe; tension (and later outright war) in the Falkland Islands

30 years ago

A look at what was in the pages of the Bulletin in May 1982

One of the interesting elements – ‘joys’ is perhaps too strong a word – of looking back at what the magazine was covering 30 years ago is the identity of the companies mentioned in the editorial or, indeed, those advertising. 

30 years ago

Human beings are remarkably adept at getting used to the way things are. It is, therefore, surprising to look back at old copies of HCB and remember how things used to be. 

30 years ago

Since this column started two years ago to mark our 30th anniversary, it has been illuminating to look back to the early days of HCB and see how little has changed.

30 years ago

A look back at the news in November 1981

Back in 1981, HCB published a joint November/December issue, bumper in size for the time – although the 44 pages looks pretty slim when set against today’s magazine.

30 years ago

A look back at the news in October 1981

The October 1981 issue of HCB concerned itself largely with liability, and in particular the likelihood that conventions would be introduced to put in place systems by which compensation could be provided to innocent victims of incidents involving dangerous goods.

30 years ago

A look back at the news in September 1981

It is said that one normally realises that time is passing once policemen start looking young. Having got used to that, one then realises that one has somehow become older than the world’s leading politicians.

30 years ago

A look back at the news in July 1981

One aspect of the Bulletin’s reporting that was common 30 years ago but is surprising rare nowadays is the coverage of maritime accidents.

30 years ago

A look back at the news in June 1981

By June 1981, 18 months after HCB first appeared, the magazine was beginning to settle down into a structure that current readers might recognise.

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