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James Tweed

Specialist maritime eLearning provider Coracle,, has launched a new website,, providing free audio content as podcasts.

Bringing a new level of transparency to the shipping industry, offers podcasts on a range of topics including the Tanker markets, the Gas sector, the Dry Cargo market, Shipping Law, Marine Insurance, Ports and Terminals, and the P&I sector.

To create these innovative podcasts, Coracle has partnered some of the most influential market commentators in the industry, including The Baltic Exchange, Braemar-Seascope, Ince & Co, Reed Smith, The London Club and Willis Marine.

Coracle provides the audio files for free via as well as via iTunes and is supported by an innovative advertising scheme where advertising revenues are divided between covering costs and supporting disadvantaged students via the Coracle Education Fund.

Says Coracle and Founder and Managing Director, James Tweed: “ fills a gap in the industry for topical and accessible online maritime information. Every shipping professional can now access these lively podcasts read by Sony Award winning journalist Katie Breathwick. In this fast moving business, we believe that these easy-to-digest audio updates on the different maritime sectors can only help to keep the industry on its toes.”

Kevin Shakesheff, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Chairman and avid listener, adds: “As a fifty something and a late comer to technology, after getting an iPod as a Christmas gift from my kids, I have suddenly entered the world of Podcasts and in particular Coracle podcasts. Listening to the broadcasts is just so simple. It is just brilliant to switch on when I am on the train, or messing about at home in the evening.”

Mr Shakesheff continues: “The podcats help me keep myself up-to-date with lots of interesting shipping topics. In this traditional shipping industry, how refreshing it is to see modern technology working to my advantage.”

Together with its professional networking website, Argonaut (, which includes the largest glossary of shipping terms available online, Coracle sets a new standard in the depth and reach of online maritime information.

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For more information please contact:

James Tweed
Coracle Online Ltd
+ 44 1787 278 013

Simon Maxwell
Coracle Online Ltd
+ 44 1638 731 222


Notes to editors
The word podcast describes a digital media file that is being distributed over the internet and although the name comes from mixing ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast’, podcasts are not just for iPod users: any mp3 player can be used and in reality the vast majority of podcasts are listened to or viewed via a listeners/viewers computer. Combining podcasts with RSS (really simple syndication) means that listeners do not have to check for new content; they are alerted to new content automatically as soon as it is made available.

Coracle is the leading online training provider to the shipping industry and is the exclusive online provider to The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers - is owned and managed by Coracle.


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