Executive Insights – Andrew Pike – Author of “Against all Odds” – The story of the Oceanos Rescue

Andrew Pike - Author - Against All Odds - the epic story of the Oceanos Rescue

In our latest edition of Executive Insights, Shipping and Freight Resource caught up with Andrew Pike for his insights into the Maritime industry specifically in South Africa and also about his new book “Against All Odds” The epic story of the OCEANOS rescue..

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Maersk takes a welcome step – adds mandatory customer declaration to booking

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We have seen recently that container shipping lines are getting tough with regards to customer declaration or misdeclaration of dangerous goods..

It seems that the lines are really serious about containing these problems which is obviously going to benefit them and global trade..

Maersk Line seems to be on track for this..

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Reconditioning customers to accept Green, Slow Shipping

Shipping and Freight Resource Opinion

Society’s perception of environmentally and socially responsible shipping practices is far from the truth. When Amazon unveiled the promise of free two-day shipping for Prime members, customers were thrilled.

The processes were already in place to enable fast delivery, so what could be the harm in more people benefiting from even shorter delivery windows?

Amazon recognized how this service would impact on sales, and began offering free same-day shipping on millions of products starting in May 2019. It all looks like an Amazon Prime Member benefit.

That is the problem in its entirety.

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Shipping lines get tough on dangerous goods misdeclaration

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Gatvol (ˈxʌtˌfɒl) is a commonly used South African term meaning “fed up” or “I have had it up to here”.. This is seems to be the mood in the Hapag Lloyd camp as they recently announced hefty fines for misdeclaration of dangerous goods..

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Maersk Honam becomes Maersk Halifax

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Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, Maersk Honam has a new lease on life as Maersk Halifax.. As has been reported quite elaborately here, on the 6th of March 2018, Maersk Honam, one of Maersk’s ultra-large container ships caught fire in the Arabian Sea between India’s West Coast and Oman while en-route from Singapore to Egypt..

Five crew members perished in this incident which was one of several maritime disasters which have container ships in recent history..

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Correlation between demurrage, detention and freight rates

shipping and freight questions

Demurrage and Detention – two terms that may be at the top of the most controversial charges levied by shipping lines..

While shipping lines may consider demurrage and detention a necessary evil, importers and exporters around the world may beg to differ..

A question that one of the readers raised was

Is there a correlation between demurrage and detention and freight rates..??

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The first Smart Container Innovation Lab – Contopia Labs announced by Loginno

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A few decades ago or even a few years ago, no one would have believed that a simple rectangular steel box with 6 sides (well most of the time) would be termed “smart”.. Well, the “smart container” as it is termed now is here to stay..

Nothing displays the seriousness of this innovation better than when someone announces the setting up of the world’s first smart container innovation lab.. 

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A day in the life of a bunker barge operator

bunker barge operator

Bunkers are a critical component of ship operations and one of the most cost intensive.. Bunkering services and service providers such as a bunker barge operator play a crucial role in maritime shipping worldwide..

All major ports around the world offer this as part of their service suite, to attract more vessels, increase efficiency, increase revenue and create local employment..

We caught up with Durand Naidoo, MD of Linsen Nambi Bunkering Services in South Africa and as per him, here is what a day in the life of a bunker barge operator looks like..

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Instant shipment insurance anyone..??

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Cargo insurance covers/compensates a buyer or seller of goods against cargo damage or loss of cargo..

Despite it having been around for centuries, there is still a feeling that any form of insurance is a “grudge purchase”..

By its nature, insurance is an intangible benefit, one that can only be tested under adverse circumstances and there is nothing more adverse than cargo damage..

One of the common complaints about getting insurance is about the tons of paperwork that needs to be completed and the time it takes for all of it to be done..

Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company aims to take this pain away from the customers who are interested in having their goods covered..

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