Impact of IMO 2020 on the maritime landscape of South Africa

IMO 2020 - shipping and freight resource

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been working to reduce harmful impacts of shipping on the environment since the 1960s..

The regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships (Annex VI) seek to control airborne emissions from ships (sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ozone depleting substances (ODS), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and shipboard incineration) and their contribution to local and global air pollution, human health issues and environmental problems..

In April 2018, more than 100 Member States met at the United Nations IMO in London and adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels..

Below is a perspective from Durand Richard of Linsen Nambi Bunker Services on the impact of IMO 2020 on the South African maritime landscape..

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5 things to do before shipping your first export consignment

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Are you new into the business of exporting and not sure how to get it right the first time? You are not alone. Not many people are aware of how to handle their first export consignment.

Considering the international nature of the business, it is not easy as it requires a deeper understanding of the entire process of the markets its rules and regulations.

Ensuring this on a regular basis is challenging even for experienced agencies in the export/import market.

So what should you do? Well as a first timer, the best you can do is prepare. Prepare yourself and develop an in-depth understanding of the market you are exporting to. And more importantly, about the export rules and the best practices to keep in mind.

While the business scenario and shipping regulations would differ from country to country, there are certain common things that you must ensure while exporting.

Here’s a look at the 5 important things to consider before shipping your first export consignment abroad.

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Why Demurrage & Detention fees are killing ocean shippers

Shipping and Freight Resource Opinion

International trade continues to experience growing pains related to demurrage and detention charges.

Unfortunately, global transport interpretations result in an assumption that these terms are interchangeable.

Depending on the origin and destination, they have different meanings, especially in the U.S. In fact, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) took the exuberant step to eliminate confusion and streamline port management.

While beneficial, the new interpretive rule still leaves room for error, notes FleetOwner, lacking the force of legally bound duties.

To avoid an assumption of decreased demurrage and detention fees and keep ocean freight spend under control, shippers need to understand their real impacts and how these fees amount to significant issues in the global supply chain.

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So you want to become a Freight Forwarder huh..!!

Opinion Piece

First question you need to ask yourself is WHY..?? 

It is important that you understand the purpose of wanting to become a freight forwarder.. What is the objective..??

  1. Maybe its your intrigue or love of the industry and your ability to connect people and businesses ;
  2. Maybe because you are tired of the current forwarders in terms of their service offering and their attitude towards business and you think you can do it better ;
  3. Maybe you think you have a set of loyal customers who would support you if you ventured out on your own ;
  4. Maybe its the glitz and glamour that you see some of the freight forwarders exhibiting especially the new startups who the venture capitalists are fawning over ; or
  5. Maybe you are truly well versed in the business and you decided it is time for you to strike out on your own..

Whatever the reasons for you wanting to become a freight freight forwarder, here are 6 points you need to consider and a few things you need to get right first..

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How shipping containers are making FIFA World Cup 2022 possible..

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When Malcom Mclean an American trucking company owner/trucker turned inventor and Mechanical Engineer Keith Tantlinger got together to create the first shipping container in 1956, they definitely had no idea how viral their creation would go..

Whether as a part of the 23,498,710 TEUs in circulation right now carrying various cargoes across the world or being used as a student accommodation in South Africa or being used as a farm in Maryland, USA the ubiquitous shipping container has come a long way indeed..

But it looks like the simple yet efficient structural design and flexibility of the ubiquitous container continues to inspire people around the world to bring out the best..

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Maersk to test a containerised battery system to improve on board performance

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I for one, am quite pleased with the many initiatives that the shipping and freight industry has been taking to combat climate change and reduce CO2 emissions..

Implementing IMO 2020 sulphur cap, testing the usage of bio-fuels to run ships, using scrubbers, avoiding north sea route, changing ships technology to use less fuel, etc etc etc.. While what is being done is commendable, there is still a LOT left to do in order to reach the goals set..

For its part, Maersk has announced that it will pilot a battery system to improve power production on board ships..

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Fastest rail freight service between China and Germany launched

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We may have found a solution for shippers looking for an option between an expensive but quick air freight option and a less expensive but slower sea freight option.. This seems to be the message from Steve Huang, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding China..

A joint initiative between DHL Global Forwarding and Xi’an International Inland Port Investment & Development Group Co. Ltd will see container freight being shipped from Xi’an in China to Hamburg and Neuss in Germany, a distance of around 7,861 kms in a record setting transit time of 10-12 days..

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Who pays what charges in a sea freight shipment

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In any trade transaction, there are two parties – the buyer and the seller.. When it comes to a sea freight shipment, either one or both of them may end up paying different sets of charges to different entities..

Not just for newcomers to the business of exporting and importing, this question sometimes perplexes many already in the business..

In this article I dissect this process to explain who pays what charges in sea freight shipment..

So who pays what charges in a sea freight shipment..??

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G2 Ocean to strengthen its digital footprint

Digitalisation - shipping and freight resource

Developing, implementing and providing new digital solutions to its customers lies at the core of G2 Ocean’s business. 

For many companies in the shipping industry, where the digital transformation is moving slower than many other industries, new developments such as Blockchain, Internet of Things, Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are merely buzzwords.

But not to G2 Ocean. Since the company launched in 2017, it has had a continuous focus on developing and implementing new digital solutions for its customer, employees and partners.

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