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International Code of Signals - shipping and freight resource

International Code of Signals and its application in the maritime industry

From the time that languages came into being, till date there is no ONE common language around the world that is understood by all..

Every country, region has its own language which brings along with it communication barriers..

These communication barriers affect maritime industry as well, as there are seafarers of different nationalities involved in the trade.. Different nationalities obviously means different languages and there could be these language barriers when communicating between ships..

Majority of the seafarers come from countries like Philippines, Indonesia, China, Russia, Turkey, India, USA, Japan, Korea, Canada and Malaysia.. Most of these countries are Non-Native English speaking countries so one can imagine the gap in communication between ships..

The International Code of Signals (ICS) was created to overcome these language barriers and allow ships to communicate with each other especially in situations relating to safety of navigation and people..

The International Code of Signals is an international system of signals and codes used by ships to communicate short but important message between themselves..

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do i need cargo insurance

Do I need cargo insurance for my shipment..??

Cargo insurance is a type of insurance that protects a buyer or seller of goods against damages or loss of cargo..

Despite insurance having been around for centuries, there is still a feeling that any form of insurance is a “grudge purchase” and in the case of cargo shipments, many people ask the question “Do I need cargo insurance for my shipment“..??

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..

From a

• Local (Street to Street, City to City, Town to Town etc)
• Provincial (Within the same province or state etc)
• National (Province to Province, State to State etc)
• Global (International trade between countries)
• Regional (Within regional trade blocs like EU, BRICS etc)

there are several modes and types of trade/shipments around the world..

Where there is a shipment, there is a possibility of cargo damage and where there is the possibility of cargo damage………………….

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The Future of Ocean Freight – Unpacking the Logistics Blockchain Goldrush

With so many new companies launching blockchain-based shipping products, it’s clear that maritime trade will look very different in a few years.. What’s less clear is what that change will look like..

In this article we examine what barriers still exist to widespread blockchain implementation, and what companies are doing to overcome them..

We talk to startups like CargoX and established players like Agility, Maersk, IBM, Evergreen etc. to understand how shipping is changing, and where it’s going..

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Matthew Tillman - Haven - Executive Insights - Shipping and Freight Resource

Executive Insights: Haven CEO Matthew Tillman on common mistakes shippers make, securing shipping data, and automating to meet global demand

Outdated technology and common mistakes shippers make can cost shippers thousands of dollars or more.. In this series of Executive Insights, we chat with the CEO of Haven – Matthew Tillman on what shippers can do to reduce error and cut costs..

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containers lost at sea

Containers lost at sea..!!!! Why it happens and what to do when it happens..

As part of global trade, in 2016, approximately 130 million containers packed with cargo with an estimated value of more than $4 trillion were shipped around the world..

As per the University College London’s Energy Institute and data visualisation firm Kiln more than 50,000 merchant ships travel high seas, moving goods and commodities all over the place..

With so many containers on the move in many different routes, there are bound to be some containers lost at sea..

We examine the causes, what may prevent it and what to do when your container actually is lost at sea..

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anti-apartheid artwork

Anti-Apartheid artwork for United States of America

An anti-apartheid artwork featuring the military vehicle Casspir was shipped from South Africa and United States as part of The Casspir Project.. Here is the news item from Transnet regarding this project..

The Casspir was synonymous with the heavy hand of apartheid oppression in the townships and urban areas of South Africa.. While designed originally as a military vehicle, it was used extensively against civilian populations in the 1980’s..

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Debbie Owen - Lawhill Maritime Centre - maritime education

Investing in a future Maritime generation through maritime education – Executive Insights from Lawhill

South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Africa (at 52%). Africa also has the youngest population in the world and according to the African Economic Outlook report, this number is growing.

The continent in general, and South Africa in particular, also has a huge youth unemployment issue, a story that is often told alongside that of the continent’s economic growth prospects.

Maritime Industry is a key driver of growth and is of paramount importance to South Africa and the African continent.

One organisation has its focus on growing and developing the next generation of industry leaders for the Maritime Industry, and investing in a future maritime generation through education.

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how to seal a shipping container and how many seals should a container have

How to seal a shipping container and how many seals should a container have..

A container seal is an integral part of a shipping container.. It is compulsory for every shipping container to have at least one seal before a shipping line allows the container to be shipped..

Container seals may come in many shapes and forms from embossed lead wire seals to plastic and metal strip seals to plastic and metal bullet seals to padlocks, all of which have been used by customers to safeguard the precious cargo that is shipped in containers..

Depending on the shipping line or the exporter and the level of safeguard required, containers may be sealed with any of the above combination of seals..

It is imperative that a seal be present on the shipping container and that it is put in the right place..

But what would be the right place and how many seals can I put on a shipping container..?? Learn all about it here..

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