Difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain

To the uninitiated (which included me at one stage), these industries are same or similar and it might come across that there is no difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain ..

But once you are involved in the business or know about these businesses, you will very soon understand that these are very different industries with different workings, assets, architecture, requiring very different sets of qualifications, experience, expertise, knowledge and attitudes..

In this article I unpack the difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain and how it is all connected..

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Logistics – what is that..??

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There I was, at a Careers Evening at a prestigious High School in Johannesburg representing a prestigious institution that offers an internationally recognised education programme covering Shipping, Logistics, Transport Economics among others..

Along comes Polly* (*not her real name) a bright eyed and bushy tailed aspiring Matriculant..

I go “Hello there, can I interest you in a Shipping & Logistics course”.. She goes “Logistics, what’s that ?”..

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My containers fell overboard – who is responsible and what should I do..??

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Shah Nawaz wanted to know who is responsible if his containers fell overboard and what should be the next course of action.. We had loaded 14 containers stuffed with cooking sunflower oil packed in consumer packs on a Ship & After loading of the containers on the deck 6 containers were accidentally dropped in the water. Later those containers were … Read more here..


4 Types of Ship Launching Methods

Launching of ships is one of the most important methods of the entire ship construction process. Last few years have seen a number of developments in the field of ship launching systems in order to improve the safety and stability of the ship in the water. Different types of Ship launching methods Traditionally, ship launching in the water is done … Read more here..


Can cargo be released without collection of destination charges..??

Question from a reader from Turkey.. Please feel free to comment.. Ask your question here..: Dear Hariesh Hope doing well. I need your opinion to clarify a big doubt. Some cnee´s at Turkey received imports goods and original BL full set, with some pending charges payable at Turkey. Shipping line release the cargo without charges collection because they insist that … Read more here..


Beware of fake shipping line websites for tracking your cargo

Yes there are fake shipping line websites based on the method of “phishing” just like fake banking websites.. The International Maritime Bureau is warning users of such sites (although names are not mentioned).. The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is warning against fraudulent cargo tracking websites.  Such sites have been created and improved over the years to add legitimacy for … Read more here..


Important Points for Committing Cargo Quantities in Tanker Ships

Original posted by Chief Officer Abhishek Bhanawat for http://www.marineinsight.com One of the most vital aspects of trading with tanker ships is loading and unloading of the cargo with utmost safety and efficiency, without polluting the marine environment.Safety of cargo operation implies and includes pre-planning of the cargo before the quantity is nominated and the fixture (Consists of approximate quantity and nomination of cargo, … Read more here..


Some unusual and different container types

In my previous article(s) i gave an insight into Container sizes and dimensions and also covered some Special Containers and the cargoes that is loaded on these containers.. Now i want to show you some unusual (at least for South Africa) and further different types of containers that are in use around the world.. Super-Rack container – Similar in use … Read more here..


Should i use Open Top or Flat Rack for over-height cargo

Sounds like a trick question..?? It could be..!! Generally open top and flat rack containers are used for loading cargo that are difficult to load through the doors of a standard gp container are above the dimensions of a standard gp container (out of gauge) Below is the external view of an open top and a flatrack.. (Click on the … Read more here..


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