The marvel that is Panama Canal, how it works and why it is important to global trade..

Panama Canal - shipping and freight resource

There is a tiny isthmus (narrow strip of land with sea on either side, forming a link between two larger areas of land) lying between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans connecting North and South America called the Isthmus of Panama..

This isthmus is of strategic importance to global trade and the world of shipping because it contains the country of Panama and the Panama Canal..

Panama is home to the largest ship registry in the world, whereas the Panama Canal is of huge significance to the shipping industry..

Capt.Ricardo Caballero Vega – a maritime pilot transiting ships across the Panama Canal for 25 years explains why..

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South Africa – COVID-19 Lockdown Situation Update – 25.04.2020

COVID-19 South Africa

South Africa has been on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic since the 27th of March 2020 and as of date, South Africa has 4220 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 79 deaths..

Below is the gist of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on the 23rd of April 2020 and details relevant to the risk-adjusted strategy for the resumption of economic activity in the country..

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UPDATE : Cargo movement during South Africa lockdown – What is allowed and not allowed

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As all of you are aware, South Africa has been on lockdown for COVID-19 since the 27th of March 2020.. The lockdown period has now been extended from the 16th of April 2020 to the 30th of April 2020..

From the time the first case of COVID-19 was announced in South Africa on the 5th of March 2020, there have been several changes in the regulations governing the shipping landscape in SA..

Here is where things are sitting as of the 12th of April 2020 in South Africa..

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COVID-19 – How to manage working from home

Opinion Piece

As per reports, currently all countries in the world are affected by COVID-19 some worse than others..

As per BBC reports “The WHO said it took more than three months to reach the first 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide, but only 12 days to reach 200,000, four days to reach 300,000 and three days to reach 400,000.”

While preventive measures are essential, the concept of having to work from home, social distancing and isolation brings with it new challenges for both the employees and employers on how this must all be handled..

No one in the world was prepared for such a separation..

Even in the businesses of shipping, freight, maritime, logistics and supply chain which are considered as essential services around the world, many people are working from home due to this pandemic..

If you are one of the millions of people working from home due to this pandemic here are some pointers on how to manage it effectively..

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Susan Oatway – First female Chairman of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Education is an important requirement in any field in order for anyone to learn about that field and put that learning to work.. Such education and learning may or may not be formal depending on various circumstances..

Education and learning in the Shipping, Freight and Logistics industry is no different to any other industry and in my opinion, there are not many options for formal education in our industry compared to other industries..

There is, however, one professional body that has been working hard not just to fill this gap but also to set the highest standards of professional service to the shipping industry worldwide through education, example and discipline and that body is the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers..

The Institute has now appointed Susan Oatway (FICS) as its first female Chairman.. I caught up with Susan and this is what she had to say..

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Once upon a time there was a container called Casey…..

Casey the Container - shipping and freight resource - containercasey

If you are thinking, the title sounds like a storybook, YOU ARE RIGHT..!!

While the industry experts have their hands full with overcapacity, falling freight rates, maritime disasters, creating technology, adapting to technology, mergers and acquisitions etc etc etc, Kristina Bowden has been quietly introducing a new angle to creating awareness about the world of shipping..

She has done this by creating “Casey the Container” the main character in a rhyming children’s book.. Yes, a children’s book..

How refreshing.. 🙂

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