Cyber crime.. Nothing new, but something that didn’t affect the shipping and freight industry in a big way till the 27th of June 2017 when the world’s largest container shipping line Maersk Line, was hit by the global Petya cyber attack..
This unexpected and unprecedented attack led to a huge disruption in the operations of Maersk Line..
For a few days their operations were affected because
– some of the APM Terminals were affected and gates were closed – they were unable to serve new quotes – they were unable to accept new bookings and – the attack limited their ability to communicate with their customers..
This is quite a serious issue and has come as a rude shock to many customers and the industry in general.. The delays caused by such incidents affects not just the line but also the customers that had booked their cargoes for loading on specific dates for arrival at destination within a certain time frame..
Such delays may specifically affect retail and assembly line customers (like automakers) who ship on the basis of JIT (Just In Time) deliveries where such precision in delivery is required..
While I sympathize with the affected lines and customers, this also got me thinking how shipping was done in the past, before these technological advances came about and there was no possibility of such disruptions..
This prompted me to take a stroll down memory lane and write this article on Vintage Shipping – the way it was done.. ???? This could be a nostalgic overdose for many!!
A lot of people have entered the business of import and export without proper initiation, training, knowledge or research and have been caught unawares because they either didn’t know how to start it or didn’t bother to check how the business works and the checks and balances that needs to be considered..
Download the Beginner’s Guide to Importing to understand the complete process involved in this business..
This is a question one of the regular readers of the blog posed to me the other day.. As you might have read in my previous post https://shippingandfreightresource.com/2008/10/13/article-2-the-documents/ there are many types of bills of lading one would encounter.. While each of the bills have a different ending point, the general ending point would be as explained below.. Generally, when … Read more here..
This was a question from one the readers of the blog.. Its usually known as a back to back bill of lading rather than shipment as the shipment is actually the same but the documentation will be different.. Well, back to back bill of lading is when there is an NVOCC operator involved or when a Freight Forwarder wants to … Read more here..
I thought a graphical overview of the flow of cargo for import, export and transhipment will help the users.. So please see the image below.. In case the image is not clear when you print, here’s a pdf file to download..
Some of the people in the industry can identify where a container has been stowed on board of a ship just by reading the stow position (also known as cell position) and also whether it is a 20’ or a 40’ container that is stowed there..
How they do this..?? Mainly based on experience in handling stowage plans, but there is a formula to it..