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Will you please pack your container properly..!!


Will you please pack your container properly..!!

I can hear this cry loud and clear from many Insurance companies, P&I Clubs, Transporters, Importers and Shipping Lines and all within good reason too..

There are innumerable cases of damage to cargo, containers, personnel, lifting equipment and ships due to improper packing of cargo into containers..

Cargo damage can take many forms such as Physical, Wet, Contamination, Temperature related etc..

As per UK P&I Club, 25% of the cargo claims that they receive is due to physical damage.. Read on to understand more..

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Significance of Stack Date and why it is important..


Known by many names including Cut-off time, Gate Cut-off etc, the term STACK DATE has a massive significance in the shipment of a container and is a crucial element in the whole export cycle.. For the sake of simplicity I will refer to it as stack date or stack period throughout this article.. Read on to understand more about it..

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How Container Stowage Planning works


Container stowage planning is an art and I absolutely loved the time when I used to do it.. Nowadays there are computer systems to do this, but the basics remain the same.. In this article I have explained how the stowage planning works..

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Difference between Vessel agent and Carrier agent


Article explaining the difference between Vessel Agent and Carrier Agent.. Are they NOT the same ?? you ask.. In a few cases it could be the same, but there is also a difference between a Vessel agent and Carrier agent..

Let me explain..

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What is the maximum overheight allowed when loading 40′ open top or flat rack..??


One of the readers of this blog Youri asked the question “What is the maximum overheight allowed when loading 40′ open top or flat rack..??“.. What do you think..??

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Container Weight Verification Regulation – Simplified and Explained


In November 2014 the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) amended SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea convention) Chapter VI Regulation 2 to tighten up the process of weighing containerised cargoes and declaring the correct weights after verification..

What is this SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea convention) Chapter VI Regulation 2 and what does this amendment mean to the day to day shipping industry..??

This article gives you an infographic which will clear it all.. 🙂

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Weigh containers easily and avoid misdeclaration


As you are aware and as has been featured several times on this website, misdeclaration of container weight has been a big problem for ship owners and operators and is reported to have caused several accidents..

Now, a tech company in New Zealand claims to have found a unique solution for shippers to weigh the containers in a quick, easy and cost effective manner..

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Difference between transhipment and cargo in transit


You might have heard the terminology Transhipment and also Cargo in Transit.. It might be confusing to newcomers to the industry..

There is a big difference between the two and this article discusses these differences and explain how these two work..

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