Implications of issuing a Clean on Board bill of lading

Many a time, shippers have asked shipping lines for “CLEAN ON BOARD” clause on a bill of lading and if the request relates to a container shipment, this might have very well been rejected by the shipping line..

Why do the shipping lines reject this..?? 

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Half of the world’s container cargo data is on a single blockchain platform

Press Release

With two more major shipping leaders actively sharing information, data on nearly half of the world’s ocean container cargo is now available on a single blockchain-based data platform..

Major global container carriers MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and CMA CGM announced on the 15th of October 2020 that they are now integrated onto TradeLens (www.tradelens.com), helping ensure a more fully integrated, timely and consistent view of logistics data for their containerized freight around the world.

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Heavy cargo rollovers observed in September as per Ocean Insights data

Supply chain disruption due to container rollovers at leading transshipment ports eased marginally for shippers in September compared to August.

However, the ratio of rollovers remained far higher compared to a year earlier at most hubs, according to Ocean Insights, the world’s leading real-time and predictive ocean container tracking data provider to forwarders and shippers.

The latest global container port rollover findings were compiled by analyzing Ocean Insights’ proprietary global container tracking data through to the end of September.

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Cargo theft continues to hamper growth in South African supply chains

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The prevalence of cargo theft incidents continues to have a material impact on stakeholders in the supply chain in South Africa.

Analysis of recorded incidents, increased data sharing agreements, collaborations, and widespread dissemination of findings all serve to improve our understanding of the underlying risks.

Throughout 2020, several cargo theft trends developed in South Africa. The threat and violence involved with cargo theft hijackings in South Africa are historically the primary concern for supply chains in the region.

In addition to historical risks and trends, the first half of 2020 saw an increase in thefts from facilities and theft locations diversified between the first two quarters of 2020, reaching the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

Additionally, food and beverage and medical supplies saw an elevated risk throughout the start of 2020. Understanding these developing risks, coupled with the continual threat of in-transit operations in the country, and how to mitigate the impacts they may have on your organization is crucial in building a truly resilient supply chain.

These are some of the highlights of a new report by TT Club and BSI on South Africa’s ongoing vulnerability to cargo theft as well as the trends during the first half of 2020.

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A day in the life of a Dangerous Goods (DG) Approver

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“A day in the life of…..” is a series of posts which covers activities that happens in a typical day in the life of one of the many on shore and off shore personnel in the shipping and freight industry..

In this post, we look at the typical workflow and how “A day in the life of a DG Approver (DG Desk)” progresses.. 

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How to achieve cost saving through digitalisation in shipping

Opinion Piece

Digitalisation is the use of digitisation (the transition from an analog format to a digital format) and digital technologies to convert your business to a digital business..

Digitalisation has been the buzzword in the shipping and freight industry in the last decade.. Its influence and coverage in the industry is increasing day by day..

Apart from the increase in efficiency and speed to market, one of the main advantages of digitalisation is cost saving..

There are several areas where cost can be saved using digitalisation.. Central among this cost saving opportunity is Time which is an important commodity and when it comes to shipping and freight, time is really money..

Digitalisation can assist customers a great deal in terms of saving cost on avoidable costs..

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FMC questions definition of “merchant” in carrier bill of lading

My Opinion

This definition of the term “Merchant” has caught the attention of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) who is soliciting public comment as to

  1. How VOCCs apply the term “Merchant” in their bills of lading;
  2. Whether the definition, as applied, subjects third parties who are not in contractual privity with the carrier to joint or several liability; and
  3. Whether carriers have enforced the definition of merchant against third parties that have not consented to be bound by, or otherwise accept, the terms and conditions of the bill of lading.

I have shared my personal opinion on this.. Have a read and share yours..

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Key protocols to support safe crew change updated

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IMO has issued updated protocols to ensure safe crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Framework of Protocols was first issued on 5 May 2020 and has now been revised, with the principle purpose of emphasizing the need for compliance and strict adherence with COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements, reflecting that these are now a reality in many national jurisdictions.

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Trading houses and Charterers to start reporting on shipping emissions

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A grouping of the world’s largest energy, agriculture, mining, and commodity trading companies and charterers will assess and disclose the climate alignment of their shipping activities for the first time..

This is according to a press release from The Sea Cargo Charter..

The Sea Cargo Charter is a global framework created in order to assess and disclose the climate alignment of ship chartering activities..

Its aim is to establish a common, global baseline to quantitatively assess and disclose whether chartering activities are in line with adopted climate goals making it an important tool to support responsible decision-making..

The Sea Cargo Charter is applicable to all bulk charterers, those with interest in the cargo on board, those who simply charter out the vessels they charter in as well as the disponent owners and all charterers in a charter party chain..

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Pre-Carriage, Carriage and On-Carriage explained

This article explains and clarifies the difference between Pre-Carriage, Carriage and On-Carriage and how these come together to provide the full spectrum of services to the customer..

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All you need to know about Cargo Insurance and why you need it

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Although it may seem obvious, it is shocking to mention the least how many customers still do not take the right Cargo Insurance cover to insure their cargo comprehensively..

I don’t think anyone will intentionally not cover their cargo properly and can only assume that it is due to ignorance or lack of knowledge..

This post aims to educate everyone on what is Cargo Insurance and what steps are involved..

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