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Shipping and Freight Review 2013 – the year that was, for the industry

Shipping and Freight Resource says goodbye to 2013

In 2013, this resource

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  • posted 102 articles
  • had 700,000+ page views
  • received 600+ comments
  • was asked 900+ questions most of which were answered via emails and as posts

I have had a lot of fun writing and discussing various issues on this resource and this is all thanks to the massive and eager participation of the people involved and interested in shipping..

Keep the discussions and questions coming and together we can improve the visibility of our dynamic industry and seek solutions to the common issues that affect our industry..

On the shipping, freight and maritime side of things,

  • 2013 saw the MOL Comfort, a relatively new container ship built in 2008, breaking in two and sinking in the Indian Ocean apparently due to structural failure..
  • 2013 saw the introduction of the world’s largest ship the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller of the Triple E series capable of carrying 18,000 TEUs thus changing the dynamics of the container shipping industry forever..
  • 2013 saw the announcement of a proposal (pending approval by the various bodies such as the FMC and other regulatory bodies) by the worlds top 3 container operators – Maersk, MSC & CMA-CGM to form a strategic alliance known as the P3 alliance which will give them control of about 40% of the trade on some of the worlds largest trade routes..
  • 2013 saw the scourge of piracy shift slightly from the Eastern seaboard of Africa towards West Africa..
    • Will the P3 become a reality..??
    • Will the pirates move back East..??
    • Will the Triple E be overthrown as the worlds largest ship..??
    • Will we know the exact reasons why the MOL Comfort, a 5 year old ship, broke so quickly and dramatically..??

2014 holds the answers.. Lets wait and watch..

This is Hariesh Manaadiar signing off for 2013 with loads of thanks to all the readers of this blog for sharing information, for asking questions, for supporting and for participating in making this blog a useful resource to everyone interested, involved and wanting to join the shipping and freight industry..

Wishing everyone all the best for the festive season and the best of health, wealth, joy, happiness and prosperity for the coming new year and 

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Hariesh Manaadiar
Hariesh Manaadiar
I am Hariesh Manaadiar, the Founder of Shipping and Freight Resource.. I have been in the dynamic shipping and freight industry for over three decades and have worked in several sectors.. I share my experiences and knowledge of the industry through this blog for those looking for help in the industry.. Stay subscribed for more free useful content about shipping, freight, maritime, logistics, supply chain and trade..


  1. We operate in the freight shipping industry and do not believe piracy will shift to west Africa from the Horn. Western African states are much more organised, affluent, and modernised enough to prevent acts of piracy. Pirates require a higher source of funding and governing to make any headway in this region – they haven’t the stomach for it.

  2. hi hariesh can you please guide me by suggesting any book or courses that can improve my knowledge in shipping presently i am working as a operation executive in a shipping company in dubai.

  3. As a professional in the shipping industry, I take the privileged to thank you for your outstanding contribution during the year 2013 in solving problems, queries & issues related with shipping industry as a whole in your blog. I feel proud to say that I am a beneficiary from your wonderful Question & Answer form of discussion. Hope you shall continue your efforts in right spirit & prosperous way for year 2014 also. Wishing you “Happy New Year”.

  4. hi, hariesh .first , happy new year .second, I know there is HBL (house bill of lading ) under L/C (Letter of Credit) but recently I came across an MBL issued by UASC where the cnee is a bank and notify is the importer. Is this MBL under L/c ?
    can you tell in detail ,please ?

  5. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to educating people involved in the shipping industry. We have all benefited from your knowledge. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Prosperous 2014!


    David D. Murray
    Chairman and General Legal Counsel
    WheeSky Logistics, Inc.
    4933 Durfee Avenue
    Pico Rivera, California 90660 USA

    • Dear David, while thanking you for your wishes and kind words, I also wish to say a big THANK YOU to YOU personally for having contributed a lot of your time and knowledge as well and participating in the discussions on this blog.. Your inputs have been valuable and have helped many, especially relating to Incoterms® where i have also learnt a lot from you..

      Looking forward to more of our discussions in the future and wishing you all the best for 2014..

      See you in the new year..

  6. Congrats, Hariesh! It was wonderful following your blog all thro’ last year, I am sure other readers will also have to same to say. Keep the updates flowing and share knowledge.

    Knowledge shared is knowledge gained!

    Wish you all the best for 2014, may your blogsite become more popular that it is now!

  7. You scared me for a second! I read it wrong and I thought you were shutting down the website. This is my favorite website, ever. I work in this industry and I have learned so much from you! Thank you for everything and I wish you happy holidays and see you in 2014! Best wishes & hugs.

    • Haa haa 🙂 Alessandra, no I am not going away.. Hence the picture of the sailor at the bottom.. More will surely follow in 2014.. Thank you for your wishes and kind words and all the best to you..


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