Should ship Captains be personally responsible for the safety of cargo on board..??

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The Master of the APL England was charged for offences relating to pollution and/or damage of the Australian marine environment as a result of poor cargo loading but has been allowed return home on certain bail conditions while the ship is still detained in Brisbane..

A look at some of the comments from some Captains, seafarers and industry experts on whether ship Captains be personally responsible for the safety of cargo on board..??

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Fake goods and a freight forwarder’s liability

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Freight forwarders are an integral part of the supply chain and global trade, involved in handling goods using all modes of transport (sea, road, rail and air)..

However, many people are still unaware of Who is a Freight Forwarder and their role in the whole chain.. There is no one simple and quick explanation as to who is a freight forwarder and what they do..

In the most succinct and layman terms, a Freight Forwarder is a multi-function agent/operator who undertakes to handle the movement of goods from point to point on behalf of the cargo owner..

The essence of freight forwarding is to ensure that the cargo is picked up from the seller and delivered to the buyer at the required place, at the right price, and in the same condition that it is picked up from origin using the most suitable resources and routing possible..

Freight Forwarders however sometimes face situations which holds them liable merely due to them representing customers or handling shipments on behalf of customers..

Here is a real life example from Singapore..

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A freight forwarder’s liability on uncleared cargo – live case study

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Here is a live case study about a freight forwarder’s liability on uncleared cargo where the shipping line is holding the freight forwarder liable for an uncleared cargo even though the delivery order has been issued..

Share your opinion on the same..

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Release of cargo without House Bill of Lading – live case study

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This article is a live case study about release of cargo by an agent without house bill of lading.. I invite all of you to comment on the recourse available to the freight forwarder in this interesting case..

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Shipper vs Agent – A case study

Shipper vs Agent - Case Study

Article discussing a dispute between a shipper and his agent relating to the shipment of the goods, ETA and freight..

This maybe an eye opener for several other people who maybe in this predicament or situation and need to know these intimate details of shipping..

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Issues due to lack of understanding of transport requirements

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On this blog and many others, the issues surrounding VGM (I can hear people say “yawn”) and its relationship or requirement for safety has been discussed at length.. Even though it has been repeated several times, it is no yawning matter and it seems that there is still a lack of basic understanding of the weights used in a container, … Read more here..

How to safeguard cargo release using the right bill of lading

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An article on how to safeguard cargo release using the right bill of lading.. This article is based on a case study information received from one of the readers..

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How to mitigate risks against negligent behavior by a freight forwarder

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Here is an actual case study from a reader regarding their import shipment from China to South Africa seeking advise on how to mitigate risks against negligent behavior by a freight forwarder..

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