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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Does ICC (A) clauses cover cargo claims for delays due to COVID-19..??

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As we have all seen, COVID-19 is causing severe imbalances in world trade which is affecting everyone, whether it is an exporter, importer, shipping line, shipowner, freight forwarder, trucker, or a spaza shop around the corner..

While ships are moving, ports are discharging and loading containers, nothing is as yet at a 100% capacity in most of the countries around the world..

Ships are facing port congestion resulting in blank sailings, containers are stuck in storage at ports, terminals, and depots around the world for later deliveries creating longer delays than anticipated and also causing yard space congestion..

In view of the delays experienced by the trade, we look at the question – Does ICC (A) cover cargo claims due to COVID-19 delays..??

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Don’t wait for a smart container – make your container’s trip smart

An increasing need for container tracking

In today’s global trade, handling of container transport and supply chain is not that easy and comes with a plethora of problems. Lack of visibility is one of the main problems that customers face.

Lack of visibility of a shipping container’s location and its condition during a trip may lead not only to unexpected delays but also to possible theft and deterioration of goods especially if these problems are noticed far too late.

In many situations, it is also difficult to ascertain and be assured that the goods have traveled in the optimal condition especially with perishable cargo or hazardous cargo shipments.

Without visibility, shippers cannot expect the fastest, safest and importantly, the most ecological routes for their shipments.

Time saving and product quality are key factors in a well functioning supply chain, and more and more companies are looking to choose solutions that provides visibility of their shipments.

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Why is there a difference in transit time between FCL and LCL cargo to the same destination..??

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Why is there a difference in transit time between FCL and LCL cargo to the same destination..??

If it doesn’t make sense, there is a reason why this difference exists.. Read the full article to know why..

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Questions related to shipping and freight you always wanted to ask

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If you have any questions you have always wanted to ask or things you always wanted to know about Shipping, Freight, Maritime, Logistics, Supply Chain and Trade but never got a chance or didn’t know where and who to ask, here is your opportunity..

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What is a Blank sailing..??

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  • Trans-Pacific carriers accelerate blank sailings
  • More blank sailings spell volatility for trans-Pacific
  • AE2-blank-sailing-announcement-Europe-Services – Maersk
  • Falling US imports spell more trans-Pacific blankings
  • Soft demand and falling rates push 2M to blank another Asia-USEC sailing
  • Ocean Alliance to Blank Ten Transpacific Sailings as Spot Rates Plummet

These are some of the headlines you might have seen across many media, all with one common factor “blank sailings”..

What is this blank sailing and how does it impact or influence global container shipping..??

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What is IMO 2020 and how you could be affected..

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If you are in the shipping and freight industry you may have heard several whisperings, notices, loose talk, official talk, speeches etc about IMO 2020..

But what is this IMO 2020, who will be impacted and how will it affect your life in the shipping and freight industry..??

This article examines the impact of IMO 2020 on shipping lines and cargo owners, the options available and how this lower sulphur emission standards can be achieved..

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Difference between a shipbroker and ship charterer

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In one of my previous articles, I had posted about what happens in a day in the life of a Shipbroker.. Then came some questions from readers about what is the difference between a shipbroker and a ship charterer..

In this article, I discuss the Difference between a shipbroker and ship charterer and the role that both of them play in global trade..

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Consequences and process of General Average – once it is declared

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Further to the recent maritime disasters and subsequent to the declaration of General Average on the Yantian Express, I received some questions surrounding the consequences and the process of the General Average – once it is declared..

  1. In a GA situation are ALL goods blocked, until the Average Adjusters have completed their work..??
    1. How long can the work of these Average Adjusters take on average?
    2. When will the goods be unblocked?
    3. Will all goods be unblocked?
  2. In this case, the final destination of the ship was Halifax but the ship has been taken to Freeport for assessment.. Do all goods have to stay on board till the full assessment is complete or do they release goods as assessed.. Say for example, containers in a section of the ship that has not been affected at all..??
  3. When do all the different parties have to pay their part of the indemnity fees and is paid by insurance or cargo interest..??
  4. These unexpected delays can of course create a certain “damage” to the owners of the goods; I understand the Insurance does not include any of the consequences of the General Average..??
  5. When will the beneficiaries of the insurance paid out (this would then refer to the owners that really lost material or got their own material damaged)  – do they have to wait until the Average Adjusters have done their work, made their conclusions, send in their reports etc… or can they claim immediately to the Insurance company and the Insurance company later on settles with the other parties?

We caught up with Jagannath Muthu, of NAU Pte Ltd to pose these questions and here is what he had to say..

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How does demurrage, detention and port charges work..??

demurrage, detention, port charges

Even though there are distinct differences between demurrage, detention and port charges, many are still oblivious to these differences and there have been several questions on this blog relating to these charges..

Let me explain how demurrage, detention and port charges work..

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