The basics of container stowage planning and why it is so important

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In view of the recent incidents relating to stack collapses on board and containers lost at sea, I thought a refresher on “What is container stowage planning and how it works” would be in order..

This is also to remind everyone in the shipping chain – exporters, agents, freight forwarders, carriers, documentation teams, vessel operators, and stowage planners, the importance of providing and using the correct information for the planning and stowage of the vessel..

Container stowage planning is an art and I absolutely loved the time when I used to do it.. While there are computer systems to do this these days, the basics remain the same..

In this article I have explained how the stowage planning works and why it is so important..

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Adani successfully completes first export using India’s Inland Waterways

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On the 30th June 2020, a barge “MV Pruthvi” carrying 45 TEUs of sponge iron left Haldia Docks on its maiden voyage to Dhaka on the Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route (IBPR)..

This first-ever containerised cargo from India to Bangladesh using the Inland Waterways reached Pangaon International Container Terminal, Dhaka on the 12th of July 2020..

This movement which was organised by Adani Logistics Limited in association with Five Star Logistics Private Limited carried the cargo of Rashmi Cement Ltd and Orissa Metaliks Pvt. Ltd..

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Loss of containers at sea forces temporary closure of Port of Ngqura

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The MSC Palak a Portuguese flagged container ship built in 2016 with a carrying capacity of 9,411 TEUs is reported to have lost 23 containers while at anchorage around the Port of Ngqura (Coega) along the Eastern Coast of South Africa..

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APL England reaches China for repairs

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On the 24th of May 2020, APL England, a container ship experienced a temporary loss of propulsion during heavy seas about 73 kilometres south-east of Sydney causing around 50 containers to fall overboard and leading to the collapse of around 74 containers within the stacks on board the ship..

After much debate and controversy over AMSA’s action holding the master of the ship personally responsible for the incident, the empty APL England was released on 19th of June and allowed to sail from Australia to undertake repairs in China.. 

The APL England arrived in China (Zhoushan) on the 4th of July and remains under AMSA detention while the vessel undergoes repairs..

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Impact of Coronavirus on Reefer Containers

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the newest strain of coronavirus has been causing severe disruption around the world and particularly in China, the world’s second largest economy and a trade powerhouse for most of the countries around the world..

Many container lines have announced blank sailings cancelling the calls into China to avoid the crew contracting and spreading coronavirus to other ports along the liner service route..

These cancellations alongwith the shutdown in China also means that in a lot of the cases, containers meant for the Chinese markets are either stranded on board ships, off loaded in alternate locations or sitting in the various ports and terminals incurring port storage, demurrage and detention..

Among the containers that are exposed to potentially huge losses, the biggest would be Reefer Containers carrying perishable cargo..

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Shipping and Freight Review 2019 – the year and the decade

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The last year of the decade is fast fading into the horizon.. 2019 is almost done..

2019 and the decade has been one of continued trade wars, maritime disasters, size race, and containers, ships and bills of lading getting smart and many interesting aspects..

Here is my take on how the shipping and freight industry fared in 2019 and the decade..

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So you want to become a Freight Forwarder huh..!!

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First question you need to ask yourself is WHY..?? 

It is important that you understand the purpose of wanting to become a freight forwarder.. What is the objective..??

  1. Maybe its your intrigue or love of the industry and your ability to connect people and businesses ;
  2. Maybe because you are tired of the current forwarders in terms of their service offering and their attitude towards business and you think you can do it better ;
  3. Maybe you think you have a set of loyal customers who would support you if you ventured out on your own ;
  4. Maybe its the glitz and glamour that you see some of the freight forwarders exhibiting especially the new startups who the venture capitalists are fawning over ; or
  5. Maybe you are truly well versed in the business and you decided it is time for you to strike out on your own..

Whatever the reasons for you wanting to become a freight freight forwarder, here are 6 points you need to consider and a few things you need to get right first..

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World’s largest LNG-Powered containership launched

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Climate change has been and is at the heart of many initiatives within the shipping and freight industry.. Whether it is IMO’s proposed implementation of IMO 2020 regulations 98 days down the road, or the use of bio fuels to run ships or the use of scrubbers or LNG powered ships, there are several initiatives being followed by the industry..

In line with this, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group announced in 2017 that the group would be ordering a series of 23,000-TEU containerships that would be the world’s first ever to be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas)..

This decision became a reality when the group announced the launch of the world’s largest LNG powered containership..

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5 Tips to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

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An efficient supply chain is known to provide a great competitive advantage over competition and make the process of supply chain seamless..

But to improve the efficiency of supply chain management and create effectiveness, companies need to create and improve predictability, optimize the supply chain costs, reduce or minimize working capital, do due diligence and risk analysis and have a proper handle on the data..

A resourceful and successful supply chain helps the business to achieve quicker delivery time, shorter processing time, better inventory management, all of which leads to better revenues..

Here are 5 tips to improve supply chain efficiency

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More shipping lines offering logistics services – Hapag Lloyd is now offering cargo insurance

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Do I need cargo insurance for my shipment..?? Is a question asked by many customers around the world.. Whether they are exporters or importers or traders.. This is question that has been going for long and is expected to go on longer..

As much as we discuss why cargo insurance and insurers matter, in the recent past the question of who is the cargo insurer is coming to the fore as the line between the shipping line(s) and logistics services providers seems to be getting blurred..

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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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Empowering Women in the Maritime Community – Tabitha Logan – #IamonBoard

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Empowering Women in the Maritime Community is the theme for The World Maritime Day 2019 and also associated with #IamonBoard..

The fact that we need to be reminded about Women empowerment says a lot about how little has been done in this regard in the past and how much more remains to be done..!!

This theme provides us with yet another opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and to highlight the important, yet under-utilized contribution of women within the maritime sector..

Inspired by this theme, Shipping and Freight Resource will be featuring selected Women in the Maritime Community (whether on board or on shore) making a difference in their own and unique way.. 

I start this series with Tabitha Logan, Senior Manager – Chartering & Projects at Asia Maritime Pacific..

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Cargo theft statistics and trends

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Cargo theft can occur anywhere along the supply chain affecting local logistics, transporters, storage yards, groupage operators, LCL consolidators, ports, depots, terminals, insurance, carriers and freight forwarders equally..

BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions assesses that companies lose more than an estimated $76 million in UK alone due to cargo theft highlighting the seriousness of this issue..

TT Club one of the leading providers of insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry and BSI have come together yet again to release the second edition of their report on global cargo theft covering the full year of 2018..

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No agreement on minimum speed requirements for ships @ MEPC74

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224 days to go as of this post before #IMO2020 comes into effect.. I wrote recently about an open letter to IMO Member States by NGOs which states that the shipping industry must take appropriate measures to address climate change urgently..

As an initial step, these NGOs expressed their strong support for the IMO’s proposal to regulate ship speeds across various ship type and size categories.. In the letter, the NGOs said their preference would be to set maximum annual average speeds for container ships, and maximum absolute speeds for the remaining ship types, which take account of minimum speed requirements..

Of course, this was not welcomed by all, least of all by container carriers as it would result in them having to increase their fleet size to meet the delivery schedules imposed on them by the trade.. As per the carriers, this would defeat the purpose of trying to reduce GHG (greenhouse gas emissions) emissions..

The letter said that this regulation should be implemented as soon as possible and the obligation for compliance should be placed both on shipowners and operators, including charterers and called on all parties at the forthcoming IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC74) to support this move..

Well, #MEPC74 has come and gone but there has been no agreement or deal on any of the proposals put forward to reduce GHG emissions..

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How Technology Is Impacting the Logistics Industry

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Whether you’ve been working in the logistics field for years or even decades or have just joined the career, it’s vital to stay up to date on the latest trends.

In recent years, technology has had a major impact on how firms in areas such as shipping, freight and supply chain management operate and the kinds of profits they can make.

Here are some of the ways in which technology is impacting the logistics industry.

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