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Difference between bulk and break bulk

Bulk and Break bulk are two terms that are being used incorrectly and interchangeably in the course of day to day business..

These terms cannot be used interchangeably because there are distinctive differences between Bulk and Break Bulk in terms of cargo, nature, size, capacity, handling, trade, customers, ports, terminals, equipment, infrastructure.........................................

How do you differentiate between the two..?? This article will help you understand clearly..

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The WSC Containers Lost at Sea Report – 2023 Update has highlighted positive developments in container safety in international liner shipping with only 661...

The carriage of nurdles by sea – packaging requirements to be regulated

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Electricity is coming to South Africa, possibly by ship

South Africa is one of the largest countries in Africa, the 25th biggest in the world, and currently ranked 31st among major economies and...

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What is CII and CII rating in shipping..??

Reduction of CO2 emissions is of paramount importance in the fight against climate change globally and the decarbonization of global shipping.. Thus far, there has...

Why the Maersk Essen lost 689 containers overboard..

On the 16th of January 2021, the Maersk Essen made a splash (literally) when it lost 689 containers overboard on a routine voyage from...

6 simple steps to select the right AIS data solution to enhance ship visibility

Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) data provides benefits to many types of businesses, from maritime and shipping to commodity trading and investment analysis. While there...

Do you want Predictive Visibility in vessel ETA..??

Spire Maritime is a service provider for the maritime industry providing Maritime AIS, vessel tracking data, real-time and predictive visibility of vessel ETAs to...

Continued vigilance is key to avoiding fires on board ships – TT Club

Regulation and improving fire-fighting techniques have proven inadequate to stem the tide of serious incidents costing lives, significant cargo losses, and ship damage -...

South Africa wants a National Shipping Line – public invited to comment

South Africa occupies the Southern-most tip of Africa with a long coastline stretching more than 3 000 km from Namibia on the Atlantic coast...

Transnet concludes 3 year wage deal while South Africa counts costs of the strike

Transnet, the State Owned custodian of ports, rail and pipelines in South Africa concluded a 3 year wage agreement with majority labour union UNTU...

A tale of seafarer courage, resilience, and injustices they face – Captain Andrzej Lasota

At the height of COVID-19, some 400,000 seafarers (yes close to half a million) from across the globe were stranded on ships due to...

Shameful record for seafarer abandonment in 2022

While 2020, 2021, and H1 2022 have been record years for companies involved in the maritime business with many of them breaking several records...

Peak season brings fears of congestion on the East Coast

Ports across the US East Coast are now in the eye of the storm, with import containerized volumes processed in the region mounting higher...

2022 had lowest number of piracy incidents on the high seas since 1994

  "Bloody Pirates.............." This was probably uttered many times by many ship owners, operators, ship captains, seafarers and insurers.. From January to June 2022, there were...

Can US ports handle the privileges that American Port Access Privileges Act may bring with it..??

"Foreign exporters’ access to the American market and our consumers is a privilege, not a right. Cargo vessels looking to offload foreign-made products and...

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