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Are Freight Ships the new Cruise Ship?

Are Freight Ships the new Cruise Ship?
Matt Jeffries, September 25, 2017

When people think of ‘life on a freight ship’ they typically say things like ‘dull, lonely, long hours and hard work’, well having spoken to a few freight personnel I have been pleasantly surprised… I am ready to blow this negative image out of the water! No one can deny the hard work aspect, but it seems that from another perspective working on a cargo vessel can also be like a home away from home.

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Categories: Cargo, International, Shipping

5 Most Unusual Cargo in Shipping

5 Most Unusual Cargo in Shipping
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 27, 2017

A career in maritime freight can be full of surprises. Every so often you can find yourself with a somewhat unusual cargo that might require particular care and attention as it’s transported. We’ve listed here five of the most unusual cargo shipments in maritime shipping. 

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Categories: Cargo, Shipping

Why is There More Free Shipping?

Why is There More Free Shipping?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 3, 2017

In a world where ecommerce is continually increasing, shipping companies are finding themselves in peak demand. To stand out and survive in this competitive online market, both retailers and shippers not only have to deliver quicker, but cheaper…so cheap that it’s free.

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Trump and Shipping

Trump and Shipping
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, May 31, 2017

Donald Trump’s Presidency has been making waves around the world. The first several months of his term have impacted many across the United States and around the world. But how is international trade really being affected, and as a result, how is the shipping industry now faring?

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Categories: Cargo, Shipping

Holiday Strains on Shipping

Holiday Strains on Shipping
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 16, 2017

December is always one of the busiest months for shipping, and with the continual rise in e-commerce, this year looks to be busier than ever. The surges of orders of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are now global phenomenons, as well as those last-minute Christmas gift purchases, have left some retailers unable to guarantee delivery by Christmas. 

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Categories: Cargo, Shipping

Which way is the crude oil tanker market heading?

Which way is the crude oil tanker market heading?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, October 31, 2016

Entering 2016, the crude oil tanker market gave a strong performance. Throughout 2015 it gained significant momentum due to lower oil prices which drove demand, with time charter equivalent (TCE) rates reaching their highest level since the start of the 2008 financial crisis. Yet this also placed the market into a vulnerable position; any decline in demand could mean a large amount of instability, and a huge drop in rates. 

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Categories: Cargo, Costs and Expenses

How Will Brexit Affect Shipping?

How Will Brexit Affect Shipping?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, September 30, 2016

The historic Brexit vote has had huge impacts on a multitude of industry sectors around the world, and shipping is by no means an exception. Shipping is an extremely important part of both the EU and the UK economy.

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Categories: Shipping