Cargo

Combatting Plastic Waste in Our Ocean Environment

Combatting Plastic Waste in Our Ocean Environment
Emma Simpson, September 20, 2018

Throwaway Plastics

Over 12 million tons of plastic waste is dumped into the world’s oceans every year. This is not surprising, as globally it is estimated that we are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic each year. A significant proportion of this is made up of single use plastics, which means that mind-blowing numbers of plastic drinks bottles, drinking straws, containers, plastic bags and coffee cups end up in the ocean, amongst all manner of other throwaway plastics.

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Categories: Cargo, Imports, Shipping

Lost at Sea! Shipping Containers

Lost at Sea! Shipping Containers
Amber Pittard, June 25, 2018

Estimates predict that each year around 10,000 Shipping Containers are lost at sea; however, it is difficult to obtain an exact figure, as not all losses are reported.

With the increase in demand for consumer goods and number of ships, size and capacity, it is likely that the number of containers lost at sea will rise year upon year.

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The Shipping Revolution Has Begun (Finally)

The Shipping Revolution Has Begun (Finally)
Katie Smith, April 24, 2018

Shipping is Retro

Comparative to other global sectors, we can fairly state that the international shipping industry has a number of (what some may affectionately call) ‘old school’ practices. Despite the invention of unmanned ships, automated warehouses and ever more advanced technology, the whole supply chain often rests upon the aged and seemingly fragile paper of shipping documentation. Why?

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Autonomous Ships: the future of the maritime industry?

Autonomous Ships: the future of the maritime industry?
Amber Pittard, February 21, 2018

Shipping by sea is the most efficient mode of transport, and is better for the environment than road, rail or air. Container ships usually make 3-5 port calls per journey depending on their maritime range, however, companies are still thinking of ways to increase efficiency and cut costs wherever possible.

For years the focus has been on creating a greener environment and reducing the environmental footprint of ships; new improvements are constantly being developed with this aim in mind, such as engine pieces, propeller and technology systems. Yet, perhaps the most surprising development is the arrival of the autonomous ships.

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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