Cargo

What unusual items join us on flights?

What unusual items join us on flights?
Emma Bray, November 26, 2018

When getting on a plane for our holidays or business travel, our thoughts commonly turn to inflight movies, the oftentimes subpar food and the arrival time to our destination…Rarely do we consider the contents of the plane’s hold. Who, or what else is joining us on our travels?

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Categories: Cargo, Fine Art, Imports, Shipping

The World’s Biggest Exporters

The World’s Biggest Exporters
Emma Bray, November 2, 2018

Exporting is one of the most historic forms of logistics trade, taking place internationally between two countries or economies on a massive scale. It’s evident that certain economies have specific and specialised goods which they trade with others, having an advantage over resources and manufacturing methods allows them the opportunity to sell their particular goods at a better price; being able to provide a more attractive deal and often better-quality products than competitors.

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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

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

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

Most Dangerous Ocean for Shipping

Most Dangerous Ocean for Shipping
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, November 24, 2015

Shipping accidents, while 18% less than 1980, still occur, particularly in areas of environmental significance. As a result, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conducted research to find out just what the most dangerous shipping routes and oceans are.

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Categories: Cargo, Environment, Safety, Shipping

Damaged Freight

Damaged Freight
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, October 30, 2015

Damaged Freight in shipping is always a possibility, and sooner or later it’s going to happen. Goods can be misplaced, physically damaged or even stolen whether sat in a warehouse, a container or onboard the ship.

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Categories: Cargo, Shipping

Cargo Security

Cargo Security
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, September 30, 2015

Cargo security is essential for the maintenance of global supply chains and global economies. For hundreds of years shipping cargo has been under the threat of both piracy and the elements, and although things are far better now, there is still plenty of risk. Yet, as one of the most efficient ways to transfer mass amounts of cargo around the world, shipping remains a vital part of international trade.

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Categories: Cargo, Piracy