Shipping

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

Project Shipping: Oil & Gas vs. Wind & Solar

Project Shipping: Oil & Gas vs. Wind & Solar
David Cohen, July 20, 2018

Over the past 10 years there has been a steady decline in oil and gas use due to rising concerns over global warming and diminishing resources. This has led to huge global research and investment into wind, solar and hydro energy. For many project shipping companies this is a concern as oil and gas companies are a huge staple for the majority of these organisations when dealing with the movement of equipment for oil rigs, fracking sites and oil fields.

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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

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

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

Syrian Refugee Crisis Effect on Shipping

Syrian Refugee Crisis Effect on Shipping
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 21, 2016

The Syrian Refugee Crisis has been affecting business around the world and the shipping industry is no exception. In 2015 over 750,000 migrants had arrived in Europe via sea and this doesn’t include those who have passed boarders undetected. With this figure set to keep rising into 2016 there’s no wonder ocean vessels have been so greatly affected.

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Categories: Safety, Shipping

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

Seafrance Strike

Seafrance Strike
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 2, 2015

The SCOP Seafrance strike has been headline news throughout the UK as traffic is in almost complete standstill for miles across the southwest coast of England near Dover. Yet why is the strike occurring.

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Categories: Shipping

Shipping Cargo: Do Banks Verify It?

Shipping Cargo: Do Banks Verify It?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, June 30, 2015

It’s natural to assume that banks verify whether the cargo covered in the lading bill is actually loaded onto the ship since shippers dealing with documentary credit understand the importance of the term ‘shipped on board’. Yet, this is not the case.

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Categories: Policies, Shipping

Illegal Immigrants Border Checks

Illegal Immigrants Border Checks
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, March 30, 2015

With an increasing number of attempts by illegal immigrants to make their way into the UK, the security at border crossings is tightening significantly. For the shipping industry this could mean some important changes.

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Categories: Shipping

A Brief History of Shipping

A Brief History of Shipping
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, November 20, 2014

The history of shipping is nearly as old as recorded history itself. For thousands of years curiosity or a drive for trade has got the better of us, and we’ve sailed around the world many times over. Yet, it’s safe to say that the containerized industry of today is a far cry from what the shipping industry once was.

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Categories: Shipping

Rising Bunker Fuel Prices

Rising Bunker Fuel Prices
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, October 13, 2014

Bunker fuel can account for more than 70% of a shipper’s expenses for a single voyage. So it’s no surprise that the fluctuating price of fuel is a big issue for shipping companies. With a continuing rise in the cost of oil and new environmental measures, many companies have to completely rethink their supply chain.

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Does the Environment Suffer for Shipping?

Does the Environment Suffer for Shipping?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 16, 2014

The 21st century concept of ‘going green’ is everywhere. From day to day recycling to conglomerate carbon footprints, bloggers and journalists alike bombard us with environmental warnings. Shipping has been labeled the ‘greenest’ transport method, but with its rapid rise due to globalization, is this still the case?

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Categories: Environment, Shipping

Who Controls Shipping Lines?

Who Controls Shipping Lines?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, June 11, 2014

International shipping is crucial for the world economy and where there’s money there follows very powerful people. But, who actually has control of the shipping lines? Is it the importer/exporter, the international shipping company managing the shipment or is it the shipping line itself, or even none of the above?

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Why Women are Moving Up in the Maritime Industry

Why Women are Moving Up in the Maritime Industry
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, May 21, 2014

Women are gaining a solid place in the maritime industry. The historically masculine environment is changing dramatically as more and more women gain senior positions in global organisations, whether as a captain of a major cruise ship or as CEO, Secretary General or Vice-Chairman of a major maritime corporation.

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Categories: Jobs, Shipping, Women