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  • Have you ever wondered why container-stacks  collapse at sea?

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    According to the World Shipping Council, between 2008 and 2019, an average of 1382 containers was lost at sea each year. This adds up to a staggering 16,584 containers lost during the period.

  • Management of Empty Container Repositioning

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    Every year, moving empty containers costs the shipping industry in excess of 20 billion dollars, according to Boston Consulting Group. This equates to 12% of the shipping industry’s operating costs.

    To reduce operating expenses and increase profitability, effective management of empty container repositioning assumes great significance.

  • Shipping Container Cleaning Procedures

     

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    Shipping Containers pass through varied climatic conditions & environments and are subject to severe weather on the seas and ports.  They come in contact with harmful pathogens like mold, bacteria and viruses together with pollen, liquids and other dangerous material.

  • Container Stowage Planning and its Importance

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    Weight distribution in container stacks directly affects a vessel’s stability.

    Deck stack collapses often occur in bays where the stack weight crosses permissible limits.

  • Ballast Water Management

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    Ballast Water can cause serious ecological imbalances due to the release of non-native marine species in coastal areas.

    The Ballast Water Management Treaty formulated by the IMO has been endorsed by more than 60 countries representing almost three-fourth of world’s merchant shipping tonnage.

  • Shipping & Storage Container Locks

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    Would we risk stepping out of our homes with the doors left unlocked or improperly secured?  Certainly “no”, because we know that any carelessness could result in theft and burglary that no one would ever want to be a victim of.  

  • The Suez Canal Crisis

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    Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal took 10 years to construct.
    12% of world commercial trade and 2.5% crude oil passes through the Suez Canal each day.
    50 ships pass through the canal every day.
    1.03 billion tons of cargo passed through the canal in 2019. 
    The Suez Canal is one of the most crucial waterways in the world strategically and economically.

  • Blocking and bracing of cargo in shipping containers

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    One-fourth of all cargo loss and damage that occur during shipments arise as a result of poorly fastened cargo boxes and objects carried inside containers, studies have revealed. This loss is largely preventable with care, attention and the application of guidelines stipulated for securing cargo inside the containers.

  • Where did all the containers go?

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    2021 has started with a global shortage of containers and vessel space on container vessels. There are a number of reasons that led to this ‘perfect storm’ that has left importers and exporters around the world scrambling for containers. A few of them are below:

  • Used Container Certification and Grading

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    Containers are the principal mode by which shipping lines transport goods across the oceans to distant markets.  Containers have a long serviceable lifespan, therefore to keep them in good condition, regular maintenance assumes great significance. 

  • What is Blank sailing?

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    Data released in April 2020 reveals that when Covid-19 had begun to spread across the world, approximately 150 blank sailings were declared on major shipping routes. Out of these, over 100 were announced between the Chinese New Year and mid-March as the COVID-19 outbreak spread-out in China.

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  • Repair and Maintenance of Reefer Containers

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    Reefers are refrigerated shipping containers used for transporting perishable cargo across the oceans on long voyagesto deliver them to distant markets. The reefer business is one of the fastest-growing areas in the shipping arena. 

  • Alternative fuels and technologies for ships

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    Greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the ecosystem are one of the main topics of study among environmentalists world-over. The Paris Agreement of 2015 is a legally binding international treaty on climate change that came into effect in November 2016. It aims to bring down global warming to 2 degrees Celsius or less, to reduce the risks associated with climate change.

  • What is Port Storage?

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  • Bill of Lading

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  • Career in Shipping Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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    Are you fresh out of university with a passion to pursue a lucrative career in Shipping Logistics and Supply Chain Management? Or, are you considering such an option as a mid-career shift to an industry that’s growing at a rapid pace with the ever-expanding globalization and opening up of economies the world over?

  • What do we understand by “Cargo Rollover”?

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    In the shipping industry parlance, the term “rollover” is used when containers scheduled to sail on a particular vessel are not loaded on it and are held back for loading on a subsequent vessel.

    Rollovers can arise from:

    *Overbooking of cargo that necessitates offloading containers.

  • The history of containerization

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    The practice of packing and stacking goods inside large standardized metal boxes and transporting them as distinct, individual units is defined as Containerization. This method of transportation assists trouble-free cargo handling, improved cargo safety, reduced labor and decreased shipping expenditure. 

  • International Shipping Containers v/s Domestic Containers 

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    International shipping containers can be considered as an extension of a ship which is expected to sail on international waters again within a specified time (Usually 6 months). 

  •  The 2 D’s of Shipping

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    Container shipping is the mainstay of modern trade and commerce. It transports 95% of all manufactured goods around the globe. 

  • We all know two very basic facts about shipping industry

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    The oldest mode of transportation is sea transport and it is the most cost-effective mode of transporting cargo across the globe.
    But that’s not all
    For those who are not acquainted with the world of shipping and everything that drives the grandest industry in the world, we have put together a list of few interesting facts that will take you on an exciting and inspiring journey into the world of shipping!

  • Maritime Cybersecurity

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    The phenomenal growth of the internet and information technology has led to a revolution in digital communication and transactions. The new era we are living in has changed the way we do business, communicate and perform financial transactions effortlessly with common devices such as smartphones, laptops and personal computers. 

  • Full Container Load (FCL) versus Less than a Container Load (LCL)

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    In shipping terminology, a Full Container Load (FCL) is a container intended for the exclusive use of a single shipper. A Full Container Load booked by the shipper is entirely used by that shipper alone. Empty space, if any, is not shared with a cargo belonging to any other shippers.

  • Shipping Container Tracking System

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    In broad terms, a tracking system is a technique employed for monitoring objects or persons constantly on the move or in a static state, delivering a systematic and timely progression of the location for further processing and refinement. 

  • Safety measures for the shipment of dangerous goods by sea

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    Let’s be aware of the difference between “dangerous goods” and “hazardous material” before discussing the subject in detail. Although both these terms might appear to denote the same meaning to a non-specialist, these terms are used in different contexts and signify different meanings.

  • Why switch to waterborne paint?

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    World-over, the thrust to propel a greener and pollution-free environment is gathering momentum. It has become apparent that only green and eco-friendly initiatives in all walks of life can render our world an ideal home for future generations to live healthily.

    Let’s first understand the meaning of Waterborne Paints before discussing the topic in greater detail. 

  • Container Twist Lock

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  • CONTAINER DIMENSIONS AND SIZES
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    Shipping containers come in different dimensions depending on the type of cargo. These shipping containers are manufactured and tested as per the specifications provided by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It helps to ensure that goods transported via ship, truck or rail reach their destination safely. 

  • M&R IN CONTAINER SHIPPING – COMMON REPAIR STANDARDS
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    The IICL Survey Criteria

    The Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) is the leading trade association of the marine container leasing and chassis provider industry.
    IICL Survey Criteria is an internationally accepted standard, hence wherever the survey is conducted the criteria will remain the same. 

  • How High Can Shipping-Containers Be Stacked?
    How High Can Shipping-Containers Be Stacked?

     

    You have probably seen pictures of container ships carrying hundreds of containers stacked one on top of the other. Have you ever wondered how they stand tall without collapsing?

    Shipping containers generally contain valuable goods that are heavy. Because of this, the bottom-container can experience tremendous pressure. Pressure may also build-up on the deck over which the stacks are assembled. Therefore, there are a few essential factors that one needs to consider when stacking containers. 

  • Used containers, container rental, container leasing, container purchase.
    The importance of container markings

    You might have seen some alpha-numeric sequences on containers. Ever wondered what they mean? These sequence markings are known as Container Markings. They are important for the monitoring and general safety of a container.

  • Used containers, container rental, container leasing, container purchase.
    Can’t decide between new containers and used containers? Make an informed choice

    One of the main things to consider when purchasing a container is whether it is for storage, transportation or construction/conversion. The budget, intended purpose and intended cargo are often important deciding factors when choosing between new and used containers.

  • Overview of container leasing agreements
    An Overview of Container Leasing Arrangements in the Shipping Industry

    Container Shipping plays a crucial role in the global economy. Nearly 90% of all international trade takes place by sea. And around 90% of the non- bulk cargo in the world is carried on container vessels. And all of this cargo on container vessels, is carried in the ubiquitous shipping container.