Category Archives: Sea Freight

Zim Rotterdam on Fire!

It seems to be one vessel disaster after another this summer.  The latest being the Zim Rotterdam which caught fire between 23-27 August on route from Port Klang to Felixstowe. Due to arrive into Felixstowe Port on 4th September, the vessel has now berthed at Sokhna Port for further investigation and necessary repairs. This is expected to take a few days, and will now
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General Rate Increase (GRI) July 2013

FCL Sea freight rates for the Asia to Europe market have been the lowest they have been for quite some time, with rates dropping since May. Unfortunately, this is all set to change as all the major shipping lines have announced that they will be implementing heavy GRI (general rate increases) from 1st July 2013. We will be keeping a close eye on these
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Revival of Ports “up North”

With the South East being home to 2 large container ports large enough to house vessels, which are the length of four football pitches and the height of 14 double-decker buses, and now also home to the new Thames Gateway opening this year questions are being raised about the amount of road congestion and indeed costs involved with transporting goods hundreds of miles north
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Asia-Europe rate reductions!

Make the most of your Asia imports this month and enjoy the short term benefit which comes when the shipping lines enter a “rate war” meaning hefty price cutting in sea freight rates! We currently have fantastic offers on 20’/40’/40’HQ containers from all the major ports including, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xingang, Qingdao, Dalian & Ho Chi Minh City CLICK HERE to contact us today for
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Hong Kong Port – Dispute over

The largest industrial action in Hong Kong for decades has ended after hundreds of port workers compromised and accepted a pay increase package offered by contractors of Hong Kong International Terminals. The workers were initially asking for a 20% pay increase, but eventually after striking for 6 weeks decided to accept a 9.8% offer after the employers provided a written reassurance to guarantee the
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Triple E – Worlds Largest Container Ship

A new generation of vessel so large – almost a quarter-mile long, wider than a motorway and taller than a 20-storey office block, will be coming into service this summer. The vessel named as The new Triple E will be able to carry 18,000 20ft containers, three times as many as the biggest container ships 15 years ago The Triple E – which stands for
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Hong Kong Port Strike – continues

Cargo is piling up as a strike in the container port in Hong Kong has entered a 15th day. Hundreds of dock workers and crane operators are striking as they have not had a pay rise in 10 years even as the cost of living has soared, they are demanding a pay rise of around 20 percent and better work conditions. They say they
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Shipping Lines March 2013 Increase

The major carriers have announced Asia-Europe March GRIs (general rate increases) ranging between $600 and $775 per teu (per 20’container) to be implemented on 15 March. Why the increases? These increases tend to happen when the shipping lines remove a number of vessels from service. By removing vessels from service the carriers maximize space and revenue, thus using less fuel by running fewer vessels,
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Shipping Household Goods & Personal Effects

Are you in the process of moving home? Well this blog is especially for you! Could there be a more daunting task than moving home? If thats not bad enough, how about a complete re-location overseas?! Send shivers down your spine dosent it?! Well allow us to remove all your anxietys! By the time you have finished reading this blog, you will hopefully have all
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London Gateway – Europes largest logistics park opening in UK

It has been almost three years since work began at the 1,500-acre site on the north bank of the River Thames which will become London Gateway. Work began by dredging and reclaiming land from the Thames Estuary to allow the world’s largest container ships to bring consumer goods closer to the point of consumption than existing major national deep water ports. London Gateway will
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