The fourth annual Global Maritime Issues Monitor has been launched today based on a survey of public and private decision makers from six continents and commentary from more than a dozen leaders and experts. The report tracks attitudes regarding some of the critical issues facing the maritime industry.
Bunker represent the biggest single cost for the shipowners and charterers and effective bunker procurement management should start by selecting good bunker suppliers ensuring that ships receive the correct fuel quantity and quality. It is not always easy to check whether the purchased bunker is the same quality as the one being delivered, and bunker quality may differ around the world with different blending processes increasing the risk of contamination or low fuel quality.
Food traders have been switching from containers to dry bulk vessels to transport refined sugar and rice in an effort to bypass the current systemic congestion in the movement of containers and their contents from point A to point B. Reuters reported that commodities such as refined sugar, coffee, rice, cotton and cocoa had moved from dry bulk vessels to containers in the past because the large boxes were more practical and offered good quality control.
Are Solum, Gard senior claims adviser based in Arendal, Norway, has warned that there is a flipside to the currently booming container market. While the bounceback from the Covid-19-induced dip in trade was fast and hard, which was good news for logistic companies and container carriers, from other points of view it had become a container crisis.
If the first two days of IUMI are anything to go by, the IMO target for 2050 and the development of alternative, less polluting fuels, above and beyond the low-sulphur requirements that the IMO introduced at the beginning of 2020, are going to be the main focuses for the minds of the attendees.
It is with great pleasure to announce that the IUMI online hull and cargo tutorials are now Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified. CPD is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their skills and abilities.