TECHNOLOGY – SEARCH FOR NEW FUELS

With the increasing global awareness of the effects of climate change, the search for new technologies which can increase efficiency, reduce costs plus carbon free fuels has intensified. The introduction of the IMO 20 light fuel has had a mixed response throughout the shipping industry and the race is accelerating to find a replacement for fossil fuels.

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OCEAN SHIPPING NEWS

Bimco, the world largest shipping Association, announces the adoption of the industry’s first ship sale and leaseback stand. Transactions have seen a substantial increase in recent years as an alternative method of ship financing, and BIMCO has adopted a new term sheet which will facilitate the negotiation of sale and leaseback deals and make the process cheaper for parties involved.

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Best Benefits of the Less-Than-Containerload Shipping

In recent years there has been a noticeable increase in interest in less-than-containerload shipping. Currently, this increase is particularly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Only a month after the crisis had begun, container shipping capacity tightened.

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Ocean carriers desperate for equipment

Since the start of the third quarter, the number of over 4000 teu plus ships for hire has dropped quickly. A number of regional operators in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent, picked up smaller units for deployment on intra-regional routes. The container ship time charter markets have experienced extreme ups and downs since January 2020.

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Air vs water transport during the Covid-19 pandemic

In order for the economy to function better it is necessary for transport to go through phases of development and modernization. The goal is to make transportation punctual and cost-effective. Still, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Today we are talking about which transport of goods is better air or water transport?

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DIGITALISING CONTAINER SHIPPING

Thomas Bagge, of the Digital Container Shipping Association, has for some time been attempting to introduce to create a digitally interconnected industry, thus providing customers with seamless, easy to use services. The association’s aim is to drive and develop technology standards and frameworks.

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LOW RELIABILITY CONCERNS

According to London based shipping consultants Drewry, reliability is considered extremely low, thanks to the massive withdrawal of capacity since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic with 468 blank departures on East- West trades.

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Trading Routes Between China and the EU

Four years ago, Lu Yingji of the Far East Land Bridge, an international freight forwarding company, said to the Forbes reporter that their ultimate goal is to have one train per day delivering cargo to Europe – from a single city in China (Suzhou).

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SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS TRENDS

The slowing of blanked sailings shows signs that the operators may think they have now removed sufficient capacity from the market. The level of blank sailings especially on east to west trades and it and some of the previously blanked sailings are being reactivated, according to SEA -INTELLIGENCE.

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CHARTER MARKET RECOVERS

More than 120 container ships which have been idle throughout the world lockdown, were reactivated towards the end of June. The consultant Alphaliner reported that at the beginning of July that the entire inactive fleet of 375 ships with a capacity of 1.8 5M teu, was down from the 453 ships for 2.3 2M teu reported just two weeks earlier.

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Increased Import-Q3

Predictions for the third quartal indicate that imports of this international trade will continue to rise and reach even higher numbers…

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Impact on sea freight prices and predictions for Q3

As mentioned before transport has been severely impacted and challenged by this pandemic. It was tough to maintain sea freight prices, but things are looking at least stable if not better at this very moment.

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Impact on the Shipping industry and Q3 predictions

In the last several years, the economic scene globally was shaken and concerned by subjects like climate change, new shipping conditions and unsteady market. Noone expected and prepared for a global pandemic caused by an unknown virus – Covid19. The Coronavirus caused complete havoc on the world’s trading scene as well.

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Covid-19 influence on collective work and difficulties related to the shipping industry

The global corona pandemic caused unexpected challenges in both the world health scene and the business organization itself. This situation has reflected seriously on the local, regional, and world market. A large number of companies globally have failed to stabilize themselves since January this year.

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Container services, some good news, some bad

Many services have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic with hire falling by as much as 50%. However, it appears that carriers are starting to slowly resume some services. According to a spokesman for Alphaliner, an open 8500 teu vessel is getting a daily higher rate of $13,000 compared with $18,000 in May and there are examples of some operators agreeing to $10,000.

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FUTURE OF CONTRACTS

Declining long-term contract rates on major tradelanes may worry ocean carriers, but the bullish short-term market is proving the “silver lining” that could shift their focus towards the spot market. Indeed, some carriers are suggesting that the future of large-scale annual volume contracts may be limited to a ‘new normal’ of rolling three-month deals, renegotiated in the light of increasingly volatile market changes.

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Transport in Q3

When it comes to transport, companies such as ours that offer freight solutions had a rough time in the first two quarters. But, Q3 seems promising. As the world is out of quarantine and shipping starts working like a well-oiled machine, we think that we’re in an excellent place to provide everything our potential clients may need.

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Economics Q3

From the start of the year, the whole world has been facing a situation it hasn’t encountered before. The Coronavirus has spread everywhere, and there isn’t a business or an individual that isn’t affected by it. Many experts say that this is the biggest crisis that the world has met since WW2 regarding the shake of the worldwide economy.

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The Impact of Covid-19 on Shipping Companies and Freight Forwarders

At the start of this year, nobody foresaw a global virus outbreak. Everything we believed we knew about the world’s business scene seems very distant from this point of view. Today, we are facing enormous challenges, particularly small business owners and shipping companies.

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Hong Kong caught in the middle

It would be easy to assume, in the current circumstances, that the US – China trade conflict is likely to seriously damage the position and status of Hong Kong as a major business centre and transshipment port for Chinese trade. With the ever worsening relationship between the two countries, the tension is rising with little prospect of improvement.

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AVOIDING A RATES WAR

The easing of European lockdown is helping container freight gradually recover and move towards recovery.
So far this year, demand for manufactured goods has faded away, to be replaced by online purchasing which is mostly delivered by air. Therefore, the re-opening of a limited number of retail outlets, with more expected in the coming weeks, has resulted in a surge in demand by the public.

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COVID-19 WAS HARD ON ALL OF US, BUT DID YOU THINK IN ANY MOMENT HOW IS IT FOR SEAFARERS WHO COULD’T AND STILL CAN’T COME HOME?

“Seafarers are unsung heroes who everyday throughout this COVID-19 crisis are going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that countries are kept supplied with the goods they need. We are working with the airlines to come forward with solutions. We now need governments to support our seafarers and facilitate safe passage for them to get home to loved ones and be replaced by crew members ready to keep supply chains open,” said ICS Secretary General, Guy Platten.

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WHAT FUTURE FOR GLOBALISATION?

Looking back over the last 30 years at the development of global trade, cracks were already beginning to show after the financial crash of 2008/9 followed in recent times by the trade war between the USA and China . The current pandemic with its lockdown, social distancing and closed borders, has dealt a yet a further severe blow to globalised world trade.

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CONTAINER UPDATE

Despite the gloomy and worrying state of international trade under the COVID 19 yoke, the shipping industry witnessed, on April 23, the launch in Korea, of the biggest container ship of all time, namely the 24000 TEU HMM Algeciras. The high-tech vessel is some 400 m long, 60 m wide and 70 m high, weighing 215,000 tons gross and is designated as an Ultra large Container Vessel ( ULCV).

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Business meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak

Communication is crucial to the shipping industry, just like any industry. Sometimes, the written word is not enough and there is a need for a meeting to happen.
Whether it’s negotiating a quote or a simple informative conversation, talking in person can be much more effective than written communication.

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TECHNOLOGY AIDS SHIP PERFORMANCE

Whilst shipowners are always searching for ways of improving efficiency and cost saving, the current coronavirus pandemic with its heavy financial losses, has accelerated the search. One of the areas under investigation is improving methods of restricting the biofouling on a ship’s hull, which causes increased drag leading to higher fuel consumption.

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Tips to prevent the spreading of infection in the shipping industry

Although most customers typically will not notice any change in their ability to purchase goods and receive shipments from digital or brick-and-mortar suppliers, they should be aware that the shipping industry is working hard to keep business as usual in the light of the outbreak of Coronavirus virus (COVID-19).

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SAFETY AT SEA

The spread of coronavirus, COVID19 has clearly impacted on the entire world, with no country unaffected. But in order to keep the supply chains for food, medical and other daily essentials moving, the transport and logistics industry is working flat out. Whilst the airfreight operators are using existing freighter aircraft and converted passenger equipment to fulfil their part of the supply chain, ocean freight is still doing its best to maintain regular deliveries. The health and safety of ships’ crews is becoming a vital element in maintaining operations.

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COVID 19 UPDATE

China is back in business with the majority of its manufacturers working in some capacity. However, this regeneration after the impact of Covid 19, faces a new set of challenges.
Supply of raw materials and the shortage of skilled labour are pushing manufacturers to resort to new and sometimes untested suppliers which in turn may affect production quality.

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SCRUBBERS

One of the surprise results of the coronavirus disaster has been the dramatic fall in scrubber installations.
Carrier operators are considering the liability of scrubber retrofits in the light of several factors.
The serious delays at Chinese shipyards has left many vessels lying idle coupled with the slump in oil prices.

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ROBOTICS IN SHIPPING

As more industries introduce hi-technology solutions for a wide range of situations, the shipping industry is also adopting various technologies, including robotics for different purposes.

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COVID 19 UPDATE

It is now universally recognised that the entire world has been severely impacted by the coronavirus and nearly all areas of trade are affected.

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A MIXED START TO 2020

NVOCC stands for Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier. This indicates that they are an ocean carrier with no ships. They lease space at a special price from ocean carriers and sell the spaces to their clients.

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QINGDAO to GENOA & BASEL in 35 days

At the moment we are preparing LCL loading Qingdao, China on 6th and 13th of March and unloading 15th and 22nd of April in Genoa

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Why should you choose a neutral partner?

NVOCC stands for Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier. This indicates that they are an ocean carrier with no ships. They lease space at a special price from ocean carriers and sell the spaces to their clients.

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Questions to ask to get a complete quote

In order to get comprehensive information and the complete quote on your potential shipment communication is key. Getting all the necessary information from the shipping company is crucial when choosing your freight forwarder.

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2020 Q1 NEW CHALLENGES

The year has started with a number of events which are causing concerns within the entire transport industry including ocean shipping.

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ITALY to EGYPT, UAE AND HONG KONG

Seafreight consolidation services from and to Port of GENOA and BASEL every week with NLINE shipping – your neutral partner.

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8 tips to make shipping from China easier PART II

Depending on your destination, you can choose from several carriers operating from China. If you have substantial volumes, encouraging competition among the shipping lines will most likely get you a competitive cost to consider.

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NINGBO to ITALY AND SWISS in 29 days

Few more days left to CUT-OFF date for LCL loading Ningbo, China on 8h of February and unloading in Genoa 15th of March. We are loading the same origin on the 16th of February and unloading in Basel, Switzerland on 30th of March.

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8 tips to make shipping from China easier PART I

Depending on your destination, you can choose from several carriers operating from China. If you have substantial volumes, encouraging competition among the shipping lines will most likely get you a competitive cost to consider.

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2020 ROUND UP

The rush to retrofit ships with scrubbers in readiness for the new I MO 2020 regulations has caused considerable waiting times at.

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7 things that can go very bad if you don’t have load insurance

Transporting goods from one location to another can always be subject to different kinds of risk.
Damage and/or complete loss of cargo is always a possibility in shipping. Load insurance offers a way to protect cargo from many possible accidents.

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HOW TO UNDERSTAND YOUR SHIPPING PARTNER?

The shipping and freight industry is full to the brim with jargon like any other industry. In order to help you understand your shipping partner, we have collected the most common terms used in the shipping industry. 

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Scrubber delays- ships waiting

The rush to retrofit ships with scrubbers in readiness for the new I MO 2020 regulations has caused considerable waiting times at.

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Using technology to reduce freight rate and capacity risks

In today’s liner shipping market, many pain points could be addressed through a capability to flexibly buy or sell ocean freight services in advance, using a neutral, global platform.

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SHANGHAI to Genoa and Basel in 31 days

4 more days left to the CUT-OFF date for LCL loading SHANGHAI, China on 20th of December and unloading in Genoa, Italy on 26th and Basel, Switzerland on 31th of January 2020.

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BETTER MARGINS IN Q3 BUT NOT ALL SMOOTH SAILING

While 20ft containers are designed to carry heavy cargo such as machinery, 40ft shipping containers are mostly used for the transport of consumer goods like; furniture, cotton, electronics, etc. which take up a lot of space but are lighter.

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Shenzhen to Genoa and Basel in 24 days

8 more days left to CUT-OFF date for LCL loading Shenzhen, China on 19th of December and unloading in Genoa, Italy on 19th and Basel, Switzerland on 24th of January 2020.

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HONG KONG to GENOA in 25 days

A few more days left to CUT-OFF date for LCL loading HONK KONG, China on 18th of December and unloading in Genoa, Italy on 19th of January 2020. Sea freight consolidation services from and to Port of GENOA every week with NLINE shipping – your neutral NVOCC partner.

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WHAT ARE 40ft CONTAINERS USED FOR?

While 20ft containers are designed to carry heavy cargo such as machinery, 40ft shipping containers are mostly used for the transport of consumer goods like; furniture, cotton, electronics, etc. which take up a lot of space but are lighter.

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NINGBO to GENOA in 32 days

Few more days left to the CUT-OFF date for LCL loading Ningbo, China on 8thof December and unloading in Genoa 14th of January. We have next one loading Ningbo on the 15th of December if you can’t make it to the cut-off date.

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SHANGHAI to GENOA in 31 days

SHANGHAI, China LCL to GENOA, Italy loading on 5th and 20th of December, and unloading on 12th and 26th of January. ! 31 days transit time ! Seafreight consolidation services from China to Port of GENOA.

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TYPES OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Containers are one of the most important parts of the shipping industry. Such containers are the devices that store various types of goods that need to be shipped from one part of the world to another. Moving containers protect the shipped cargo, and they ensure it arrives safely to the destination.

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FOR NLINE EVERY FRIDAY IS BLACK FRIDAY

A few more days left to CUT-OFF date for LCL loading HONK KONG, China on 4th, 11th and 18th of December and unloading in Genoa, Italy on 5th, 12th and 19th of January 2020.

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TECHNOLOGY SOLVING PROBLEMS

The shipping industry is facing financial problems with fading margins together with increasing costs. One of the factors that is causing revenue deficit is the failure to deal effectively with no-shows which are becoming more frequent.

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HONK KONG to GENOA & BASEL in 25 days

HONK KONG, China LCL to GENOA, Italy and BASEL, SWITZERLAND loading on 22th of November – unloading Genoa on 22nd of December and Basel on 29th of December.

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OCEAN FREIGHT VS AIRFREIGHT

A neverending debate in the world of shipping is which is better, ocean freighting or shipping by plane? There is no universal answer to this debate, many factors affect the final decision.

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SHANGHAI to GENOA & BASEL in 31 days

SHANGHAI, China LCL to GENOA, Italy and BASEL, SWITZERLAND loading on 24th of November – unloading Genoa on 30th of December and Basel on 6th of January.

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Shenzhen to GENOA & BASEL in 26 days

5 more days left to CUT-OFF date for LCL loading Shenzhen, China on 16th of November and unloading in Genoa, Italy on 17th and Basel, Switzerland

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Multimodal struggle

Airfreight vs sea freight vs railway transport Despite a relatively flat world economy, all different modes of transport are trying

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QINGDAO to GENOA & BASEL in 35 days

QINGDAO, China LCL to GENOA and BASEL, loading on 14th and 22th of November.

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NLINE ESPANDE IL SUO NETWORK

11 days left to CUT-OFF date for LCL loading Honk Kong, China on 15th of November and unloading in Genoa 15th of December.

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SHIPPING AND CLIMATE CHANGE

As the planet becomes warmer, sea levels rise and more and more voices are raised against polluters. Demonstrations around the

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SHANGHAI to GENOA in 31 days

9 more days we are loading LCL from Shanghai, China to GENOA, Italy – unloading Genoa 18.12.2019.

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NINGBO to GENOA in 31 days

Few more days left to the CUT-OFF date for LCL loading Ningbo, China on 5th of November and unloading in Genoa middle of December.

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5 strategies to get the best sea freight quote and carrier

Here are 5 strategies that you can adopt.. Tip #5 Another incentive you can offer the carrier in exchange for

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SHENZHEN to GENOA in 24 days

2 more days we are loading LCL to GENOA, Italy! Seafreight consolidation services from China to Port of GENOA every week with NLINE

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HONG KONG to GENOA in 25 days

LCL to Italy that is coming end of November from Hong Kong. Seafreight consolidation services from and to Port of GENOA.

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From 0 to 1 in sea freight technology

In sea freight technology the ecosystem is not yet there, although multiple parties line NLINE follow technology development from day

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NINGBO to GENOA in 31 days

9 days and we are loading to LCL to GENOA, Italy! Seafreight consolidation services exChina to Port of GENOA every week with NLINE shipping

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SHANGHAI to GENOA in 32 days

10 days left to CUT-OFF time for LCL to Italy on 26.11. Seafreight consolidation services from SHANGHAI to Port of

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Incoterms 2020 Chart of Responsibilities

Are you using the best international trade term for your exports?

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Italia welcomes innovative NVOCC NLINE

It is our utmost honor and pleasure to announce that NLINE Shipping is expanding its network to the Italian market.

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