Welcome to the Link Maritime Supply Blog
Hi there, we are so glad that you have joined us to find out more about general ship chandlery services and shipping news in both South Africa and around the globe. We at Link Ship Chandlers are part of one of the fastest paced business operations in the world, which is why we have decided to share with you some of the fun and excitement that we encounter on a daily basis. From interesting things about seas and ports, to breaking maritime news, we’ll not only cover it here but we’ll even expand on what it is you thought you knew about this industry and the people in it.
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We are based in Cape Town and have a wealth of experience offering our services to international clients all over the globe. If you have any questions about this blog, the services that we offer, or even if you are looking for specific information about products that we supply, then please feel free to contact us and let us know! Alternatively, if you simply would like to find out more about the ports and harbour business in general, or even join in on a conversation about the latest maritime news, then please feel free to dive into our blog below and become a part of our vibrant industry right now.
In the high pressure maritime resupply industry, the one thing that is essential is a sense of humour and a love of fun. It is something that helps to keep us focused and breaks the tension of long hours and tight deadlines. With this in mind, we’d like to do the first of what will hopefully be many humorous blog posts that pay homage to our nautical interests while still putting a smile on your face. So, without further ado let’s dive into the deep end with a pirate’s guide to talking nautical:
Just over 24 km’s off of the coast of Alabama in the Gulf of Mexico there is one of nature’s biggest mysteries lying under 60 ft of water. This relic of ages past is a 50,000-year-old forest that was once millennia ago situated on dry land, but now lies at the bottom of the ocean. Scientists believe that the forest has lain hidden for all of this time, preserved from decay by up to 10 feet of sediment that was scooped off of the ocean floor during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Thanks to the fact that Africa is fast becoming a global force in today’s market places the 2017 Nor-Shipping Conference made the African continent a primary focus of this highly influential event. In fact, the maritime and ocean industries program for 2017 was even dubbed Africa@Nor-Shipping 2017, and it represented a major leap forward in the mutually beneficial business relationships that are currently being forged between Africa and Europe. At the launch of the event Birgit Liodden, a Nor-Shipping director, had this to say:
Ship Chandlers are an important part of the maritime resupply chain and are literal goods retailers that provide a very specific service to ships who need to purchase equipment and supplies. It is a convenient way for a ship’s crew to restock and resupply, without having to make numerous transactions, or search for multiple suppliers. These resupply items can be anything from food and luxury goods, to safety equipment and mechanical maintenance supplies.
Although ships chandlers have been around in one form or another since man first ventured into the ocean, many people are still unaware of what it is that we do. In its simplest form a ship chandler is a person or business that deals exclusively with the supplying of commodities to the international and local maritime industry, specifically ocean going commercial vessels, oil rigs and naval vessels.