Welcome to the Link Ships Chandlers Blog

Hi there, we are so glad that you have joined us to find out more about general ship chandlery services and our Link maritime supply company. In our opinion we are part of one of the most important business operations in the world. Although we are based in South Africa, we have a wealth of experience offering our services to international clients all over South Africa. Over the course of this blog we hope to introduce you to what it is we do, why we do it and of course how we are able to do it so well. We will also share interesting fact, stories and figures around the maritime industry as a whole, so follow our blog not to miss out!

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Dry Cargo Ships Explained: General Cargo Ships

Posted by on 27 Mar 2020 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Cargo Ship

Part 1: General Cargo Vessels

As a full-service maritime and offshore procurement company that services all South African ports, the Link Ship Chandlers team tends to geek out about cargo vessels. It’s part of our day-to-day lifestyle, after all. However, we also know that the general public often doesn’t quite get what we’re on about when we go off on a tangent, which is why we’ve decided to devote some blog space to explaining the different kinds of dry cargo ships out there. Today we start with general cargo vessels.

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The Future of Dry Bulk Carriers

Posted by on 13 Mar 2020 under Marine News

Dry Bulk Carriers

What Does The Future Of Dry Bulk Carriers Look Like?

As a full-service maritime and offshore procurement company that services all South African ports, the Link Ship Chandlers team takes great interest in emerging technologies that support the development of sustainable shipping practices. As such, we have our ear to the ground at all times. Here are a few of the exciting future-proof trends in dry bulk carrying that have been mentioned quite frequently around the watercooler of late:

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5 Interesting Facts About Saldanha Bay Port

Posted by on 28 Feb 2020 under Ship Chandling

Saldanha Bay Port

Saldanha Bay Port

At Link Ship Chandlers, we count ourselves lucky that we have the great fortune of providing chandling services for local and international vessels that stop over at the Saldanha Bay port along the west coast of South Africa. It is a wonderful harbour that offers excellent anchorage and has become renowned with shipping owners and operators around the globe as a preferred port of call due to the quality of the support services available, the wonderful weather, and more.

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What Ship Is That? Drifter, Dromon & Dutch Clipper

Posted by on 14 Feb 2020 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Dutch Clipper

Is This A Drifter, Dromon or Dutch Clipper?

If there is one thing the Link Ship Chandlers team adores, it’s shipping history and lore. After all, when you work with ships and seafaring folks from around the globe all day long, you tend to develop an interest in this centuries-old industry. As such, we’ve been sharing some very interesting info about historical ships here over the last few months. The last instalment featured the Dinghy, Dory & Drakkar. Today we find out more about the easy-going Drifter, daring Dromon, and the stoic Dutch Clipper.

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First SA-Owned Chemical Tanker Inaugurated

Posted by on 03 Feb 2020 under Marine News, Maritime Facts and Stories

Chemical Tanker

First South African Chemical Tanker

As a proud purveyor of chandling services to ships at port, at various major harbours along the South African shoreline, the Link Ship Chandlers team was very excited to learn that Sasol had teamed up with Nduna Maritime to launch the Sasol Siyakha Trust in the fourth quarter of last year. Not only was this collaborative venture the integrated energy and chemical company’s single largest funding agreement to date, but it also yielded our country’s first specialised chemical tanker.

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What Ship Is That? The Dinghy, Dory & Drakkar

Posted by on 24 Jan 2020 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Dory Ship

A Dory

Life in the chandling business has predisposed the Link Ship Chandlers team to a keen interest in historical shipping. In fact, we geek out about old ships pretty hard. As such, we’ve been sharing some fun and interesting info on some of our favourite historical vessels over the course of the last year or so. Our previous instalment featured the Corvette, Cutter & Dhow. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the diminutive Dinghy, the versatile Dory, and the ferocious Drakkar.

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The Magic of The Dolos & The Tetrapod

Posted by on 20 Dec 2019 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling


What Are These And Why Are They Important?

Just when you think you have the hang of the intricate lingo at the heart of the maritime industry, along comes something like the ‘dolos’ and the ‘tetrapod’. If you only have a passing knowledge of the shipping trade, you’d be forgiven for thinking that these terms describe particularly strange sea creatures, but in fact, it refers to rather complex concrete engineering structures that are designed to protect coastal spaces from erosion by reinforcing seawalls and breakwaters around harbours, etc.

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Maritime Growth to Benefit African Economies

Posted by on 01 Dec 2019 under Marine News, Ship Chandling

Shipping Containers

African Economies To Be Benefited In 2020

At Link Ship Chandlers, we love sharing some good news stories, which is why we are beyond excited to report that growth in the maritime industry is said to hold major growth opportunities for at least five African economies in 2020 and beyond. Here is a look at the countries that stand to benefit most from increased maritime trade and business growth along African shores, and why they are so well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that will be coming their way.

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Autonomous Boat Tech Will Change Shipping

Posted by on 17 Nov 2019 under Marine News, Maritime Facts and Stories

Boat Controls

Autonomous Boats: How They Will Change Shipping

The notion of an autonomous ship can seem a little like something out of a science-fiction movie or a kid’s made-up fantasy game, but in 2019 it is a very real, tangible reality in the shipping trade.

The first ever mention of the possibility of such a thing was noted in ‘Ships and Shipping of Tomorrow’, a book published by Rolf Schonknecht in 1970. Now, a scant 50 years later (which is a blink of an eye if you take into account that ocean-faring has been around for aeons!), Yara International ASA and technology company Kongsberg are getting ready to launch the world’s first autonomous and zero-emission container vessel, the Yara Birkeland, in 2020. What a time to be alive!

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Shipping 101: How Do Inflatable Boats Work?

Posted by on 03 Nov 2019 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Inflatable Boats

Inflatable Boats: All You Need To Know

At Link Ship Chandlers, we believe in the value of getting to grips with the basics of any industry before attempting to master it, which is why we will be sharing a range of Shipping 101 info guides here over the course of the next few months. Today we start with inflatable boats, how they work, a few of the most prevalent types and what they are used for.

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