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!

Contact Us at Link Ships Chandlers

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 ship chandlery services in general, new Link business ideas, or even join in on a conversation about South African Ships Chandlers, then dive into the blog and become part of our vibrant maritime industry right now.


Benefits & Reasons to Use Link Ship Chandlers

Posted by on 16 Feb 2021 under Advice from Ship Chandlers, Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Aerial photo of shipping port

Why using Link Ship Chandlers is the smart choice

Choosing a ship chandler to assist you at a port in South Africa can be a tall order. Essentially, you are looking for a business that is able to provide you with supplies, vendor support and accountancy all in one fell swoop. As such, it only makes sense to weigh your options carefully and to align yourself with a chandling provider that offers a combination of timeous, cost-effective marine and rigging supplies, and seamless supply chain optimisation.

At Link Ship Chandlers we understand that it’s imperative to find a company you can trust to facilitate all the important things you need to happen while you are at port in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay. This is why we go out of our way to offer exceptional service every step of the way. As such:


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Digital Transformation & Mobile Document Management

Posted by on 15 Jan 2021 under Marine News, Maritime Facts and Stories

Satelite image of USA

Is digital transformation and mobile document management enough?

In the shipping and logistics sector, data is of the utmost importance and requires a good document management system and big data governance. However, digital transformation across all major industries is changing the landscape which means maritime service companies need to adapt.


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Ship Types Explained: RoRo Designs & Types

Posted by on 11 Jan 2021 under Maritime Facts and Stories

RoRo Cargo Ship

RoRo Ship

Welcome back! If you’ve been following our most recent blogs, you’ll know that we’re nose-deep in a great series on ship types. At Link Ship Chandlers, we ply our trade as expert chandlers to ships and vessels that dock in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay, which means we’re all about that shipping life.


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How COVID-19 Helped Freight Forwarders

Posted by on 30 Dec 2020 under Marine News, Maritime Facts and Stories

Shipping yard

How freight forwarders have benefited from the pandemic

It’s been a tough year for most industries, and the shipping trade has certainly not been exempt. As a full-service maritime and offshore procurement company that offers quality service to all South African ports, Link Ship Chandlers have been in the front lines, watching our industry take big knocks as the shipping trade was disrupted for a large part of the year – first due to a lack of supply in the East, and then due to a lack of demand in the West.


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How C-19 May Speed Up The Robotics Revolution

Posted by on 17 Dec 2020 under Marine News, Maritime Facts and Stories

Robotics laboratory

The Robotics Revolution May Be Looming

As COVID-19 continues its global rampage, many people are looking at robotics as a sound investment strategy. There’s no denying the massive impact of the pandemic on the world economy and supply chains which can justify this sort of reasoning.

In light of what has transpired, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of companies want to plan ahead, utilising technology to improve automation of production lines and putting in place more resilient supply chains. Robotics can certainly help as it has several distinct advantages.


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Tankers Explained – Part II: Crude Carriers

Posted by on 30 Nov 2020 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Crude Carrier Tanker

Crude Carrier Tanker

At Link Ship Chandlers, we find ourselves immersed in the world of shipping every day. Our team offers expert chandling support in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay to clients from far and wide. As such, we often speak in lingo that ‘normal folks’ can find a little hard to understand if they don’t spend a lot of time near the docks.

This is why we like to use this blog to create a glossary of sorts, where people can look up industry terms that seem a little vague. We previously discussed dry cargo vessels, and recently switched gears to tankers. Today we take a look at crude carriers, and how it fits into the tanker lineup.


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Why We Need Supply Chain Risk Management

Posted by on 17 Nov 2020 under Ship Chandling

Container Ship

The Need For A Supply Chain Risk Management Plan Explained

It’s no secret that Covid-19 has impacted most sectors across the world and ship chandling is no exception. Indeed, the coronavirus helped identify many vulnerabilities and weaknesses but supply chain risk management goes beyond that.

Ship suppliers face challenges every day from shipping delays and theft to natural disasters, changing consumer trends and even cybersecurity. Successfully navigating the world of maritime service is challenging but having a sound supply chain strategy in place can help tremendously.


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Tankers Explained – Part I: Product Tankers

Posted by on 27 Oct 2020 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Product Tankers

Oil Tanker

Link Ship Chandlers offers expert chandling support in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay. The relationships we build with our valued clientele are based on quality service, punctual delivery, affordable pricing and mutual respect.


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How We Ensure Supply Chain Transparency

Posted by on 09 Oct 2020 under Advice from Ship Chandlers, Ship Chandling

Shipping Dock

Supply Chain Transparency Discussed

p>During these challenging times, in particular, there is an increasing demand for supply chain transparency, resiliency and sustainability. Companies need to understand what that all means and where to invest so they can ensure their supply chain checks all the essential boxes.
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Why Exact Cargo Weight Declaration Is Crucial

Posted by on 29 Sep 2020 under Advice from Ship Chandlers, Maritime Facts and Stories

Shipping Containers

The Importance Of Declaring Cargo Weight Exactly

The Link Ship Chandlers team has been in the shipping industry for decades, which means that we have seen our fair share of minor (and major!) disasters play out in Cape Town and the other South African ports we service. Sometimes accidents happen and it’s no-one’s fault, other times it’s a series of unfortunate events that started with something as simple as incorrect administration.


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