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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Transnet & GE To Digitise African Freight

Posted by on 21 Jun 2018 under Ship Chandling

Transnet & GE Collaborating On Digitised African Transport

Transnet & GE Collaborating On Digitised African Transport

Transnet officials have announced that the rail and ports operator will be collaborating with global digital industrial giant General Electric (GE) to work towards digitising the African transport sector.

Having worked together for over a decade, the companies are now poised to develop a digital platform that will connect transport operators with shippers in a seamless fashion, which will greatly streamline the pricing, network capacity, shipment planning and goods-to-market processes.


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Cape Town Port & Link Ship Chandlers

Posted by on 22 May 2018 under Ship Chandling

Cape Town Port

Cape Town Port

The city of Cape Town in South Africa goes by many names – Table Bay, the Cape of Storms, Cape of Good Hope, the fairest Mother City. Situated along one of the most frequently used trade routes around the world, this bustling port plays a vital role in the economic wellbeing of not only South Africa, but the African continent at large.


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Coega Port IDZ & Link Ship Chandlers

Posted by on 23 Apr 2018 under Ship Chandling

Coega Port

Coega Port

The shipping trade has played a vital role in the development of South Africa over many centuries. One of the most recent commercial ports to be developed along our sought-after coast line is Coega, also known as the port of Ngqura in regional Xhosa. Situated approximately 20 km northeast of Port Elizabeth at the mouth of the Coega River in Nelson Mandela Bay, it is now officially the 8th largest port of its kind in South Africa.


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PE Port + Link Ship Chandlers = 100% Efficient

Posted by on 12 Apr 2018 under Ship Chandling

Port Elizabeth Port + Link Ship Chandlers = 100% Efficiency

Port Elizabeth Port + Link Ship Chandlers = 100% Efficiency

The development of modern-day South Africa is closely tied to the shipping trade. Port Elizabeth, in particular, has played a vital role in the local manufacturing sector and has been doing so since 1820, when the first British settlers arrived and starting using the east coast port and harbour in earnest.


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Choosing the Right Shipping Container

Posted by on 10 Apr 2018 under Ship Chandling

Choosing the Right Shipping Container for Your Needs

Choosing the Right Shipping Container for Your Needs

Following on our previous article on how the advent of the intermodal shipping container changed the freighting landscape forever, we’ll now take a look at the most popular types of containers and their uses.


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How the Shipping Container Changed the World

Posted by on 27 Mar 2018 under Maritime Facts and Stories

The Intermodal Shipping Container

The Intermodal Shipping Container

If you live in a South African port city like Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Saldanha or Coega, travelling shipping containers are likely to be a part of your everyday life. Whether we realise it or not, all of us depend on the use of shipping containers that underpin global freight handling. Here’s a quick look at the history of the intermodal shipping container and the way it has changed the world.


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The ABCs of Shipping Container Jargon

Posted by on 26 Feb 2018 under Maritime Facts and Stories

The ABCs of Shipping Container Jargon

The ABCs of Shipping Container Jargon

What is a shipper-owned container and how does it differ from a carrier-owned container? Is a box, container, TEU and FEU the same thing? And what on earth is a NVOCC?

The shipping container is one of the most important inventions of the modern world. It completely changed the 20th century business landscape and is widely hailed as one of the major architects of globalisation. The humble container turned 60 in 2016 and is firmly entrenched as the standard for worldwide shipping. In fact, it is estimated that there are 35+ million TEUs in current circulation.


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International Waters: Safest It’s Been in 22 Years

Posted by on 23 Jan 2018 under Maritime Facts and Stories

International waters are currently the safest it’s been for the last 22 years

International waters are currently the safest it’s been for the last 22 years

As suppliers to the world’s foremost shipping enterprises, the safety of the crews that steer these cargo ships are of the utmost importance to us. As such, we were very happy to learn that according to the most recent statistics, international waters are currently the safest it’s been for the last 22 years.


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Modern Romance: Life at Sea in the 21st Century

Posted by on 18 Jan 2018 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Modern Day Life on the High Seas

Modern Day Life on the High Seas

Over the festive season we came across a wonderfully written article about life at sea in modern times. The article, written by a journalist for The Economist, follows the crew of a Maersk container ship on a journey across high seas in the age of quantification. It’s a riveting read! Below we share a summary of its high points; you can read the full article here.


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Concise Guide to Container Ship Design (Part II)

Posted by on 21 Dec 2017 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Container Ship Design

Container Ship Design

In our previous article we gave you an overview of the design and construction principles at the heart of container ship design, as well as container ship hull geometry. Today we move on to the midship section; the torsion box in double-hulled container ships; and the stowage of containers.


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