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.


The Impact Of Blank Sailings Due To Covid-19

Posted by on 25 May 2020 under Marine News

Shipping Vessel

COVID-19 vs Shipping

According to an article by SAIMI, the South African International Maritime Institute, which recently featured on The Maritime Executive platform, the country certainly has not been exempt from the impact of blank sailings due to the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.


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Dry Cargo Ships Explained: Short Sea Vessels

Posted by on 11 May 2020 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Short Sea Vessels

Part 3: Short Sea Vesselss

Being in the business of servicing all of South Africa’s major ports as part of a respected full-service maritime and offshore procurement company, the Link Ship Chandlers team takes great pride in being masters of our craft. We live and breathe shipping, so when it comes to topics like dry cargo ships, we have plenty to share. To make things a little simple for newbies on the shipping front, we’re discussing each type of dry cargo ship individually over the course of a series of blogs.


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Dry Cargo Ships Explained: Bulk Carriers

Posted by on 24 Apr 2020 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Bulk Carrier Vessel

Part 2: Bulk Carriers

The Link Ship Chandlers team is very passionate about shipping, which kind of goes without saying to be honest. After all, we spend our days working at a full-service maritime and offshore procurement company that services all of South Africa’s ports, so we’re around ships a lot, and talk about ships a lot. As such, you could go as far as to call us shipping aficionados (if you were feeling generous – the word ‘geek’ has also been used in the past).


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Exciting AI Shipping Trends for 2020

Posted by on 10 Apr 2020 under Marine News, Ship Chandling

Cargo Ship

AI Is Changing The Shipping Industry

From our locations at all the major ports in South Africa, the Link Ship Chandlers team has a front-row seat to see the future of the shipping trade as it docks at our sought-after harbours. In fact, this is one of our favourite parts of being a full-service maritime and offshore procurement company in this vibrant industry! To get you as excited as we are about the extraordinary innovations in this industry as we are, we thought we’d share a few of the most inspiring AI shipping trends for 2020.


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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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