Link Ship Chandlers: Marine News




Satellites Track Oil Spills During C-19 Shutdown

Posted by on 08 Jun 2020 under Marine News

Satellite In Space

Satellites Track Oil Polution

As a proud supplier of provisions, equipment and parts to vessels bound for South African ports, the Link Ship Chandlers team has been only too aware of the impact various levels of COVID-19 shutdowns have had on the shipping trade around the world. However, we are happy to report that the effects of the pandemic have not only been negative – it has also spurred on innovation in the most unexpected way.


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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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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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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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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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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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South Africa’s First Female Shipbuilder

Posted by on 05 Aug 2019 under Marine News, Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Unfinished Ship

Young Bonteheuwel Woman Becomes SA’s First Female Ship Builder

At Link Ship Chandlers we love sharing inspiring stories, which is why we were beyond excited to learn that South Africa’s newest shipbuilder is a young woman. Candra Shanice Pedro (26) from Bonteheuwel in Cape Town matriculated from Spes Bona Technical High School in 2010 and then studied engineering sciences. She was set on the course to her shipbuilding qualification when she happened upon an advertisement for an apprenticeship at a local dockyard.


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5 Tech Trends Emerging in the Freight Industry

Posted by on 18 Jul 2019 under Marine News, Ship Chandling

Tech Trends In Freight

2019 Tech Trends In The Freight Industry

As a proud supplier of provisions, equipment and parts to vessels bound for South African ports in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay, the Link Ship Chandlers team keeps a close eye on the trends that influence the shipping trade. Lately, there has been plenty of movement on the technological front, so we thought we’d share some insight on the tech trends that have started to emerge as we head into the second half of 2019.


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Navy Ship-Building Project Bolsters SA Economy

Posted by on 08 Jul 2019 under Marine News, Ship Chandling

Navy Ships

Project Biro To Boost South African Economy

As a proud supplier of provisions, equipment, and parts to vessels bound for South African ports in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay, the Link Ship Chandlers team is always heartened to learn of new shipping projects that are poised to bolster our local economy. This is why we were so excited when we got wind of the fact that Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) was awarded the commission to build three new patrol vessels that will aid the South African Navy in protecting our country’s 1.5 million square kilometer coastline from threats such as trafficking, illegal fishing and piracy.


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