Link Ship Chandlers: Marine News




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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3 Tech Trends Emerging in Shipping in 2019

Posted by on 17 Jun 2019 under Marine News, Ship Chandling

New Tech In Shipping

New Tech In Shipping

The shipping industry may have been around for seven centuries now, but that doesn’t mean it’s behind the times – not by a long shot. As with all major enterprises and trade avenues around the world, freight and shipping continue to evolve, expand and adapt as new technologies are developed and made available.


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Benefits Of GPS & IoT For The Freight Industry

Posted by on 04 Jun 2019 under Marine News, Ship Chandling

Aerial View of Containers

Tech Innovates The Freight Industry

At Link Ship Chandlers, we believe that the transport industry is one of the pillars of modern society. After all, everything from the food we eat and the beverages we drink, to the appliances we use and cosmetics we apply had to be transported from its point of origin to our corner shop. Without transport, we would also not be able to get to school and work to contribute to develop our skills and contribute to the economy.


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Testing Biofuel on Cross-Ocean Shipping Lane

Posted by on 02 May 2019 under Marine News, Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Smart Transport

Carbon Emissions Of Various Transport Vessels

As a provider of marine supply services in South Africa, the Link Ship Chandlers team is always interested in news on research and development in our field – doubly so when the research in question is aimed at streamlining the shipping trade to become more sustainable on the whole. While greenhouse gas emissions from shipping are much lower than other modes of transport (only about 3% of global emissions), it does account for 90% of global trade and if measures aren’t taken to keep the carbon footprint in check, it could triple by 2050.


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