Link Ship Chandlers: Maritime Facts and Stories

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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The Magic of The Dolos & The Tetrapod

Posted by on 20 Dec 2019 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling


What Are These And Why Are They Important?

Just when you think you have the hang of the intricate lingo at the heart of the maritime industry, along comes something like the ‘dolos’ and the ‘tetrapod’. If you only have a passing knowledge of the shipping trade, you’d be forgiven for thinking that these terms describe particularly strange sea creatures, but in fact, it refers to rather complex concrete engineering structures that are designed to protect coastal spaces from erosion by reinforcing seawalls and breakwaters around harbours, etc.

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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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Shipping 101: How Do Inflatable Boats Work?

Posted by on 03 Nov 2019 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Inflatable Boats

Inflatable Boats: All You Need To Know

At Link Ship Chandlers, we believe in the value of getting to grips with the basics of any industry before attempting to master it, which is why we will be sharing a range of Shipping 101 info guides here over the course of the next few months. Today we start with inflatable boats, how they work, a few of the most prevalent types and what they are used for.

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5 Amazing Facts About Historic Ship Design

Posted by on 26 Oct 2019 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Ship Design

Ship Design: 5 Incredible Facts

Man has been fascinated by the notion of crossing the ocean since the dawn of time. It was the first frontier our ancestors had to brave in order to explore beyond the shores of their own continents. As such, shipping design is a discipline that has developed in close accordance with major events throughout the ages. Here are a few amazing facts about historic ship design that will give you a new appreciation for the modern vessels that traverse our oceans today:

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A Concise Guide To Cruise Ship Engines: Part I

Posted by on 23 Sep 2019 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Ship Engine

Ship Engine

At Link Ship Chandlers, we love going behind the scenes to find out more about the inner workings of the impressive ships we supply in the course of providing chandling services from South African ports. In this blog and the two to follow we will be looking at the cruise ship engine from a few different angles. We’ll start by discussing the engine room and defining a few important terms.

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Cruise Ship Hygiene Management: Part II

Posted by on 02 Sep 2019 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Cruise Ship

The Ins-And-Outs Of Cruise Ship Hygiene – Part II

In a previous blog, we took a look at some of the hygiene processes followed aboard the mega-ships that tour our oceans. Today we’ll be taking a look at the legislation behind it all. The following content is based on the Guide to Ship Sanitation by the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), which forms a part of the United States National Library of Medicine, a branch of the National Institutes of Health.

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An Inside Look At Cruise Ship Hygiene

Posted by on 19 Aug 2019 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Cruise Ship

The Ins-And-Outs Of Cruise Ship Hygiene

At Link Ship Chandlers we like to give our readers the answers to those burning ship-related questions. One of the questions that crop up frequently with regard to mega cruise liners is how they manage to keep their ships you know, sanitary, while they’re out to see with all those thousands of passengers on board. Surely they can’t just open a hatch and dump a whole lot of waste in the sea?

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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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Blank Sailing: What It Means & Why It Happens

Posted by on 21 May 2019 under Maritime Facts and Stories, Ship Chandling

Blank Sailing

Blank Sailing

If you work in an industry that depends on ocean shipping to get your goods to market, odds are you’ve encountered blank sailing at some point and you weren’t all too thrilled about it. Today we’ll take a look at this bit of freight-related jargon, explain what it means and take a look at why it happens.

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