Link Ship Chandlers: Maritime Facts and Stories

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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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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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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