Link Ship Chandlers: Maritime Facts and Stories




Tankers Explained, Part IV: Product Tankers

Posted by on 27 Oct 2020 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Product Tankers

Oil Tanker

Link Ship Chandlers offers expert chandling support in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay. The relationships we build with our valued clientele are based on quality service, punctual delivery, affordable pricing and mutual respect.


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Why Exact Cargo Weight Declaration Is Crucial

Posted by on 29 Sep 2020 under Advice from Ship Chandlers, Maritime Facts and Stories

Shipping Containers

The Importance Of Declaring Cargo Weight Exactly

The Link Ship Chandlers team has been in the shipping industry for decades, which means that we have seen our fair share of minor (and major!) disasters play out in Cape Town and the other South African ports we service. Sometimes accidents happen and it’s no-one’s fault, other times it’s a series of unfortunate events that started with something as simple as incorrect administration.


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Lessons Learnt from the 2020 Mauritius Oil Spill

Posted by on 08 Sep 2020 under Advice from Ship Chandlers, Maritime Facts and Stories

Coast of Mauritius

What The Oil Spill in Mauritius Taught Us

As a proud provider of chandlery services to customers in Cape Town and at other South African ports, the Link Ship Chandlers team makes a point of staying abreast of relevant news that affects the shipping industry around the globe. This is especially true of cases in which the environmental impact of our trade is concerned.


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Dry Cargo Ships Explained: Specialised Vessels

Posted by on 23 Jun 2020 under Maritime Facts and Stories

Specialised Vessel

Part 4: Specialised Vessels

As a respected full-service maritime and offshore procurement company that services all of SA’s major ports, the Link Ship Chandlers team is fully immersed in the world of maritime trade at all times. However, we also understand that everyone is not as versed in the lingo of the shipping world as we are, which is why we’ve decided to use our blog to put together a handy glossary of industry-related terms. In this series, we’re discussing various types of dry cargo ships and tankers.


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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 Vessels

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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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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