Welcome to the Link Ships Chandlers Blog

Hi there, we are so glad that you have joined us to find out more about general ship chandlery services and our Link maritime supply company. In our opinion we are part of one of the most important business operations in the world. Although we are based in South Africa, we have a wealth of experience offering our services to international clients all over South Africa. Over the course of this blog we hope to introduce you to what it is we do, why we do it and of course how we are able to do it so well. We will also share interesting fact, stories and figures around the maritime industry as a whole, so follow our blog not to miss out!

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If you have any questions about this blog, the services that we offer, or even if you are looking for specific information about products that we supply, then please feel free to contact us and let us know! Alternatively, if you simply would like to find out more about ship chandlery services in general, new Link business ideas, or even join in on a conversation about South African Ships Chandlers, then dive into the blog and become part of our vibrant maritime industry right now.

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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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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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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Fires On Ships: Causes And Solutions

Posted by on 06 Oct 2019 under Advice from Ship Chandlers, Ship Chandling

Ship on Fire

Ship Fires: Causes & Prevention

A ship fire is one of the most frightening emergencies that can occur at sea – big vessels carry large amounts of oil, petrol and flammable substances that can cause immense damage if the crew don’t have access to the right fire-fighting equipment. Here are three things every shipowner should be doing to minimise their team’s risk when they take to the waters:

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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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