It is Thursday again and almost Friday with the weekend just around the corner which I’m sure we all look forward to. I was watching an interesting Danish television series online the last few weeks called “Liberty” about Danish & Scandinavian foreign aid workers in the 1980’s in Tanzania.
It reminds me of the thousands of cbm that I shipped out of Denmark onboard SEAL (Scandinavian East Africa Line, Norway) in my trainee period between 1980-1983. I recall wondering where all that equipment went, and into whose hands.
There were thousands of 4wds, vans and all other kinds of equipment used for water sanitation, cement plants, schools and what not.
It is a good thing to provide foreign aid to people in need but not if the foreign aid ends up in the wrong pockets or doesn’t even leave the realm of the administration costs of the so-called “do-gooders” (DGO’s) or “no-gooders” (NGO’s).
One of the most well-known scandals was the Vietnamese Bai Bang Aid Project in the 1970’s where tons of equipment was allegedly dumped into the water because the port wasn’t ready when the ship arrived in Vietnam.
One certainly hopes that foreign aid these days goes directly to the needy without absorbent administration costs or siphoning-off.
PCW’s view is that aid and support are good as long as it goes unhindered to the needy and not the greedy.
This week we have some interesting interviews for you! We start off with a Danish shipowner providing global parcel service, then we speak to an active project freight forwarder in Spain and we end our journey talking to a company similarly active in project forwarding based in Lima, Peru (where food and drink are out of this world).
I also wish to draw your attention to the article and video about “Seawise Giant”, the biggest ship ever built I’m told. It was a vessel that was built by a Hong Kong owner and ended its life in the scrap yard beaches of India. The anchor chain found its way back home where it is now installed outside the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
We finish off the newsletter with the video, photo, and quotes of the week.
Next week I will be in Singapore, the Lion City and then Shanghai, the Dragon City.
G&T at Raffles in Singapore of course and Santana Taxi when in Shanghai. 🙂
Wishing you a good read and, until next time, I remain,
Bo H. Drewsen
Ultrabulk AS – Copenhagen, Denmark
Ms. Saskia Hochstein
Head of Parcel Service
What is a parcel service in your “language”?
The Parceling service typically would load 2 or 3 separate part cargoes on a voyage, often with loading ports in the Black Sea, Turkey, Italy or Spain for discharge in ports in the Caribbean/Central America, Mexican/US Gulf, or US East Coast. Like a Liner service, the sailings are regular, and the vessels can handle various cargoes including project and general cargo, however, the ports of call are determined by the requirements of our clients, and thus this service is highly flexible and customized to meet the varying demands of the trade.
Transmil S.A. – Spain
Mr. Asier Lizeaga
Can you introduce our readers to the main Spanish ports that are used for moving project cargo?
Santander, Vigo, Barcelona, and Tarragona are often used for Ro-Ro solutions, while other hub ports such as Valencia and Algeciras are also used depending on service and destination. Although it is not a hub port, Bilbao is an important POL for us with key connections in the north of Europe for all kinds of cargo, including container, Ro-Ro and break bulk services.
Andina Freight SAC – Lima, Peru
Mr. Renatto Castro
Peru is a big country with several ports. Which are the main ports used for project cargo & containers?
For project cargo you can use Callao (located in Lima), Paita (in the north) and Pisco (in the south), all are capable of receiving any kind of cargo, such as over height, overweight, etc.
Shipping History – The World’s Largest Ever Vessel
Editors note: An incredible article about SEAWISE GIANT which some of us would recall was hit by a rocket in the Middle East click this link and see an impressive video about it and learn how its anchor was transported later on back to its original home of Hong Kong. Indeed recalling Hong Kong’s history in shipping
Recalling Hong Kong’s role in floating the world’s biggest boat The incredible story of Seawise Giant, which went on to be bombed, sunk and eventually salvaged to enjoy a second life on the ocean waves.
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