It is Thursday the 3rd of November and we are here again. With less than 2 months to the new year of 2023 I am again amazed by how quickly the time passes and I am sure that most of you feel the same.
As we get older time is more fleeting, so what is important in life is to do something that you would like to do while you still have the time, health and opportunity to do so. Having said that it leads me to once again share a little about my recent trip to Lord Howe Island which is around two hours off the coast of Sydney by air. Although I was delayed 5 days due to stormy weather and inability to land in the small airport (see video here) it was the most pleasant paradise island that I had ever visited.
Due to the delay I had to cancel my plans to visit Kota Kinabalu, instead flying Sydney to Stockholm via Qatar. I arrived 1pm on the 30th after some 23 hrs of flying, 12 hrs of waiting in airports and 9 hours of time difference – pretty knackered to say the least, but happy. When the skies cleared the morning of my departure it was worth all the worrying during the stormy days. I have never been in a place with such horrific stormy, windy and thundery weather and knowing that there is no way in or out of the island, it makes you realize just how “small” you really are. After the storm comes the sun, see the featured video below from the morning of 29/10 before leaving for the airport.
Then to top it all off departing the island our plane passed over the small freighter ISLAND TRADER coming to the island with supplies out of Port Macquarie. View the departure video here, the vessel is visible at the end of the video.
So when talking about the ONE, Lord Howe Island is the one, but ONE is also the name of a reputable and freight forwarder friendly Japanese shipowner group with worldwide services. We recently had a nice interview with them and you can find here what they told us. Do contact them if & when you need rates for both general and project cargoes worldwide.
Now back in Stockholm and trying to get back to some kind of normalcy. Autumn has taken a full hold whilst I was away and to be greeted by lovely kids when arriving and even a kind wife who was happy (I think) to have the husband back makes the trip worthwhile. Of course I brought the necessary bribes along in the shape of various presents etc., so it was a kind of XMAS eve last Saturday after I landed. Two hours after my arrival I did fall into a deep sleep and didn’t surface until Sunday noon time – but I did have luck when traveling back with Qatar Airways because on both sectors SYD/DOH and DOH/ARN there was no-one in the middle seat. On the first sector my seat-mate was an Indian gentleman who just had disembarked “Ovation of the Seas” in Sydney after 6 months of work onboard and he was now going home to his family. Big smile on his face and my seat-mate on the 2nd sector was a Finnish lady who had been to a yoga or meditation / rejuvenation course in Cochin, India. She looked relaxed and happy too! I always make a point of meeting people that I travel “together” with, it helps on the trip, you learn about other people, and you find that most are indeed friendly, relaxed and just wanting what most of us want, a good and happy life during the time that we are here.
My next trips coming up are to Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Grenaa where my parents are. My father is still with us after a year of being diagnosed as terminal which means that I have a chance to meet him again and have yet another whisky on the rocks and talk about old times, now I can add my travel venture to Fremantle and Lord Howe to what we will talk about. Then I am off to Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Malta which concludes my travel for 2022 and empties the corona backlog 100%. The Middle East based airlines do seem to have found both the right service mode for travelers while offering a great “transshipment” hub in both Doha and Dubai respectively. If only more airlines could come up with similar ideas and service – “we” are really behind on service when speaking of most western airlines but apparently in our arrogance we still believe we are the best! Not so!
So enough of this “lonely planet” editorial and back to the shipping business which is the reason for all this “tripping”…
We have the following:
1. Fleet Line Shipping Services in U.A.E., and the nice and clever daughter of the owner, Mr. Peter Mathew
2. Maldives Shipping, a company very much based in paradise too
3. Silkargo Indonesia, part of Samudera Group and respectable and capable Indonesian shipping group
We of course provide you with shipping news, trade intel, wise words and a link to both featured picture and video of the week!
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And we remain until next week.
Bo H. Drewsen
Fleet Line Shipping Services – Dubai, U.A.E.
Simona Peter, Business Development Manager at Fleet Line Shipping, Dubai, UAE was interviewed by Bo H. Drewsen, Editor in Chief at PCW
Maldives State Shipping
Thaha Mohamed, Commercial Manager at Maldives State Shipping was interviewed by Bo H. Drewsen, Editor in Chief at PCW
Yudi Riyadi, President Director at Silkargo, Indonesia was interviewed by Bo H. Drewsen, Editor in Chief at PCW
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The morning before my departure from Lord Howe Island, my commentary in the video speaks for itself…
Visited Lord Howe Island and in less than 20 minutes you can visit both the northern beaches one facing west and one facing east enabling you to get sunset/sunrise with considerable ease. As for shipping, a supply vessel arrives about once a month from Port Macquarie.