Worlds Largest Container Ship (again !!)
The OOCL Hong Kong has now arrived into Felixstowe and takes the crown of being the worlds largest container ship to arrive into the UK. In the space of a few weeks we have had the two largest vessels on the water. The BBC have being covering this arrival and have provided video here:
Worlds Largest Container Ship
The Madrid Maersk, the largest container ship (soon to be beaten by the OOCL Hong Kong arriving 21st June) has just arrived on it’s maiden call into Felixstowe. At 214,826 tonne and capable of carrying over 20,000/teu. It continues the trend of the mega-ships currently coming on stream serving the Far East-Europe. The vessel is currently discharging on berth 8&9 at Felixstowe Container port.
It is that time of year again when the sun appears and we feel things beginning to warm up, however unfortunately it is not the only thing warming (going) up and there is a definite trend for increasing freight rates for both import and export shipments at the moment. It is therefore a good time to have a spring-clean and to make a fresh start when it comes to your shipping arrangements. So if you are involved in importing or exporting at the moment do give us a call to look with a fresh pair of eyes on how you can protect yourself from increases to your costs.
Chinese New Year 2017
Our Far East colleagues and friends are now returning from their Chinese new year holidays and will be busy catching up with shipments and progress-chasing factories on behalf of our customers. In terms of the freight rate picture the rates continue to be volatile, however we will be working hard to spot-rate all our client’s shipments.
UK Ports Update
The congestion at Southampton seems to have now eased and rail services are back to normal levels, the same can be said for Felixstowe but we are very aware that it only takes a few days of bad weather, high winds or fog to create havoc. All the more reason to be very organised paperwork wise this time of year, don’t leave balance payments to suppliers to the very last minute – give yourselves a few days to ensure payment is cleared and Bills of Lading’s released.
London International Toy Fair 2017
We have recently returned from our first visit to the London Toy Fair at Olympia. It was amazing to see all of the major toy suppliers all under one roof and also to enjoy the live TV stream with the roving reporters interviewing and covering many different companies and products. If you were one of the companies we spoke to, firstly thanks for giving us the time and secondly we are re-contacting all of you who gave permission for us to do so, with a view to working with you on your international import and export shipping.
We wish all of you every success this year in designing new and successfully selling your products and we look forward to working with you in the future.