Tag Archive: cargo ship

Scared to take responsibility

Jun 05 2014

During load-outs, we meet many people. People from the office, owners, surveyors and supercargoes. All these people have different opinions and criticizing the people in charge. All natural things in common life. Among them we have cargo superintendents and surveyors who make it their living to check work done by other people. Some of them really do understand their job and find solutions in a very easy way. Why? Because they understand what they are doing, are getting along very...

Just cowboys…?

May 22 2014

Sometimes we meet people on board of ships who pretend to be the king of the world; they start shouting if things are different than their mindset and always trying to convince others of their expertise. Bragging about their many load-outs and the importance of their expertise is mostly dripping of their business cards.I want this, I want that… But why? Because they say so. When these people meet someone who really knows what he’s doing, they suddenly feel intimidated....

Engineering for free or free engineering?

Apr 01 2014

When a cargo owner wants to ship a cargo, directly or via a broker, they create a wish list, mostly a mile long. Stowage plans, lifting plans, lashing & securing plans, method statement, FE analyses, motion analyses, etc. like ticking of a list. The shipping line did not get the order, but in the process they find out that the same job is offered to a competitive company. Not just one company, but sometimes to 8 or 9 different ones....

“Can it be slightly more?”

Mar 24 2014

If you go to the shops to buy your groceries, often the question is asked “Can it be slightly more?” As often the client agrees on this, but it is hard to see how much more it will be at the end. In lashing & securing of cargo on a ship, very often more lashing will be applied then necessary. For the insurance surveyor this will be very good but for the one who has to pay for all the additional...