Containerisation – the Unsung Hero

Containerisation – the Unsung Hero

Sat at a port in 1937, at the age of 24, a young man had an idea.

 

19 years later, that same young man, made that idea a reality and that reality revolutionised the way we live. 

In 1956 on the 26th of April, the converted World War 2 tanker – SS IdealX – left New Jersey on its maiden voyage. This marked the first journey in history where cargo was packed into standardised containers.

Before this day, cargo was loaded onto trucks and shipped piece by piece, this is how Breakbulk cargo started out. The whole loading process could take more than a week and the dock worker’s wages were only around $20 a day.

The young man, Malcom McLean owned a trucking company. He decided to invest in his idea, so he sold everything he owned, bought a ship, then developed the method of Containerisation. He designed corrugated boxes that would fit onto any truck or ship that could then transport them to and from anywhere. This started to connect the manufacturer straight to the consumer. Instead of the cargo being handled by endless different people, this meant no one would then handle the products until the vendor, distributor or consumer received it. Not only had Mclean made the shipping process easier and quicker, it became universal. This one aspect is incredible, as a species, we can’t decide on a universal currency, type of plug or even which side of the road to drive on, but we do agree on the standardised shipping container.

This process could now be done in a matter of hours. Shipping costs plummeted quickly and cities started to be ‘put on the map’ as their ports were perfect for the new, larger ports needed after the shipping boom. This has helped to shape our global economy and trade network. It can now be cheaper to manufacture something on the other side of the world because shipping is so inexpensive.

Shipping from Europe to Australia went from

days

Down to

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From 1993 – 2002 the average shipment of a cargo ship grew by

%

Some people think this could be the last great innovation in shipping. But, with the digitalization of the industry on the rise and new technologies like Blockchain starting to be used by industry giants, there’s definitely room for another.

 

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Rachel Finch

Rachel Finch

Design and Marketing Assistant

Rachel is a relatively new addition to the family, she’s already been making waves on our social media platforms and learning more every day about the complexities of our industry. Yoga obsessed – she should be flexible enough to do the job!

Make Way for the Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship

Last week the department of education gave the green light to the employer group, known as ‘Trailblazers’, to create the standard for a specific international Freight Forwarding Operative Apprenticeship. This is something people in the industry have been asking the...

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What to expect at Breakbulk Europe 2017

Breakbulk Europe is the largest exhibition forum in the world. If you’re a logistics professional in breakbulk and project cargo, Breakbulk Europe is the place to go. With over 7,600 attendees last year and over 350 exhibitors, it’s still the most popular location,...

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Make Way for the Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship

Make Way for the Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship

Last week the department of education gave the green light to the employer group, known as ‘Trailblazers’, to create the standard for a specific international Freight Forwarding Operative Apprenticeship.

This is something people in the industry have been asking the government for years’ now. There is a shortage of skilled workers in the sector and with increasing pressure on the industry to deliver to tighter timescales, more highly skilled HGV drivers are needed. It is estimated that 35,000 jobs are readily available, but the resources to train and build young people up isn’t there.

 

The Trailblazer group is made up of 38 members, including Neon Freight, DHL and International Forwarding to just name a few. Driving this is the industry giant Kuehne + Nagel, led by Jon Hettrick – the HR director – who has been a dedicated member of the team on this vital industry endeavour.

“The whole sector can benefit from training and development provision that delivers the specialist knowledge and skills we use every day in freight forwarding,” –  Mr Hettrick

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) have always been a huge encouragement to the Trailblazer group. In January, BIFA called upon the wider freight forwarding community to provide support for the initiative. BIFA said it was imperative that the industry has an apprenticeship scheme now more than ever.

 

With full support, the Trailblazer group submitted an expression of interest (EOI) in January, now with the approval confirmed they can start work on the blueprints and standards detailing what the apprenticeship will entail.

The story doesn’t end here though, following this submission, BUILDUK released a document outlining how Trailblazer apprenticeships are coming into all industries. The Minister of state for apprenticeships and skills, Robert Halforn said that:

By putting more control in the hands of employers, we are ensuring apprenticeships are high quality and address skills shortages facing the industry.” 

Offering more opportunities to young people gives them a chance to gain vital skills, and this movement forward is not only a milestone for the freight forward industry but for how education can be accessed and applied to real day-to-day work.

 

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Rachel Finch

Rachel Finch

Design and Marketing Assistant

Rachel is a relatively new addition to the family, she’s already been making waves on our social media platforms and learning more every day about the complexities of our industry. Yoga obsessed – she should be flexible enough to do the job!

What to expect at Breakbulk Europe 2017

What to expect at Breakbulk Europe 2017

Breakbulk Europe is the largest exhibition forum in the world.

If you’re a logistics professional in breakbulk and project cargo, Breakbulk Europe is the place to go. With over 7,600 attendees last year and over 350 exhibitors, it’s still the most popular location, with people coming from all over the globe. With Breakbulk exhibitions in Russia, China, the USA, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, this expanding enterprise is offering more opportunities for networking with exhibitors, sponsors, freight forwarders, ports and terminals expo packers, ocean carriers – the list goes on.

With just 2 days for Breakbulk Europe, the agenda is packed with opportunities to learn new skills in 5 educational workshops, 6 conferences from industry experts and new this year will be 2 micro-seminars that will take place in the exhibition hall during the exhibition. There will be several more formal networking opportunities, including the opening welcome reception, a special guided tour for first-time exhibitors and VIP’s, and let’s not forget to mention Ports America’s sponsored happy hour.

After 2016 being a bit of a political roller coaster, there’s a lot of focus on how Brexit and Trump could affect the Maritime Industry. 2 of the conferences this year will be talking about trade and borders following on from the Trump Presidency and Article 50 being put into effect to trigger Brexit. 1 of these conferences will be led by our own General Manager, Neel Ratti. Neel will be looking at the educated predictions that can help the industry prepare for what the future may hold, now that Brexit is going ahead. You can join Neel for the chat on the Tuesday at 11:35 am and be sure to stick around for the Q&A.

Breakbulk 2016
Breakbulk 2016 Team
Breakbulk 2016

With only 4 weeks to go until Breakbulk Europe, the Tuscor Lloyds team are getting excited. This year will be Tuscor Lloyds 10th year at Breakbulk Europe. The exhibition has always provided a great platform to communicate the Tuscor Lloyds brand and grow our global network. Those who already know our brand know that we tend to do things a little differently, from creative stand design to quirky giveaways.

With the start of 2017 seeing lots of development in artificial intelligence and more emphasis on technology, we are putting the focus onto the amazing people at the heart of our team. This year Tuscor Lloyds are focusing on promoting how incredible our staff and network of partners are. We are inviting clients and partners old and new to be a part of our unique family.

Tuscor Lloyds have always broken the mould when it comes to what people associate with shipping. We always strive to humanise the industry and this year we are bringing our ‘home’ to our home at Breakbulk! We have created a relaxed, intimate setting, surrounded by essentials like cosy blankets, family pictures and a fireplace.

We aim to have creative and innovative chats over a cuppa or a beer. Keeping with the ‘creative design theme’ a special feature has been built into our stand this year, that will give people the opportunity to become a part of the Tuscor Lloyds family album and add us to theirs!

Be sure to come and visit us and meet our family!

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Rachel Finch

Design and Marketing Assistant

Rachel is a new addition to the family, she’s already been making waves on our social media platforms and learning more every day about the complexities of our industry. Yoga obsessed – she should be flexible enough to do the job!

Somali Pirate Hijacking

Somali Pirate Hijacking

When piracy hijacking was at its height back in 2011, over 237 attacks were being carried out.

Monday the 13th of march saw the first pirate hijacking of a maritime vessel in 5years. The Aris 13 and its crew were traveling from Djibouti to Mogadishu but took a short cut through the horn of Africa and Socotra. They were soon ambushed by Somali Pirates around 11 miles offshore by two armed ‘skiffs’.

 

The Sri Lankan crew of 8 managed to send out a distress signal shortly before their AIS (automatic identification system) was turned off and they changed course for the Somalian coastline.

The vessel has been found docked near the port town of Alula were the regional naval force (EU Navfor) have been in contact with Elders from the area that have asked to be given a chance to speak with the Somali Pirates first to try and talk them out of holding the crew and vessel hostage any longer.

The EU Novfor have stated that if this tactic doesn’t work they will use force to rescue the crew

In recent years Naval Patrols have been increased to deter pirates. The Somali Basin is such a vast area, that it’s very difficult for them to reach a distressed vessel in time. The people working on board the vessels have found that the biggest deterrent has been Armed Forces on board.

Neptune Maritime Security has been running armed protection teams on around 70 vessels this month as they pass through the HRA (high-risk area). In the past, Captains have gone up to 15 Knots or more and even taken evasive action to create bow waves that can sink the skiffs.

With the Maritime industry still on the fence about whether they should have constant armed guards, could this be the wake-up call they needed? Or will it spark a new era of Piracy?

Word will have begun to spread that not many vessels have armed guards on board anymore. Combine this with the situation in Somalia, where job opportunities are scarce and poverty is just as widespread as a decade ago, and you have the same key ingredients that triggered people to take this desperate act of piracy in the first place.

 

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Rachel Finch

Design and Marketing Assistant

Rachel is a new addition to the family, she’s already been making waves on our social media platforms and learning more every day about the complexities of our industry. Yoga obsessed – she should be flexible enough to do the job!

Stad Ship Tunnel – Worlds First Ship Tunnel

Stad Ship Tunnel – Worlds First Ship Tunnel

A newspaper article in 1874 was the kick start to a century-long debate which at some point in 2018, will finally start to become a reality. 

The Coalition parties in Norway have taken the historic step to push the ‘start’ button on building the world’s first ship tunnel.

Norway is already home to the world’s longest tunnel, spanning over 15miles, the Laerdal was built in 4 sections through 3 caverns. It’s been lit in a way that simulates dawn, with the basic concept that it will help drivers to stay awake. The Laerdal is already a massive tourist attraction and the minds at Norwegian Coastal Administration are hoping for the Stad Ship Tunnel to be the next Laerdal!

As beautiful as the coastline of Norway is, it’s also very dangerous. With the largest number of fjords spanning its 29,000 Km coastline, along with some of the stormiest seas anywhere on the planet, the Stad tunnel will literally be lifesaving. Over 33 lives have been taken by the waters around the Stad Peninsula since the Second World War.

An illustration of the Stad Ship Tunnel. Image credit: Norwegian Coastal Administration

This tunnel will mean that freight and passenger ships, carrying up to 16000 tons, won’t have to navigate those treacherous waters, and instead can breeze through just 1.7 Km of steady waters, passing under 645 meters of the mountain.

 

But, how is this historic tunnel going to be made?

The current plans laid out is that underground drilling rigs and pallet rigs will be used to help blast through a mile of solid rock. It’s estimated to cost around £260 Million and the project will expand over a decade. This is going to be time and money well-spent. The development will connect the Norwegian Sea to the North Sea, which is practical and could potentially be time-saving compared to the current route used. This is not the focus of why this is going ahead however, the Bergen-based Tidende Newspaper reported that the key aspect is creating a safe passage from Bergen to Alesund.

 

So many parts of life are based on practicality, expense and time. It’s wonderful to hear of an expansion that has people at the heart of the motivation.

Location of the Stad Ship Tunnel (in yellow). Credit: Norwegian Coastal Administration

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Rachel Finch

Design and Marketing Assistant

Rachel is a new addition to the family, she’s already been making waves on our social media platforms and learning more every day about the complexities of our industry. Yoga obsessed – she should be flexible enough to do the job!

Destination to Watch: Myanmar

Destination to Watch: Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma) is a name increasingly appearing in our booking systems. After 50 years of isolation, the recent surge in interest has stirred our creative team to investigate the new ‘destination to watch’.


The country’s economy is mainly supported by the agricultural production of rice. Rice farms span over 60% of the country’s total land area. But this fast developing country is catching up on decades of underdevelopment. The business opportunities are becoming vast and the country is becoming a key centre for resources.

90% of the world’s Rubies originate in Myanmar, prized for their purity and hue, with neighbouring Thailand buying the majority of the countries gems. The mountainous Mogok area, boasts “the valley of rubies” and visitors are able to gaze on the rare pigeon’s blood rubies and blue sapphires.

Thailand is not the only country benefiting from Myanmar’s growth as China and India have both formed strong bonds. Leading businesses are already operating in Myanmar for various sectors, including oil and gas exploration, IT, hydro power and port/building construction.

The new Silk Road development is expected to open trade doors for countless countries and Myanmar too is set to feature. The city of Mandalay will become part of the route stretching from Kunming to Kolkata, running through China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and India.

With renewable energy and our planets future becoming more and more prominent in policy and politics, Myanmar faces some major energy challenges. It has one of the lowest electrification rates in the world – only a third of the population have access to affordable and reliable electricity. With the world turning to technology more and more, it’s expected that the demand/need for electricity is said to increase by 700% by 2030.

Currently, 70% of Myanmar’s domestic energy is generated by hydro-power, as amazing as this is, it can be problematic due to unpredictable weather. The government is planning on adding more diverse types of energy to the country but have said that they will keep renewable energy as their priority. Solar and wind energy are great potential sources of energy for the developing country. With large scale infrastructure naturally comes opportunities for transportation companies. Huge, specialised equipment needed in infrastructure projects will require transportation especially as much of the investment is external.

Some of the key benefits for UK business exporting to Burma include:

  • strong historical and trading links with the UK with a recognition of British brands
  • increasing demand for products, equipment and services resulting from incoming foreign investment and a growing middle class
  • strong economic growth to date and positive future forecasts
  • Potential strengths of the Burma market:
  • access to 40% of the world’s population living in bordering countries
  • abundant natural resources
  • commitment to political and economic reform with strong international donor backing
  • proven agricultural capacity

With all this to consider perhaps we can expect many more bookings to Myanmar over the coming years.

 

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