Christmas jumper day and Secret Santa

Christmas jumper day and Secret Santa

Last Friday at Tuscor Lloyds was nothing like a normal day. First of all, it was Friday, but what was even more exciting, we celebrated Christmas at our office.

We had decided to go for something casual and thoughtful, as we wanted to appreciate this festive time in an easy-going, yet engaging way. Celebrating Christmas Jumper Day seemed to be an easy choice. We’ve added some nice buffet food and Secret Santa draw, which ended up not being secret, but revealing the Santa is the best part of it, isn’t it?

But apart from sharing gifts, talking about less work-related things and enjoying each other company while snacking on some good food – there was something more to our festive celebration.

We have joined Christmas Jumper Day to raise some money around the office because we believe it is a great occasion to help little ones in need getting the brighter future.

Lots of children around the world are missing such essential things like the hot meal, healthcare, education. Sometimes – because instead of being cheerfully welcomed, they were abandoned and left away from people that would love them and give them support. Sometimes – because they were born in a different part of the world. The world that makes them fight for life, even though at this point, they might not even know what life really is.

We believe Christmas is such a special time when all the people have that feeling and desire to share. To spread love, good words, smiles. To support each other. And having some festive dinner at work is a great way to do it! Yet we encourage everyone, to use this occasion of togetherness both to enjoy each other company and support people in need.

Christmas is such a happy time of the year, let’s make it happy for as many good souls, as possible.

We wish you Happy Holidays!
Have a great festive time, enjoy yourselves,
and have a happy New Year!

– from the whole Tuscor Lloyds team

“Connecting Ships, Ports and People”- World Maritime Day 2017

“Connecting Ships, Ports and People”- World Maritime Day 2017

Today we celebrate world maritime day, and the theme for this year is “Connecting Ships, Ports and People


At the heart of Tuscor Lloyds is the knowledge that our industry is the backbone of world trade, and that without people that trade would not be possible.

The theme for 2017 was chosen to provide an opportunity to focus on the many diverse actors involved in the shipping and logistics areas. The theme enables us to shine a spotlight on the existing cooperation between ports and ships to maintain and enhance a safe, secure and efficient maritime transportation system.

The World Maritime Day themes for 2016 and 2017 are complementary and may be seen as a response to United Nations post-2015 sustainable development agenda and, in particular, the Sustainable Development Goals. For 2016, the theme was “Shipping: indispensable to the world” – chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and the everyday lives of people all over the planet and to raise awareness of the role of IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping.

At Tuscor Lloyds we have always placed the utmost importance in interacting with our community that extends far into the realms of navigation, with customers in oil and gas, construction, mining, energy and renewables, all of whom depend on us to transport their materials throughout the world.



The World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Panama (1-3 October 2017).





Total Warrior is the pinnacle of obstacle racing, providing the most innovative and highest quality obstacle event in the UK. With around 30 punishing obstacles in each of the three courses, Total Warrior also offers greater variety and more obstacles-per-kilometre (or pain-for-your-pound!) than any other race. Total Warrior provides the ultimate test of stamina, strength and determination for individuals and teams and offers a challenge for everyone, regardless of fitness levels.

This year see the event critics are raving about, “Three Men and some obstacles”  Gary “Robo Salsa” Atkins and Matthew “gluten dodger” Asprey are back along with the newest member Nathan “Benjamin button” Lang the guy that not only lies to his partner about his age but also has social media accounts with 15 year old photos.

Last year you gasped, your winced, you gulped as Gary and Matthew along with other members of the “Disposables” completed Total Warrior Lake District in a time that wasn’t anything to write home about but which still didn’t stop them from posting pictures all over facebook about it anyway.  Marvel, or not, as the remaining original members of the Disposables are back flying solo as the other original members have fallen by the wayside or simply got better things to do with their time.  Lee “Crufts” Atkins was asked why he wasn’t able to return and said “unfortunately I can’t commit this year due to a scheduling conflict, I am involved in a photo shoot for Dog Fancy magazine…which I am really looking forward to”.  Gary added “it’s a shame that some of the original members couldn’t make it but I am sure me  Matt and Nathan are going to be hard enough to pull it off”.  When asked why John “Ghost” Ruiz wasn’t stepping back into action, Gary said “no one has seen him since 2015 and even that was only a rumoured sighting.”  At the time of going to print another of the original Disposable lineup, Daniel “Beefcake” Castle, was unavailable for comment but it is understood he is not returning due to “creative differences”.  As always however Gary Matt and Nathan will be cheered on from a long time groupie of the Disposables, Tuscor Ted

Thanks for donating and support for our good friend and work colleague  Aman and the great work of Macmillan Cancer support and Christies.

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Helping Seafarers

Mental Health Awareness Week: Helping Seafarers

With Mental Health, no longer a taboo subject, Tuscor Lloyds feels it’s important to share how this demanding and high pressure industry can also offer support to those in need as part of Mental Health Awareness week.

In the maritime industry, one of the most demanding jobs is as a Seafarer. They can spend between 6 months to a year at sea, isolated and with minimal to no contact with family or the outside world.


70% of Seafarers have access to the internet. Most of the time this doesn’t include Skype or WhatsApp. Currently a lot of the work is taken on by Mission to Seafarers, a maritime charity based in over 50 countries and 200 ports.

Currently offering support for depression and fatigue, they are helping sailors to connect with their families and they even provide support in cases of attempted suicide. Port Chaplains are often at the forefront of these efforts. Based in Scotland, Tim Tunley, who recently commented for Hellenic Shipping News, says he spends a considerable amount of time supporting the general welfare of maritime workers and handling mental health issues, which are becoming all too common.

“The mental health of seafarers is of a serious ongoing concern. In recent years, the merchant shipping industry has undeniably become more pressurised, with increasing amounts of paperwork and shorter turnaround time in ports. While many owners and operators do look to offer suitable support to their seafarers, incidents of fatigue, poor internet connectivity and a lack of shore time are still prevalent, placing a huge strain on the mental welfare of seafarers.”

Source: Hellenic Shipping News

Along with work pressure and loneliness, crew can feel a sense of cultural isolation. Whilst seafarers usually operate in a multicultural environment, happiness on board is highly reliant on the crew all working well together and forming strong bonds. If there are language barriers, lack of shared interest and cultural references, this can lead crew members to feel separated from the very people surrounding them.

The Chaplin’s main role is to act as a companion, somebody for the individuals to talk to. They can also point them in the right direction for more support, online resources like The Big White Wall or ISWAN. The fact that charities are the only organisations looking after these individuals clearly shows that more needs to be done to raise awareness of this issue and more importantly to tackle it, hopefully through educating marine employers about the duty of care and responsibility they have to their own staff.

The Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General at The Mission to Seafarers, said:

“This Mental Health Awareness Week we call on owners and operators to review the pressure put on crews and to ensure that suitable support mechanisms are in place. All our chaplains are trained to respond to a range of mental health issues and help seafarers deal with the stresses and strains of life at sea. We urge any seafarer to contact one of our chaplains in port who will be able to provide a listening ear and support.”

Source: Hellenic Shipping News

Research now shows that as part of the general populations, 1 in 4 people are living with a mental health problem or will experience one in their life time. Proven methods to help with mental health include a healthy diet, proper and regular exercise along with having hobbies away from work. This can prove difficult on board a ship but Mission to Seafarers offer lots of advice around this subject. They say one of the most important ways to combat stress and sadness is to make sure you are socialising with people and the make sure you get ashore when you are at port. With turnaround times taking only 24-48hours you may not have much time to disembark but its key that you take advantage of this when and if you can.

If you feel you are struggling with mental health there are many resources you can access to get help and support. You never should suffer alone or in silence.

Reach out to someone.


ISWAN Resources

Mission to Seafarers

Self Help Services

The Sanctuary Group

Chinese New Year 2017 Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year 2017 Year of the Rooster

With the New Year just a few days away, we can’t help but speculate what 2017 will hold, as individuals and in business. Chinese New Year is one of the most important dates on the business calendar for any company exporting from China and this year will be no different.


2017 is the year of the Rooster and celebrations will commence on the 28th of January, ending two weeks later with the Lantern Festival.

As we’ve previously highlighted on our blog supply chain planning around this time can be somewhat of a headache with retailers planning months in advance. So this year we thought we’d take a more fun approach and delve into the history of the Chinese calendar and what the rooster may mean for 2017.

Within the Chinese calendar there are 12 cycles of Zodiac animals which represent their system for reckoning time. The system was originally built by observations of the orbit of Jupiter and this created the celestial circle.

12 cycles of Zodiac animals

2017: The year of the Rooster

The Rooster is normally represented as a metal element, and its energy is typically Yin (relaxed). However, as 2017 said to be the Fire Rooster, this means the energy expected in the year is Yang which is more upward flowing and energetic.

The Chinese have said they are expecting people to be politer and less stubborn, but that they will have the tendency to complicate things. Generally, they have predicted the year to be dominated by people gravitating towards progress, honour with maximum integrity, and with people learning to temper their passion. Many will also be pleased to hear, after a rocky 2016 (for most), the New Year is set to be full of positive events with very good news.

Many traditions are practised during the Chinese New Year celebrations, some local and others celebrated across the globe. The Chinese believe that as they enter a New Year they should start a new beginning. Cue cleaning houses, paying off debts, painting doors, buying new clothes, and even new haircuts in order to have a fresh start for the New Year. Homes throughout China are decorated with special banners, many of which are red and gold; the traditional representations of happiness and prosperity.

The dragon is a very popular symbol for the Chinese New Year. It is a symbol of strength and good luck. A Chinese New Year 2017 celebration would not be complete without a giant dragon parading down the streets. The dragon costume is always very colourful and can be up to 100ft long.

The Chinese use fantastical firework displays in the belief that the noise will scare away any evil spirits, allowing the New Year to begin without misfortunes – let’s hope they work!

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Rachel Finch

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 everyday about the complexities of our industry. Yoga obsessed – she should be flexible enough to do the job!
Tuscor Lloyds Macmillan Coffee Morning

Tuscor Lloyds Macmillan Coffee Morning

Today we joined forces with Macmillan Coffee Morning, hosting our own event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity close to our heart.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. They ask people from all over the UK to host their own Coffee Morning and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year Macmillan Coffee mornings raised £25 million and this year’s target is even more.


Tuscor Lloyd’s team surpassed themselves with an array of wonderful sweet treats and homemade masterpieces. We welcomed friends, family and local businesses who joined us for a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

We are extremely pleased to report that we raised over £172 for Macmillan with the company charity matching to take the grand total to £344. Not bad for just a bit of coffee and cake!

One in three of us will face cancer, and the money raised today will help Macmillan to make sure no one has to face it alone.