Stowage is not a department that can function independently of the rest of a carrier’s processes and departments. It has to work with cargoflow teams, marine and operational teams in order to be successful. That said, it doesn’t matter how many slots a sales team can sell if the company does not have the right people with the skills and abilities to load all the containers onto the vessel.
Using my example bays, if you scale that up to a ship that has 22+ bays, you can easily see how much...
So, what are the costs involved in stowing and operating a vessel?
Firstly, you have the daily operational cost of running the vessel, pilotage fees, port dues, tug fees, agency fees and container move costs to name but a few. Of these, the main items that a stowage planner can influence are the vessel running costs and container move costs.
Ideally, an 18,000+ TEU vessel would call at perhaps 3 ports in Europe and 3 ports in Asia, with the cargo being loaded onto feeder vessels to the final desti...
Stowage Coordination (or stowage planning) is probably one of the least understood aspects of container shipping operations. To put it simply, it is the department of a shipping company that decides where containers are to be stowed on a vessel during at each port call.
The reality, is much more complex, but, in this article, I want to focus on both the technical aspects, the knowledge required to successfully stow a container vessel and money – profit and loss, and how the Stowage Centre can be...
The container shipping industry is in turmoil. The big players are eating up the smaller players but this isn't the biggest threat.
Shipping companies are so far behind the curve when it comes to the latest technology and use of BIG Data. Biggest, in this context, doesn't mean best.
In the next series of articles we will expand on stowage coordination as it is right now but also how it needs to transform itself into Profit Centres if the carriers want to become profitable and survive.