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 destinations. Unfortunately, for most carriers, this is not the case. It is not uncommon for these vessels to call at 15-20 ports during the entire port rotation. This is extremely costly and ineffic