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Plimsoll Lines – Loadlines

A Plimsoll line or mark shows the safe ‘freeboard’ (distance from water to weather deck). There are 6 load lines as follows:

List of Load Lines

TF Tropical Fresh
F Fresh
T Tropical
S Summer
W Winter
WNA Winter North Atlantic

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High Seas Adventure – Travel on a Freighter Around the World

Although most long distance travel is done by air these days, there are still a number of freighters that offer travel by sea. Whilst you may pay thousands of dollars for a week excursion in the Mediterranean or the Bahamas, you may be able to find better economy on a freighter. There are no where near as many freighters that also carry passengers as before but still, if you look, you can find some.
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Glossary of Chartering Terms

The following is a short list of terms used internationally in the shipping community.

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AGW All going well
AAAA Always Afloat, Always Accessible

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Voyage Estimating – A Simplified Example

This article attempts to provide you with the very basics of voyage estimation based on a full and complete cargo (as opposed to a ‘part cargo’) loading from one port and discharging at one port.  All aspects of the voyage calculation and supplementary information are simplified as much as possible.

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Main details of a firm offer – Time Charter

There are of course many things to consider when making a firm offer for time chartering business. Here is a list of what we consider to be the main ingredients of “main terms”:
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Main details of a firm offer – Voyage Business

There are of course many things to consider when making a firm offer for voyage business. Here is a list of what we consider to be the main ingredients:
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The Pirates are NOT in East Africa!

We have seen all the headlines on the news; Gulf of Aden, Pirates, Hijack and Ransom.  Most of the focus these days is being given to the Gulf of Aden, just south of the Suez Canal.  We have all heard about the very published story of Maersk Alabama and more recently the very gallant rescue of her Captain from the pirates.  I think if you speak to many of your friends they will no doubt point to the Gulf of Aden as the pirate capital of the world – NOT TRUE, at least based on statistics publish by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) between 2001 to 2007!
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