We manage a proud fleet of over 250 bulk carriers for some of the most reputable owners in the world ranging from handy-size bulk carriers of 25,000 dwt to VLOC of 297,000 dwt. Regardless of age, size or weight, the performance of our fleet is constantly optimised to the highest standards globally and is comparable to the best in the world.
On shore, our Dry Cargo operations team is run by a dedicated team of 12 former-Master mariners. This specialised team oversees the operation of all bulk carriers. This process begins when cargo is pre-loaded, continues while in transit, and only ends when the cargo has been safely discharged. This ensures cargo is delivered in the best and safest condition.
The team’s expertise is broad and deep, ranging from handling basic bulk (raw materials such as iron ore, coal, and other ores) and heavy goods through to sensitive cargo such as fresh food, IMDG and OOG containers and all kinds of time-temperature sensitive matters.
The team also plays a critical role in consulting operational guidelines to be taken prior to and after loading, including arrangement of stowage and voyage, handling of short-landing, maintenance of lifting gear, and assessment of cargo out-turns. We also take care of administrative tasks for owners and their vessels, such as reviewing and managing the Chief Officer’s receipts and Bills of Lading.
Our Masters are provided with shore assistance on critical phases of navigation such as complying with under keel clearance policy in determining the suitability of a particular terminal; advice is also offered on the sailing plan and local weather conditions.
In addition, we can monitor cargo operations: upon receiving voyage orders, carriage requirements are reviewed for suitability. The stowage plan is checked for optimal loading and vessel suitability, and a review of load and discharge sequences is carried out. Special attention is made to ports with high load rates.
We will also monitor a ship’s performance in accordance with stipulated charter party parameters and advise where necessary. Meanwhile, our Superintendents will focus on operational safety: during ship visits, they can provide crew training to ensure optimal operations. This covers a detailed inspection of mooring equipment.
Our emphasis on safety carries through to our Dry Cargo operations team, also, paying close attention to the dangers of enclosed space entry with special emphasis on cargo holds and ballast tanks. In addition to mitigating the risk of a low oxygen environment, every seafarer is provided with personal O2 meter.