It is Thursday the 4th of October and Project Cargo Weekly is here. This week is what the Chinese call the Golden Week holidays. The central government certainly plans the week to ensure a lot of domestic consumption will take place so that the traditional Chinese savers will be enticed to spend a bit more to keep the wheels turning.
Its getting cooler here in Stockholm where I am and darkness is setting-in earlier. I hope that I will be able to finally start reading more books, something that I almost never have time to do unless I'm on a container ship sailing the seas in peace and quiet.
The cold here seems warm now in particular because I am currently reading a book by Varlam Sjalamov where he describes the horrific prison time he was sentenced to in the Siberian Kolyma region of Russia during the Stalin times. I also researched a bit about Kolyma region and found this video clip on youtube from Australia's 60 Minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1noUh2NrLI
The road of bones there was literally built on the dead bodies from the Gulag, Stalin's infamous prison camp system. Another book I can recommend to you which I read years ago is called "I chose Freedom" by Victor A. Kravchenko. He describes the time from being born in 1905 working his way up through to Sovnarkom, part of the government surviving the "cleansing" of the party by Stalin, to finally taking his own life in the early 60's in America while working for the Soviet Union Trade Mission.
Reading these books is mind-opening and puts our "hardships" into perspective.
I won't miss the chance to remind you that traveling by a freighter is ideal for reading books as you won't be bothered by "room service" or dressing up like a penguin for dinner! You will find routes and prices available worldwide by visiting www.cross-ocean.com/ocean-voyages.
Interviews this week contain a mixed geographical bag for you. We start off in the US and in the beautiful western state of Idaho where we are connected to an international trucking company able to handle all kinds of oversized loads throughout the US and North America. As many of us know you really need solid contacts in the US for inland transport or you can be "taken for a ride" so to speak.
We then stay in the Americas and travel by plane to Haiti, a country that it turns out is an interesting shipping hub with modern facilities and capable companies to deal with, we speak to one of them. Haiti is worth a visit, it is certainly better than most people imagine.
Finally we return to the land of curry with a very young and huge population and the home of the Ambassador car, India. We speak to a versatile project freight forwarder in Delhi.
We also provide you with sector news (get your sales department to work at both origin and destination) as well as some very interesting featured videos, photo and wise words. Do enjoy, relax and bear in mind that tomorrow it is weekend again!
Until next week, I remain,
Yours sincerely, Bo H. Drewsen