Thursday the 17th of May has arrived and so has Project Cargo Weekly (hopefully in your inbox and not your spam folder 😀). Lately, I have been thinking a lot about life and what matters most, I decided to run through my "backpack" and update all paperwork relating to my kids, my will and ensure that nothing will fall between two chairs should I suddenly cease to exist.
All that is required is a second of inattention on the freeway when driving or being at the wrong place at the wrong time like happened to someone in Paris (again/again) last week.
We owe it to our relatives and children to have a clear plan and paperwork done NOW because without it all you leave behind is a mess and you create potential conflicts between family members.
My grandfather once told me: "Bo, the man is good but the money is better". And by that he meant that people change when it comes to inheritance, money left in a will etc., thus for the sake of our dependents it is paramount to make our final wishes clear and get it on record.
Death and taxes are sureties of life so why pretend as if they don't exist or won't catch up with us. In this regard I recommend the book "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande.
On the travel front I will be attending the Breakbulk Europe event in Bremen which takes place from the 29th to the 31st of May. Welcome to look me up at the CMA CGM booth no. 439 between 12.30 - 13.30 on the 31st of May - the place will be jam packed which makes it necessary to fix a meeting location in advance if you don't have a booth.
In this issue we start off in Europe / the Black Sea region where we talk to a project freight forwarder in Odessa, Ukraine, a country that has frequently been in the news the last couple of years, but hopefully is now developing and going forward.
We then turn our eyes to Asia and visit Hong Kong where we speak to a shipowner running services from Asia to the Med (among others) and we finally end up in the land of the Incas and wonderful food, ie. Peru, South America where we also speak with a freight forwarder.
We also have the usual "condiments" after the interviews and I hope that you will enjoy them and learn something as there are wise words and proverbs that spring from a lifetime of experience.
Enjoy and have a great rest of the week...end
Yours sincerely, Bo H. Drewsen