Thursday the 24th of May has arrived and we are about one week short of June 1st which means almost halfway through 2018. Go figure, time is something we only seem to appreciate when we are running out of it.
One place I have found where time kind-of stands still is when I take my yearly trip as a passenger onboard a cargo ship. According to my seaman's book, I took the first trip as an adult onboard mv CMA CGM Berlioz from Hamburg to Khor Fakkan, UAE.
I have been onboard a container ship every year since 2005 with the exception of 2010 when I took an around the world trip onboard mv Rickmers Antwerp (a heavylift ship) from Singapore to Houston. It took 2 months and was a fantastic experience especially because breakbulk ships allow more time in port to load awkward and oversized pieces for which Rickmers Line is renowned.
CMA CGM has, on almost all their main routes, a deck onboard dedicated to passengers and I wish to pay a great tribute to CMA CGM for developing this niche market so that "ordinary" people can try something which is out of this world when it comes to traveling in peace and quiet.
We all know that cruise liners have developed rapidly in recent years but hey, is it a holiday to be together with 3500 other people on the same ship and be asked by an American whether Denmark is upstate New York...😀 ?
I suppose cruise ships are nice for many people but for me traveling by cargo ship is something I will never let go of. I have even brought 3 of my 6 kids along with me as passengers.
Next year's trip is booked already with my daughter for a trip onboard CMA CGM Rossini from Singapore to Adelaide. The journey will take 22 days with stops in Port Kelang, Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, and Adelaide.
Whats the point on going on a cargo ship? The point is: peace, tranquility, excellent food, changing views, ability to focus on reading books - you are of course able to send email from the ship's office but not really to surf the net. One thing is guaranteed 1 or 2 weeks onboard a cargo ship will leave you rejuvenated, refreshed and you will be able to think new thoughts both in private and in business.
There are a few companies out there offering tailormade solutions for you if you wish to travel by cargo ship. One company that you can check out is Cross Ocean which PCW is affiliated with, they can help first time cargo ship passengers have a smooth trip.
It pays off to deal with people who actually are from the shipping industry when booking such a trip so that you are not stranded in a port somewhere.....on arrival 😀 .
In business this week we have for you first a visit to the land of the rising sun Japan where we speak to a well-reputed project freight forwarder in Tokyo. We then hop on the plane and fly back towards the Adriatic and speak to a company based in Slovenia doing a lot of inland trucking in Ex Yugoslavia among others. We round off the trip with a visit to an active local shipping agent in Costa Rica, the small Central American country known for coffee, beauty and even shipping with both a Gulf and a Pacific Coast Line.
We have a light moment, wise words and trade intelligence as well as the usual shipping and airline news for you. We also feature another historical flashback in this issue. Enjoy your reading and prepare for breakbulk expo in Bremen 29-31 of May next week.
Enjoy and have a great rest of the week...end
Yours sincerely, Bo H. Drewsen