Thursday is here again and I am sending this newsletter just after my trip to Dubai and Cape Town.
First off, in Dubai when lunching with the manager of Rickmers Line, we had what an American might call an "awesome" experience. A lady with a hawk on her arm passed our table and we exchanged a few words, the hawk was used for pest control and we saw it in action. Indeed awesome describes it perfectly - see the photos below.
What I learned most of all in Cape Town was that there was a severe water shortage but NO shortage of wine. It is really a place that can be recommended for food, wine, and scenery. What a rich country indeed, if managed right.
As for shipping, Cape Town is also interesting - not least for me who last visited there in 1967 onboard mv Thyra Torm.
Turning to business, I was just in touch with a friend of mine in Bangladesh and he (as others have) told me that there are quite a few fraud cases in logistics and quite a few coming out of China. Some forwarders jump on the wagon and book some containers with cheap rates only later to find out that if they want bills of lading released they must pay double, triple or even more. Quite a few cases like that, so all of you in shipping these days watch out for fraudsters claiming this and that, even representing this and that - like Stalin once said: "Trust is good, but control is better!"
So with that warning of the week, I turn to the news we have in store. We start off with an interview with a good contact for many years in Brazil, a country that is like some others is subject to a few confusing regulations and corruption, so you need a guiding light there. We then travel across the globe to what we may call the top of the world, where we interview a project forwarder located Nepal and Bhutan. We round off this weeks newsletter with our usual project cargo feature of the week, video, photo and wise words of the week.
See you next week on December 8th and as incredible as it may sound, there is hardly a month left of this year....where did it go?
Bo H. Drewsen