Like many ports around the world Tema Port in Ghana will be expanding to accommodate mega-ships. The project will create a mega-ship accessible channel, four deep water berths and a new breakwater. Completion is estimate by the end of 2019.
(World Maritime News)
The US Coast Guard has released an advisory report to East Coast Ports regarding hurricane Matthew. The category 4 hurricane could pass near or just off the Southeast coast late this week into the weekend. Some ports have closed or are planning to close operations.
Port of Palm Beach: closed 10/4
Port Canaveral: closing 10/5
Port of Miami: closing 10/5 (at 1 PM)
Port of Charleston: closing 10/6
(World Maritime News)
This video shows Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. delivering cranes to Berth 35 at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. They are scheduled to be operational by the end of the year.
(World Maritime News)
The Port of Oakland is one of the busiest ports in the US. In late June the port began operating at night Monday through Thursday to help with truck congestion. Since then, truck transaction times have dropped from 96 minutes to 79 minutes. The port and 65% of owners consider it such a success that the port is going to continue operating at night during the week.
(World Maritime News)
If you are moving to Kuwait, a valid Kuwait Civil ID is required for sea freight to clear customs. Until a valid Civil ID is obtained, a Temporary Import License copy will not be issued by the Ministry and import clearance cannot begin. They will no longer accept work visas for sea import clearance purposes.
Below is the updated list of sea import customs clearance documents required in Kuwait for the importation of used household goods:
- Passport copy
- Valid Kuwait Civil ID
- Temporary Import License copy: You are now required to visit the Ministries complex in Kuwait City and show the Bill of Lading copy and your Kuwait Civil ID to obtain this document.
- An authorization letter from your company (Kuwait) in Arabic addressed to customs stating that you are under their sponsorship and Kuwait Maritime & Mercantile Company (KMMC) is appointed to clear and deliver your shipment is required. This letter must be on company letterhead, signed by the authorized signatory of the company and stamped by the company.
- A scanned copy of your company customs authorized signature (in Arabic Itmad Tokia) is required for signature verification for the above company authorization letter at customs.
(ISS Worldwide Movers)
Understand the Real Costs of Moving
When budgeting for an impending move, there is more to consider than money when evaluating cost. You’ll want to understand the true financial, physical and mental investments before making your final decision. After all, if you underestimate the cost of your time, health and emotions, your move could cost you a whole lot more than originally expected.
Evaluate Your Financial Costs
1) Packing Supplies
An investment in proper supplies will pay dividends when your belongings arrive at your new home. Sturdy boxes, packing paper, dollies, wraps and straps will ensure that items are secure when being loaded and delivered. Ask your local agent about the supplies they furnish and sell before buying supplies on your own. They may be able to estimate your needs more accurately.
2) Hired Help
The help you choose on moving day can dictate the relative ease and error you are prepared to compromise. Friends and family are attractive options for those willing to stomach the inherent risks, butif you are looking for a little more peace of mind, professional movers can help the process go as smoothly as possible.
3) Professional Packing.
It is all too easy to underestimate the time, materials and effort required to pack and move your home, especially when all of your belongings are all stored neatly away in your closets and cabinets. Consider the following.
Do you have special cargo? You may not want to risk packing and loading all of your belongings on your own – especially if they carry a higher value. You may want to seek the advice of a specialist before moving antiques, electronics and large furniture. It’s absolutely necessary to consider potential damage and breakage as you calculate the cost of packing and moving yourself.
Make a Supply Run. You’ll need to purchase boxes, blankets and bubble wrap when moving yourself. Proper packing demands professional materials including special boxes, wrapping paper, furniture padding and tape. And don’t underestimate your needs or you’ll be making multiple trips to the store to restock.
Can you drive large moving van? If you live in a moderately-sized home, you may need up to 1,600 cubic feet of moving space. This endeavor is more than many drivers can handle – especially if you are tasked with navigating narrow suburban streets and alleyways.
Your Time is Money. Don’t forget to calculate the cost of your time, especially if you are taking off work to pack, load and deliver your own belongings. If you opt to handle the entire move yourself, consider setting aside 2 or more days for both loading and delivery.
When planning a move, your choice of transportation is potentially the most cost contingent. When it comes to containers, trailers and trucks, your expense will likely scale with the level of your need. You’ll want to consider the timing, distance, volume and complexity of your move before contracting services or renting equipment.
5) Travel& Living
Regardless of distance, the moving processtends toinflatetravel and living expenses. In addition to potential lodging and air fare, incremental purchases like food, fuel and convenience itemscan add up unexpectedly, especially when you are doing most of the packing and moving yourself.
6) Distance Adds Up.
As a rule of thumb, the longer the distance, the more cost-effective professional movers tend to be. This is due to a number of factors.
One-way rental price may include additional fees. The price you pay may include fees to cover the cost of inventory maintenance and truck relocation when you return your moving truck to a location in a different city.
Mileage, Fuel and Insurance costs add up. Truck rentals may require that you pay these fees on top of the base price. This can end up being rather significant considering that some moving trucks only get between 6 -15 mpg.
Unexpected delays add to rental costs. Just when you think everything is going according to plan – something always tends to happen, right? If you fall victim to Murphy’s Law during a move, delays could cost you extra in rental fees.
Longer trips are a greater risk. Let’s face it, you may be able to pack like a pro, but can you drive like one? The longer you are on the road, the more you’ll face opportunities for damage and accidents. When you rent, these risks are placed squarely on you.
7) Real Estate Expenses
For most of us, the moving experience comes coupled with at least one real estate transaction. Whether buying, selling or leasing, you’ll need tocalculate the costs associated with your real estate to properly budget for your move. After all, contracts, estimates, titles and utilities can put a significant dent into your bottom line before you even start to pack.
Every major move comes with incidentals. They are virtually unavoidable given the scale of the undertaking. Even the most careful shippers are susceptible to mishaps. No matter how well you plan, or how careful you are, it is inevitable, supplies will run low, pictures will break, bulbs will burn out and paint will be spilled. It’s best to budget a couple extra dollars for human error.
Evaluate Your Opportunity Costs
9) Missed Work
Even when everything goes according to plan, a move can be a timely endeavor. The effort required to research, coordinate, pack, and move is significant. Considercontracting a couple extra hands or a full-service solution so that these tasks don’t translate into missed work. Just remember, vacation days have a monetary value too – so don’t waste them on anything less than a trip to the beach.
10) Personal Time
As moving day approaches and critical tasks intensify, time can seem to escape you. Without professional help, you’ll likely be consumed by paperwork, appointments and last-minute packing; unable to negotiate a single moment for family time or rest. For these reasons, you may want to consider the cost of your free time when weighing a do-it-yourself solution.
11) Recovery Time
You should carefully consider your ability to handle the physical demands of your move long before you start packing and loading. With a couple days of intense lifting, cleaning and traveling ahead of you, personal limits and recovery time should be at the forefront of your thought process.
(source: United Van Lines)
The failed military coup d’état earlier this summer by Turkish Arms Forces against the current government should have no effect on the creation of the Bosporus by-pass canal. Officially known as the Kanal Istanbul, the by-pass will create passage on the European side from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. The intended purpose is to divert vessels from the Istanbul Strait, thus reducing traffic there and decreasing risks to tankers. The completed canal (estimated 2023) will be approximately 30 miles long, 80 feet deep and 500 feet wide.
(World Maritime News)
The United Nations Security Council P5+1’s recent nuclear deal with Iran has implemented the reduction of sanctions and has opened up Iranian ports to more traffic. All of the major shipping lines now have unrestricted access to Iranian ports. Over the next few years these ports, which are now processing 3.2M TEU, could see cargo volumes nearly double.
(Hellenic Shipping News)
TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF YOUR ANTIQUES
Your collectibles are prized and often irreplaceable.
Naturally, you want to protect them from any possible damage during your move. Follow these steps to help guard fragile items against harm and properly prepare them for packing and loading on a moving van.
Step 1: Get an Appraisal
Any item you own that is of extraordinary value should be appraised by a qualified person; you might even want to get more than one appraisal. Obtaining an appraisal also may be necessary to verify the value of your personal property for the transferal of your homeowner’s insurance policy.
The best way to locate an appraiser is through a recommendation by an insurance agent, attorney or bank official. In the United States, membership in the American Society of Appraisers can be a sign of an appraiser’s reputation. Look in the Yellow Pages under appraisers. Or you can request the “Directory of Certified Professional Personal Property Appraisers,” which is a state-by-state referral list. To receive the most current issue, contact the American Society of Appraisers by mail at P.O. Box 17625, Washington, D.C. 20041, by telephone at 800-ASA-VALU (800-272-8258) or visit www.appraisers.org.
Most appraisers either charge a flat fee or an hourly rate for services performed. Ask in advance.
In addition to obtaining an appraisal, make sure you have clear photographs of your antiques. You might also want to use a video camera to inventory the contents of each room.
At the time of the moving cost estimate, be sure to point out to the Relocation Consultant all high-value or fragile items such as grandfather clocks, silver or china sets so advance arrangements for crating and special packing can be made. Crates can be specially built to protect items with ornate trimming or a high risk of breakage.
Step 2: Review Your Moving Protection Plan
When meeting with a Relocation Consultant, you’ll want to discuss valuation of your antiques. We offer several protection plans in the event of loss or damage.
Be sure that your articles of extraordinary value (items worth more than $100 per pound) are listed on the High-Value Inventory Form and make sure to document any signatures, serial numbers or manufacturer marks on your possessions.
It is recommended you use a video camera to fully document the condition of your antiques and high-value items prior to your move in case you need to verify a claim. When doing so, however, make sure that you are able to get clear, high quality footage of your items so that it is usable.
Step 3: Prepare for Packing
Before your belongings are packed, you may want to check antique items for any special cleaning that might be required.
Check your local hardware, furniture store or antiques dealer for cleaning products for fine furniture.
Avoid the use of any type of oil or wax product on wood furniture immediately before you move especially if these items will be going into storage. Some products might soften the finish, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
If you are uncertain about the care of a particular antique piece, a local historical society or library might have books on the subject. An antiques dealer may have helpful hints as well.
Step 4: Pack, Wrap and Protect on Moving Day
It is very important that you or an appointed representative be present on packing and moving days to identify items needing special handling. It is also helpful so packers and van operators can ask questions along the way.
Most large, heavy pieces of furniture will be wrapped in thick pads to help protect them while in transit.
Step 5: Unloading and Delivery
When you reach your destination, carefully check the inventory of your household goods and antiques before signing for receipt. If any servicing or reassembly is required after you reach your new home, notify your Crown Coordinator who can make any necessary arrangements.
Be sure to consult your Crown Coordinator if you have special questions or concerns. Proper preparation prior to a move can help you enjoy your antiques for many years to come.
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(source: United Van Lines)
With the Panama Canal expansion many ports have been rushing to dredge and build facilities to accommodate the new mega-ships that can now pass through. Tens of billions have been spent on U.S. ports alone. The ports are rushing to be ready, but world trade has slowed down and industry analysts suspect the new canal will not change traditional trade routes as quickly as originally predicted.
(Hellenic Shipping News)