Author: Tugce Cambel

Shipping Coffee in Bulk

Coffee is an important commodity in the world economy. Recent years have seen a substantial increase in the movement of coffee in bulk, using normal dry containers fitted with a liner. Shippers save on the cost of bags, minus the cost of the liner. Also, a container can hold about 21 tons of coffee in bulk, compared to only about 18 tons in bags. This payload increase of almost 17% represents a freight saving of about 15% per container (based on $1,000 per container.) For example, at the receiving end, the inland transport of 50,000 tons of green coffee...

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Sea Blindness

If you ask the general public what they know about shipping, and how much trade is carried by sea, you will probably get a blank face. Perhaps they think of shipping as an old-fashioned industry, however, fundamentally we still depend on shipping. Take a look around you. Every single object was most likely shipped. Shipping brings us 90 percent of world trade. For such an enormous industry – there are 100,000 working vessels on the sea – it’s become pretty much invisible. As such, we do not really know much about goes on underneath the water. In September 2002,...

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