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Hi. I am a shipping company director, transport academic, author, family man and all round nice guy. I have worked as shipbroker, shipowner, freight trader and bulk charterer, in senior positions, with some of the largest and most disrespected (joke) companies in the world. Ask my advice on all things shipping and you will receive my blunt and always honest answer. Hang around to learn more about chartering and ship broker salaries, chartering and ship broker jobs, chartering and shipbroker recruitment agencies, cheap freight, maritime education, chartering and ship broker qualifications, become a ship broker, tips on how to be a successful bulk shipping executive, philosophy, Zen and the art of shipbroking, and much more. Yours The Virtual Shipbroker (recently proclaimed the guru of shipbroking) Copyright © 2009-17 by Virtualshipbroker

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yes my spelling is terrible

Many thanks to Jeffrey Blum the Past Chairman of the London ICS Branch for the private message explaining that my spelling is annoyingly terrible, BUT that luckily I have some interesting things to say.

Nice to see a person held in such high regard is reading my blog.

I take the critisism onboard. (My wife is also on my back about this).

I hereby solemly declare that from now on I will do my best to check my messages before I send them out into cyberspace.

Please note that although the spelling on my blog posts is without doubt woeful, my books are infact checked by a team of spelling enthusiasts from the Oxford University faculty of "Applied Linguistics and Really Good Spelling".

(Wacky crew that they are)

Thanks for reading. And i really do promise to try and watch my spelling from now on.



  1. VS, have you tried Google chrome (internet browser)? It has a built in spell check.

  2. Hello VS

    My question is a bit unusual one but I believe that someone with extra ordinary experience in shipping trade can cater this. So far my experience in shipping is about 16 months, I am in dry cargo chartering, where I work as an operator in routes mainly from Ex Europe to different destination. I am just an MBA, with no such Diploma/degree in shipping. All I have learned about it is during my job and so far I have been successful in building up my portfolio with few charterers.

    Correct me if I am wrong, so far I have learned that fixing techniques varies differently from one region to another; say in PG/India techniques are different as compared to China, and fixing to front haul is different to fixing in back haul direction. Where in one region probability of cargo fixture is high on taking vessel on TCT while over other regions it’s less and you need to think differently, like taking vessel on 2-3 llegs or on period, where you make lose on first leg and recover from second leg or/and third leg.

    So, out of my several questions, my 1st question is – am I thinking the right way? And what do you think of region like Atlantic, which includes continent, Baltic, ECSA, US Gulf, WAFR etc …. That how things work out there? How fixtures are done there?

    Please to hear from your side,


  3. PR - thanks

    Dear Mike - yes your thinking is right. What you are describing is 'freight trading'. The answer is not straightforward becasue in truth one can use all those techniques in just about any market.

    When i was a freight trader i did everything - voyage, tc, period (backhaul-front haul), contracts of affreightment, ffa's etc etc. So the answer is more about your goals or you firms goals rather than the geographical contraints of your market. That is secondary.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks for the question