Who is?

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 © 2020 by Virtualshipbroker Contact virtualshipbroker@yahoo.com

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Whats shipbroking about then?

As readers of the blog will know I run a consultancy business for anyone wanting highly confidential, expertise when fixing deals. And i Don't mean my real work (what I do for a living) I mean a Virtual Shipbroker Consultancy Business.

Virtual Shipbroker Consultancy click here

The great news is that a handful of really smart people have taken me up on the consultancy offer and are kicking huge goals.

Had two on line today with two different problems which really goes to the heart of what makes a great broker.

Both have problems. Both cannot get owners to offer for various reasons. One client has an owner who is aggressive on rates for a substantial coa (contract of affreightment) but on checking with agents see's that charterers have issues with surveyors and ships being rejected because of hold cleanliness issues. The other client cannot seem to bridge the gap of USD 2.00 between charterers ideas and the best offers he has from owners....

Guess what people - Welcome to shipbroking!

If it were easy everyone would do it. The best shipbrokers love "problems" because problems need to be solved and a shipbroker worth his commission can now ply his / her trade.

What is needed?

Good communication between all parties.

I often see fixtures fall apart because Principal A doesn't really understand what Principal B is doing - or why there is hesitation. Often the broker in between has no idea either. So a good brokers see a problem, get to the bottom of understanding the problem, and with the right "touch" find solutions which eventuate in a FIXTURE.

If someone doesn't see a problem, let alone understand how this problem can be solved - well.... they get nowhere.

This is where having me as a consultant comes in. I help see problems before they arise, help solve them, help make you money, help teach you in the process...

WIN / WIN....

Hire me! ha...


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I haven't done a zen posting for a while

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ..

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date

The Virtual Shipbroker

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My email was spammed

Sorry to any/all of you that received an email from me with spam...its a virus and i picked it up quickly so hopefully no more to come...


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

technical problems

Quite a few of you, lncluding myself, are having issues posting on the blog.

I think blogger are having some technical issues which hopefully be fixed soon.


Sunday, October 2, 2011


One of my students has asked the following



What do you think abt spoofing? Ofc i do not spoof. I often catch out other brokers spoofing or that indicate without authority.

My close principals and i realize very quiclkly when this happens.

What do you do in this case, do you communicate to the other principle?

Thank you in advance


Anyone care to offer a definition of spoofing and give this person some advice. Its a great question and deserves some discussion

The virtual shipbroker (tackling the questions others fear to answer)