We are shipbrokers, shipbrokers in their purest form. We bring cargoes and vessels together, help cargo stakeholders & vessel owners negotiate, advise and assist them in order to overcome difficulties. We strive to have a clean fixture in the end with both parties satisfied. Our chartering manager Robbert is familiar with a big variety of commodities and have shipped cargoes to most ports of Europe and Africa, and therefore knows which challenges principals (cargo stake holder or shipowner) may face both practical as contractual.
"By doing this right, he saves our customers a lot of time, struggle, headache and money"
Robbert is a 33 year old father of 4 kids, from Papendrecht, Netherlands. Born in a shipping family, all his life Robbert was surrounded by marine industry that paved the path of his career from the early days. Started as a planner, than became a shipping agent and was quickly asked to join the brokerage desk as only young guy speaking German. He has been working for the bigger trading houses of the world as panel broker and has been running the short sea chartering desk for one of worlds biggest logistical companies.
As far as our current society goes, from its own cradle to these days - there has been trade. Trade between neighbor villages, trade between provinces and trade between countries. Nowadays the bigger trading houses around the globe move a lot of cargo. For example coal or biomass for the energy industry and soya bean meal or grains for the animal feed industry. Millions of tonnes of cargo that are being bought and sold and that need to move from A to B. These volumes are however a bit too big to send by courier or even to put in a container. Therefore the one responsible for the transport has to arrange a vessel. Arranging a vessel means you have to “charter” a vessel.
In order to Charter a vessel, you need to know what type of vessel you need. Vessel suitable for loading grain, or a vessel suitable for loading cement? There is a need to know which owner has that type of vessels and does that owner operate vessels within the geographical region of the port of loading. Furthermore you need to find out if the port is able to handle that vessel. Is the water deep enough, is the berth long enough and does the water stay in the port or does the port go NAABSA? Is the vessel able to do so and does the owners P&I insure allow same to happen? Pretty tough work ahead. You are going to need someone who knows all those things, understands hundreds of shipping abbreviations and knows who to call when you need a certain type of vessel for your cargo.