Today's theme is Ship operations. Ship operation means keeping in touch with the ships we operate and the agents at calling ports to ensure smooth sailing.

Typical tasks include:

informing the captain and the agency of the schedule

looking at a weather chart and advising the captain of the route

checking the position of the ship

checking the congestion of the calling port in advance

checking ETA and a time of PILOT on board

checking ETB and ETD

checking scheduled cargo handling time

arranging fuel and the other supplies

collecting cargo at calling ports.

The important things in conducting Ship operations are to build a trust relationship with the captain and the port agency personnel, to eliminate various situations that adversely affect voyage profit, and to prevent losses before they occur.
Take no extra fuel nor drinking water!
extra fuel and drinking water are loaded, the ship’s weight would increase, Ship’s fuel consumption would be worsen, Ship’s payloads would be reduced, Ship’s speed would be reduced, ship would be easily affected by tides, and the risk of schedule delays would be increased. Considering various circumstances, let's make a plan for refueling and water supply in advance.
Avoid typhoons and stormy weather!
If a ship encounters bad weather, not only schedule delays occur, but there is the risk of cargo accidents and hull damage.

Don't miss the timing of arrival and departure!
the schedule was not well considered, port entry and departure would be on holidays or at night, which may increase tugboat and pilot costs. In tidal ports, there is a risk that ships would not be able to enter or depart the port until the next tide. Get a tide table in advance and make a work plan with a stevedore.
Don’t get involved in port congestion!
If your ship
got involved in port congestion, berthing would be delayed and so would the schedule. Ports with poor facilities or ports with many ships calling have always a risk to occur port congestion. If you could catch the port congestion information in advance, it is possible to maintain the ship schedule by changing the order of calling ports.

Don't get caught up in harbor strikes!
If you
got caught in a harbor strike, your ship would be late to berth and her schedule would also be delayed. It is possible to maintain the schedule by catching strike information in advance and changing the order of calling ports.

Don't cause a shortage of cargo handling workers!
If there is a shortage of stevedores, stevedoring hours
would be extended, and the schedule would be delayed. If you communicate well with your agent before entering port, you would be able to secure sufficient stevedores.

Take measures to prevent accidents and prepare procedures for dealing with accidents!
If accident prevention measures are not perfect, the frequency of accidents
would be increased, and if accident handling procedures were not established, it would not be possible to handle accidents smoothly. And they not only increase insurance premiums and schedule delays, but also lose shippers’s trust.

Operations have two ways to contribute the company. One is defensive operations, such as rational operation to reduce costs and to avoid additional costs by hedging the risk.

The other is offensive operations that increase profits by collecting cargo at each calling ports to increase the utilization rate of cargo space.
Even if the operating profits calculated at the start of operation is high, it is possible to occur additional costs by inappropriate subsequent operation and the profits gradually decrease. On the other hand, even if the profits calculated at the start of operation is low, it is possible to increase the profit by the excellent subsequent operation. Operations are the last role in a shipping company but not least, and the key to secure profits in a shipping company.