Koninklijke Belgische Beroepsvereniging der Scheepsbevoorraders

Royal Belgian Shipsuppliers Association

What is a shipchandler?

If you have ever been on a cruise or cargo ship, you may have wondered how they are able to provide everything from food to fuel without stopping at a port. The answer lies in the work of a shipsupplier.

A shipsupplier is essentially a logistics company that specializes in providing all of the necessary supplies and services to a ship while it is at sea. This can include anything from food and drinks for the crew to spare parts for the engine or other equipment.

One of the primary responsibilities of a shipsupplier is to ensure that the ship has enough provisions to sustain its crew for the duration of its journey. This typically means taking inventory of what is currently on board and then restocking as needed. This can involve coordinating with multiple suppliers and logistics companies to ensure that everything is delivered on time and in good condition.

Another important aspect of a shipsupplier’s job is to provide technical support for the ship’s crew. This can involve sourcing spare parts or other materials when repairs are needed, as well as providing guidance and advice on how to handle maintenance and other issues that arise.

They may also be responsible for managing waste disposal, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations, and handling any other logistical challenges that arise during the course of a voyage.

To succeed as a shipsupplier requires excellent coordination skills, attention to detail, and an ability to work under pressure. The industry is highly competitive, with many different companies vying for contracts with shipping companies around the world.

Despite these challenges, however, there is no denying that being a shipsupplier can be both exciting and rewarding. It offers the opportunity to travel the world and make important contributions to one of the most vital industries in modern society.

So if you are interested in logistics, enjoy solving complex problems, and thrive in fast-paced environments, then becoming a shipsupplier could be just the career path you have been looking for.

Importance of Ship Supplies

The ship stores supplied to a vessel is the main artery of the ship, they are vital to the operation and safety of every movement of seagoing vessels. Thousand of different items are supplied 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Main Categories of Shipstores

  • Deck and Engine Stores: non-food products
  • Spare Parts: main and auxiliary engines and other replacements
  • Cabin Stores: cleaning materials, textiles, kitchen utensils
  • Provisions: food products
  • Bonded Stores: high dutiable goods, i.e. tobaccos, spirits, tea, coffee, etc.

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