Meeting Billion-Dollar Betsy
15 years in Atlantic House
Becoming a leader in 5 days
Cover mv Tama Star loading juice products in Port Canaveral destined for Flushing
(courtesy of Robert Garelli, Seatrade USA)
Seatrade worldwide 4-6 Fifth season of the year: 24 This issue 2
• Seatrade Costa Rica • Carnival in Germany From the editors 2
By Pieter Hartog By Katharina Bals-Leuchters Management corner 3
From paper to carton boxes 6-7 TEAMtalk Satellite 25
New Crew 11
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If opening the daily newspaper or turning on the nightly news with access to daily news reports and how a new training
report has turned into a challenge of nerve and spirit, we program is teaching senior officers to be (better) managers.
offer you this brief respite from the big, bad world of financial We introduce you to pool partner Marítima del Norte and our
doom and gloom. We invite you to go ahead and put the feet longtime supplier of airbags, Bates Cargo-Pak.
up on the desk. We’re confident that you’ll find something in
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other interesting stories that will allow you a brief escape from
Seatrade Costa Rica introduces you to the Pura Vida lifestyle the world outside. Enjoy and as always, we welcome your
while Seatrade celebrates a 15th anniversary in the Diamond comments and contributions.
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Not long ago, I popped into a supermarket and the first thing should all be seen in the perspective of record high fuel prices
I encountered were three shelves of pre-packed fruit salads. (US$ 106 per barrel at time of writing) and a Dollar that fell
There was a wide choice of fruits varying from melon, apple, to lifetime lows against the Euro. All in all we keep a positive
mango and pineapple to kiwi and blueberries. The sign outlook toward the future.
indicating “The new convenience food - ideal as a refreshing
snack” struck my mind. Always thought that a whole fresh The 2008 first quarter ship management activities out of
apple, as Eve might have said, would have been the original Groningen and Leer saw the introduction of the ‘Event Report’,
convenience food - pick, wash and eat. a reporting system, which replaces the RUS (Report Unwanted
Situation) and AIR (Accident and Incident report). All internal
However, logics and rationality seem not always to prevail at and external inspections and audits (PSC, TD, QA, Q360, etc.)
first glance. The same can be said about the ongoing climate and possible action points, suggestions and remarks will be
discussion. Climate and economy are strongly connected, included in this reporting format. This new reporting system
because they both influence each other. The deterioration of will be implemented in our entire organisation (on board
climate is risky for all kind of parties: civilians, governments as well as in the office). The ‘Event Report’ has to be used
and business. Despite that the relation between climate in any situation in which the quality, safety, operation and/
and economy is quite a complex problem it is obvious that or environmental goals are either not met or are threatened
changes in climate have an influence on both agriculture and not to be met. The objective of the ‘Event Reporting system’
food production. This in turn has consequences for economic is to establish what should be done to prevent occurrence
growth, exports, and food security and not at least the extensive or recurrence of a situation and not who did it. We strive to
external effects of our trade, especially in the future. improve reporting between the vessels and the office through
open and direct communication and this new reporting system
The start of this year has been quite uninspiring. Adverse forms an important part in this process.
weather conditions had a negative effect on exports from Chile,
South Africa, Argentina and Ecuador. Heavy rains resulted in During this quarter the first integrated management training
flooded banana plantations; nevertheless, since the end of for ships’ officers, superintendents and commercial operators
February the country has managed a steady supply of bananas was launched. All parties linked to the vessels were actively
with basically little material difference from a normal season. involved in this. You will find a report on page 28.
The demand for fruit has shown a growing trend whereby Lastly, we are pleased to announce that the management of
Russia has been a key player. Since the beginning of March Seatrade Groningen B.V. has appointed Vincent Peeters as
the market has reached solid levels, which are in line with Technical Director, per 1 March 2008. He is 44 years old and
expectations. With demand likely to continue to exceed the brings a wealth of experience with him in the maritime technical
supply of the specialised reefer fleet for the coming period, field both at sea and ashore. We trust this appointment reflects
certain record freight levels may be broken. This however our commitment to further raise performance.
mv Luzon Strait passes under the Walt Whitman Bridge after departing the Gloucester, New Jersey Terminal (courtesy Robert Garelli, Seatrade USA)
The American Airlines flight from Miami descended through the dark grey clouds covering Juan Santa Maria,
San Jose’s international airport. It was the night of 1 August 2007, and the flight was delayed by several hours. Once
we were out of the airplane we had to wrestle ourselves through immigration, collect our eight suitcases and pass
customs. San Jose International airport is always hectic around 9 pm, as some eight international flights arrive within
a time span of just over an hour.
The removal company was informed to start
packing our belongings in Belgium around 15
July - only to learn by the end of June that the
house we had chosen to live in had been rented
out to somebody else. After an emergency trip to
Costa Rica I managed to resolve the crisis and
by now we definitely had passed the point of no
Those July days were laden with emotions, leaving
our house in St. Job, saying goodbye to relatives
and good friends - you simply don’t emigrate
every day. However, more intense experiences
were awaiting us in Costa Rica.
Our planning had called for a quick unpacking of
the Seatrade container with our goods, so that by
After having located our transport we went straight for the hotel. mid August we would be “up & running”. Reality though painted
En-route during the 45 minutes drive I ended up thinking why a different story, and the entire month was spent on testing our
on earth I had decided to live and work in one of the smallest patience in how to deal with Costa Rican bureaucracy - only by
countries in Latin America, notorious for frequent earthquakes, early September could we finally sleep again in our own beds.
far away from Europe, and drag my family into this. Until then it was of course business as usual, albeit from a hotel
room, or out of the office of one of our agents.
The adventure in fact had started almost a year before. When
returning from the 2006 summer holidays, Yntze Buitenwerf Since then some six months have passed and that challenging
approached me to sound my thoughts on setting up a presence start-up period is now way behind us. Every now and then though
for Seatrade in Central America. There was no clear outlined plan, we still walk into some Kafkaian situation, but our experience
just a rough idea. Even the location was not clear - Colombia in how to deal with the local bureaucrats is growing rapidly.
or Costa Rica? The fall of 2006 was spent on field
trips to Costa Rica and Colombia, in combination
with business trips to Brazil and Argentina, as I
had to hand over my duties as Trade Manager
Argentina & Brazil to several of my colleagues
within the Antwerp office.
January 2007 marked the start of frequent travel
to Costa Rica, whereby each subsequent trip
meant a longer stay in Costa Rica - time which I
needed to get acquainted with the local situation
and to prepare for the upcoming move. On two
occasions my wife and son accompanied me,
as we also had to find a new school and – most
important - a place to stay.
By June 2007 we thought we were ready to go.
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seaTrade cosTa rica
We now finally have time
to appreciate the beautiful
geography and abundant
nature of Costa Rica, which is
I work on a regular basis
out of the agency offices of
Antena and Medinter, while
we also have adapted one
of the bedrooms at home
into a fully equipped office.
Considerable time is spent
on being out in the streets,
visiting clients and suppliers:
although Costa Rica is a very
over dirt roads, which turn into mud
tracks during the rainy season, are
not uncommon. Apart from those
adventurous “Harrison Ford” trips,
I have to deal with the traffic of the
asphalt jungle: traffic in San Jose can
be quite nerve wrecking. Frankly
speaking, we have never seen a city
with so many traffic accidents, and
unfortunately this every now and then
also involves Seatrade containers.
Traffic aside, most banana multi-
nationals have their (regional) head-
small country, it ranks worldwide as the second
largest banana exporter and first exporter in
consumption pineapples - of both commodities
the country exports each year more than 100
Especially the pineapple saga appears to have no
end, and each year the pineapple production
grows by 8 to 10%. And with so much growth
also more and more exporters appear - the list
of existing Seatrade clients is long, but the one
of potential clients is even longer. And not all
of those are located in or around the capital. To
see some of our clients, car trips of several hours
Simply Seatrade March 2008 5
seaTrade From paper
WorldWide To carTon boxes
quarters in San Jose, making it easy to maintain contact and Back in December 2007, I was visiting the Uraba region
pass the latest info to my colleagues in Antwerp. in northwestern Colombia - to most of you known by the
This country does not only export bananas and pineapples, name of its port, Turbo. While meeting with Uniban staff in
products like yams, leather ferns, and ornamental plants the village of Zungo, at some stage the discussion turned
form an important part of our portfolio. Added to that are the to the massive amount of paper rolls our vessels carry from
seasonal exports of melons and mangoes. the USA to Turbo. I was just wondering where all these
rolls were ending up. It turned out that right next to the
Since several years Seatrade operate multiple weekly liner Uniban warehouses, a factory for the production of carton
services linking Colombia and Costa Rica with Europe. boxes was located. As I still had some hours to spare before
Obviously these are the most labour intensive services within catching the plane back from Apartado to Medellín, an ad-
our activities - one of the roles of Seatrade Costa Rica is to hoc tour to the plant was arranged.
monitor and supervise the cargo bookings and maintain the
overall coordination, and also stay in close contact with our The Uniban box factory was inaugurated in 1978, in order
Colombian clients. to have a steady supply of boxes for the export of bananas.
Since its start, this production plant for corrugated carton
Next to the liner services are the time charter vessels - all in has counted with the support of C.I. Uniban S.A., the big-
all some four to five Seatrade vessels call ports in Costa Rica gest Colombian exporter of bananas and plantains. Today
and Colombia on a weekly basis. In most cases there is little it counts with the latest technology, a great team, and the
action required from this office, apart from courtesy visits. vision of Colombian businessmen, which believe in the
But when Seatrade Groningen, Triton or one of the other Uraba region
pool partners calls, this typically means something special
has occurred or is about to happen, and my immediate Actually, it is the second production plant for corrugated
assistance is required. Getting urgent spare parts on time to carton in Colombia, producing 66,000 tons of cartons per
the vessel has been one of the favourite hobbies, but how year. The production is split in 16% dedicated to the pine-
about supervising the buying inspection of a vessel for sale, apple market, 4% for the domestic market, and 80% for
or a complete ownership and flag change? the banana market. Among its clients are Turbana, Fyffes,
Del Monte, Fair Trade and other private brands, known in
Another - less visible - role is to assist our container department various global markets.
in operational and financial matters involving our equipment
- Costa Rica is one of the countries with the highest volume Some of the strengths of this plant are that it has one of the
of Seatrade reefer containers. We use various repair shops, highest hourly production rates, and is located close to the
depots, and yards, as well as trucking companies. port of Turbo. The factory’s production manager, Santiago
Gutierrez Botero, calls the ‘equilibrium between man and
There definitely is never a dull moment, and each day brings machine’ one of the plant’s biggest strengths: a team with
something new. As Seatrade’s activities in this part of the the wish to excel, and a technical knowledge which has
world continue to expand, so will the Costa Rica office. As allowed the high volume production, guaranteeing the cor-
the Tico’s say: ‘Pura Vida’! rect box strength and, the possibility to have boxes printed
in four different colours.
Seatrade Costa Rica
“When we visit different plants with a better technology
than ours, we compare and conclude that they do not
generate a product as good as Uniban’s”, mentioned Head
of Quality, Jhon Jairo Cordoba; the plant produces boxes
according international standards like TAPPI.
Almost all supplies for the production of the boxes are
imported from the USA, but also from Finland, Canada,
and the United Kingdom – each product is evaluated, con-
ducting individual laboratory trials. This way the quality of
the final product can be guaranteed.
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One of the other standards with which the company has to
comply, is that of the US Food & Drugs Administration (FDA),
permitting and guaranteeing that the foodstuffs, which are
transported in the boxes will not suffer from any chemical
contamination, dangerous to human consumption. To guar-
antee the quality of the product, the boxes are coated with a
layer of wax, allowing them to resist humidity, which could
present itself when the fruit is transported to the final con-
sumer. Such specifications depend on the necessities of each
Innovation, technological development, process efficiency
and the dynamic team make that the Uniban Box Factory is
an excellent option for the exporters from Latin America and
the Caribbean region.
Whether we are carrying bananas, pineapples, mangoes, or
melons, there is one common element: all fruit is packed in
carton boxes. And as you may now appreciate, there’s quite a
story behind those ‘simple’ boxes!
With customer focus, the Uniban box factory has expanded Pieter Hartog - Seatrade Costa Rica
its portfolio of products; among its designs are the telescopic Diana Zuluaga - C.I. Uniban S.A., Medellin
box, composed by a base and cover lid, as well as the display
box - allowing that the fruit carried in the box arrives in perfect
condition, can be easily handled, and thereafter presented.
Prior to starting the box production, a meeting with the client
takes place, during which an evaluation of the client’s needs is
made: what does the customer want, how does he want it, and
what are the handling stages of the box - thus always trying to
improve the initial design and meeting all expectations of the
consumer. “From the beginning we make suggestions about
the box which is going to be used”, mentioned the head of the
production warehouse, Maria Elena Valencia.
Simply Seatrade March 2008 7
blasT From The pasT
During my high school period somehow I could not find the After discharging her cargo we left for Tenerife to load another
right school that met my expectations, so around my 17th cargo of tomatoes. The weather was good and everybody happy.
birthday my father and I decided that my last hope to become a Heading for the sun.
modest member of the community was to pack my sea-bag and The next day or so, passing Ouessant with windforce SW 6/7,
continue the family tradition as a seaman. I was getting a little uncomfortable as the ship started rolling and
pitching. According to Capt. Voordewind nothing was wrong,
he took his accordion and started to play and sing.
At 4pm I had my watch with Ch.Mate Lukkien. The wind
increased to force 8/9 and the vessel now really was heavily
rolling and pitching, taking over lots of water.
This was normal according to “Ome Rieks” (Ch.Mate) as we
all called him. We had to slow down due to the high seas so it
took us a lot longer to cross the Bay of Biscay. I was beginning to
doubt my brave decision to become a seaman.
Off Lisbon the weather changed overnight and the morning was
bright and sunny. The sea changed from high rough waves with
big white heads on top into a long high swell. Although this
made the vessel roll heavily we could continue full speed to the
promised land with white beaches, palm trees and a lot of sun.
All wrong! Even in those days, time was money and when entering
Santa Cruz de Tenerife labour and cargo was waiting on the quay.
Good for me was that after loading a couple of truckloads they
ran out of supply and loading was suspended for the rest of the
day. Most of the crew was preparing to go ashore to buy soap
and toothpaste as they said. I could not understand this; after
all, it was only a few days since we had left the UK where it was
Launch of the Pacific, 1964
more obvious for me to buy these things.
The Pacific (65,000 cubic feet) was due shortly in Dover with a
cargo of tomatoes from the Canary Islands. Being February, very
cold, a service to the Canaries seemed very attractive to me, so
I managed to sign on to the Pacific.
Writing this I realize that it was not very obvious to find a job
on this brand new reefer vessel. She was then “top of the bill”
and the third reefer vessel operated by Scheepvaartkantoor
Groningen after the Arctic and Tempo. I guess having some
good relations in the office helped a lot.
On or about 23 February 1965 I left for Dover together with
my father and mother who insisted to take me there and meet
captain and crew: Chief Mate Rieks Lukkien, 2nd mate Ralph
Witten, Chief Engineer Geert Smant, 2nd Eng. Free Arwerd, 2nd
Eng. Willem Suur, Ass.Eng., oilman, cook, Spanish bosun and
four sailors including myself. Under the guard of 2nd mate Ralph, Captain Voordewind,
who had promised my parents to keep an eye on me, gave his
I already knew Captain Voordewind and Chief Mate Lukkien permission for me to go ashore for shopping. The next morning
from mv Atlantic, a half shelter decker dry cargo coaster, when I at seven when the cook tried to wake me up he asked with
joined that vessel for a few weeks during my school holidays. a dirty smile on his face how I’d liked the shopping in Santa
8 Simply Seatrade March 2008
middle: Chief Mate ‘ome Rieks’ Lukkien
2nd Mate Ralph Witten
‘Ome Rieks’ Lukkien with dog “Lady”
Kees at school in Terschelling Atlantic winter
Kees as Chief Mate Meeting up some 35 years later: Kees Tammes, Capt. Voordewind and Tom Tammes
Simply Seatrade March 2008 9
Cruz. The rest of the day I tried to stay out of sight of the bosun and quickly slipped in, Captain Voordewind and Chief Lukkien
because I was very “landsick” and had a hell of a headache (no were together on the bridge. “Ome Rieks”, as if it was the most
further details ;-) ). beautiful day of the year, rolling his black tobacco cigarette and
making jokes about the weather and telling tall tales about his
After a few more trips to Gran Canaria and Tenerife, the Pacific time as captain on a whale catcher (still allowed in those “good
was fixed for a time-charter between the US East Coast/Canada old days”). Captain Voordewind said: “Hi Kees, may I introduce
and UK/Continent. This was exciting, the first time across the Miss “Betsy””. These two very experienced seamen, standing
Ocean! there, apparently having everything under control, gave me
great confidence. During that night “tropical storm” (previously
one of the worst hurricanes ever) Betsy left us as fast as she came
in easterly direction.
The next day I realized that I had made the right decision and
was happy to be a seaman. With a good ship and a good crew
there was nothing to worry about. When the weather allowed us
to go on deck and to go down to the holds to check the cargo,
we found one big scrap yard with what once were beautiful
brand new Jaguars, Rolls Royces and the likes; Betsy had tried
them all, without a driving licence.
Loading cars and tractors in London for discharging at the US
East Coast, then in ballast to New Foundland to load frozen
salmon in boxes. This was the real thing, sailing across the
Atlantic, loading and discharging in places I had never seen
before. I was beginning to feel like a real seaman.
I believe it was the second trip across the Atlantic at the end
of August 1965. We discharged a full cargo of frozen salmon
in London (spending two weeks between London and Tower
Bridge!), then loading cars, tractors and engine parts in
Dagenham on the river Thames again for the US.
About 3-4 days before arrival, the weather was getting bad. Dark
clouds, lightning, still far away, beyond the horizon and wind
increasing to Bf 6-8. Chief Lukkien told us bosun and sailors to
go down into the holds to check the lashings and where needed
to put some extra ropes.
When we came back on deck it was dark, the wind had further
increased, heavy rain, thunder and lightning were now getting
very close. This was not funny anymore.
Far away from land, family and friends with just the vessel, some
crew and the captain, I was beginning to regret not finishing
high school. It was end August, still during the school holidays.
Here I was in the middle of the Atlantic with the weather getting
worse and worse.
After a year I decided to go back to school, to the Nautical
When I scrambled up to the bridge to do my 20-24 watch, the College “Willem Barentz” on Terschelling where I graduated for
sea was all white with waves over 15 metres high and the wind 3rd, 2nd and 1st officer deep sea. In 1977/8, married and a
was blowing well over force 12. father, I resigned as captain from Seatrade.
The Pacific had no indoor stairways to the bridge so to get there
was not so easy. When I opened the door of the wheelhouse
10 Simply Seatrade March 2008
We recently welcomed mv Pacific Reefer into the Seatrade Pool, when she came into management of Seatrade Groningen B.V.
mv Pacific Reefer
Bale cubic 600,202 cbft
Floor space 6,869 sqm
Length over all 145 m
Breadth over all 22.6 m
Container capacity 48FEU or 72TEU + 12FEU
An artist impression of the vessel, as at this moment the hull is still the red of her previous operator
(photo courtesy of FotoFlite)
It’s common knowledge that it is easier to train young people than older ones - so please join us to
welcome Seatrade’s youngest additions!
daughter of Danielle Boerma son of Hans Nauta
(Certificates Department, (Scheduling Department,
Seatrade Groningen) Seatrade Antwerp)
Anne Marije, Matthijs,
daughter of Arnold Mulder son of Paul Mol
(Technical Department, (IT Department, Seatrade Antwerp)
Simply Seatrade March 2008 11
A fit seafarer = a happy seafarer, and a safer ship!
12 Simply Seatrade March 2008
Seatrade Antwerp, 15 years
4 January 1993, that was indeed 15 years ago. Seatrade with 538,667 cubic feet the largest. Of all those 78 ships only
pooled ships started reporting to telex number 35150 src b... 16 remain in the pool today, and our fleet now consists of
and some 32 people were trying to find their way to and in a 135 vessels, which means many have come and gone in the
new office at the Noorderlaan in Antwerp. meantime.
Tilly Timmermans was timely that freezing morning of January, Many of those 32 originals have either retired or even passed
sitting in complete darkness unable to find the light switch, away, and we remember fondly Theo Blokpoel, Erik Musterd,
whilst Lammert van ‘t Riet, who joined for some months to Hans Roodenburg, Bert de Ruiter and the late Arno Stokmans.
help smoothen the transition, was driving happily towards the Others have somehow continued closely connected with
Tol tunnel which leads from northern Antwerp direction of Seatrade: Hans Vos (Seanet in Brazil), Pieter Hartog (Seatrade
Ghent trying to find Atlantic House, completely lost! Costa Rica), Peter Haagen (Raetsclub), Eildert van Slooten
(SBI), and recently Hans van Zanden (Triton).
In fact everything was perfectly executed which ensured that
around 09:30 of that day everybody was already learning to But also some remain connected even if at arms’ length such
work the new coffee machine, was battling with some funky as Joris Bakker (Breadbox Shipping) and Pieter Oosterhof
In early 1993 contracts had been renewed with the likes of
Enza, Fyffes, Geest, Delmonte, and Dole, not much different
to today’s scenario... except maybe the size of the ships and
the requirements of each of the above charterers. Enza would
love the Tineke because it could load enormous amounts of
apples in loose cartons; Fyffes enjoyed every minute of the N
types whilst Geest could call upon the ABC (Atlantic, Baltic
or Celtic Ice) to cover some of its positions in the Windward
The weekly commute back to Groningen also meant somewhat
of a speeding competition of who could make the trip in the
shortest time... Apparently Arno Stokmans once made it in 2
hours; it is exactly 309 kilometres, meaning an average speed
Operators by day, painters by
night...... of 154 kilometres per hour...
Hans van Zanden and Gerard
de Vries helping Willy Smit
with her move to Antwerp Life south of the “great rivers” was very different from what
people were accustomed to up north and soon the Groningers
new phones, fixing cargoes and getting on with business “as discovered the big differences in language and how the French
usual”. Each desk had the name of the person who should had some influence in the Flemish language with the addition
sit there, a pack of business cards, a manual for the phone,
a plan of the entire office with internal phone numbers, and
a mysterious magnetic “card key” which for months proved
to be the embarrassment of anyone of us going in and out of
shops by setting off the alarms intended to keep shoplifters at
That was the day in which commercial operations transferred
from Groningen to Antwerp, and the day that life started to
change forever for many of those 32 people...
The pooled fleet at the time was exactly 78 vessels with the
“Norcan” of 99,000 cubic feet the smallest and the Tineke
The Scaldis reception
Simply Seatrade March 2008 13
Part of the Scaldis attendance list,
kept manually in those early days
A new name, a new fleetlist, new
ways to attract potential customers
14 Simply Seatrade March 2008
15 years on....
But whilst the un-attached lifestyle meant a lot of parties,
get-togethers and daily dinners in nice little restaurants, it
also meant a bunch of very hard working people who helped
catapult Seatrade from those 78 vessels in early 1993 to what
Seatrade is today. Saturday was at that time a normal half
working day for operations and chartering; very few mobile
phones and no remote computers meant the Saturday morning
task of cutting the 20 metres or more of telexes for roughly one
hour was dreaded by whoever was “first” in the office. It also
meant that if Marnix was the first one (very often the case) you
would have some embarrassing moments with appropriate
comments about temperature reporting and the obvious things
-such as tendering notice of readiness 5 minutes after midday
or running full speed when not necessary- that you had not
noticed all nicely stacked on your desk or your in-tray (today
The Scaldis workfloor renamed Inbox which is nearly unmanageable anymore).
of some nice Antwerp touches such as statie (station) and hesp
(ham). The nice one is of course a broodje smos, smos being
in fact an enormous dollop of mayonnaise with some boiled
egg, tomatoes and lettuce, which you add to your sandwich.
Oh, and your standard Belgian office worker speaks Dutch,
English, French, German and most possibly also Spanish or
Italian, plus the local dialect of their native village...!
Antwerp was the cultural capital of Europe in 1993, so the city
was at its best with plenty of activities and we all soon became
hooked on bollekes (De Koninck beer), and the decadent
Antwerp lifestyle where kitchens of restaurants would remain
open till well after midnight (something unheard of in Holland,
let alone Groningen), and the cafes and small restaurants
would welcome a bunch of young un-attached Seatrade
people. We remember fondly Edward Johnston and Marina Scheduling the fleet of almost 80 vessels, each day at the schedule table
Gatto, who both spent some time with us during that first year
as well as today Capt. Gerard de Vries and Joris Bakker who The average age of the employees of the, at that time, “Scaldis
lived at the famous Kaasstraat (Cheese street). Reefer Chartering” office was 34.5 years; today that average
is 38, so all in all after 15 years we have only aged 3.5 years,
which means we are still a very young organization.
Hans Roodenburg and Erik Musterd were the big chartering
bosses, Erik chain-smoking his “Caballero” brand cigarettes
inside the office (which was considered very normal until
only a few years ago), busy fixing his Chilean fruit cargoes and
Hans fully committed to his Dole and Japanese accounts with
his daily commute to Papendrecht.
During the first few months and even longer the expat
community lived in various hotels and some holiday homes...
and many of us spent months in either the Colombus Hotel
(downtown Antwerp) or the Van der Valk’s Wouwse Tol (close to
Hilde Vandenbroucke, one of the secretaries distributing metres of telexes
Simply Seatrade March 2008 15
Zeebrugge, Flushing and Rotterdam, we suddenly were so close
to our ships we couldn’t believe it!
Our today’s port captain Fokko Hulsof was sailing on the Lima
and Bero Vranic was working hard as master of the Tinganes
around the Norwegian fjords. The experience gained over hard
work and many voyages around the world is put to practice by
them daily when planning and executing many loads of cargo
on our ships worldwide. At the same time, Kor Wormeester was
sailing as captain on the Nautic, and Mark Jansen was regularly
on the Nickerie, both now with big responsibilities in Triton and
Enjoying a ‘Scaldis’ night on the town
Our black and white screen mainframe VAX computers were
Bergen op Zoom) with its highway roar and noisy heating system used only to send telexes and make voyage calculations, plus an
or the Dennenhof (Brasschaat) with its smelly sewage system. internal email system, which resembled very much today’s text
messaging SMS! The only PC was in fact sitting on the schedule
It gave people time to find their way around and choose the table and contained the precious Windows based BP Distance
right spot to live and send their kids to school, etcetera. Willy Table... and the calls from captains came either from the agents
Smit who came to help out for a few months somehow got so office, Satcom A (seldom, in view of cost and not all ships had it)
attached to Antwerp and its lifestyle, and ended up marrying or via PCH, Scheveningen Radio.
a Belgian in 1995, and Walter Wildöer decided to marry in
Antwerp’s city hall. Eildert van Slooten anchored on the left In April that year we hosted the entire Seatrade Groningen office
bank of Antwerp and has never left it again! for a weekend in Antwerp, including a boat tour around the port,
a small lunch in what at that time was called “Erno’s Cabin” on
Nothing can be more pleasant than sitting on a terrace in the ground floor of Atlantic House, and a very famous dinner
Antwerp on a Sunday morning sipping a cup of tea at the foot of at the “Pelgrom” restaurant which included pigeon, a typical
the Cathedral, watching people go by, reading a newspaper and Belgian delicacy. Apparently the pigeons had been caught in the
later taking a bolleke or two. Or the quasi-religious queue at the local market square, as they were so tough to eat that nobody
baker’s for the Sunday pistolekes (a crumbly roll), sipping a cup managed to finish their plate!
of coffee, compliments of the bakery.
15 years later a bunch of those 32 originals can still be found
That is what helped attract also some of those who came for daily at the Atlantic House - Luuk Bouwman, Yntze Buitenwerf,
a while to help set up the office and 15 years on are still in Katrijn Dehaen, Philip Gray, Willy Smit, Tilly Timmermans,
Antwerp... having their bank account with the only ING office Walter Wildöer and Ellen Woud.
in Belgium at the time, a small outfit in a back street where Together with many more colleagues we are at your service in
the manager was also the cashier! And still today we get that Seatrade Antwerp!
same incredible local service from that enormous bank: how
flabbergasted can you be if the bank comes to your office so you Seatrade Antwerp
can fill in forms and get your account opened in no time? Must
be Belgian service at work.
It also meant suddenly that Seatrade was so close to the
customers we soon ran out of meeting rooms, with permanent
crises as to where to put all the visitors. At the time (and some
even still today) the big boards and fruit organisations were
located in Belgium: Bananic, Geest, Enza, Great White Fleet,
Noboa, New Zealand Kiwi Marketing Board (today’s Zespri),
Capespan. Antwerp is of course only one hour from London
by plane and two hours from Paris and Amsterdam so at a
crossroads of anybody coming or going, plus at one hour from
Willy Smit with the late Arno Stocmans
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I am Ronnie Bondoc of mv Fortuna Bay, 38 years old, a
native of Bulacan, but grew up in Novaliches Quezon City,
Philippines. Seventeen years married and still happy until now
with four offspring, which live in the town I grew up in.
Back in my early days, when I was still at school, life wasn’t
that easy for me, because I came from a middle class family
and my parents sent me to a public school only. At that time
I was working, and at the same time studying until I reached
college where I took up the course bachelor of arts major in
hotel and restaurant management. I graduated with a lot of
hindrances, which came along the way. But, with courage and
determination I simply did it.
I graduated at Polytechnique University of the Philippines.
Then luckily I got work as a service crew in the Intercontinental
Hotel, and was put in the cold kitchen as chief. After my
contract in the hotel, I worked in the government as a liaison
officer for one year. Still my salary could not accommodate the
everyday living of my family.
So, looking for a greener pasture I decided to work on ships.
Serving on Japanese vessels as cook trainee, then mess boy.
After enough experience and skills in cooking, one of the Beef Morcon
Japanese captains decided to promote me to chief cook. I was
on the Japanese fleet for a long time. Then I decided to join the 1 kilogram beef round or rump, sliced (tapa) style
Seatrade fleet. Being new in this company I find it comfortable 2 regular size hotdog
and enjoy doing my work. 100 grams cheddar cheese, cut into 8 long strips
1 small carrot, cut into 4 strips
3 pickles, each cut into 4 strips
Ronnie Bondoc 2 eggs, hard-boiled and cut into 4 pcs lengthwise
mv Fortuna Bay
2 tbsp flour
2 cans (368g each) tomato sauce
Pound beef to flatten. Marinate in 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1
tbsp iodized salt/rock salt, with 1/4 tbsp pepper for 15
minutes. Divide ingredients for 2 meat rolls.
Starting on one end of meat, arrange in alternate rows:
hotdog, cheese, carrot, pickles, and egg. Roll and tie
strings (crocheting thread). Dredge rolled meat with flour,
then brown all sides in oil.
Add 1 cup of water and tomato sauce. Season with 1/3
tbsp iodized salt (or rock salt), cover and simmer over low
heat for 1.5 hour or until tender. Remove meat from sauce
and cool for 10 minutes, remove string, slice and then
return to sauce to simmer for 5 more minutes.
Ready to serve.
Simply Seatrade March 2008 17
Marítima del Norte’s beginnings go Through a subsidiary of Marítima del
back to 1957 when its first vessels, Norte, the Group was the first in Spain
four 1600mt general cargo ships, were to be involved in the anchor handling
commissioned. These were engaged / tug supply boat business. Four units
in a liner trade between Spain, North were built and operated for several
Africa and Northern Europe, and this years until eventually sold: “Amapola”,
traffic lasted until 1972. During these “Amatista”, “Gallardo” and “Galante”.
years a number of newbuildings were
incorporated, including the first ro-ro Of course, one of the main chapters
vessel ever built in Spain. Between 1962 in the book of Marítima del Norte’s history would have to be
and 1964 Marítima del Norte was also active in a regular line dedicated to the reefer business. In the early 60’s the Spanish
between Spain and Cuba, employing four vessels. trawler fleet started operating further and further away from the
Spanish fishing grounds, and MdN foresaw that, by offering
Over its 50 year existence, MdN’s strategy has been to get them a full service, covering not only the transport of their
involved in specialised sectors within the international maritime catches but also the supply of “pertrechos” (i.e. spare parts,
transportation business where a high degree of skill, together provisions, etc), this would mean huge savings for the fishing
with a special commitment to quality service, are required. companies, by not needing to have their trawlers return to their
base port to unload every thirty to forty days. This new concept
One of such activities has been gas transportation. In 1963 MdN did not only mean savings, but also allowed them to look for
started a joint venture with the fertilizer company Fertiberia, and new fishing grounds in more distant areas.
ordered the “Deneb”, the first criogenic gas carrier ever built in
Spain, which transported over 100,000 tons of ammonia in a In 1964, MdN made its first move into the reefer sector by
Spanish coastal trade between 1964 and 1980. converting two of its small general cargo units into fully
refrigerated vessels, and started a line between Spain and the
In 1968 MdN joined with Catalana de Gas (today, Gas Natural) Gulf of Guinea, where transhipments would take place. Over
to form Naviera de Productos Licuados. This company was once the years, and always maintaining the same philosophy of not
again fully managed by MdN, and owned offering merely transport capacity but a full service to the trawler
/ operated two ships: “Sant Jordi” and fleet, new lines were started to cover their needs in Angola,
“Laietà”. The former was the first ethylene Namibia, South Africa and all the way to Mozambique.
carrier ever built in Spain and traded in
Europe, America and the Far East until At the same time, tuna purse seiners started operating first in
sold in 1988. The latter is a Liquefied the Gulf of Guinea, and at a later stage in the Pacific and Indian
Natural Gas (LNG) carrier and has always Oceans, and there too MdN’s reefers followed to service their
traded in the Mediterranean (loading needs. It might be worth mentioning that, as part of this, MdN
in Libya and Algeria, and unloading in bought and operated for a number of years the only reefer
Spanish, French and Italian receiving storage facility in the west coast of Panama, mainly dedicated
terminals), being fully owned by MdN to store tuna in transit to Europe.
since 1990. Last October 2007 the vessel
had its Condition Assessment Programme During all this process, MdN incorporated newly built reefers
(CAP) Level One Certificate renewed, a to these lines, specifically designed to satisfy the needs of the
truly outstanding achievement for a 37- trawlers, including the capacity to supply them with gas oil,
year old LNG carrier. which in some areas was of critical importance.
This fruitful relationship with Catalana At one point many of the traditional Spanish fishing companies
de Gas led to the creation of another started forming joint ventures with locals in South America:
joint venture between these two companies: Terquimsa. This Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Falklands..., and there was a new
was a non-shipping related business, dedicated to the storage demand for the service already provided in Africa. And so a new
of chemical products, and by the time Marítima sold its 50% line was started by MdN to cover that area in the early 80’s.
share, twenty years later, it had grown to become Spain’s biggest It was then when MdN and Seatrade first crossed their ways,
in this sector. starting what has been a long-lasting relationship, first as
18 Simply Seatrade March 2008
maríTima del norTe
Marítima del Norte’s offices in Madrid Sierra Lara
competitors fighting for the same cargoes, and then as collaborators. Another well known
company in the reefer business, Hispafrio, played an important part at this stage, helping to get
both parties together in order to rationalise the South American service, to the mutual benefit
of Owners and cargo interests. At the other end of the Atlantic, in Argentina, the ones in charge
of making everything work on their side were also old friends of both groups: Oceanida.
MdN eventually retreated from this traffic, but the relationship between them and Seatrade
strengthened over the years, and proof of this is the presence of “Sierra Loba” and “Sierra
Laurel” in the list of Seatrade Pool vessels.
Sierra Leyre At this moment, Marítima’s LNG carrier Laietà is on time charter to Gas Natural and trading
in the Mediterranean, and as for the reefers, some are still active in successfully servicing
the trawler fleet operating in South Africa, Namibia, Angola and Senegal, while the rest of its
vessels trade worldwide, two under time charter to Green Chartering and two as part of the
The Marítima del Norte Group is also involved in a number of non-shipping activities, an
important one being the car selling business, owning and managing one of Toyota’s biggest
dealers in Spain, as well as the only Lexus dealership in Madrid (with a market share of over
25% of all Lexus cars sold in Spain).
Javier & Inigo Sendagorta
Simply Seatrade March 2008 19
scales oF JusTice
Package Limitation - how does it work?
Mark Twain once said that a classic novel was one that
everybody talked about but nobody had read. The same is
(partly) true of package limitation. Although it’s a relatively
simple concept, it is not unusual for people who are regularly
involved in shipping to be unaware of its operation and
Shipping has always been dangerous and was even more so in
the past. Although not a “commercial” expedition in the modern
sense, the following can serve as an example. Francis Drake’s
expedition in 1577 started with five vessels and soon added a
sixth. Of the six vessels, three were lost and two had to return to
England early. As a consequence only the Golden Hind completed
the full voyage and returned on 26 September 1580. Even though
most of the vessels and a significant part of the sailors involved
might disagree, the voyage was a success and the queen’s share of
the profit (or plunder if you ask the Spanish) exceeded the rest of
the crown’s income for that year. Income aside, it should be noted
that one in six vessels completed the voyage and, if we consider
the vessels that returned early, only 50% of the vessels survived
With the risks involved, it is not surprising that early shipowners
attempted to exclude liability altogether. It was not unusual for clauses1. The Hague Rules of 1924 also prohibits non-responsibility
vessels to set sail never to return, so cargo was carried without clauses and included a maximum limitation of £100 sterling per
guarantees. At first shipowners inserted non-responsibility clauses package or unit. The Visby Rules of 1968 increased the limitation
in their Bills of Lading. Later, as shipping evolved and became to 10,000 Poincaré gold francs (P.g.f.)2 per package or unit or
30 P.g.f. per kilogram. The equivalent in local currency had to be
decided by the courts on a case-by-case basis. This conversion
was not always fast or easy and was one of the reasons for the
adoption of a simpler system. The Visby Protocol of 1979 replaced
Poincaré gold francs by Special Drawing Rights3 (SDR) and set
package limitation for the Hague-Visby rules at 666.67 SDR per
package or 2 SDR per kilo.
Cargo conventions have continued to increase the package
limitation. The Hamburg Rules of 1978 define the limitation at
835 SDR per package or 2.5 SDR per kilo and the Multimodal
Convention of 1980 set the limit at 920 and 2.75 SDR’s
What exactly constitutes a package or unit has been much debated.
It has even been argued that a 20’ or 40’ container, described
as an element designed to carry goods, is in fact a package.
Fortunately for cargo claimants, most courts have rejected this
safer, a compromise was reached and certain limitations agreed. idea. Unfortunately however, although there is some consensus
Modern legislation such as the US Harter Act of 1893 and the (rejecting the idea of a container being a package for example),
Canadian Water-Carriage of Goods Act of 1910 did not contain the exact definition of package and ”unit” is still discussed and no
package limitation provisions but voided non-responsibility worldwide consensus has been reached.
TETLEY, William, Marine Cargo claims 3rd edition 1988
The Poincaré gold franc was defined as 65.5 milligrammes of gold of a millesimal fineness of 900 ́.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) defines the SDR value. On 18-01-08 1 SDR = 1.5808 USD
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The discussion is by no means a minor one since it has a direct
In the Netherlands, the game of “sjoelen” probably was
impact on the limitation amount. This problem can be illustrated
invented by the end of the 19th century. The game consists
as follows: a pallet containing 50 large boxes each containing
of having to slide 30 wooden pucks down a six feet table,
24 small boxes is lost overboard and we wish to calculate the
attempting to get them through four arches numbered 1
applicable limitation. Should we consider the unit (pallet), the
through 4. The idea is to get an even number of pucks
50 large boxes or the 1200 small boxes? Or should we consider
through each arch, as each set of pucks in all four com-
the weight of the pallet (1,000 kgs)? If we apply the Hague-Visby
partments scores for 20 points.
limits we obtain the following results: Pallet = 666.67 SDR, large
boxes = 33,333.5 SDR, small boxes = 800,004 SDR and kilo
The game is massively popular in The Netherlands, but
limitation = 2,000 SDR.
also is widely known in Belgium as well as in Germany,
where it is known as Jakkolo.
Fortunately the cargo conventions offer some assistance and state
that the higher limit (between the package and kilo limitation must
The wooden “sjoelbak” boards are handcrafted out of
be applied). The definition of package, however, will be decided
quality wood, and in The Netherlands it is quite common
by the Court or Arbitrator respectively. One thing is clear though:
that boards are handed down from generation to genera-
if there is a difference between the limitation calculated per kilo
and per package the higher of the two must be applied. This is
of great importance for owners of large “packages” like a yacht,
helicopter or car where, if this rule didn’t exist, the carrier would Costa Rican ‘sjoel’ championship
be able to limit his liability at 2 SDR’s (3.16 USD - the limit per The “Club Holandes de Costa Rica’ (Dutch Club of Costa
package under Hague Visby). Not a very impressive settlement Rica) organizes each year in January a ‘sjoel’ champion-
amount at the best of times! ship, which is mostly held at the Bougainville Hotel out-
side San Jose.
How does all this work in practice? The first thing that must be
clarified is what set of rules or cargo convention applies. This On 20 January, five teams competed against each other.
will usually be determined by the contract (Bill of Lading for After 4 hours of playing, five players entered the final
example). Once this has been done, the carrier must determine round. Initially, Seatrade Costa Rica’s Pieter Hartog
whether invoking the package (or kilo) limitation has a practical appeared to become the new 2008 champion, but 2007
effect or not. Often the limitation is not invoked because the winner Folkert Hoekstra managed to score 1 (one) point
limit exceeds the value of the cargo. This is usually the case with more, and thus maintained the champion’s title.
fruit. The limit for a pallet with 48 boxes of bananas weighing
a total of 960 kgs is 32,000 SDR if calculated per package and
1,920 SDR calculated by kilo. Using the above rules the higher
limit applies so the Carrier can limit his liability at 50,560 USD.
Not a very useful limitation with the current banana prices! The
situation is different for small, high-value goods such as digital
cameras or notebook computers or for large items such as the
yacht mentioned previously that can easily exceed the limitation
Although package limitation is not invoked very often and is
sometimes forgotten, it remains an important part of the shipping
world and should be kept in mind by owners of high value cargoes
who are exposed to finding their claims limited to amounts
significantly lower than the commercial value of the goods. This
risk can be mitigated or avoided -at a premium- by purchasing
cargo insurance for the commercial value of the cargo.
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carnival in germany
I trust that many of you do connect carnival with South America, the Caribbean and Venice. But did you know that carnival
has also a long tradition in Germany? Of course, carnival is celebrated in a different way than for example in Brazil, where
hot-blooded Samba ladies are dancing through the streets.
Carnival is a pagan rite and much older than Christianity.
Originally it was a custom to banish the ghosts of darkness.
People wore awful masks and made a lot of noise while
walking to their town. In this way, the Goddess of Fertility was
honoured and the beginning of spring celebrated. During the
Christianization, where one was trying to alter pagan rituals,
Carnival was the beginning of the Lenten season and even today
the end of Carnival means the beginning of Lent.
During the medieval times, Carnival was the only time when
Jester could safely make fun of kings and rules. That’s why the
Jester became a symbol for Carnival and even today the fifth
season is the traditional time for political satire.
Officially Carnival starts on 11 November, exactly at 11:11,
when the Prince and Princess are being presented.. Each town,
where Carnival is celebrated, has its own Carnival association
which is electing a Prince and Princess every year. The Prince is
accompanied by his own guard that shall remind of the tradition
The Thursday prior Ash Wednesday is called “Weiberfastnacht”,
what can be translated as women’s carnival night. On this day,
women are traditionally allowed to kiss any man they want to,
and cut off the tie of any man. Some years ago, a gentleman
who was not familiar with the Carnival customs, made a report
against a lady, who cut off his high-price designer tie. Needless
to say that the claim was denied at a local court.
Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), the 42nd day before Easter, is
the traditional day for Carnival parades. Lots of floats that are
not only beautiful but also represent satirical, political and
traditional topics, parade through the city, accompanied by lots
of musicians (mostly brass instrumentalists) and even dancers.
As the parade passes by, the costumed revellers aboard pelt the
street crowds with throws and sweets.
Although carnival is not widely celebrated in Ost Friesland, in
the Triton office it is becoming a tradition to cut ties. Until now
there was only one lucky guy who received a new model tie, but
we are starting to like it so perhaps next year all those with a tie
will not escape this tradition!
24 Simply Seatrade March 2008
Daily delivery of a newspaper
on ships’ doorsteps
TEAMtalk Satellite has supplied crew of Triton Schiffahrts
GmbH with daily newspapers since July 2007.
TEAMtalk Satellite is based in Liverpool, England, with a
subsidiary office in Fort Lauderdale, USA, and has provided
ships with multi-national newspapers since 1985.
TEAMtalk Satellite’s newspaper service is called News On-
Board SatNews and is now read by crew on over 3000
merchant ships around the world. Many new crew titles have
been added to the portfolio in the last six months, including
Romanian, Pakistani, Ukrainian and Turkish. Providing crew Liverpool by day
with the SatNews service reflects the ship management
company’s desire to make crew welfare a priority by boosting Aside from newspapers, TEAMtalk Satellite also provides ships
morale with news from home. with messaging software and is currently in the process of
launching a customised radio system for crew as well as an
entertainment package which provides international films,
sport, music and books to crew.
Triton Schiffahrts’ Account Manager is Katie Benson. Katie
is Triton’s direct contact for the service TEAMtalk Satellite
provides and is responsible for setting up accounts for new
ships to receive the newspapers, informing the company of
new products and generally maintaining a pleasant working
relationship with Triton.
Liverpool by night
TEAMtalk’s newspapers are also read by crew on yachts,
passengers on cruise ships and guests in luxury hotels around
the world: in fact, the papers are read by approximately
250,000 people around the world, every day!
Most of the world’s countries are covered by TEAMtalk’s
newspapers. A total of 31 countries and 2 large regions (Asia
Pacific and South America) are covered in individual papers,
whilst the remaining countries of the world are included in the
8-page ‘International’ newspaper.
TEAMtalk Satellite employs 35 members of staff, with 22 of
those working as editors, and the majority being able to speak
at least one foreign language.
Katie Benson, Triton’s contact at TEAMtalk
Simply Seatrade March 2008 25
Bates Cargo-Pak airbags take the pressure! The Bates Cargo-Pak story
Damage to cargo could happen during loading, transportation, The history of Bates Cargo-Pak goes back to 1975, when the
and/or discharging of frozen and refrigerated cargo carried by first airbags made of paper were launched into the market.
sea. The valve systems were similar to the ones used on car tyres
and not very easy to work with. It was hard to understand how
It has always been a very important issue to keep the damages to inflated air could keep cargo secured during transit. It was a
an absolute minimum and the main focus during the last years new concept and very difficult to change the behaviour of
has been to reduce claims in all processes, and by creating those using traditional dunnage materials.
clear instructions how to handle cargo in the correct way.
When airbags were launched into the car industry mentalities
Reducing damage claims to zero changed, and potential users began to understand the idea of
is mainly influenced by the type bracing with air. At the same time containerisation developed
of equipment used, and the skill of rapidly and because of the use of euro pallets, airbags became
the operators, and this can change the ideal product to use. Bates Cargo-Pak has strived to be a
on various ships and in ports frontrunner providing solutions and creating value in a world
worldwide. becoming more and more intermodal.
Bates Cargo-Pak airbags used for cargo Bates Cargo-Pak is located in Aalborg, in the north of Denmark,
protection during transportation, and originated in the production of multiwall paper bags for
have been one of the key securing all kind of industrial use. Bates Cargo-Pak airbags are a unique
Bates Cargo-Pak plant
materials used by Seatrade for nearly product and the result of many years of experience and intensive
in Aalborg, Denmark
25 years. Safeguarding the cargo is product development. Today, Bates Cargo-Pak is represented by
based on a simple idea: Airbags are distributors in approximately 50 countries worldwide.
placed in the gaps between cargo and
inflated with air, thus securing and Introduction to Seatrade in 1984
stabilizing the cargo during transit! I clearly remember the first meeting with Seatrade in Holland
back in 1984. One of the Seatrade port captains called me for
What is an airbag? an urgent demonstration of Bates Cargo-Pak as he had seen the
Bates Cargo-Pak airbags are made use of our airbags in other places. He had faced some serious
from various layers of paper, film and damage claims and was considering our airbags as a new
a patented valve system. solution onboard the vessels.
The airbags must be strong enough
to withstand even the most extreme I packed my Peugeot 205 with a compressor and a number of
stress loads. Special paper with high airbags in various sizes. The reefer business was a very new
wet strength makes Bates Cargo-Pak and virgin industry for our company, so airbag type and size
totally unique. A high friction value still had to be determined. I met up in the far out location of
ensures the airbags stay in place even IJmuiden, Holland on a very windy and cold day of March.
over long distances and rough seas.
Quick inflation with airgun
My equipment was lifted onboard and approximately 15
The film inside the airbag ensures people were gathered on deck for the first introduction to the
they remain “airtight”, even during airbag concept within Seatrade. The airbag was at that time a
long transit times. The valve and revolution, mainly replacing lumber and timber or in some
tools allow the fastest inflation and cases where there was no use of any securing materials.
deflation times -simple and easy to
operate for multiple use. After a couple of hours onboard answering the many questions
The airbags are made from recyclable I began my journey home. Mobile telephones were not used at
materials and can be disposed of that time, so the feedback from the demo came more indirect.
with no negative impact on the Before I reached the German border a shipment of nine pallets
Release of air for multiple use environment. was ordered by telex for the first real use of airbags within
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Seatrade. The ideal overall size on the filling equipment, rough handling and storage and with
and dimension of 100x185cm in practical experience, adjustments have been made over time.
our Heavy range was decided on
for future use. Thanks to the professional staff of Seatrade, we are able to
continue our reliable, loyal and high quality based service -
This was the start up of a very close being your preferred choice every time!
working relationship between
our two companies which We are proud to be on board and we thank you once again.
continues after nearly 25 years. No more, no less. “Your cargo – our commitment”.
Bates Cargo-Pak used in cargo stowage
Over the years we have seen
Seatrade expand their activities
enormously, and it has been one On behalf of “team Cargo-Pak”
of our biggest challenges, but a
pleasure to deal with such a great Finn Aagaard
Sales and Marketing manager
company and people.
Handling of the Seatrade
Through many years of co-
operation and experience with the
Securing big bags of vegetables Seatrade staff of Fleet Support, we
understand the demand for quick, More than an airbag,
reliable delivery and service. We or how it was not intended to be used…
keep buffer materials in stock
for urgent supply and through
our international network of
services we are able to supply the
demands of Seatrade’s fleet.
In building up the cargo securing
manuals onboard of the vessels,
Bates Cargo-Pak contributed in
our products must comply with
standards set by authorities across the globe.
Bates airbags are made
of recyclable materials;
here is one
way to recycle the plas
From a stowage point of view some basic rules have been tic lining...
important when using airbags. Together with the Seatrade
technical staff, we made some clear instructions to the users:
“Cargo-Pak should always be placed as close to the middle of
the hold as possible. This will equal the pressure coming from
“By testing and calculation of forces and impact, another
rule of thumb had been developed: Airbags should never be
inflated in a gap larger than 30 cm onboard reefer vessels”.
By inspecting the vessels on a regular basis we always try to and recline in
Take a break,
improve the use and benefits of using our airbags. By focusing
Simply Seatrade March 2008 27
From managing yourself to leadership in five days
For a week in February, fourteen senior Officers and five delegates from
the Seatrade Antwerp and Groningen offices, and the Triton office in Leer
gathered in the Philippines to attend the first trial session of the Leadership
Management Development Program (LMDP).
that position. Senior Officers however are
usually left to learn by trial and error while
their position is certainly not less demanding
than that of their shore based colleagues. This NATASHA Team presenting their Case Analysis
training is meant to give them support.
improved and it is the intention to run several
In addition to management and behavioural courses per year until all senior Officers have
skills, the participants were challenged with participated.
several case studies provided by Antwerp,
and the technical, operations and the crewing Seatrade Philippines
departments of Groningen and Leer. All
cases were based on real incidents that
have occurred in the past and the teams of The course contents (after review) are now:
participants were challenged to come up with Day 1: How to manage yourself: Insight
their evaluation of the case in front of a panel in how everyone is different, and
Kor Wormmeester: “All the answers to your
questions are found in this piece of artifact“ of experts. Despite the gruesome questioning how this can impact our working
by the panel, all teams managed to defend their environment.
Day 2: Management skills:
This five-day intensive program was developed
in co-operation with Meralco Foundation Inc.,
meeting conduct, teamwork and
Seatrade’s partner in providing customized
training in the Philippines. The course
Day 3: How to deal with workload: Stress,
was conducted at the prestigious Meralco time management, planning and
Management Learning and Development delegation
Center in the hills around Manila. Day 4: How to develop others: Evaluating
and giving feedback, coaching and
Day 5: Leadership & Case studies
Case Study Panel of Interrogators
assessment of the case
and passed the test with
Team LUZON STRAIGHT in action
To the credit of the even
The course was opened by Triton’s Crew enthusiastic facilitator
Manager Kor Wormmeester. He explained Godofredo San Juan,
the purpose of the course, which is to provide the days flew by and
senior staff on board with an insight how they at the end of the week
can make a difference, and to further enhance all participants agreed
the management skills of sea staff. that they had learned
a lot from the course
When office staff get into management and each other. Based
positions, they usually receive the necessary on this trial run, the
coaching and training to prepare them for course will be further
The LMDP graduates outside Training Center
28 Simply Seatrade March 2008
neW oFFice in
sporTs page neW Zealand
Seatrade New Zealand celebrated the commencement of its tenth
year with the opening of a new office in Tauranga.
On 11 March Marnix van Overklift, Chairman of Seatrade, offi-
cially opened the new Seatrade office for New Zealand. Its loca-
tion is adjacent to the Port of Mount Maunganui, New Zealand’s
largest export port. The move from Auckland follows the recent
successful five-year extension to the partnership with Mount
Maunganui based kiwifruit charterers, Zespri International.
Cutting the ribbon
In his welcome speech, Michael stressed his belief in managing a
‘people focused operation’ as with variations in schedules and the
strong market share based competition from container lines we
need and indeed have a wide range of customers that appreciate
The new Seatrade office in Mount Maunganui
our Liner Service - not simply based on rates, but with a great deal
The office is very close to the kiwifruit loading berth and each
year Seatrade plans to load the equivalent of twenty vessels with “We work hard to install a very simple philosophy at Seatrade
palletised kiwifruit. The office is also at easydriving distance to New Zealand; a belief that if all of our employees come to work
Seatrade’s other key customer, ENZA International Ltd., based near each day to make a positive difference in the lives of the people
the port of Napier. they interact with - be it colleagues, customers or suppliers and
if we share a common personality built on simple ideas of treat-
The opening ceremony was supported by our wide range of NZ ing everyone as a friend, having a can-do attitude, people being
customers, as well as the two cornerstone charterers for the Liner themselves, and sharing their sense and love for New Zealand,
Service, Zespri and ENZA. International guests included the Sea- then we will have a great shipping service and a great business”
trade agents and stevedores from Noumea and Tahiti as well as said Michael.
friends from Japan; Mr Higashi and Mr Y. Ikeda from the Kitanihon
Shipbuilding Co Ltd Five of the six staff originally working in Auckland made the trans-
were accompanied fer to Tauranga with the other tied to Auckland with her husband’s
by Mr S. Ohno of Toei business.
Shipping Ltd, and Mr
Seatrade New Zealand
Taki Ikeda of East West
The move to Tauran-
ga was warmly sup-
ported by both cus-
tomers and the Port
of Tauranga who also
made a presentation
to Michael Evans of
Seatrade New Zea-
The New Zealand team; f.l.t.r. (back) Andre
Marigold, Marnix van Overklift, Mike Evans and Friends from Japan: Y. Ikeda and T. Higashi of Kitanihon;
Dave Southwood, (front) Kevin Appleton, Natalie S. Ohno of Toei Shipping; Marnix van Overklift; T. Ikeda of East West
Radovanovich, Lisa Kirkpatrick and Jane Hayes Navigation and Mike Evans
Simply Seatrade March 2008 29
games & puZZle
Send in & win
Where on earth are you now?
1. You are standing within the ruins of the ancient birthplace of one of the largest international sporting events on the planet.
2. You are a slave and you did something that the highest person in the palace did not like, so you have been commanded to
clean the whole palace, which is unfortunately the largest palace in the world.
3. You’re working in a television-transmitting tower, which is the tallest tower in the world. Which country are you in?
Crack the code (Sudoku)
This puzzle is played over a 9x9 grid, in each row there are 9 slots, some of them are empty and need to be filled. Fill in the
grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. The number should appear only once
in a row, column or box. Below you find two Sudoku puzzles. In each of the below Sudoku puzzles three slots are coloured.
When you have found the numbers in one or both puzzles, you will have three-digit codes (composed by the numbers in the
coloured slots, starting top left and - moving horizontally - ending bottom right). Send us either one or both codes, and you
might be the lucky winner of an exclusive Seatrade watch!
1 6 4 7 8 7 6 4 1
7 3 2 9 8 5 6
2 7 5 1 5
5 8 3 7 1 5 3
3 9 1 5 9 3 5
6 8 3 2 8 2
6 5 7 7 2
7 3 8 2 4 1 8
2 9 7 5 6 9 4 5 7
Join the competition: Send us the The answers of the puzzle and trivia in the December 2007
Codes and/or the answers to the issue were:
Puzzle: easy code = 352 / hard code = 332
Trivia by either E-mail or post, and
Trivia: 1) Portsmouth; 2) Ionian Sea; 3) Irkutsk
try to win one of three Seatrade
watches! The winners are C/E E. Hupsel, mv Joint Frost (puzzle
Deadline for your response is - easy), Suzanne Marien (puzzle - hard) and Ale Bouma
15 May 2008. The names of the (trivia). They will all receive a beautiful Seatrade watch.
winners will be published in the
June issue of Simply Seatrade. Send us your response to this issue’s puzzles and win yourself!
Address: Seatrade Reefer Chartering NV, Attn.: Editorial Team “Simply Seatrade”, PO Box 10.012, 2030 Antwerp 3, Belgium
Send us your response to this issue’s puzzles and win a beautiful Seatrade watch, which is exclusive to winners of the puzzles in Simply Seatrade!
30 Simply Seatrade March 2008
Vessels operated by Seatrade Reefer Chartering N.V.
Vessel Cbft Sqm Built Vessel Cbft Sqm Built Vessel Cbft Sqm Built
Lombok Strait 626,011 7,341 2002 Runaway Bay 516,227 5,852 1992 Khorol 271,739 3,045 1990
Luzon Strait 626,011 7,341 2002 Aconcagua Bay 512,361 5,894 1992 Kraskino 270,252 3,045 1990
Nagoya Bay 490,178 5,608 1983 Dalnegorsk 270,237 3,046 1990
Atlantic Reefer 600,558 6,870 1998 Nova Caledonia 263,003 2,946 1986
Pacific Reefer 600,202 6,869 1999 Cloudy Bay 476,950 5,481 1984 Fiona 272,314 3,209 1986
Storm Bay 476,278 5,484 1983 Nostalgic 265,245 3,209 1986
Hansa Stockholm 590,654 6,687 1991 Everest Bay 449,201 5,219 1989 Neerlandic 265,245 3,209 1985
Hansa Lübeck 590,654 6,687 1990 Whitney Bay 449,175 5,208 1990 Aqua Fruit 265,245 3,209 1983
Hansa Visby 587,974 6,653 1989 Changuinola Bay 440,365 4,862 1988 Breiz Klipper 265,246 3,144 1991
Hansa Bremen 587,974 6,653 1989 Kailash 440,016 4,861 1988 Holland Klipper 261,262 2,961 1989
Koala Bay 438,802 4,917 1984 Goyen 261,262 2,961 1987
Royal Klipper 580,754 6,613 2000 Glacier Bay 435,491 5,047 1985 Sierra Laurel 260,050 2,925 1998
Comoros Stream 580,754 6,613 2000 Sable Bay 435,491 5,047 1983 Sierra Loba 260,050 2,925 1997
Kasuga Bay 433,013 4,804 1984
Polarstream 564,280 6,495 1999 Yasaka Bay 432,949 4,803 1983 Nova Zeelandia 238,985 2,684 1986
Polarlight 564,160 6,493 1998 Kashima Bay 432,831 4,805 1984 New Takatsuki 237,136 2,552 1991
Izumo Bay 432,756 4,803 1983 Nova Bretagne 236,869 2,535 1990
Elsebeth 549,326 6,226 1998 Atlantic Hope 412,215 4,677 1984 Nova Australia 234,651 2,656 1984
Emerald 548,718 6,244 2000 Pioneer Bay 411,868 4,677 1982 Nova Flandria 233,573 2,562 1990
Elvira 548,666 6,244 2000 Royal Bay 413,501 4,343 1979 Polestar 233,432 2,561 1990
Esmeralda 548,643 6,243 1999 Royal Reefer 410,890 4,343 1979 Euro Star 230,745 2,537 1984
Royal Cooler 410,468 4,343 1979 Nova Terra 230,014 2,535 1985
Pacific Mermaid 540,572 6,075 1992 Hudson Bay 409,295 4,794 1983
Atlantic Mermaid 540,026 6,066 1992 Antigua 199,618 2,213 1991
Tasman Mermaid 539,670 6,068 1993 Lake Phoenix 393,291 4,539 1992 Antilla 199,618 2,213 1990
Caribbean Mermaid 539,648 6,068 1993 River Phoenix 394,396 4,538 1993 Aruba 199,618 2,213 1990
Coral Mermaid 539,634 6,066 1992 Sea Phoenix 394,255 4,543 1992 New Hayatsuki 192,443 2,298 1990
Summer Phoenix 393,855 4,535 1993 New Hirotsuki 192,368 2,297 1990
Timor Stream 535,112 6,004 1998 Marine Phoenix 393,429 4,541 1994 Nickerie 190,525 2,213 1985
Agulhas Stream 535,109 6,004 1998 Asiatic 191,810 2,144 1986
Benguela Stream 535,109 6,004 1998 Prince of Streams 428,618 4,613 1993 Arctic 187,535 2,029 1983
Klipper Stream 535,109 6,004 1998 Prince of Sounds 419,896 4,521 1993 Antarctic 185,739 2,014 1982
Discovery Bay 534,246 5,922 1997 Prince of Waves 402,900 4,569 1993 Adriatic 182,510 2,006 1984
Prince of Tides 402,574 4,546 1993
Southern Bay 535,093 5,924 1997 Pacific 398,470 4,736 1996 Spitsbergen 154,655 1,802 1982
Eastern Bay 533,899 5,915 1997 Prince of Seas 371,412 4,121 1993 Ice Flowers 145,005 1,259 1977
Hope Bay 531,764 5,939 1996 Cool Express 362,350 4,312 1994 Ishikari 139,960 1,253 1984
Mexican Bay 532,061 6,351 1994 Badrinath 373,776 4,012 1987 Joint Frost 139,335 998 1979
Fortuna Bay 532,061 6,351 1993 Kedarnath 372,951 4,008 1986
Eagle Bay 527,422 5,853 1992 Tama Hope 350,922 3,802 1986 Non-Pool vessels managed by Seatrade Groningen B.V.
Condor Bay 527,401 5,856 1990 Tama Star 350,922 3,802 1987 -Reefers-
Buzzard Bay 526,909 5,852 1992 Vessel Cbft Sqm Built
Hawk Bay 526,764 5,851 1992 Bristol Bay 355,438 3,826 1984 Cala Pino 720,000 7,781 1999/2007
Falcon Bay 525,925 5,839 1993 Boston Bay 355,393 3,826 1983 Cala Pula 720,000 7,781 1999/2006
Frio Hellenic 499,546 5,898 1999 Barents Bay 354,958 3,814 1984 Cala Palma 720,000 7,781 2000/2007
Tasman Bay 333,081 3,543 1989 Cala Pedra 720,000 7,781 2000/2007
Santa Catharina 463,986 5,140 2000
Santa Maria 463,963 5,140 1999 Salica Frigo 336,436 3,685 2001 -Container vessels-
Santa Lucia 463,652 5,140 1999 Cape Vincente 300,124 3,441 1991 Vessel TEU DWAT Built
Cold Stream 456,785 5,217 1994 Cape Passero 300,124 3,441 1991 Cala Pancaldo 2,700 37,212 2007
Spring Tiger 470,494 5,569 1984 Sun Beauty 306,983 3,368 1983 Cala Portofino 1,730 23,051 2002
Spring Bear 466,871 5,543 1985 Nova Galicia 305,010 3,364 1983 Cala Ponente 1,730 23,051 2002
Spring Panda 461,816 5,534 1984 White Dolphin 300,996 3,282 1988 Cala Positano 1,730 23,023 1997
Spring Bok 461,106 5,535 1984 Nova Florida 298,320 3,512 1989
Spring Bob 460,895 5,540 1984 Nova Francia 298,217 3,514 1989 all particulars believed to be correct but not guaranteed
Spring Dragon 454,207 5,414 1984 Nova Friesia 296,538 3,161 1987
Spring Deli 453,088 5,410 1984 New Breeze 293,044 2,966 1983 Status 17 March 2008
Simply Seatrade March 2008 31
The Thermostat Wars
Simply Seatrade is the corporate magazine of the Seatrade group of companies, published quarterly in March, June, September and December
front of the building with a leaf blower. There are two large
Me: It’s freezing in here. I’m turning up the heat? palm trees in front of the building and nothing else. If you’ve
Bob: Nooo, it’s too hot. Don’t touch that thing. seen a typical palm tree, they don’t easily shed leaves. Leaves
or not, the handyman is out there every morning with his
And so the thermostat war has started anew in our office. It’s leaf blower. One morning I asked the handyman what was
the same fight almost every day. However, this time of year behind this obsession. He said he didn’t know, but he felt
results in near hourly skirmishes. Winter in Florida can see so guilty about wasting time that he started bringing leaves
temperature extremes from an early morning low of -2ºC up from home and dumping them in front of the building first-
to a mid afternoon high in excess of +30ºC. thing every morning – just so he would have something to
do. There are no oak trees within a good kilometer of the
Exasperating the problem in the office is the crazy landlord. building, but I’ll be damned if there aren’t oak leaves stuck to
In the winter, he sets the thermostat to kick on the heat when my windshield every evening.
the room temperature drops below +16ºC. I don’t know
about the rest of you, but my blood has thinned quite a bit The landlord recently had the building common areas and
in the 20+ years I’ve lived in Florida and that’s bloody cold hallways redecorated. The hallways now have a wallpaper of
working conditions. That’s a temperature more conducive deep forest green and new carpeting, which - I am not kidding
to curing beef. In fact, I’ve been considering subletting the - is in the design of vines and leaves. Any day now, I expect
conference room to a local butcher. that the handyman will be running up and down the halls with
his leaf blower.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I can just imagine all the crocodile tears
dampening these pages... How dare those Floridians, complain Every time I run across the landlord, he asks me the same
about the cold. It’s not all paradise. We spend all summer question: How’s business? Any new reefers? He winks
dodging hurricanes and now the heat wars start. While I can when he says the word “reefer”, as if implying something
understand the landlord’s interest in saving money on heat in indecent. He gets a tremendous kick out of the Joint Frost
the winter, his summer logic is completely the polar opposite. picture hanging in the office – chuckling again, when he
He’s got the thermostat programmed to keep pumping out says the word “Joint”. He’s fascinated by my frequent travels
cold air until the room temperature falls below +19ºC. Maybe through Amsterdam. He’ll jokingly ask if I’ve been to any
he’s already got the third floor leased out to that butcher after good coffee houses. Maybe this has something to do with
all? his leaf fetish? Next time he comes to check the thermostat
- which coincidentally is on the wall behind my desk, I think
Of course, the office thermostat is locked and of course, I’ll put a picture of a marijuana leaf on my computer desktop.
we’ve figured out how to “pick” the lock. Going on nearly 10 That should distract him from the thermostat.
years and the landlord still hasn’t figured this out. He’ll come
down a couple of times a month to check on the thermostat. Howard Posner
He’ll ask us if anyone has touched it and we give the standard Seatrade USA
reply: No sir, you’ve got the key. He’ll then curse his assistant
under his breath, sure that the stupid woman couldn’t program
a toaster. He then drags her back down to our office and
proceeds to give her a 15-minute lecture on the proper way
to program a thermostat. I know it sounds mean, but he goes
through three or four of these assistants each year, so it’s
not like these women wouldn’t eventually
up and leave any way.
The landlord is a bit
certifiable. He’s got a fetish
about leaves. Every morning,
he has the handyman out in
Simply Seatrade December 2007