Globelink West Star Shipping's Middle East Presence

Globelink West Star Shipping has strong presence in Kuwait (Established in the year 2009), Qatar (Established in the year 2012) and Saudi Arabia (Established in the year 2018) . Oil rich countries like Saudi Arabia & Kuwait as well as Qatar backed by 3rd largest natural gas reserves in the world have shown tremendous growth in consumption providing great impetus especially for import services. Further, many high end value projects are underway in these countries in infrastructure and other spheres of economy. These coupled with a diversification of the economy in varied fields hold tremendous promise for logistics and freight forwarding business.

Globelink West Star Shipping plays dominant roles in these countries offering quality logistics and freight transportation services to domestic as well as overseas customers primarily in the following areas :

Sea freight service in UAE

Comprehensive Freight Forwarding Services - Sea freight import and export services

Air Freight Services in UAE

Comprehensive Freight Forwarding Services - Airfreight import and export services

Cost effective LCL consolidation options for smaller-volume shipments into these countries

Shipping services

Project cargo services, Break-bulk and RORO services for major construction projects

Local customs clearance services

Warehousing services in UAE

Door-to-door services

Office Locations

KUWAIT

17th Floor, Al-Khaleej Tower, Abu Bakr Street, Al-Qibla/Salhiya, Kuwait
Tel: +965 22243818, Fax: +965 22243819
Email: glwss@glweststardubai.com

DOHA

Globelink West Star Shipping W.L.L

2nd  floor, Red Tag Building, Opp. Qatar Airways, Doha International Airport Road, PO Box 35233, Doha, Qatar
Tel : +974 44139333, Fax : +974 44139330
Email:  glwss@glweststardoha.com

JEDDAH

Suit 105, Dan Center, Hail Street, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 12 6444220
Email: glwss@glweststardubai.com

RIYADH

Suit 7, Zain Tower, Near Chamber of Commerce Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 11 2911992
Email: glwss@glweststardubai.com

DAMMAM

Suite 115, Almahamal Commercial, Tower, Near Lulu Hyper Market, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 13 8420002
Email: glwss@glweststardubai.com

Global trade is dependent on the movement of goods from A to B and in today’s trade, more than 800+ million containers criss-cross the globe carrying various cargoes. Containers move by road or rail before it gets to the port for the sea movement. During transit, there are several forces acting on the cargo due to the movement of the truck or train including:

  • Gravitational force
  • Frictional force
  • Random Deceleration
  • Random Acceleration
  • Centrifugal force
  • Vibratory force
  • Longitudinal and horizontal forces
  • Transverse horizontal forces

These forces can have an impact on the container and the cargo inside the container, especially if the cargo has not been packed properly and it shifts inside the container during transportation.

The movement that happens to a container is worse when it is at sea as unlike road or rail movement, there are a few additional ways in which your cargo moves inside the container while at sea.

Any movement of cargo inside the container can cause cargo damage and as per claim statistics, cargo damage is the leading cause of cargo claims.

Apart from loss or damage of cargo in transit, risks due to loss or damage of cargo may also be attributable to

  • Cargo theft
  • Fire or explosion
  • Ship grounding or sinking
  • Overturning or derailment of land transport
  • Collision or accidents at sea or on land
  • Ship discharges cargo at another port due to distress
  • General average sacrifice
  • Jettison
  • Water ingress
  • Containers falling overboard
  • Loading/offloading accidents

When such loss or damage happens, the normal recourse available to the BCO (Beneficial Cargo Owner – could be a direct exporter, direct importer, seller, or buyer) is to claim for the loss from the insurance companies who have insured the cargo.

Cargo insurance is a type of insurance that compensates the insured against loss or damage to cargo depending on the type of cover taken.

However, in many cases, insurance is considered a grudge purchase. Something no one wants to pay for unless they must and because they have a misguided view that they need not insure their cargo.

This approach is totally incorrect. As the name suggests, the BCO is the owner of the cargo, and therefore it is in their best interest to safeguard their cargo and cover themselves sufficiently for such exigencies.

No one can predict when and how cargo damage can happen and if you, as a BCO have not insured your cargo then you could end up losing your money and cargo in case of any damage or loss.

As a case in point, you can look at the many incidents that have happened recently in shipping where containers have fallen overboard while at sea, ships catching on fire, and ships running aground. No one anticipated these disasters.

This is besides the regular issues of cargo theft, pilferage, seal breakage, and road accidents.

 

Responsibility

Much BCOs work under the impression that once they hand over their cargo to a carrier or freight forwarder, they will cover/insure their cargo while it is under their possession.

While the carrier or freight forwarder has their own insurance covers, it does not cover the cargo or the value of the cargo.

Their insurance cover is to cover their “liability” while the cargo is under their possession.

Carriers are covered by their P&I club covers whereas Freight Forwarders will have Liability insurance covers.

The bill of lading terms and conditions clearly indicates the conventions that cover the contract of carriage and the bill of lading. Even if the carrier is legally liable, their liability is limited and the liability varies based on the convention used.

In most cases, this liability amount will be much lower than the value of the cargo. The limit of this liability is mentioned on Page 1 of the bill of lading which has all the terms and conditions associated with the carriage of the cargo.

BCOs must not assume that nothing will happen to their cargo or that the Carrier or Freight Forwarders are responsible to insure the cargo.

The logic is simple, the cargo is owned by the BCO and they must insure it.

 

Types of Insurance

It is also equally important for the BCO to ensure that they are sufficiently covered as there are several types of insurance covers in the market and not all might suit their requirements.

There are different types of cargo insurance available but the most common or comprehensive Institute cargo clauses – A, B, and C which cover different aspects of cargo in transit.

These clauses specify which items in the cargo mix are covered in case of any loss or damage to the shipment and the extent of the coverage is directly proportionate to the insurance premium.

  • Institute Cargo Clause C has the lowest premium and consequently offers the most restrictive coverage.
  • Institute Cargo Clause B is a bit more expensive than C, but the coverage is higher than C. The policyholder may cover some of the valuable items or part of the cargo.
  • Institute Cargo Clause A offers the widest coverage – said to be “All Risks” but at a higher premium.

 

C Clauses – Risks covered

  1. loss of or damage to the subject-matter insured reasonably attributable to
  2. fire or explosion
  3. vessel or craft being stranded grounded sunk or capsized
  4. overturning or derailment of land conveyance
  5. collision or contact of vessel craft or conveyance with any external object other than water
  6. discharge of cargo at a port of distress
  7. loss of or damage to the subject-matter insured caused by
  8. general average sacrifice
  9. jettison

 

B Clauses – Risks covered

  1. All the above plus:
    • loss of or damage to the subject-matter insured caused by
    • general average sacrifice
    • jettison or washing overboard
    • the entry of sea lake or river water into vessel craft hold conveyance container or place of storage
  2. total loss of any package lost overboard or dropped whilst loading on to, or unloading from, vessel or craft.

 

A Clauses – Risks covered

This clause covers all risks of loss of or damage to the subject-matter insured except as provided in Clauses 4, 5, 6, and 7.

All the clauses cover General Average plus “Both To Blame” collisions in the case where containers are lost at sea due to the collision of two ships.

 

Conclusion

41 ships were lost worldwide in 2019 in maritime disasters/incidents with high levels of trade, busy shipping lanes, older ships, and bad weather said to be the major factors for these losses.

In the recent past several big ships have lost containers and/or caught on fire – Maersk Honam, Yantian Express, ONE Apus, Maersk Essen, Ever Liberal, and a few others.

In all these cases, there would have definitely been some shippers who did not consider insuring their cargo and are now facing consequential losses.

Do not be that BCO – insure your cargo for your own peace of mind.

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