“A ship that sits in port makes no money.”
The ship agent’s duties ensure that port visits are as brief as possible to maximize the ship’s profitability for its managers and owners. From the time the agent receives notice of the ship’s pending arrival until the ship is once more underway, the ship agent’s makes all the arrangements for the ship and its cargo.
Ship and Port agents take care of all the regular routine tasks of a shipping company quickly and efficiently. They ensure that essential supplies, crew transfers, customs documentation, and waste declarations are all arranged with the port authorities without delay. Quite often, they also provide the shipping company with updates and reports on activities at the destination port so that shipping companies have real-time information available to them.
Our responsibilities as Ship and Port agent include:
- Monitoring the berth availability;
- Monitoring discharge with ship and terminal and giving regular progress updates;
- Lodging vessel arrival reports with Customs within 3 hours of docking;
- Outward port clearance;
- Crew transfers;
- Crew welfare;
- Arranging and monitoring ships’ husbandry items.