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« on: August 07, 2015, 03:17:48 pm »

Hi,
after a lot of searching I cant find where you look to see the cargo of a ship eg. is it animal feed, wood etc
any help on this would be a great  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2015, 03:29:20 pm »

Hi,

I'm afraid that this information is largely private between owner/charterer/broker. Shipping information portals such as LMIU, IHS and Clarkson provide limited spot fixture data which includes cargo information but this data is aimed at industry professionals and not for general public consumption.

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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2015, 03:39:47 pm »

Thankyou very much for your reply, its very helpful.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2015, 03:44:20 pm »

sorry one more thing phil, I'm guessing the only way for the general public to know is to be at the dock an take pictures of the ship loading /unloading?
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2015, 04:05:39 pm »

Hi,
Phil is right in what he said about the tight limits regarding the information, which are around about a particular ship's cargo.
From time to time, however, you are able to find a port website providing a lot of information about the vessels which call to this port, including the cargoes imported/exported.

Check this for Dunkerque port: http://www.dunkerque-port.fr/fr/activites-commerciales/navires-presents-port-dunkerque.html

Rostock port: http://www.rostock-port.de/en/shipping/ships-in-the-port.html

Lulea port: http://www.portlulea.com/60/trafik.html

Nantes/St. Nazaire port: http://www.nantes.port.fr/le-port-en-direct/mouvements-des-navires-en-temps-reel/navires-a-quai/

Aviles port: http://www.puertoaviles.es/en/servicioscomerciales/buquesenelpuerto.asp

Bunbury port (my fav.) :    http://www.byport.com.au/     (Just click on "Shipping arrivals")

There are of course some more around, sadly not for Hamburg port.

I hope this may help.

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2015, 04:10:43 pm »

Also very helpfull for some African ports: http://www.afritramp.eu/afritramp/ports-situation
Just select a country and a port. Quality of information differs in a great measure however.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2015, 04:57:05 pm »

http://duluthboats.com All the info that you need for the ports of Duluth-Superior, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Taconite Harbor, and sometimes Marquette.
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2015, 07:11:07 pm »

thankyou all for your feedback, im mostly interested in the uk ports, but like you said Phil for some reason that info isn't available to the general public, do you know the main reason for this?
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2015, 08:54:37 pm »

South Wales ports here... http://www.southwalesports.co.uk/Live_Shipping/Movements/

ABP other ports here... http://www.abports.co.uk/Marine/

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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2015, 01:19:43 am »

Bunbury port (my fav.) :    http://www.byport.com.au/     (Just click on "Shipping arrivals")

Thanks David. That is handy for visits down south. It is a pity that Fremantle Ports do not provide the same detail.

At least here with Aloca No. 1 and No. 2 berths only caustic soda comes in via No. 2 and alumina goes out on No. 1 but that is about it and owe the vehicle carriers and livestock carriers are fairly obvious. With the vehicle carriers you can see what they brought in on the dock; caravans the other day and grain harvesters a few days earlier Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2015, 01:27:06 pm »

Hi Lizzy5,

If it's Coastal Shipping cargoes in the UK (and some of Europe) then I suggest you take out a subscription to Coastal Shipping Magazine as that gives around the UK reports of arrivals and departures so you will soon get to recognise the pattern of cargoes and what ports deal with what although for a general cargo port such as Inverness (my local) sometimes you need educated guess work based on where the arrival is from.

Link to Coastal Shipping is as follows:

https://www.coastalshipping.co.uk/5-coastal-shipping-magazine

I have recent back copies of the magazine if you want to see a sample before you buy let me know.

Good luck!

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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2015, 01:56:59 pm »

Port of Hamburg has a statistic page: http://www.hafen-hamburg.de/de/statistiken

Same other german ports.

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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2015, 05:13:03 pm »

Thanks all, for replies -complete enthusiastic newbie, so the only way to get information on inland ports and their cargo etc is
to watch from land unless in the industry an then you can find out what the cargo is? would port customs not provide this information no? to us general public people? Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2015, 02:33:09 pm »

Well what do you mean by "Inland Ports", where traffic is handled only by barge or ports such as Goole, Sutton Bridge etc that are not on the coast but some distance up a river??

A lot (but not all) ports have websites, some are more useful than others. All UK ports produce annual accounts and some produced an annual report with a summary of traffic. Failing that you could write nicely to any that you are interested in, I'm afraid many (most) will not respond or not tell you as the information is classed as "commercially sensitive" - I think you just have to be patient and build up your own pool of knowledge!! 

If you don't already, keep looking at AIS websites, Marine Traffic dot org is one of the most popular, that will tell you what ships and what type of ships are in port and their most recent ports of call for example if a ship has left Glensanda in Scotland then it will be carrying quarry products - you will build up your own picture of what and where in time.

Enjoy!

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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2015, 03:36:53 pm »

Thanks Andrew, I get it completely now, I wasnt very clear, yes I do mean inland ports like Goole that are up rivers,especially the river Trent, the marine traffic site is good also, will enjoy the tracking process,
Thanks again
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