We’re once again putting innovation at the heart of what we do with the latest addition to our website – an online version of our rates and services brochure! Simply visit www.cardinalmaritime.com/tools/brochure or select Online Brochure from the Tools menu above. Now you need not worry if you can’t locate the printed brochure because all the details can be accessed instantly at the click of a mouse. Of course this won’t take the place of our award-winning freight calculator – get an instant price on our homepage at www.cardinalmaritime.com
If you’re shipping to the Americas this Spring then you need to speak to us because we’ve got a fresh round of rate reductions to over 40 destinations! Our latest rate discounts put us at the forefront of the market for South America and the Caribbean, all of which came into force on 2nd April.
Our logistics KPIs are here to stay, and we’re bringing you the latest updates month on month. We’re tough on ourselves and expect the highest standards from our team as we seek to provide continuous improvements. In the spirit of our top flight customer service, we’ve added two new KPIs to our list – On-time Departures for export shipments, and Cargo Releases for import shipments. Here are the figures on our 6 KPIs for February and March:
Booking Confirmations processed within 1 hour of receiving the booking: 97%
On-time departures – shipped as booked: 98%
Documentation sent out within 48 hours of vessel departure: 94%
Notices of Arrival Sent at least 5 days prior to the vessel arriving: 91%
Containers devanned within 3 days of the vessel arriving: 96%
Cargo released within an hour of request: 95%
We’ll be keeping you up-to-date throughout the year with our performance on these six key areas – watch this space!
Spring is here, with a whole host of upcoming events in April and May, including St George’s Day, Spring Bank Holiday and the Queen’s birthday. We’re getting into the spirit of a very British spring with our competition this month – enter the competition to be in with a chance to win a classic British hamper of goodies!
The team here at Cardinal did our bit to raise money for worthy causes on 15th March 2013. We hosted a special dress down day – all our staff had to do to take part was donate £2 and wear something red. 150 people took part on the day, with over £350 raised for charity! Some of our staff are clearly colour-blind as there were a lot of variations on the theme of “red”, but we did manage to gather together a few matching team members for a group photo! We hope you all enjoyed Red Nose Day and did your bit for charity. Giving back to the community is central to the Cardinal philosophy, and we support several good causes both locally and internationally each year through the Cardinal Trust, as well as organising ad hoc events throughout the year.
The world’s largest ship is entering its final stage of construction, and is due to go into active service later this year. At 400-metre long and 165,000 tonnes, the Triple E is will be able to carry 18,000 TEU, 12% more cargo than its nearest rival the CMA CGM Marco Polo, which is currently the largest ship in operation at 16,020 TEU. Building the vessel has been a mammoth undertaking, which this astonishing time-lapse video captures:
“Triple E” stands for the philosophy behind the vessel – Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmental improvement. The increased capacity, along with re-designed engines and a slower maximum speed of 23 knots, mean that the carbon footprint per container will be reduced by 50%.
However, some industry critics are pointing out that the Triple E will be too large to dock in all but a few ports, and that the environmental and economic savings can only be gained when it is fully loaded. Due to the disparity in import and export volumes between Europe and the Far East, many ships sailing this trade route leave Europe with a significant proportion of empty containers. Maersk is counting on container trade growing at a rate of 5 – 6 % year on year in order to recoup the company’s investment in the new vessel. It remains to be seen whether the gamble will pay off.
We’re getting into the spirit of things for Red Nose Day 2013 here at Cardinal HQ, with everyone dressing down and wearing something red in exchange for a donation to charity. Even the Captain’s got his red nose on for the day!
We’ll let you know how much we’ve raised once the cash has been counted. In the meantime, here’s a photo of our guys in their red outfits!
As part of our commitment to transparent, innovative business practice, we’re keeping you informed with our Key Performance Indicators. We’ve picked four key areas to measure and report on, as shown below. The figures for January 2013 are as follows:
Booking Confirmations processed within 2 hours of receiving the booking: 95%
Documentation sent out within 48 hours of vessel departure: 93%
Notices of Arrival sent at least 5 days prior to the vessel arriving: 94%
Containers devanned within 3 days of the vessel arriving: 95%
We’ll be keeping you up-to-date throughout the year with our performance on these four key areas, in our ongoing mission to continually improve the service we offer.
Did you know the Captain has his own Twitter account? Follow him today for all the latest industry news, top deals and more! Everyone who follows the Captain between today and 1st March will go into a prize draw to win 2 flights to New York City! Log on to Twitter today and find @cardinalcaptain to be in with a chance to win.
Cardinal Maritime are highly regarded as pioneers within the industry – we continue to push the boundaries challenging convention with innovation, and continue to be innovative with the way in which we communicate with our clients.
We are now the only NVOCC that is able to accept bookings via EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), opening up a direct line of communication which allows us to send back status messages in real time, (container loaded / on quay / departed / arrived etc.), giving you the edge over the competition. This is the latest in our portfolio of logistics innovation to benefit you. For more information please contact Rick White at email@example.com