The entire trip was a highlight. It was a stunning location, Monaco! I stayed in Nice, which is beautiful and travelled by train each day to the exhibition. There were also amazing cars to see, all the toys you can think of for a luxury life style.
The trip was a success in terms of gathering information and making important contacts. I got good feedback about Cape Town as a destination. I learnt much about the industry and met with yacht owners and charter companies. The traditional routes are the Mediterranean (May to Oct) and Caribbean (Nov – April). But yachts are getting bigger which means that they can navigate longer distances and cover all kinds of water; people are also looking for new, exciting destinations. There are some challenges to address but I’m confident that we’ll see more of these beautiful yachts in Cape Town, hopefully soon.
The Desert Lion Energy (Canada) executive and management team along with their clients from China spent some time with Trade Ocean on a recent visit to Namibia. They were here to visit the mine and port.
Desert Lion Energy is mining Lithium Ore, in the small town Karibib. They started mining towards the end of last year and the first shipment of 30 000 tons is scheduled to be shipped mid-April. Currently, the product is transported by road to Walvis Bay Bulk Terminal. The future plan is to involve the railway as well. This will be continuous business.
Trade Ocean manages the transporters, stockpiling of the product and all negotiations with the authorities and contractors. Trade Ocean is also the nominated agent for the vessel.
At October’s Elite Global Logistics Network conference in Vietnam, Andre Assam happily accepted awards on behalf of Trade Ocean, one being for Best Operations 2017. Great to be on a winning team!
The two Trade Ocean Brand Masters for the quarter are Cape Town’s Nigel Davies and Walvis Bay’s Rudie Kleintjie. Congrats guys!!
Being acknowledged as a Brand Master is one thing but the reasons for being recognised are what drives our company. Let’s see what their colleagues said about them:
“… professionalism … composure under extreme pressure … did the work of a colleague who was on leave … very capable in adverse conditions …”
“… works hard … if he isn’t sure of something, he asks … accurate and quick … doesn’t complain when he has a heavy work load …”
What do your colleagues say about you? It has little to do with perception but everything to do with how people actually experience you. Think about what YOU would like THEM to say about you and then make it happen!”
Jane Pillay, Ships Agency Operations Coordinator, Durban.
Anton Nikonov, Ships Agent, Cape Town.
Aliyah Isaacs, Debtors Clerk, Cape Town.
Peter Stephenson, Accountant, Cape Town.
James Shipena, C&F Controller, Walvis Bay.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Jane: Passionate, positive, team player.
Anton: Positive, honest, helpful.
Aliyah: Positive, bubbly and friendly.
Peter: Patient, ethical, fulfilled.
James: Energetic, optimistic, enthusiastic.
HOBBIES? SPORT? LEISURE TIME?
Jane: Soccer, movies.
Anton: Drumming. Spend time with family and friends. Previously, fence and gymnastics.
Aliyah: Cooking, camping, puzzles.
Peter: Mountain biking, surf skiing, surfing, Enduro motorcycling.
James: Watching TV, reading newspapers and novels, fishing, doing charity work.
ALL-TIME BEST MOVIE?
Jane: Wolf of Wall Street
Anton: Inglourious Basterds
Peter: Pulp Fiction
James: The Pursuit of Happiness
FAVOURITE HOME-COOKED MEAL?
Jane: Butter Chicken
Anton: Ploz (Uzbek traditional dish).
Aliyah: Mom’s Chicken Tagliatelle.
Peter: Cottage Pie.
James: Pap and Vleis.
YOU GET TO VISIT ANY CITY. CHOOSE A PLACE.
Jane: Orlando, Florida. I can take the kids to Disney Land.
Anton: Tokyo. A completely different culture. And I love sushi!
Aliyah: Any Mexican city. A culinary journey.
Peter: Vancouver. Amazing.
James: Reykjavik. The art scenes, the cool night life, the natural wonders.
YOU OWN THE WORLD. WHAT IS THE FIRST CHANGE YOU’D MAKE?
Jane: Implement 3 day weekends.
Anton: I’d make everybody honest and open to each other so we can all work together.
Aliyah: Stop all wars.
Peter: Remove all forms of cruelty.
James: I will make everybody speak the same language.
It’s great to have such an interesting group of people joining Trade Ocean. Diversity is such a strength but what is it that binds us all together at Trade Ocean? Ask about our brand values – the common thread that makes our company great!