Ships’ Agency

Trade Ocean’s Ships’ Agency offices in Cape Town, Durban and Walvis Bay handle a diverse portfolio of shipping clients, emanating from several unique sectors. This established shipping agency leverages its extensive experience and expertise in the maritime sector to deliver outstanding port, customs and freight services.

As a shipping company with years of experience, Trade Ocean is versed in safety, commercial and legislative requirements and regulations of South African and Namibian ports. Trade Ocean ensures that our clients’ vessels comply fully with these requirements to prevent any delay by ensuring that the actions taken, and information provided, are correct and appropriate.

Trade Ocean handles over 300 vessels each year through various ports in South Africa and Namibia, with our shipping agents boasting a wealth of experience. As a ships agency company that deals with clients across the globe, our operational staff are versed in 10 languages, allowing for clear communication with clients.  Read More

Port Services

Trade Ocean’s Port Agency is responsible for organising, overseeing and coordinating all aspects of the port call. From project management of the vessel’s arrival, repairs, servicing to the final disbursement of accounts. Trade Ocean serves a wide range of vessels from a cross section of industries including seismic vessels, offshore supply vessels, Antarctic expedition and oceanic research vessels, chemical tankers, bunker vessels, fishing vessels to general cargo vessels. We’ve done it all. Visit the resource centre to download further information about harbour restrictions and limitations as well as information and procedures for vessels entering the ports of Cape Town, Durban and Walvis Bay. Read More

Crew Services

Fluent in eleven local and international languages, Trade Ocean is experienced in crew changes and repatriation. Trade Ocean is particularly knowledgeable regarding customs and immigration requirements concerning every aspect of the signing on, and signing off procedures for personnel. Visit the resource centre to download further information about crew changes and repatriation in South Africa and Namibia. Read More

Cargo Supervision Service

Trade Ocean offers 24-hour in- house dock supervision to oversee and coordinate the loading and unloading of cargo. This ensures the delays are minimised and vessels’ turnaround times in port are as short as possible. The dedicated in-house Trade Ocean Customs Clearing and Freight Forwarding Division promises to provide our clients the most competitive rates. Read More

Project Management of Dry-Dock and Repairs

Trade Ocean will meticulously plan, organise and facilitate implementation of dry-docking and repairs, engineering, and maintenance work on our client’s vessels. Trade Ocean has the networks to arrange ancillary services and quality contractors quickly, while promising to use our strong negotiating power to bargain the most cost effective price. Visit the resource centre to download further information about dry-docking and repair services and facilities in Cape Town, Durban and Walvis Bay. Read More

Off Port Limit Services

Trade Ocean facilitates Off Port Limit (OPL) Services to vessels transiting in Cape Town, Durban and Walvis Bay by launch and by helicopter. Visit the resource centre to download further information about Off Port Limit (OPL) services in Cape Town, Durban and Walvis Bay. Read More

Specialised Divisions

Trade Ocean offers two specialised divisions dedicated to serving the needs of our clients:

Oil and Gas

The Trade Ocean Oil and Gas Division cater for the specific requirements of the off shore tankers, seismic vessels and rig vessels operating in the oil and gas industry.

Antarctic Research

Trade Ocean shipping agency manages the logistics for the Indian and Russian research expeditions to the Antarctic, generally two or three expeditions each per summer. Shipping agency involvement typically includes coordinating the loading of cargo, managing documentation, liason with port authorities, arranging fuelling, organising crew changes and, for the Russian expedition, assisting with flights to the Antarctica.

Bunker Fuel and Marine Lubricants

Fuel oil, gas oil and marine diesel oil, as well as a wide range of maritime lubricants, are readily available in Southern Africa. Trade Ocean leverages its bargaining power to negotiate the best prices on bunker fuel and marine lubricants for its clients. Visit the resource centre to download further information about Bunker Fuel and Lubricant services in Cape Town, Durban and Walvis Bay. Read More

Vessel Supplies and Chandelling

Due to the significant volume of vessels which Trade Ocean handles in the region annually, the agency is able to leverage competitively priced quality supplies on behalf of our clients. Fresh, frozen and dry stores of excellent quality are available through Trade Ocean’s extensive network of Chandelling Companies in Southern Africa. Visit the resource centre to download further information about supplies and chandelling in Cape Town, Durban and Walvis Bay. Read More