Shipping & Chartering FAQ's

Below you will find some of the most common client questions we get asked about marine shipping of dry bulk cargo, shipping logistics and brokerage issues and our typical answers. Please feel free to contact us today via or phone (289.956.1107) to discuss your specific situation and marine shipping needs.

           Can you ship my car and household goods via overseas shipping?
           No, we do not handle the shipping of personal items. Our focus is on dry bulk shipping of commodities. You should contact a freight forwarder who deals with container lines and will assist you with customs documentation. Check under Freight Forwarding in your local yellow pages.
           How does Lighthouse Shipping stay current with the ever changing shipping freight rates & market conditions?
           We keep our clients up to date on present market conditions, trends, freight rates and opportunities by constantly assessing the market through trade & shipping publications, by attending shipping and commodity conferences worldwide and more importantly by being active in the industry on a daily basis while trading, quoting orders and fixing ships. We are well networked globally with dozens of major ship owners & charterers.
           What is a fixture?
           A fixture is a completed negotiation that results in a Charter Party between an Owner and a Charterer.
           What is laytime?
           Laytime is the agreed amount of time that a ship owner makes its vessel available for loading and discharging under a Voyage Charter Party contract.
           What does the term "about" mean when used in the context of cargo quantity (e.g. "about 20,000 metric tons")?
           This means the cargo will cover a margin of plus or minus 5 per cent.
           How do I know you will negotiate the best freight rates and terms on our behalf?
           As professional brokers, we are guided by the principals of honesty and fair dealing and take our responsibilities very seriously. We will always:
  1. advise our clients on the realistic status of the shipping market
  2. abide by the shipbroker's code of ethics when negotiating rates and conditions of the charter party
  3. accurately prepare the Charter Party after the fixture has been concluded.
           I am new to shipping and don't know how to get my product from point A to point B. Can you help?
           We love to assist first time shippers by answering all your questions and leading you through the step by step process of shipping your goods. We keep close track of the vessels' positions and arrivals and will keep you informed. We will also arrange freight payments and we will ensure that your goods arrive safely at their final domestic or or overseas shipping destination. We remain in the picture after the fixture has been concluded (aka "post fixture") for purposes of acting as a liaison for communications between the principals.
           Who pays the broker's commission?
           The brokerage fees for services performed by a broker are paid for by the vessel's Owner.