Europe – Fare East and Transpacific Trade The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) breached the 3,000 point mark for the first time ever in May, following several consecutive weeks of rate increases. The index, that shows the evolution of average spot rates for Chinese exports, now stands at a record high of 3,343 points. Average […]

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40 Stuck Carriers As everyone already knows, the Suez Canal was blocked in late March 2021 when the gigantic 200,000dwt Ever Given got stuck and grounded, at around six nautical miles from the southern entry of the canal. The ultra large container vessel was subsequently refloated and towed away just under a week later. While […]

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Bitumen is actually the liquid binder holding asphalt together. The term bitumen is often used by mistake to describe asphalt. Highways paved in asphalt can reduce noise levels by 3-5 decibels, compared to highways that have noise walls. Also, the smoother the pavement, the better fuel consumption a vehicle will get. Bitumen is a form of […]

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Did you know? Egyptians did use a cement-like material (containing gypsum) to make the Great Pyramid in 2600 B.C. It is a caustic. It can burn skin and eyes, as does acid. The History of Portland Cement Cement as we recognize it was first invented by Joseph Aspdin, a 19th-century British stonemason, who heated a […]

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In this article, we are going to briefly go over some facts about gypsum which might interest you. Don’t forget to check out other posts in our blog because this will keep us motivated to keep posting. The word gypsum comes from the Greek word gypsos which means chalk or plaster. Rock gypsum is the […]

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  Here are some general and historical facts concerning cement and concrete which you may find interesting and informative. Reading this short article helps you realize how significant concrete and cement have been, and still are in the world. FACT 1 The Ancient Romans were among the first to develop concrete as a construction material. […]

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