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Monday, 8 April 2019

Filipino Sailors send home over USD 6 Billion annually

Over 400,000 Filipino sailors serve on bulk carriers, container ships, oil, gas, chemical and other product tankers, general cargo ships, pure car carriers, cruise ships and tugboats around the world. They are renowned seamen and the preferred crew of the majority of ship owners internationally.

A fairly staggering statistic is the amount of money they send back home to family. They wired home a total of 6.14 billion U.S. dollars through via banks during 2018 which was a 4.5 percent increase from 5.87 billion U.S. dollars in 2017.

In January this year Filipino sailors sent home a total of 533 million U.S. dollars which was up 12.7 percent from 473 million U.S. dollars in January 2018.



The Philippines Government is supportive with training and certification standards for sailors so the job prospects of locally educated ship officers should remains strong.

Depth Offshore and Depth Logistics have wonderful Filipino people in our teams in both our Australian and Clark, Philippines offices. We understand why they are in demand.

All for now,

Brad Skelton

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Dark Ships

Ocean conservationists from watchdog group Oceana have started tracking illegal activity of commercial fishing vessels through satellite data.

This data comes from a public tracking system called the Automatic Identification System (AIS), which was originally designed as a safety mechanism for vessels to avoid collisions at sea. Over time, it can also be used to monitor and track vessel movements.
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Using Global Fishing Watch, which provides a never-before-seen view of commercial fishing activity worldwide, the following events that occurred in illegal fishing hotspots where a ship’s AIS device was possibly turned off have been identified:

A Panamanian commercial fishing vessel went dark for 15 days on the west side of the Galápagos Marine Reserve before it began transmitting signals again on the east side.

An Australian commercial fishing vessel appeared to disable its AIS near the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve on 10 separate occasions over one year.

A Spanish commercial fishing vessel appeared to repeatedly go dark for at least 21 times when leaving the port of Dakar in Senegal and approaching the Gambia’s national waters over a one-and-a-half-year period.

Another Spanish commercial fishing vessel appeared to turn off its AIS signal consistently over a seven-month period while operating in the national waters of at least five African countries and on the high seas.

Though it’s hard to identify between intentional disabling of the AIS, equipment malfunction, or satellite coverage issues, this question is now being raised: Is going dark from public tracking systems illegal?

The quick answer to that question is NO. Oceana noted that going dark is not necessarily illegal, but this behaviour may indicate that the ships are doing something suspicious. To answer that question with another question: Why would a vessel hide its tracks if its operations are in good faith?

A ship’s crew may turn off its AIS broadcast for legitimate reasons such as evading detection by pirates, but this may also indicate that a vessel is hiding its illegal activities like fishing in no-take protected areas or entering another country’s waters without authorisation.

Oceana is now urging governments around the world to require all commercial fishing vessels to be equipped with and continually transmit tamper-resistant AIS technology. Increased transparency can help deter illegal fishing, prevent unauthorised fishing in a nation’s waters and improve monitoring of fishing around the world. It can also improve maritime safety, help combat illegal fishing and increase compliance of laws and regulations.

All for now,

Brad Skelton

Monday, 4 March 2019

Smart Containers for Full Supply Chain Visibility

Further digitalization in the logistics industry is happening with "Smart Containers" being introduced that enable 24/7 end to end visibility and supply chain optimisation on land and at sea for more transparency, safety and cost-efficiency.

Smart containers make it possible to generate near real-time data and monitor the movement and condition of your cargo at any given point in time, anywhere through this permanent, electronic high-tech device.

There is no doubt that this cutting-edge connective technology will rapidly becoming the new shipping standard to improve shippers experiences. It's user-friendly hub allows efficient analytics, easy set-up of alerts and personalised notifications.

Its tracking capabilities include:

At this stage only a few carriers have these available and they are charging about USD90 to USD120 per container per trip.

This level of visibility has long been sought after by my clients, particularly for high value cargo, and will definitely be a game changer in the logistics industry and no doubt highlight where efficiencies can obtained.

Please contact me to learn more.

All for now,

Brad Skelton

Monday, 18 February 2019

I am doing the CEO Sleepout® again this year

On Thursday 20 June, I will make a stand and join hundreds of business, community and government leaders who will be spending the longest and coldest night of the year sleeping on the concrete outside the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout® 2019 to raise funds and awareness to address homelessness in our community.

More than 116,000 Australians, including almost 22,000 Queenslanders, experience homelessness every night and 32 per cent are children. That’s not a reality I’m comfortable with.

Last year, a record 6.9 million dollars was raised to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in Australia, which made a huge impact. That's:
  • 1,949,673 support programs;
  • 689,819 beds; and
  • 1,590,554 meals.
Help me fight homelessness this year by donating at: https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/brad-skelton-depth-industries/brisbane

I am striving to raise $5,000 to help the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland (Vinnies) provide support to people in crisis. This money will go towards crisis accommodation and affordable housing solutions for families and individuals at risk of homelessness, food vouchers for people who would otherwise go without food, and personal care packages containing everyday essentials.

To reach my fundraising goal, I need your help. Donations are tax deductible and can be processed online.

Thank you for your support. I will keep you updated on my fundraising progress.

All for now,
Brad Skelton

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Good news for Depth Logistics clients in 2019.

I wanted to let you know about what we are rolling out at Depth Logistics this year to enhance our service offering and pass on some other good news for our clients in general.

We are excited to announce that we have begun investing in trucking assets to improve the service to our clients and ensure we are always delivering on our brand promise of “Absolute Reliability”. The fleet will start taking to the road in February and will include 100T low loaders, flat top and drop deck trailers and we have a side loader trailer also on order for container deliveries.



The truck fleet will be based at our new terminal, which will be established at the Port of Brisbane. The terminal will broaden the scope of services we can supply clients “in house” and will include the full suite of Biosecurity treatments including washing, a customs bond store, storage, container packing/unpacking and pre-delivery processing of RoRo cargo. The terminal will have ultra-high security for clients we act for in moving sensitive cargo.



Major Quarantine issues with brown marmorated stink bug are ongoing and it seems may be here to stay. So far we have succeeded in minimising the impacts of this on our clients through being hyper-vigilant on carrier selection and offshore treatment providers and to soon have fumigation ability in our own terminal in Brisbane will mean faster clearance of cargo we are handling.



The investments in our trucking fleet and new terminal for the company are underpinned by the good recovery we are seeing from our resources clients and growth in defence procurement supply chains we are working in.

We are recruiting more new senior team members and have already recently hired Chad Pennington as our new financial controller and Holli Delaforce as our executive assistant.

Our Clark, Philippines team have just moved to a brand new much larger branch office to give us more room to grow.



This year we will continue to invest in the digital delivery of more of our services as trends are that clients are preferring to use digital channels more and more to accomplish their shipping. An example of this is with our myCargo Insurance platform we launched late last year, which many of our clients now love using.



1 January 2019 also heralded the commencement of more Free Trade Agreements (FTA) for Australia with other countries. Many import duty rates have dropped as part of phased reductions in tariffs as of this date. More FTA’s are coming online with other countries this year. See this link from the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade to get a great overview of what FTA’s are in operation and coming.

I am sincerely excited with our 2019 strategic direction and expanding our own “in house” logistics capabilities and thank you for your ongoing support.

In the meantime if there is any help, advice or quotes you need, please contact me 24/7 toll free on 1DEPTH (133784) or +61730544670.

Yours with “Absolute Reliability”,

Brad Skelton

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Calling Former Skelton Trucking Drivers

I am hoping to get back in touch with some of my old truck drivers from Skelton Trucking that might still be in the Brisbane area.

If you were part of the team or know someone who was I'd appreciate it if you could get in contact with me on 0730544670 or email me please? Thank you!

To reminisce here is one of our more notable moves of the Clem 7 Tunnel Boring Machines from the Port of Brisbane to Bowen Hills that is still live on YouTube with over 11000 views!



All for now,

Brad Skelton