Positions: A position is the term for bidding in shipping and refers to the response from the party offering the chartering service or ship. A position typi- cally includes the following elements:
• Type of vessel, name, and when and where it will be open
• Ship specifications, age, flag, SDWT, draft, LOA, beam, GT, NT, speed, consumption
• Hold and hatch specifications
• Grain and bale capacity
• Volume of cargo and SF
• Loading and Discharge rates (proposed)
If what is proposed satisfies the order, the next step is voyage calculation and a firm offer.
Consider the following position:
• M/V Victory – Open Haiphong, February 18-20,2014.
Looking for a short trip within the Far East
• bc; bit 2002; Antigua and Barbuda flg; 34.676 mt dwt on
10.65 m; LOA/beam 179.28/28.0 m; 22.072 GT / 11.132 NT
grain/bale 44,020.5/42,721.3 cranes 3 x 30tons/3 grabs 8 cbm;
• 5 ho/ha; hatch dimensions: 1 & 5-length: 20.00/breadth:
14.00; 2, 3 & 4-length: 20.80/breadth: 19.60; hatchcovers hamworthy-kse/end folding jack-knife weather tight operated by hydraulic cylinder
• abt 14.0 kn on abt. 28.0 mts (laden)/abt 14.0 kn on abt. 2:-.5 mts
HFO 380 (ballast) ECO SPEED: abt 13.0 kn on abt 25.0 mts
(laden and ballast) NDAS (No Diesel Oil At Sea)
This example of a position concerns the motor vessel M/V Victorv set to be open and available for charter in Haiphong between February 18 and 20, 2014, and looking for a trip within the Far East. The ship is a bulk carrier built in 2002 and flies the Antigua and Barbuda flag. Its specifications are 34,676 metric tons deadweight on 10.65 summer draft and length overall of 179.28 m and beam 28.0 m. Its weight specifications are 22,072 GT / 11.132 NT and it has five holds and five hatches. The hatch dimensions and other details are given, as well as the specifications of the hydraulic system used to operate them. The grain and bale capacity are also provided. Importantly, speed and consumption of bunkers are stated when the ship is laden and in ballast. CO2 fitted indicates that there is firefighting equipment fitted in
the cargo holds-smoke detectors, alarms, and cylinders to release CO2, NDAS indicates that there is no diesel oil consumption during normal steaming at sea.