A shipping agency or shipping agent is the designated person or agency held responsible for handling shipments and cargo, and the general interests of its customers, at ports and harbours worldwide, on behalf of ship owners, managers, and charterers. In some parts of the world, these agents are referred to as port agents or cargo brokers.
Shipping agents will usually take care of all the regular routine tasks of a shipping company quickly and efficiently. They ensure that essential supplies, crew transfers, customs documentation, and waste declarations are all arranged with the port authorities without delay. Quite often, they also provide the shipping company with updates and reports on activities at the destination port so that shipping companies have real-time information available to them while goods are in transit.
Below are our Services rendered under Port Agency:
- Charterers Nominated Agency (CNA)
STMR offers a full agency service, covering all cargo requirements and documentation, inward and outward clearance, ordering of pilot, tugs, stevedores and other services for and on behalf of the Charterer, with the disbursement account being sent to the appointing party.
- Owners Nominated Agency (ONA)
Similar in nature to the Charterers Nominated Agency (CNA) service but provided for and on behalf of the ship owner. ONA includes full agency services like CNA.
- Owners Protecting Agency (OPA)
A full supervisory service to protect the Ship owner’s interests in monitoring and reviewing the Charterers’ agency function and overseeing all the port activities.
- Owners Husbandry Agency (OHA)
A comprehensive Owners' Husbandry Agency service to ensure dry docking, repairs, spares and stores, crew matters, cash to Master and other Owners' husbandry requirements are met.
- Benefits of nominating STMR:
• Local expertise to reduce costs
• Efficient turnaround
• Global brand, global standards, locally implemented
• Your local office – peace of mind