Cruise Ships, the most challenging logistics

The cruise ship industry is growing fast. With new amenities such as golf courts, bumper cars, exquisite and diverse food selections, pools for all ages, zip lines and robotic bartenders, last generation cruise lines now face the challenge of investing in new vessels, and renovating the current ones.

While enjoying a fancy drink and watching the ocean, most of the cruisers just don’t consider the amount of money, time, effort, and energy that goes into creating these once-in-a-lifetime experiences for each passenger.

And you? Have you ever though what is needed to send these floating cities to open seas?

Before heading out of a port for a 7-day cruise, the typical cruise ship needs to be stocked like a small city, filled with fuel, and equipped with the right certificates of compliance for multiple destinations. Let’s learn a little bit more about it:


Flawless compliance

It can be especially tricky for cruise lines, which usually dock at multiple destinations within a very short period. Missing compliance certificates can result in huge delays in every stop.

Working with a reliable, global logistics partner, cruise lines can effectively cross these compliance-related tasks off their to-do lists, trusting they’re being handled in a responsible and timely manner.

All the goods loaded in cruise liners need their individual customs documents. The customs procedures differ from country to country, no matter if they are in the same continent. Each product that crosses borders is charged with value-added taxes (VAT) and other duties, depending on its type and the usage in the cruise.


Supplying Her

Besides compliance, cruise ship logistics involves stocking nearly every corner of an enormous vessel. The restocking process must be organized in the most seamless way. Every inbound and outbound shipment has to be coordinated with several different suppliers. For an outsider or a beginner, turnaround day may seem impossible. However, with carefully planned logistics, everything is possible – and smooth and flawless, too.


Ship spares

Another important group of her needs is comprised by ship spares.

This category includes any product that is needed either in the engine room or on deck. The listing can contain both consumable and non-consumable items. The spare parts logistics require a highly responsive supply chain management, as these goods significance is quite critical. In the case of the cruise sector, short lead time is very difficult to be achieved, as the company’s fleet is operated worldwide, and ships are a moving target.

Lead time is the most important factor for supplying a cruise. As “lead time”, we can define the number of days, months, years between the place of the order and the loading of the products. The lead time depends on two factors: The first is the availability of the product in the producer, manufacturer, suppliers or vendors, and the second, the logistics flow.

Our time critical cargo division is highly proficient delivering these shipments, making sure that whatever the case, they arrive on time. Our 24/7 emergency desks can coordinate your logistics immediately even on holidays with our diverse time critical solutions such as Air Charters, On-Board Couriers, Ground Expedited, Next Flight Out, Next Day flights and more.

At EP America, we have the experience of taking ship spares to dry docks and ports all over the globe. Time critical cargo is our expertise, and our specialists will never tell you it’s not possible.

When everyone tells you it can’t be done, we find a way to get your ship spares and provisions to deck on time!


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