FAQ

As a business owner, what online/offline templates would you benefit from having (e.g. a template to fill out and send invoices, business plan templates, etc.)?
One awesome highlight of ZipBooks’ invoice templates is that you can save default settings like your notes and payment terms for your invoices once you nail down the details of what exactly should be on your invoice. Using ZipBooks for your invoice means never sending off an invoice without your own company information on it (oops!). They actually score your invoice based on what information you include and so you'll be able to leverage the data we've collected from tens of thousands of invoices on what things are important to get you paid faster.Here are a couple tips on things that you will get you paid faster and should definitely be included on your invoice:Company logo: This is part of the invoice template that we provide for you. You'll save a company logo under company settings and you'll never have to think about whether your invoice template header looks good again.Notes: Thanking a customer for their business will always make you stand out in a crowd and leverages the psychological principle of reciprocity so that you get paid faster. Lots of studies show that including a thank you note gets you paid faster. I think that would especially be true when someone is getting a big bill for legal services.Invoice payment terms: Another great free feature of ZipBooks invoice templates for legal services (and anyone else who used our invoice templates for that matter) is that when you put terms into an invoice, we automatically detected it and set a due date for you. If you don't set terms, we assume that the invoice will be due in 14 days. This is the due date that we use to drive the late payment reminder and to display the number of days that a invoice has been outstanding in the AR aging report. If you don't want to set the invoice payment terms every time, you can set it up once under Account Preferences in the ZipBooks app. Pretty neat, right?Customer information: This one might seem pretty straightforward but it should always be on the list of "must haves" when thinking about what you should put on your invoice.Detailed description of bill: ZipBooks' invoice template lends itself to the ability to show a detailed account of everything that you have charged since you last sent an invoice. You can do that by manually entering the invoice details or you can use the time tracker to automatically pull in billable activity once you are ready to send the next invoice for your legal services.
How hard would it be to start a sea cargo business if money to buy cargo ships were not a concern? How profitable would it be?
A2A: You would have a few options if money was of no concern:1) You could buy a vessel and hire it out. There are different charter types such as Bareboat, Time, and Voyage charter. Bareboat would give you the least responsibility. The demand for this would be based on the type of vessel you choose and how specialised it is. The more specialised, the more risky it becomes as if the demand for the specific cargo it loads drops, so does the demand for the vessel.2) You could own and manage your own vessel and work with brokers to find cargo for voyage charters. If you do not have experience managing a vessel, there are vessel management companies that can crew, and manage your vessel.3) You could buy container vessels and form your own liner company. This would be the most risky as most this part of the industry is extremely competitive and even Hanjin which was in the top 10 biggest companies has filed for bankruptcy.To survive in shipping, you have to understand the industry. That is why most people who do start their business gain experience within the industry before starting a new business. There is local and international legislation that you would need to know not only about your vessel, but also the different types of cargo that is being shipped on your vessel, labour laws which would be dependent on where you flag your vessel, you would also need contacts within the industry such as brokers, vessel management companies, etc.
Is it possible to take a cargo ship out to sea with only one member of the crew?
No, even if it's an inter island cargo vessel of no more than 3,000 tons, in perfectly calm conditions with no winds or currents to contend with.Okay, you light off the diesel, but who's going to handle the minimum 4 mooring lines?Down to the pier to cast off the eyes from the bollards, but you can't, because there's no fucking SLACK in the lines! Up the ladder and to the bitts on the forward springline. Slack off.Next, the after spring.Then the bow line.Last, the stern line.Okay, so far, so good. ( hope there's nothing wrong with the engine, it should be at operating temperature by now)Now quickly light off the electric winch, and attach it to the brow.Down to the pier and cast off the eyes of all 4 lines. The vessel is officially underway!Back on deck and see what hauling a 3 or 4 inch mooring line up and on the deck is like. By yourself. With 3 more to go. And get the whole hundred feet of it through the hawse.If you've gotten this far, congratulations!No time for a rest..get the brow up and swung over the deck and drop it.Good luck the engine controls are on the bridge. So, get your ass up there quick and get on the wheel. How am I going to spring the ship clear of the wharf? I had to take the bloody fucking SPRINGLINES off!Your gonna lose some paint off the side as you get her moving aft, hoping the propwalk pushes her away from the pier and gives you some maneuvering room.Keep backing and filling, backing and filling, with maybe 25 degrees rudder until you get some clearance from the quay.Can't drive her out in forward, not enough room to swing the stern through the turn. So we back out into the channel. ( hope we don't hit anything, because no marine underwriter's going to cover the damage of THIS maneuver)Now, let's ease her into forward gear, get some headway on her, and take her out to sea. As soon as you clear the harbor you can worry about securing those mooring lines, the companionway ladder, lock the cargo boom down and run down to the engine room to check on the diesel, than haul ass up to the bridge again to steer. Easy Peasey…Now, my old Salt, add in to the original mix: wind, tidal flow, another vessel in front of you, and another vessel in the back, with 100 feet between you.Oh, and I lied about the engine controls.They're in the engine room!Oh shit, oh fuck, oh dear
What is the procedure a crew goes through to launch a cargo ship, and how long would you be able to keep it anchored a mile out at the sea?
I assume you mean sail a cargo ship. This is a team sport and usually takes a lot of men depending on the size of the ship and it’s complexity.I will discuss the procedure for my tug, which is small in comparison but the procedure for a ship is the same just scaled up.When I arrive at the tug I do the following things in this order:open fuel supply and raw water cooling valves for gensetstart the genset raw water cooling pump. It’s electric on my boat, not required in most applications.start genset, switch main board from shore power to ships powerenergize air compressors, steering pumps and all other circuits on the shipline up valves and start pre lube pump for main engineopen all indicator cocks, when there is sufficient air pressure engage the starter while holding rail closed. spin the engine for several revolutions. (blow down)secure pre lube pump, close valves, close indicator cocksopen fuel valves for main engine (supply and return)when there is sufficient air, engage air starters and start main enginein approximately 15 minutes oil will warm to sufficient temperature to use engine.Then I can go to the wheel house and energize all navigation lights required, and other electronics. Sattellite compass takes approx 15 mins to get a fix.energize desired steering pump and test steering.I can then let go of the mooring lines and sail the boat.A ship would do much of the same process on a larger scale depending on the complexity of the engine room.We can do this on my tug in about 45 mins if we hustle, normally a cold start takes about an hour with the big delay being building up air. Normally an engineer handles the engine room, but I have done it myself in his absence. I am the master.
How do I get a job out at sea on a container/cargo ship with no prior experience and how much do they get paid?
You will need to go through several qualifications before you will be allowed to work on a container ship. You would probably be better off going to a recognised maritime academy who has a relationship with either a crewing agency or a ship owner.The salary for an ordinary seaman is not good. However your career prospects are good, if you’re clever and hard working enough, and you will get to travel the world.If you’re serious, start here : Merchant navy - Wikipedia
Two identical ships set out to sea. One is loaded with a cargo of Styrofoam, and the other is empty. Which ship is more submerged?
Don’t get me started on “neglecting the mass of Styrofoam”.While lighter than an equal volume of 2x4, a wraped bundle of styrofoam might be a lot heavier that you think it might be. It's still significantly less dense than water.A toy boat with a block of styrofoam on it or in it will float with less freeboard than a toy boat without.You asked about a ship. An empty ship is never empty. They also have to be stable.This is dependent upon the particular ship, master of vessel, how the load is stored. It’s not clear cut.Less wetted surface area reduces drag and improves fuel consumption.Less hull in the water makes the ship handle differently.Many delicate products are often in containers. A load of Styrofoam might be a lot heavier than you could imagine.cargo is often loaded in containers. Containers are often stacked on the top of a vessel. This can increase the vessels metacentric height. To correct a high weight, ballast would have to be adjusted.Both vessels have to ballast with their on board fuel in mind.Vessels require a load mastering and must ensure it’s stability.To optimize this a vessel may need to take on or release water in it’s ballast tanks.It’s a fair bet that the ship hauling Styrofoam is ballasted down more than the empty vessel, but it isn’t a given. It is even likely that the vessel hauling Styrofoam maybe lot deeper than one might expect. There are a bunch of variables.
How long will Sea Cargo take to reach Jebel Ali Port from Cochin Port?
The distance from Cochin Port to Jebel Ali Port is 1945 nm. The time depends on the speed. At a speed of 10 knots,it will take 8 days. If the speed is 20 Knots it can reach within 4 days.You can check the website to get more details. Port of Cochin, India to Port of Mina Jabal Ali (Jebel Ali) , United Arab Emirates sea route and distance