A shipping agent represents the interest of shipping line in a local market and undertakes marketing and operational aspects of the shipping line’s business in the local market where the shipping agents are based. Some of the job includes operations for the ship once it reaches the port, supplies of freshwater for the ship’s freshwater tank etc. Shipping agents also make sure that the cargo is presented to port on time. Basically, eyes, ears, hands and legs of shipping line in a local market.
Shipping Line / Liner / Company
A shipping line or a shipping company is usually operator of vessels and container fleet – usually “owner” or “charterer” of the hardware.