Today, commerce and industry is just so far and wide. To make it easier and less overwhelming to appreciate, you would have to break it all down into its related sub-categories or sub-industries. For instance, the business of boat building will be wholly different from merchant navigations across the ocean, although these two businesses, for reasons that should be plain to see, are going to be interrelated. And they do have a few things in common, one being the need to find replacement marine parts.
The need to find replacement marine parts is usually urgent. Marine boat builders know well enough how important it is to schedule events well before the time. In the event that a boat or ship has to be dry-docked, all repair work required to the ship can commence without delays. Of course, it does not help anyone’s business if those replacement parts are not ready nor available. Fortunately, turnaround times have been improved over the years.
It seems so ironic to be saying this at this time. One of the best-improved service deliveries in recent times has been that of shipping. And here reference is not being made to across the ocean shipping of large cargo containers but the modern day shipping practice that responds quickly to online orders being made 24 hours a day. And therein rings the irony. In view of the size of marine parts and components, many consignments would have to be ‘shipped’ by large commercial airliners.
While shipping speeds over the oceans have improved considerably, it still takes days to reach port. But with air shipping, urgently required consignments need not take longer than 48 hours to reach the mariner’s repair yard. As a mariner yourself, you could appreciate the irony in this.