Monday, March 30, 2009

Inside Ship broking and Ship broker Fast Track.

Hi to all!

Inside Shipbroking and Shipbroking Fast Track are both ready to go!

Few points. Payment is via credit card and Paypal. Paypal is the largest and most secure payment system on the web. Check out their website if you have any issues. There will also be a security process for you to go through to stop unauthorised use of the E-book. I have allowed limited downloads of the E-book link plus a time frame for expiration - So my suggestion is once you have dowloaded it - print a hardcopy!

The file is a zipped Adobe Acrobat format.
The books can be purchased by clicking on the buy cart to your left
Here is the good part: once you finish the payment process you should be able to download the file(s) immediately.

For 'Inside Shipbroking' I have included below various testimonials and a brief outline of the Contents - so that you know exactly what you are getting before you press the purchase button.

For 'Shipbroking Fast Track' read the blurb below and then make your informed decision. Testimonials now available at the bottom!

Good Luck and Enjoy!

Virtual Shipbroker

Inside Shipbroking
Big Ships, Big Personalities, Big Money
Big Opportunity

Find out

The secrets to one of the worlds most glamorous and highest paid professions!

  • The biggest secret – low barriers to entry!
  • The inner workings of the International Bulk Shipping Markets!
  • How to enter the Bulk Shipping Industry in the quickest, cheapest and most effective manner.
  • Once in – Get the edge!
'Inside Shipbroking' Testimonials
A truly great guide about the shipping industry. Everything is very clear and easy to understand even for a complete newbie. Gives lots of information about areas of the industry that only someone who works in shipping would know and so it gives a great insight into all the possibilities that are available of which there are much more than I could ever have realised. A great read and can't wait for more!
Alex M.
Dear VS,
While researching job opportunities in the shipping industry, I became confused as to the services each company provides in the industry. To further research, I would often consult the companies' websites and would still be left wondering as to the nature of their business. I'm not sure some of them even know what they do; or at least they do a poor job of explaining it to the public. Your ebook helped tremendously by explaining in clear, simple English all the areas involving shipbroking, chartering, trading, as well as all the types of cargo and ships. Especially helpful was your description of Charterers on pp 19-20. Overall, clear and concise explanations of how the industry works are the strengths of the book and indeed are a valuable resource for the job hunter. It's very readable.
Thanks, Pete
Hello, Just read your book (pdf) cover to cover. I appreciate the advice, especially how to structure the career search. I am a New Yorker and in my circles I encounter mainly financial I-bank types (only a handful in the shipping industry). The advice in your book has helped me understand the best ways to approach the career/training program search.My interest in shipbrokering has developed over the past few years and most recently during my internship at a German freight forwarding company. I just stumbled across your blog today during class and purchased the book immediately when I got home.
Peter H. LynchThe McDonough School of Business Georgetown University
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Candidate, 2009
The book is just as VS promised: clear explanation of the shipbrokingindustry by the true insider. After reading you will know were tolook, whom to ask and more importantly what questions to ask. I'mlooking forward to read his training manual.
SincerelyKolega Kot.
"Thank you for your books, they were very interesting and fun to read not to mention exceptionally well written and realistic - the best information on the industry yet!"
Ex shipbroker Intern / Freight Market follower.
Hello Virtual Shipbroker. I have been a trainee shipbroker for 2 years and your book has helped me see how the industry fits together. It has also opened my eyes with regards to taking my career to the next level. I especially liked following the day of 'Orlando' the shipbroker - make me laugh. The Negotiation tips are great. Keep up the good work!
Lee W
Loved the book, gimme more please. Hopefully Fast Track will answer some of my more technical Questions. I also wanted your thoughts about woman in the industry. Look forward to hearing from you in your blog.
"Your e-books Inside Shipbroking and Shipbroker Fast Track are well worth buying and reading. I am currently enrolled in the ASBA Shipbroking & Chartering Practice course and found your books to fill in the blanks very nicely. Some practical info to go along with the legal aspects of the industry.
Don Divine
I just bought your e-book yesterday and finished it within a day. I must say the information and advice in the book is both enlightening and informative. After knowing more about the shipbroker's work scope, I feel that it bears a semblance to that of a property realtor especially in the dealing and wheeling aspect when negotiating and closing deals; albeit they deal with different products.
I especially like the part on "Getting in the door" where you emphasized the importance of "processes" to go about getting into the industry. It makes the job search way more methodical and resourceful(rather than just sending in the CV and hope for the best).
Anyway, I've started to utilize the information to enhance my job search. Naturally, more is definitely better. So I've decided to buy your training manual as well.
Adrian A
Hello!I am a 24 year old lady from Singapore. I chance upon your blog and I am very excited to learn about it. My interest in the Shipping industry has developed since my University days but since I pursued a Bachelor in Finance degree, I went with the crowd and landed in a US investment bank job. Finding your blog coincides with my interest to switch industry and pursue a career in the Shipping industry! I bought both your e-book and they are really helpful with my job search in the industry, especially 'Getting in the door' . You definately gave me tips on how to look for a shipbroker job more effeciently and effectively.
Thanks for publishing the wonderful book! Bring on more please
In an industry in which the method, ethics, history and folklore has traditionally been passed on by the 'old hands' this book is a great way for a new or aspiring entry to the world of shipbroking to get a invaluable insight into what is often a lifetime profession for those join. The book allows the reader to aquire knowledge which most take years to glean and accumulate. i commend the book and the author to all prospective (and current) shipbrokers and in an age when the written word has been condensed to SMS, MSN, Twitter it is a delight to find someone who has been prepared to take the time to enter into a serious dialogue about shipbroking



Introduction 6
Chapter 1: What exactly is the bulk shipping industry? 9
Chapter 2: The basics of the bulk shipping market 12
Freight derivatives 14
The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) 15
Chapter 3: Who is who in the zoo and how they turn a buck
The shipbroker 16
The ship owner 19
(Shipping Billionaires - The rich and infamous) 21
The Charterer 22
The ship operator / freight trader 22
Chapter 4: Why Shipbroking?
7 great reasons to be a shipbroker 24
Chapter 5: Insiders guide: Essential industry insights 28
Chapter 6: Getting in the door 33
Important personality attributes 34
Courses and Degrees 35
Direct Access 36
Hot strategies to enhance your employment prospects 50
Feeder Jobs: Getting through the side door 53
More important ‘lateral thinking’ employment tips 57
Chapter 7: Staying in the door 59
Surviving the first 2 years
Playing it Smart
Chapter 8: Essential Shipping Negotiation Skills 61
Chapter 9: You are in! Now climb that ladder! 65
Chapter 10: Trends and Opportunities 66
Bonus Chapter: A day in the life of a shipbroker 68

FinalWord: 72




"Shipbroker Fast Track"


Dear VS,I purchased Fast Track and read it. I liked it. Is Fast Track easy to understand? It didn't look that way in the beginning. I tried skipping around but that was difficult (unlike "inside shipbroking"). I wanted to start with the dialogues, but couldnt fully understand them without reading "essential concepts. "Even more so for the negotiations portion. But when I read from start to finish, it made sense and seems helpful. There's a necessary flow to it. "What part of Fast Track did you find most useful? The ship broker dialogues. They seem like they give valuable insight. Looking forward to more. Peter(Houston)

I've gone through your training manual. It's an excellent insight to the shipbroking industry. Good work! Adrian (Singapore)

Hi. As a trainee shipbroker I think your fast track is easy to understand. The shipbroker conversations are very realistic. I am looking forward to reading more. Peter (Athens)

The dialogues feel truely authentic. Congratulations! Emre Tuzer (Junior Broker - Istanbul)

Your e-books Inside Shipbroking and Shipbroker Fast Track are well worth buying and reading. I am currently enrolled in the ASBA Shipbroking & Chartering Practice course and found your books to fill in the blanks very nicely. Some practical info to go along with the legal aspects of the industry. Don Divine(Minneapolis)

Fast Track Blurb!

You have already read 'Inside Shipbroking' or you have a good understanding of the general shipping industry gained over a few years.

NOW its time to take your understanding to the next level.
Unique express learning technique

The Virtual Shipbroker has developed a ‘Fast Track’ four step plan to learning dry cargo ship broking essentials and the chartering language - at the same time!

Amongst other things this method includes ‘Essential Concepts’, Virtual Shipbroker Negotiations, and the unique ‘Shipbroker Dialogues’ which is a running dialogue of typical chartering conversations between dry cargo shipbrokers during the course of a day.

"Here is the 80 percent you need to know in order to hit the ground running. The rest is just details".

Why is it so cheap and relatively short at only 39 pages?
Think 80/20 rule or the KISS principal

Here is an insiders secret. Eighty percent of a ship brokers work is based on a core set of principals and processes. In my considered opinion, gained over 20 years in the industry, these essential elements should only take 20 percent of your time to absorb and understand. This understanding should be 'workable' in the real world.

You could bury yourself in shipping academic books and spend thousands on shipping courses, but the harsh truth is that most of that training will go in one ear and out the other. And your bank account will be many thousands less. Until you actually start working in the industry and applying those facts, all that preparation will more than likely mean nothing in terms of practical use.

I recognise that!

So what was my goal in writing this manual? To give you the essentials, at the cheapest possible price, for you to absorb and comprehend in the shortest possible time.

Key Question!

After reading "shipbroking Fast Track' will you be able to go into the markets and speak and act like a shipbroker with years of experience. YES and NO! No course or book will prepare you for immediate action BUT importantly "shipbroking Fast Track' will enable you to speak with some knowledage and on most things shipping. This is a great start!

Here is my Guarantee

If you have already read 'Inside Shipbroking' and you have now read and taken time to absorb 'shipbroker Fast Track' you will effectively have greater dry cargo shipbroking knowledge than 80 percent of the Shipping Industry. You are perfectly placed to hit the ground running.
(BTW - You will spend the next 20 years learning the remaining 20 percent! Then you can call yourself an expert).

So in conclusion Ship broker Fast Track will

  • Save you years in terms of training when you could be earning money.
  • Save thousands from your hip pocket.
  • Give you all the knowledge you need to start your career in shipbroking.

All for the price of a song!

Yours Sincerely

The Virtual Shipbroker


  1. wowow wonderfull news, thank you very much!

  2. No problem - i look forward to your feedback

  3. Dear Vitirtual
    My name Ahmed Hassan I am Egyptian work in leader group shipping agency co. as a port agent and I need to start my next step to be a shipbroker in Egypt I have a good experience in shipping Business and shipbroker but till know I can't inter a shipbroker market with a true step hope your books to help me special if you may be know that the Egyptian shipbroker market is very hard so Pleas accept my thanks alto for your information in your blog now I need to buy you books ( Inside Shipbroking, The Shipbroker List, 'Starting a Shipbroking Business" and "The Shipbrokerage Business Plan" ) but I haven't visa cart and I don't like to make it cause it not secure so pleas inform me with another way to transfer for you the money to give me this book really I hope this book to be useful for me.
    waiting for your replay

  4. Hello Ahmed

    Unfortunately the only way to buy the books is vis Paypal account and/or credit card. The paypal system is the widest recognised, safest internet payment system in the world.


  5. Dear VS

    All topics seem to be useful and practical.

    Could you clarify what methods will be used to ship purchased books? can they be delivered anywhere in the world? what about shipping charges?


  6. Howdy - all books are e-books. That means they are fully downloadable files. After you pay you will be reading them within minutes!


  7. Hey VS,

    I Just bought Fast Track and Inside Shipbroking.
    I'm printing them now.

    Looking forward to read this material.


  8. Dear VS,
    Having trouble paying for Fast Track & Inside Shipbroking. Are there any alternate methods to send payment.


  9. The Virtual ShipbrokerOctober 11, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Hi James

    Paypal / credit card are the only available methods


  10. Dear Sir / Madam

    I am a shipping professional working in the Middle east and very interest about your book starting a shipbroking business, please is it possible to give me an e-mail address or a telephone number, I wish to call you an ask some more questions. My yahoo e-mail is

    Best Regards

  11. Hi VS,

    Wonderful website and book. Congratulations! I have finished your book in a day and it has been a pleasure.

    I have a question on a typical day for a shipbroker. While I understand every company organises their staff differently, I would like your opinion to reconcile my observations with what I have gathered from your book.

    In the latter chapter on 'Orlando', it appears to imply a shipbroker's main task is a fixing machine. During my interview with company B, I saw how fixing a deal is just the start of a long process of servicing the clients.

    The shipbrokers (not the operation executive) were in close contact with the charterers to resolve problems such as delays, cargo problems, and ensuring the goods arrive in good condition.

    Have the roles of operations and shipbrokers become convergent? Or does the job of the shipbroker continues until the goods get delivered?

    Thank you!

  12. I would like to buy the books. Please let me know how to make thepayment through paypal/

  13. is that book still ok for purchase please advice after payment how get book/books ?



  14. yes it is. They are e-books. Just download them from this website.