Ship chandlers are retail dealers who specialize in providing all the equipment and supplies that are necessary on a ship. Nowadays, their services are mostly used by commercial ships, such as oil tankers, container ships and bulk carriers, which usually discharge and turn around very quickly, without spending too much time in a port. By using these services, the crew is able to order different types of products that can be delivered in the port, without the need to have cash in the local currency, the bill for what they purchased being sent directly to the company who owns the vessels.
Having two important commercial ports with amazing facilities to accommodate a great number of ships, one of them being one of the busiest in the world and the biggest in the Middle East, Dubai has become one of the major maritime hubs in the region. Due to the intense marine traffic in these ports, there is an increased need for services offered by the ship chandlers in Dubai. They provide all the supplies needed by the crew onboard the ships, from different provisions, such as frozen and processed meat, poultry and seafood, canned meat and fish, fresh, frozen and canned fruit and vegetables, dairy products, bakery products, ready to eat meals, fresh drinking water and other beverages, spices and other general grocery goods, cabin supplies like linen, toiletries, towels and clothes, floor coverings, cleaning products for various purposes, protective gloves and ear muffs, safety boots, wires, different kinds of chemicals, office consumables and equipment, IT equipment and accessories, life saving equipment like life jackets, safety vests, signal flares, signal lamps and floating rescue devices and all types of fire and safety equipment, to routing charts, log books, marine electronics, such as navigation equipment, marine radars and radios, displays and marine cameras, and deck and engine spare parts, including tools, hoses and couplings, ropes and hawsers, fasteners, rags and cotton waste valves, pipes, fittings, spare components, sealing tape, seals, bearings and wire gauges, among others. Apart from supplying everything the crew needs, some of the ship chandlers in Dubai also provide repair and maintenance services for the vessels, including fixing any problems with the main and auxiliary engines, turbo chargers, pumps and compressors, electrical motors, navigational and electronics systems, and all types of underwater repairs, cleaning and inspection, instrument measuring and regular maintenance for different parts and systems.