Martin Bencher Group Newsletter - week 34


Breaking Barriers


In the business of freight forwarding -  travelling and working are tightly connected.


When handling large scale projects, the local knowledge is paramount for a successful execution. Therefore, we need to be in touch and meet with our partners worldwide on a regular basis. Many things can be shared and discussed by email, but the results from a face to face meeting in the local language is preferred to give the right understanding of the requirements and handling on a specific project.


Last week I was travelling in South America to meet with local agents, suppliers and clients to maintain and strengthen relationships. I have lived and worked both in Chile and Uruguay, and it is always a pleasure to be back in South America. Getting out of the office and meeting our partners and clients locally, we get a much better understanding of local regulations and working philosophies.


South America is a booming continent with many new projects coming up in the next few years and Martin Bencher is always eager to support our clients with our vast experience in the area. Any questions towards the South American Continent – please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

Christian Holm Jensen
Business Development Manager | +45 87 421 854

Martin Bencher News

LNG Tank from Shanghai to Kiel



Martin Bencher has handled a transport of a LNG Tank from Shanghai, China to Kiel, Germany. The 79,5 ton tank was shipped on a container vessel to Hamburg and then loaded on to a barge.  

Afterwards the cargo was shipped on the barge by riverways on Kieler kanal directly to German Naval Shipyard. 


Shipping News

Maersk Boxship Tests Russia's Northern Sea Route
Top ocean carrier Maersk Line is planning to test the waters of the Northern Sea Route. This week, the newly built sub-Panamax Venta Maersk will head north from Vladivostok for a voyage to St. Petersburg, skipping the Strait of Malacca and the Suez Canal. Read more here
ISCD: Dubai among Top 5 Shipping Centers in the World
Dubai has been selected as one of the world’s top five shipping centers in the International Shipping Centre Development Index (ISCD). With a number of initiatives focused on the maritime sector, innovative free zones, infrastructure and high maritime and logistics capabilities, Dubai aims to become a major global maritime destination. Read more here.
France Unhappy with EU´s Post-Brexit Shipping Lane Plan
France has attacked post-Brexit plans to create a new shipping corridor between Ireland and Northern Europe, likely via Belgium and The Netherlands. Read more here.

Industry News

Uncertain times ahead with Iran sanctions
When industry expert Margaret Vaughan extols the virtues of advance planning in project cargo logistics The concerns of the shipping industry regarding the latest Iran sanctions have become further complicated this time by the fact that the EU has a contrary regime in place as well. Read more here.
Planning to Succeed - Championing Efforts to Eliminate Costly Surprises
When industry expert Margaret Vaughan extols the virtues of advance planning in project cargo logistics success, she’s prone to quote Benjamin Franklin and engage in a bit of cleverly demonstrative hand play. Read more here.
Logistics players now caught in tit-for-tat trade spat between the US and Turkey
Shippers will look to alternative markets should relations continue to sour between Turkey and the US over economic sanctions. It seems the US, and in particular its commander in chief, has no shortage of targets when it comes to using sanctions to get what it wants, leaving logistics companies panicking. Read more here.
Future of Shipping: Follow the Wind at SMM
The shipping industry is set on a serious decarbonization course and the search is on for credible, viable and cost-effective solutions to meet the IMO’s initial strategy challenge to peak GHG emissions from international shipping as soon as possible and to reduce the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008. Read more here.
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