Martin Bencher Group Newsletter - week 24



Samsø is a small island a short distance south east of the Martin Bencher head office in Aarhus. The island is famous for its focus on sustainability, and last week Martin Bencher managers from all our offices around the world met on Samsø for our annual managers meeting. 13 different nationalities were represented, lots of information sharing, strategy, good stories, team events - and a most interesting visit to the Energy Academy on Samsø. Here we learned how Samsø managed to become self-sufficient with electricity and their plans for becoming total fossil free by 2030.
Some very inspiring days at Samsø, and at Martin Bencher we are committed to do our part when it comes to build a more sustainable future.

Best regards,
Peter Thorsoe Jensen, CEO | +45 87 421 807
Martin Bencher Managers 2018

Martin Bencher News

Hello from Breakbulk Europe
Last week, Martin Bencher attended Breakbulk Europe in Bremen. We were represented with people from our offices in Germany, Denmark, France, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, India, and USA. We had a great experience with more than 12,000 visitors. We hope to see you next year at Breakbulk Europe in Bremen. Read more here

Shipping News

Project Carriers Zeaborn and Intermarine to be Merged
The planned merger will see the world’s fourth- and third-largest multipurpose heavy-lift operators integrated in an entity  called Zeamarine, with closing still subject to antitrust clearance. Read more here
Container Lines Battle Shippers Over Bunker Surcharges
Several of the world's largest container shipping companies have imposed emergency bunker surcharges upon their customers in the past two weeks, seeking to claw back revenues lost to rising fuel bills caused by the jump in crude prices in recent months. Read more here
Germany Set to Increase HGV Tolls
The German cabinet has passed the fifth Federal Road Toll Act (Bundesfernstraßenmautgesetz). Starting January 1, 2019, there will be an increase in the tolls imposed on heavy goods vehicles (HGV). Read more here.
Maersk Plans to Repair Burned Ship
Maersk Line plans to repair the container vessel Maersk Honam that fell victim to a large fire earlier this year in March, which took the lives of five crewmembers and caused severe damage to the ship and freight onboard. Read more here
Shippers Will Take Emergency BAF Case to the EU Commission
The European Shippers' Council has received numerous complaints about the liner companies' new and controversial emergency bunker surcharge. Read more here

Industry News

Researcher Who Saw Stressed 2020 Oil Market is More Worried Now
Oil analyst Martin Tallett projects that the world will need 2.3 million barrels more per day by 2020 when the new IMO sulfur cap for shipping comes into effect. Read more here
The Crown Estate has received eight applications to extend existing wind farms offshore the UK by a total of 3 gigawatts (GW) capacity. Read more here
States Respond to Trump’s New Oil & Gas Plan. Shell, Statoil Interested in New Areas
As the Trump Administration issued the draft proposal for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program on 4 January ... Read more here.
China Slams Trump’s `Flip-Flop’ on Tariffs as Trade Spat Worsens
China hit back at U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to push ahead with tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports despite a recent truce in the trade fight, saying it damages America’s standing. Read more here.
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