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Martin Bencher Group Newsletter - week 50

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Martin Bencher wishes all our customers, partners, suppliers and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you will all enjoy Christmas and the holiday season with family and friends.

Please note that due to the holiday season some offices might be closed certain days between Christmas and New Year – plan ahead of time and ask your local Martin Bencher representative if you have any questions in this regard.  

As this will be the last newsletter of 2018, we will like to thank all of you for the support in 2018 – we are looking forward to continued cooperation in 2019.


Best regards,

Martin Bencher Group

Martin Bencher News

In October 2018, Martin Bencher UAE, and our offices in Singapore and Vietnam completed the transportation of a jack up drilling rig from Vietnam to United Arab Emirates.

The jack up drilling rig is the heaviest unit moved in the Martin Bencher history with a transit weight at 16,160 tons. The overall length of the jack up drilling rig was 93 meters, it had a breadth hull at 66.5 meters, and a leg length at 148 meters. 

Click here to read more, and watch the fantastic video of the movement below. 

Industry and Shipping News

Hansa Heavy Lift Files for Bankruptcy
Hamburg-based multipurpose and heavy-lift carrier Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL) has filed for bankruptcy - a decision made by Oaktree Capital Management, Hansa's owner, headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Read more here.
Rhine River Shipping Returns to Normal as Water Levels Rise
Freight shipping on the river Rhine in Germany has returned to normal after heavy rain in the past week raised water levels, traders said on Monday. Read more here.
IMO2010 – How Ready Are You?
The regulation will see new, lower, limits being implemented, affecting over 3 million bpd of residual fuel oil (resid). Uncertainty over whether this change was coming has existed for years, so the clarity now provided is a relief for many. Read more here.
Panama Canal Welcomes 5,000th Neopanamax Transit
Panama City, Panama - The Panama Canal welcomed its 5,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway, reaffirming the value and impact the route has had on global maritime trade. Read more here
FMC Commissioner Issues Report on Demurrage and Detention Practices at U.S. ports.
The commissioner concluded that demurrage and detention practices at U.S. ports would benefit from greater transparency and consistency in notice, billing practices, dispute resolution and terminology. Read more here.
World’s Largest LNG Bunkering Vessel Begins Operations in Northwest Europe
The world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel has kicked off commercial operations in Northwest Europe, where it will supply LNG fuel to ships in the Baltic Sea region. Read more here.

Last week, Martin Bencher attended the last exhibition of 2018. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth for a talk and a hand rolled cigar. Read more here.

We have already started preparing our exhibitions for 2019 where you will find Martin Bencher at several exhibitions all over the World. We can’t wait to see all of you again – see you in 2019!

We are now looking for a Project Sales Manager for our office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Would you like to call India in the morning and Europe in the afternoon? Are you hard working and always with a smile on your face? Then you are exactly the one we are looking for. Click here to read the full job advertisement at to see how you apply. 

Have you ever visited our office in  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam?
Click here to meet your local contact.
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