Martin Bencher Group | Newsletter - week 1, 2019


In 2019, Chinese New Year will begin Tuesday, February 5th and continues through February 10th. Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is the longest public holiday of the year in China.
Chinese businesses will be closed for at least a week and some up to three weeks - which is also current for factories and ports. Since the production of China is stagnant during the Chinese New Year shipping lines, airfreight companies and track operators will be cancelling departures.

To avoid delays and increased freight costs, please be aware to plan and book your shipments well ahead of time.  

2019 is the year of the Pig. The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. The Pig is associated with the Earthly Branch, and the hours 9–11 in the night. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth – their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune.

If you have any questions in this regard, please don't hesitate to contact your local Martin Bencher representative. Happy Chinese New Year from Martin Bencher!

Martin Bencher News

In November 2018, Martin Bencher moved 2 filter parts from Poland to Ireland. Transport involved precariage via barge to Gdansk port, unloading from barge to quayside, loading onto coaster for ocean voyage to Sligo port, unloading operation in Sligo directly to receivers’ trailers and removal of port gate, in order to these large units to exit Sligo port area.
Largest unit 14088 x 5623 x 5591 mm, other unit with a diameter of 6886 mm.
The ocean voyage was affected by fall storm Diana, but managed to reach Sligo as scheduled, though unloading operation was delayed 24 hrs due to heavy winds in Sligo.
A successful operation, pre-planning and execution by Martin Bencher offices in Poland, UK and Denmark, made it possible to make the client's tight delivery deadline in Ireland. Click here to read more. 

Shipping and Industry News

MSC Zoe Loses Up to 270 Containers Overboard in North Sea
The Dutch Coastguard has issued a navigational warning after an ultra-large containership lost scores of containers while underway in the North Sea. Read more here.
APM Terminals Sets Operational Record
APM Terminals ha set a new North American operations record this month with 27,846 TEUs handled on one vessel. Read more here
Maersk Improves Asia-Europe Network
A.P. Møller has announced the changes in their services that connect Asia and Europe. The changes will further improve Maersk’s planning security, which enables stabile and reliable freight delivery. Read more here.
Offshore Wind Record-Breakers in 2018
It has somewhat become business as usual for the offshore wind industry to mark record-breaking activities every year and 2018 was no different. Read more here.
Shippers Brace as New Sulphur Cap Surcharges Kick In
This week sees the world’s top containerlines start new bunker surcharges with the 2020 global sulphur cap in mind. Box platform Freightos is predicting this will result in price rises of between 5 to 10%, depending on tradelane. Read more here.
What’s in Store for 2019?
Capacity Crunch, Digital Culture as Competitive Advantage, Tariffs and Global Supply Chain Networks, Uberization of Freight, and AI’s Supply Chain Moment. Read more here.
Three Key Ship Types to Watch in 2019
There are three major ship types to keep a close eye on in 2019, based on what has transpired in 2018. Read more here.
Back in October 2018, Martin Bencher opened an office in Gothenburg, Sweden. The office is now well established, and to get to know one of Martin Bencher’s newly opened offices better, we have done an interview with our Branch Manager in Gothenburg, Jonas Peterson. 

Click here to read the full interview. 
Have you ever visited our office in Gdansk, Poland?
Click here to meet your local contact.
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