Martin Bencher Group Newsletter - week 25


Encouraged To Get Out Of The Office

To understand our clients, we must know their products. 
As freight forwarders we use most of our time at the office. We are dealing with port and route surveys, technical drawings, centre of gravity, stowage plans, vessel drafts, bunker adjustments and many different type of cargoes… scrubbers, boilers, generators, engines, thrusters. But what are the cargoes used for? What do the cargo look like and how does it operate in reality?
To find out, I ripped out two days of my calendar and lived on-board one of the biggest oil tankers in the world. The ship was 274 meters long, 48 meters in width and had a total height of 51 meters. Not only I lived on-board the vessel, I also experienced a Chinese shipyard from the inside. Something which can only be described as a small city with walls, including everything a normal city has to offer - literally.
From my cabin, through a small round 7 centimetres thick fire protected window and the outside steel scaffolds, I could see the cargo deck covered in hundreds of steel pipes. Followed by 15 Chinese workers, I went through a small entry from the deck and zigzagged 35 meters down into the narrow ballast tank. In the bottom of the ballast tank the average temperature was +50 degrees and the humidity nearly 100. Believe me when I say: these men at the ship are though!
In two days I learned a lot: How the scrubbers are cleaning the exhaust air, how the boilers are heating the crude oil, how the generators are powering the machines, how the thrusters and pumps are controlled, and how a vessel is forced to use the ballast tanks properly.
... And btw: Did you know that the Chinese mitten crab can now be found everywhere in the world? This is what happens if a vessel does not replace and treat the water in their ballast tanks frequently.

Best regards,

Jonas Frank, Managing Director, China
+ 86 21 5882 4642 ext 812

Martin Bencher News

Transformers from Norrköping to Brunsbuttle
Brunsbüttel Elbehafen, a terminal in Northern Germany, once again proves its competence as a logistic hub for heavy loads. Seven transformers with a total weight of more than 1,500 tonnes have been handled at the terminal. The transformers were going to the German energy transition at the Wilster substation.
The seven transformers were transported to Brunsbüttel in three shipments. Martin Bencher (Sweden) has handled the transformers from Norrköping and all the way to Brunsbuttle and Martin Bencher (Germany GmbH) has been handling the transformers at the terminal. The heavy and voluminous cargo was unloaded with a floating crane “ENAK” on a special SPMT module vehicle, which subsequently transforms the cargo into our specially designed heavy-lift surface.

The universal port of Elbehafen has been proving its quality in transformers for more than seven years now. The handling of heavy cargo is one of the core competencies of Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH and is exemplary for the wide range of services provided by the logistics service provider. 

Click here to read the full article (in German). 

Shipping News

The 2020 Global Sulphur Limit
IMO has set a global limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships. This should have major health and environmental benefits for the world, particularly for populations living close to ports and coasts. Read more here.
US Tariffs Hit Port Equipment And Containers
Some types of port equipment appear to be included in the list of import goods from China that will be subject to a 25% tariff from July 6 2018, while containers are on the list of additional imports now being considered for the same. Read more here.
First Battery-Powered Offshore Supply Vessel in the Gulf of Mexico
SEACOR Marine has completed the installation of the first hybrid battery power system on an an offshore support vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more here.
Maersk Tankers Gets New Advanced Tool
The first result of the cooperation is a simulation tool that can evaluate both risk in the commercial sector such as potential losses and gains at different geographic locations of Maersk Tanker vessels under commercial management. Read more here.

Industry News

Royal Dutch Shell’s massive Prelude floating liquefied natural gas platform has gone ‘live’ off the coast of Australia after taking on board its first gas. Read more here.
There is one subject that all commentators on the US offshore wind industry agree on: the sector is going to undergo rapid expansion over the next decade. Read more here.
The mandate for US truckers to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) continues to feed controversy as its repercussions reach beyond domestic surface transport. Read more here.
CMA CGM has bought Finnish shortsea container and logistics business Containerships, along with the other holdings of its parent company, Container Finance Ltd. Oy. Read more here
Sky Bus Air Cargo, a Peruvian freighter operator, has won approval to operate charters between Peru and the US. Read more here
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