Emirates Shipping Line, represented by Ben Line Agencies Thailand, wins 2019 Best Container Liner Award

Emirates Shipping Line won the 2019 Best Container Liner Award (Small and Medium Liner). This award is sponsored by the Thai National Shippers’ Council (TNSC) and based on feedback from exporters. The goal is to improve service quality so container lines are evaluated on schedule frequency, transit time, on time delivery, container condition, sales and customer service.

Ben Line Agencies has been representing Emirates Shipping Line in Thailand since January 2019.

Ben Line Agencies’ global partner – WaterFront carves new territory with Houston move

18 July 2019 – Global port agency business, WaterFront Maritime Services (WaterFront) has today opened a local agency office in Houston, Texas. The company, which is one of the world’s largest port agency networks, says its Houston office has been established to help charterers, owners, and operators to manage their risk in this strategically important high-volume location.

WaterFront’s Houston office is managed by newly appointed Director for North America Lars Westerberg, a port agency industry veteran who was formerly Regional Director Americas for Seven Seas and Managing Director of Wallem Americas. Prior to these roles, Westerberg also served as Regional Managing Director of Inchcape Shipping Services in North and Central America.

The team in WaterFront’s Houston office will attend vessels directly from Corpus Christi to Lake Charles, including all terminals and all facilities. The Houston office will also serve as the regional hub for WaterFront in North, South and Central America including the Caribbean and is linked to WaterFront’s existing regional hubs in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur to provide 24-hour coverage to its global client base.

Terry Gidlow, Chief Executive Officer of WaterFront, commented:

“On a global basis we see how significant political developments, evolving trade policies and rapid shifts in the supply and demand of raw materials and bulk commodities are impacting traditional trade patterns. Meaning our clients are faced with a whole new range of opportunities and challenges in executing their day to day business. With the opening of our Houston office we are able to bolster the presence we have in other major oil & gas import/export and refining centres such as the Middle East and in Asia.”

The WaterFront global network currently handles more than 45,000 port calls per year through a network of 483 offices in 93 countries worldwide. Unlike other global agencies, Waterfront focuses on providing port and husbandry services for vessels transporting coal, grains, iron ore, minor bulks as well as crude oil, clean and dirty products, chemicals and gas. The company also handles the husbandry requirements of 3rd party and in-house ship managers.

WaterFront’s Director for North America, Lars Westerberg, commented:

“By focusing on specific commodities, we can work with customers operating in this region to add quantifiable value to their businesses. Our work is all about understanding our clients business and their  specific needs and then using our local knowledge and relationships to assist them to mitigate their risk, turn their vessels and cargoes around faster and save them money, while maintaining the highest levels of  safety and compliance.”

Terry Gidlow, chief executive officer of WaterFront, added:

“Lars and his team in Houston bring to the table decades of local experience and relationships in ports and terminals throughout Texas. The Regional Hub function of the Houston office also serves to give our clients in North and South America better access to our Global network.

WaterFront was established by leading regional ship agency businesses Sharaf Shipping Agencies and Ben Line Agencies in 2016. WaterFront is headquartered in Dubai with commercial offices in China, Singapore, Dubai, Norway and the USA. WaterFront has strategic partnerships in the rest of North and South America with renowned local partners such as ACGI on the west Coast of the US and Canada, UNIMAR in Brazil and the Ultramar group in Spanish-speaking South America. For more information about the organisation, visit www.waterfront-ms.com

Ben Line Agencies handles French Navy Ship in Penang

Ben Line Agencies Malaysia had the privilege to handle the French Navy Anti-Submarine Frigate Latouche-Treville at Penang in June 2019. This is the first time that a French Navy Ship (FNS) called at Penang, as usually the France naval ships previous visit were either at Port Klang or Kota Kinabalu.

The frigate and several other naval ships (including 1 civilian ship) were part of a mission to escort their French nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier Charles De Gaulle on her visit to South East Asia. Only the FNS Latouche-Treville made a stop-over at Penang for a week from May 27 to June 2.

The crew of FNS Latouche-Treville was very pleased with the services provided in Penang, that the Commanding Officer (CO) of the ship – Capt. Matthieu Dejour sent a thank you note to us thru the French Embassy office in Kuala Lumpur. The note also expresses his gratitude towards Rashid who is from Ben Line Agencies Penang for assisting his injured crew, even after the ship had left Penang. According to the French Embassy Assistant Defence Attache-Samuel Yvon that it is rare for a CO to send such a thank you note to a ship agent. Samuel believes this gesture is the result of Ben Line team committed towards providing a very good service to FNS Latouche-Treville & her crew. Samuel’s boss – Colonel (T) Jean Francois Schoonmann, Defence Attache in Malaysia is also happy with the good services provided in Penang.

Thank You Letter

Subang Jaya Medical Centre Charity Run

The staff and Senior Management of Ben Line Agencies Malaysia had participated in a charity run organised by Subang Jaya Medical Centre last Sunday, 7 Jul 2019, The run, simply called SJMC Run 2019 brought together participants from all walks of life. We’d like to thank our Director, Matthew Soloman for his participation in running the 10kms category – it was no easy feat!

Following an early start to the day, over 1,000 participants were pumped and ready to say, “Love your feet, adios diabetes”. There were 3 categories; 21kms, 10kms and 3kms respectively. The atmosphere surrounding the event even had a hint of Mexicana feel to it.  

Everyone who participated had a clear aim in mind – giving back to the less fortunate. Through generous public donations and corporate sponsorship – like what Ben Line Agencies Malaysia had contributed through our Sports Club – SJMC managed to raise funds to purchase 100 wheelchairs for the needy throughout Malaysia. Well done indeed, SJMC!

The early morning downpour did not deter the runners – each pressing on with every pelt of rain and the cold winds hitting them. The uphill and rough terrain added on to the challenge. However, each runner had persevered and pressed on to finish the run. Each victorious in their own right because of their charitable spirit!

We look forward to our next charity event and once again, a great effort to all staff from Ben Line Agencies Malaysia who participated!

Ho Chi Minh hosts Port of Houston Symposium

In April 2019, Ben Line Agencies Vietnam successfully hosted a Port of Houston Symposium in Ho Chi Minh city. With a focus on the Port of Houston and Vietnam-to-Texas trade, the event attracted over 50 stakeholders from a wide range of industries including MLOs, NVOCCs, International Ports, and BCOs ( Furniture, Seafood, Agricultural products, Steel, and timber importers/exporters).

Mr Dominic Sun, Director Trade Development of Port Houston, gave a speech covering the demographics, economy, trade, infrastructure, and port facilities of Houston city. His informative presentation was beneficial for everyone and led into a fruitful Q&A session later in the evening.

Indonesia – “Zero Accident” Safety Award

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia was recently awarded by Total with certification to recognize “Zero Accident” for activities under our responsibility. This relates to the Logistic handling of ISO tanks, including administration, trucking, storage and discharge operations arranged by Ben Line Agencies.

Close co-operation with our vendors, and compliance to our ISO standard operating procedures helps to ensure these safe operations.

For further information related to Ben Line Agencies Indonesia, please contact Daniel.pitts@benline.co.id

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Beibu Gulf Port Introduces the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor in Vietnam


On April 16, 2019, Beibu Gulf Port hosted a roadshow in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to promote the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor and explore business opportunities. More than 150 people from Beibu Gulf Port, Saigon Port Authority, Vietnam industry associations, major shipping companies, local logistics companies, and cargo owners were in attendance. Management from Beibu Gulf Port Authority and the Guangxi Beibu Gulf Office were also present.

To comply with the strategic positioning as a  gateway to ASEAN countries, a key port to support the development of southwest and central-south of China, and a hub port of the One Belt, One Road initiative, Beibu Gulf Port accelerated the construction of the container ports, built up several large-scale, deep-water and professional terminals in recent years, while ports and logistics facilities are continuously improved.

Mr. Mo Nu, Board of Director & Deputy General Manager of Beibu Gulf Port Group, proposed new ideas and called on all parties to work together to continue the momentum of trade between Vietnam and western China.

Mr. Jiang Wei, Deputy General Manager of Beibu Gulf Logistics, said that Beibu Gulf Port is continuously improving the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor. They are committed to ensuring the route’s efficiency, convenience and cost optimization.

Vietnam is the largest foreign trade partner of Beibu Gulf Port. In 2018, the container throughput of Beibu Gulf Port to Vietnam totaled 27,000 TEU, mainly composed of machinery, chemical products, agriculture products, animal products and light industrial products. As of April 2019, Beibu Gulf Port has five container services with a weekly call to Ho Chi Minh Port and 10 container services called to Haiphong Port weekly.

The construction of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor has vastly improved trade between Vietnam and western China. Transit time between these regions can be cut down by up to 10 days and logistics costs halved .

Representatives from Vietnamese ports, the shipping industry and cargo owners are committed to cooperation between Vietnam, Beibu Gulf Port and China’s western region.

There was also discussion of constructing a logistics system and multimodal transport corridor between Vietnam and Guangxi.

Ben Line Agencies and Beibu Gulf Port have been partners for years. Mr. Matthew Soloman, Director of Ben Line Agencies, spoke about the exciting opportunities for China-ASEAN cooperation as the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor develops and more western Chinese provinces participate.

This is Beibu Gulf Port’s second roadshow in Southeast Asia, after the first hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August 2018. Amid a growing partnership, the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor provides an opportunity to further develop trade between Vietnam and western China. 

Indonesia – Sorong Branch Office Wins Customs Award

We are pleased to announce that our Sorong branch office was recognized and awarded certification by the local customs authority during their recent annual gathering with all stakeholders from the marine and logistics community. Recognition as the ”Best Marine Agent for Obedience and Compliance to Customs Regulations and Procedures”, was a great reward for our branch office’s efforts in executing daily activities in an efficient and compliant manner.

Our Sorong office was established in 2017 to cater to the growth in the eastern region of Indonesia for all aspects of cargo shipments and offshore activity. Further details can be obtained via our Jakarta head office. Click here for contacts.

China Issues Guidelines for Low Sulphur Fuel

With effect from January 1, 2019, vessels entering all Chinese ports should use low sulphur fuel with sulphur content less than 0.5%. Previously, only three ECA zones – Beihai RIM, Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta – had this requirement but it has now been extended to all ports within China.

From January 1, 2020, vessels entering Chinese ports will be required to use low sulphur fuel with sulphur content less then 0.1%.

The announcement below contains more details on the ports affected by this regulation:

China ECA Regulations