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Navigating new horizons: Marcura’s outlook for the maritime industry in 2024

Embarking on 2024, the maritime industry is steering through transformative times, propelled by technological advancements and strategic shifts.

Jens Poulsen, co-founder of Marcura and Group CEO, offers his insights and expectations for the developments in the year ahead.

MarTrust appoints Stuart Gregory as new CEO

In a strategic move to bolster its position in the maritime payments sector, MarTrust – the maritime payments provider – is set to undergo a renewed phase of development and expansion.  Over the past years, under the leadership of Domenico Carlucci and with the steadfast support of the Marcura Board, MarTrust has become a prominent fintech entity, managing over $12bn payments annually.

[WEBINAR] Using PortLog Pro to improve accuracy of estimating unpaid time

PortLog is pleased to be hosting a webinar in partnership with Veson Nautical on ‘Using PortLog Pro to improve accuracy of estimating unpaid time‘.

This webinar is for existing PortLog customers not yet on Pro, plus chartering managers and freight traders looking for a check-before-fixing tool.

[WEBINAR] All hands on tech: Tackling the top worries of maritime CFOs

Our insightful webinar explores how maritime financial leaders can leverage digital solutions to boost profitability and efficiency.

In partnership with maritime consultancy, Thetius, our research provides practical guidance on implementing technologies across your organisation’s operations, from pre-fixture to post-fixture and the voyage itself.

[WEBINAR] Predicting demurrage with PortLog

Should you be making quicker, more profitable fixture decisions using data and analysis over gut feeling and instinct?

Attend PortLog’s demo webinar to understand how to leverage the 38.2m digitised events in PortLog to identify fixture risks and improve the accuracy of your voyage estimates.

Marcura announces senior executive appointments to support strategic growth

Marcura is pleased to unveil significant advancements in our leadership team to reinforce our strategic expansion plans.

We have introduced two key senior executive appointments, highlighting our commitment to driving innovation and progress within the industry.

The Marcura Group acquires ShipServ

The Marcura Group today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ShipServ, a leading maritime online procurement platform and marketplace.
This strategic acquisition marks a significant milestone for both companies and is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.

NEW – Introducing PortLog Pro

After a period of co-creation with customers, we’re excited to announce the release of PortLog Pro to chartering and freight trading desks globally. PortLog Pro is an advanced version of PortLog designed to improve freight pricing and boost efficiency with data-rich laytime simulation and the Veson IMOS Platform integration.

How digital payments are revolutionising the maritime industry

This informative article discusses the advantages of digital payments for companies and crew, cashless vessels and the key considerations for implementing cashless vessels .

Choosing a disbursement accounting platform: 6 critical areas to assess

We’ve compiled this quick guide to help you ask the right questions at every stage of the DA platform selection process – from deciding to automate your DA process in the first place, to onboarding, operationalising, and measuring the return on your investment successfully. Read it now to discover how to choose the right DA automation solution for your business.

Marcura facts and figures

Check out Marcura’s facts, figures and fishes in our new infographic with a deep sea theme. 

Marcura’s top 10 stories of 2022

2022 has been a great year of news and stories for Marcura.

We’ve rounded up our top 10 based on visits, likes and clicks.

Hans-Christian Mordhorst presenating celebration plate to Mr Kazuhiko Kikuchi

Hans-Christian Mordhorst personally congratulates MOL Drybulk Ltd on creating the 2 millionth port call

On 16th June 2022, MOL Drybulk Ltd created the 2 millionth port call in DA-Desk.

Last week, Hans-Christian Mordhorst, Marcura’s Group Chief Commercial Officer visited their office to hand over a celebration plate to Mr Kazuhiko Kikuchi, President, and team.

Sending money home: Best practices for seafarers

Last week, the MarTrust team held an informative webinar on Sending Money Home: Best Practices for Seafarers.

Six useful insights for successful maritime process automation

To explore the impacts and key considerations of process automation for maritime businesses, our Group Chief Commercial Officer, Hans-Christian Mordhorst, joined a recent Thetius webinar on “Understanding process automation in maritime“ to delve into the priorities and possible pitfalls of automation.

We’ve gathered some of his key takeaways and most valuable insights to help you successfully navigate your own process automation journey.

MarTrust featured in Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

MarTrust was featured in Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide recently. The article highlights the challenges faced by seafarers in receiving timely payments due to geopolitical conflicts and supply chain disruptions affecting traditional financial institutions.

MarTrust featured in Ship Management International

MarTrust was featured in Ship Management International recently. The article highlights the difficulties seafarers face when sending money home or receiving payment due to sanctions on financial institutions associated with specific states.

Marcura has announced the agreed sale of its recap and charterparty management platform MarDocs to Sea, the intelligent marketplace for fixing freight, alongside a new strategic partnership between the two companies

Sea, the intelligent marketplace for fixing freight, has announced the agreed purchase of MarDocs –  a recap and charterparty management platform –  from Marcura, alongside a new strategic partnership between the two companies.

Crew welfare matters: Prioritising prompt and reliable payments for happy and productive seafarers

Over the past decade, the drive towards improving crew welfare and satisfaction has increased exponentially.

Accelerated by the pandemic and shifting political and geographic tensions, ship owners realise that they need to go the extra (nautical) mile to ensure the welfare of their crews.

Janani on Maritime 4.0, port community systems and sustainability via digitalisation

Janani Yagnamurthy, Senior Analytics Manager at Marcura, spoke at YoungShip’s Sri Lanka’s Panel Discussion and Networking Event on ‘Digitalisation in the Maritime Industry and the Potential Impact of the Port Community System for Sri Lanka’.

DEMO WEBINAR: Streamline maritime payments and improve crew welfare

Join MarTrust’s Senior Vice President – Digital Financial Solutions, Xavier George and General Manager, David Lord in this session where you’ll see a short demo of MarTrust’s payment platform for companies and our E-Wallet app for seafarers, which helps them manage their salary and make payments when away from home.

WEBINAR: Understanding business process automation in maritime

Alongside Thetius we are bringing together experts on automation and digitalisation to discuss how to get the most out of automation in the maritime industry.

Join us at 9:00am BST on Wednesday 29th March.

How Japanese operators accelerate their digital transformation with Marcura

With digital transformation now at full speed in the maritime industry, Marcura’s solutions have gained traction in Japan.

Marcura set up its Tokyo office in 2013, and now many leading shipping companies have adopted Marcura’s solutions.

While visiting Marcura’s office in Japan, Hans-Christian Mordhorst, Marcura’s CCO, was interviewed by Kaiji Press, a leading Japanese maritime daily newsletter, about the company’s current situation and future plans.

MarTrust at the Global MET Conference in Mumbai

To mark International Women’s Day and the #EmbraceEquity theme for this year, we’re championing the incredible women we have here at Marcura.

Find out what some of our team members have to say about gender equity.

Marcura celebrates International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Marcura

To mark International Women’s Day and the #EmbraceEquity theme for this year, we’re championing the incredible women we have here at Marcura.

Find out what some of our team members have to say about gender equity.

Humanising digital at MarTrust

We all understand the importance of going digital, especially in the payments business. Nothing new!

But when MarTrust decided to define what ‘digital’ means, they decided to take a good look at who the customer was and their needs.

MACN and Marcura launch 3 Sea Diligence – a new third party risk management platform

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) and Marcura are pleased to announce the launch of a new third party risk management platform. The platform is envisioned to foster collaboration and leverage community features to save on cost, time and effort in managing third party risks.

The platform – 3 Sea Diligence – provides MACN members with access to third party due diligence and Know Your Counterparty (KYC) tools, enabling companies to implement comprehensive anti-corruption and anti-financial crime compliance programs.

Our favourite Marcura visuals of 2022

We’ve been keeping busy in marketing in 2022!

Here’s my own totally personal and completely subjective top 7 brand new visuals that we produced and published in 2022.

Customer advisory: The impact of sanctions on insurance policies

This advisory is intended to provide our customers with a brief roundup update on developments we have seen in the insurance rules and policy coverages of P&I clubs in response to the heightened environment surrounding sanctions.

Helen Trundle joins the Baltic Exchange Membership Council

Helen Trundle, Key Accounts Manager at DA-Desk, has recently been invited to join the Baltic Exchange Membership Council.

We chatted with Helen to find out more about it.

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How to use AIS data for discounts and rebates

DA-Desk uses AIS data (the automatic identification system that uses transceivers on ships to monitor vessels positions) to track a vessel’s frequency of calls in case a discount or rebate applies.

The Impact of sanctions on insurance policies

The impact of sanctions on insurance policies

Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, this advisory is intended to provide our customers with a brief roundup update on developments we have seen in the insurance rules and policy coverages of P&I clubs in response to the heightened environment surrounding sanctions.

Leveraging technology to manage maritime sanctions compliance [FREE WEBINAR RECORDING]

In partnership with Thetius, our webinar brought together experts in the maritime sanctions and compliance field to explore and discuss the landscape as a whole, and how companies can leverage technology to assist in risk mitigation.

PortLog and Veson’s partnership for dry bulk

We are excited to announce that PortLog’s time-in-port and cost data is now available in VIP.

The integration between PortLog and VIP for dry bulk customers brings PortLog’s exclusive data straight into the heart of the Veson IMOS Platform (VIP), available in the notification pane of the voyage estimator.

How to obtain discounts and rebates on port call costs

15% of voyage expenses can be taken up by port call related costs, therefore having reliable numbers and knowing how these costs are derived is extremely important for decision-making.

The cost of calling at a port needs to be as accurate as possible for the chartering team to calculate voyage expenses. How much costs can change depends on different variables which, if carefully assessed, support the risk analysis in taking cargo or not.

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Sanctions and regulations – monitoring risk

Operations Directors should ensure that continuous monitoring programs are in place to keep up to date on the latest sanctions and other regulations.

Bourbon implements MarTrust’s E-Wallet solution

MarTrust announced that Bourbon Marine Services Greenmar has chosen MarTrust’s E-Wallet solution to digitally transform the way it manages crew payments.

Bourbon Marine Services Greenmar is the manning affiliate of the Bourbon Group, one of the world’s leading offshore marine services companies

Marcura secures growth investment

We are excited to be partnering with Marlin Equity Partners to further invest in our existing platforms and services and accelerate our solution expansion.

Marlin is a global investment firm that specialises in investing in international software- and platform focused companies.

Reduce your AFC compliance risks in shipping

The maritime industry faces some tough anti-financial crime compliance challenges, including the need to keep up-to-date with potentially thousands of agents around the world, having multiple voyage-associated parties across various jurisdictions and facing the opaque ownership of ships and assets.

Photo of Captain Igor and Captain Igor Petrenko from EXMAR talks about his E-Wallet

Captain Igor Petrenko from EXMAR talks about his E-Wallet

Captain Igor Petrenko from EXMAR talks to us about his experience with the MarTrust E-Wallet, which enables him to exchange currencies at a more competitive rate when compared to his bank.

In the interview, Captain Petrenko said, “I have been using it for two months already. I installed the app and it has been very user friendly – I like using it.

Maritime Compliance

Check out the latest eBook from MCaaS to find out what Operations and Compliance teams need to know about the rapidly evolving maritime sanctions landscape, and how to mitigate compliance risks while increasing cost-efficiency.

Maritime news – selected and curated for you | July 2022

Key news stories from the maritime press in the last few weeks.

Specially chosen for our readers and covering recent developments in compliance, digitalisation, diversity and environment.

UNGC report

10 years of UNGC

Marcura is pleased to share our United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Communication on Progress Report for 2021-2022.

This year marks 10 years since we first adopted the UNGC principles and you can read the report here.

Latest AFC survey results!

In our recent anti-financial crime (AFC) survey with Operations Directors and senior management, 72% found it difficult to do all of the required counterparty, KYC and other AFC checks as part of processing disbursement accounts (DAs).

Download your copy of the results here.

Reduce your maritime anti-financial crime compliance risks ebook

Download the eBook: Reduce your maritime anti-financial crime compliance risks

We surveyed Operations Directors from across the maritime industry and found that most ranked anti-financial crime (AFC) compliance as a top concern.

Download DA-Desk’s latest eBook to find out what Operations Directors need to know about anti-financial crime compliance and what you can do to reduce AFC compliance risks.

DA-Desk celebrates 2 million port calls

Congratulations to MOL Drybulk Ltd. for creating the 2 millionth port call with DA-Desk!

A huge thank you to all of our customers for helping us achieve this milestone.

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Our Philippines team enjoy a team-building weekend

Our Philippines team enjoyed a productive team-building weekend at Pico de Loro Resort, Nasugbu Batangas.

The theme of the activities was ‘A synergy and alignment program – above and beyond’ and the aim was to strengthen team alliance through completing physical challenges together which enabled our people to apply Marcura’s values and skills.

Janani Yagnamurthy achieves Middle East branch topper with ICS for Port & Terminal Management

Janani Yagnamurthy, Group Analytics Manager for Marcura recently undertook the Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE) run by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and was named a Middle East branch topper in the Port and Terminal Management module!

We caught up with Janani as she reflected on her experience of the course, her incredible achievement, and how it’s helped our customers and teams.

DA-Desk celebrates 20 years since its first port call from Seatrade

DA-Desk is celebrating 20 years since Seatrade created the first port call!

As Walter Wildöer, MD of Seatrade Chartering, explained to us: “Before we started using DA-Desk, our system was piles of paper with yellow sticky notes. Now we have reduced our paperwork by about 95%.”

Portuguese team meets up in Lisbon

Marcura CEO Jens Poulsen and GC & Chief Compliance Officer Felix Antero touched down in sunny Lisbon to spend the day with the Portuguese team. A productive day was had by all as the team enjoyed lunch together (the sunshine was an added bonus!) and listened to insights from Jens and Felix on company philosophy…

Our team based in Athens

Our team in Athens held an internal strategy meeting, followed by dinner.

Our global customer base includes prominent Greek customers whom we are privileged to serve with the support of our local team.

Our strength in Greece has grown to 13 team members, supporting three of Marcura’s companies: PortLog, MarTrust and DA-Desk.

We’re attending Posidonia 2022 from 6th June

We’re really looking forward to attending Posidonia 2022 in Athens from 6th June!

The international shipping exhibition has long been established as one of the major calendar events of the shipping industry.

Several of our sales and account managers will be at the show who’d love to talk about any of our 8 solutions to any prospect or customer.

Anglo-Eastern chooses MarTrust’s E-Wallet solution to manage payments, ensure compliance, and protect seafarers

Next-generation payment solution playing critical role in protecting seafarers’ payments amidst market of increased sanctions and compliance.

PortsDirect partners with Svitzer

Over 250 ship owners and operators using the PortsDirect platform will be able to take advantage of Svitzer’s new EcoTow towage solution to reduce in-port emissions and drive sustainability in their supply chains

Our team based in Manila

It’s great to see some of our DA-Desk team in Manila, enjoying a Korean-inspired dinner.

As part of our global footprint, we have 70 team members located in the Philippines to assist all of our Marcura customers and meet new prospects. In addition, we have another 8 offices around the world, and 728 team members.

Ardmore’s Director of Commercial Operations, Robert Gaina, talks about DA-Desk

Ardmore Shipping Corporation has been a DA-Desk customer for the last five years.

In recent chat with Ardmore’s Director of Commercial Operations, Robert Gaina, he explained how they benefit from efficiency and savings, safety checks, compliance, and VMS integration.

Ardmore’s Robert Gaina talks about DA-Desks efficiency and savings, safety checks, compliance, and VMS integration.

Ardmore Shipping Corporation has been a DA-Desk customer for the last five years.

In our chat with him Ardmore’s Director of Commercial Operations, Robert Gaina, he explained how they benefit from efficiency and savings, safety checks, compliance, and VMS integration.

In conversation with Captain Rex Villavicencio from Misuga Ship Management

Captain Villavicencio explains how the MarTrust E-Wallet enables him to send funds to crew members at the push of a button, and how it removes seafarers’ need to have to wait until they’re onshore to send money home using expensive remittance services. In the video, Captain Villavicencio says, “MarTrust is great, the crew do not…

In conversation with Giuseppe Oliveri from d’Amico

Giuseppe Oliveri, Fleet Manager at d’Amico Shipping Group, chats to us about the last 17 years using DA-Desk.

Giuseppe explains how DA-Desk helps him every day, “I know that DA-Desk teams are specialised – so for d’Amico we have our own dedicated DA-Desk team working for us on DAs, reports, amongst others – which saves us a lot of money.”

He chats about the savings and efficiencies he’s seen with the reporting, preferential supplier agreements, checking of applicable discounts, and DA checks.


MarTrust: In conversation with George Pitaoulis from ABC Maritime

We spoke to George Pitaoulis, Marine Personnel & Development Director from ABC Maritime, on the benefits of the MarTrust e-wallet for his company’s owners, captains, and seafarers. Watch the video to see how much of a difference the solution has made – and how much money it’s saved ABC Maritime… In the video, George says,…

In conversation with Walter Wildoer from Seatrade

Walter Wildoer, Managing Director of Seatrade, tells us how DA-Desk enabled them to break free from “piles of paper and yellow sticky notes” to a 95% paperless situation in their DA process.

Euronav’s Captain Vasileios talks about the MarTrust e-wallet

Euronav’s Captain Vasileios talks about their use of the MarTrust e-wallet.

He said, “The app is so easy to use that no special skills or guidance was needed.

“I use it every day in my daily purchases – in fact, there was one time when a transfer was completed in under an hour.”

Pacific Basin chooses PortLog to solve the ‘unpaid time’ challenge in ports and reduce emissions

Pacific Basin’s continued digitalisation and decarbonisation programme harnesses the latest technology to drive operational, cost and environmental efficiencies and reduce risks in ports

PortsDirect appoints Kenny Bjergstad as Managing Director

Kenny Bjergstad has been appointed as the new Managing Director of PortsDirect.

As MD, Kenny will continue being responsible for the management of the company and will develop and further grow the business

Kenny has been with PortsDirect for 14 years, most recently as General Manager.

Season's greetings from Marcura

Season’s greetings from Marcura

Happy New 2022 from Marcura – watch our fun season’s greetings video to see our leaders and team members from DA-Desk, MarTrust, PortLog and all our other brands, from their homes and offices around the world.

Many thanks and best wishes to all our customers from all of our teams.

Maritime news – selected and curated for you!

Top news stories from the maritime press in the last two weeks.

Specially chosen for our readers and covering recent developments in digitalisation, leadership, compliance and decarbonisation.

Port delays in the time of COVID [analysis]

One of the reports we run on a regular basis for our PortLog customers is port delays as a result of COVID. Thanks to the information put through our platform, we are able to compile this data.   This is for dry. In the same report, we also look at the average days lost trend, geographic…

Marcura Observations celebrates – 1 year on and 1,500 maritime and port insights published

This week the Observations team celebrated their 1-year anniversary.

Each Observation is researched, vetted and posted by the Observations team.

Most Observations are based on real data running through the PortLog platform and so are very robust insights.
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And relax…. Mindfulness @ Marcura

With our move to a remote working setup, which we started in 2020, we know that greater working from home can put a different type of pressure on some of our team members.

One of the newer things we are introducing from this Wednesday is a weekly mindfulness Zoom meeting for any of our 700+ team members who’d like to join.

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Some of Marcura's Dubai team in front of the new reception

Marcura’s new Dubai office opening

Marcura’s new UAE-based headquarters was officially opened on October 4 by Jens Lorens Poulsen, Marcura’s co-founder and Group CEO.

At the new office opening in Dubai, Jens said: “Our business model and operations style lend themselves to remote-first collaboration internally and externally. Reinforced with opportunities to visit and receive visits from customers and co-workers, we will be in a position to find the balance in the emerging new normal which we still consider a learning curve.”

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The hard work pays off – 4 ISO certifications

Marcura is super committed to data quality and security.  But what does that really mean?

Here are 4 concrete ways we walk the talk.

1. Ingrained in the culture

From Day 1 some 20 years ago, Marcura’s founders, Christian and Jens, committed the company to focus on compliance, independence, transparency, efficiency and data security.


A huge 491 pages of voyage documentation [this is a real picture!]

One of Marcura’s missions is to reduce or eliminate any administrative burden for shipping companies that involves paperwork and manual intervention. It makes sense for time-saving reasons, it’s environmentally sensible (not sending documents around the world by courier), it’s more compliant and it is cost-efficient. However just because voyage documentation processes have increasingly changed from…

MarTrust Salary on Demand, a new service in the MarTrust e-wallet app, is launching soon!

An exciting new addition to our e-wallet for seafarers and crew.

This feature will benefit seafarers by empowering them to track and utilise their hard-earned income at any time and anywhere, align their income with their expenses, and improve their financial well-being and welfare.

Coming very soon!

e-wallet and card to enhance seafarers’ welfare launched by MarTrust

Next-generation payment solution can transform the shipping industry’s current outdated system for paying crew salaries, suppliers and reduces the amount of cash onboard.

Webinar crazy – What has the maritime world been discussing in the last 12 months?

Webinar crazy – What has the maritime world been discussing in the last 12 months?

B2B has gone webinar crazy in the past two years, primarily because the pandemic has stopped any chance of in-person conferences and exhibitions. But what exactly have we been discussing? What’s hot in marine webinars?

Marcura and UNGC

Marcura and UNGC – 9 years on and still going strong

Marcura Group adopted the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) principles way back in 2012, by embedding them in the fabric of our group. We have formed a UNGC committee within the group, which is being led by our employees across our global offices. Our progress The committee’s job is to find different ways to apply…

Customer Stories: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

Customer Stories: An interview with Marc Radulovic, Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

In conversation with Marc Radulovic. We are proud to present our interview with Marc Radulovic, Senior Operations Manager at Eagle Bulk Shipping. Marc talks about Eagle’s journey with Marcura so far, covering change management in digital transformation, the importance of data standardisation, critical insight access, benchmarks and port expenses.

Hans-Christian Mordhorst made CCO and Dionysis Tzelepis becomes MD of DA-Desk

Hans-Christian Mordhorst made CCO and Dionysis Tzelepis becomes MD of DA-Desk

Hans-Christian Mordhorst who, for the past 7 years, held the position of Managing Director of DA-Desk FZ-LLC, has been appointed Marcura Group’s Chief Commercial Officer and Non-Executive Chairman of DA-Desk. For the past 20 years Hans-Christian held senior positions in the global shipping industry. Group CEO, Jens Lorens Poulsen said, “Marcura has set very ambitious…

The Marcura Group is working with Accuity to streamline Financial Crime Screening.

The Marcura Group is working with Accuity to streamline Financial Crime Screening.

“Our customers trust us to support them in their maritime operations and transactions, and this clearly includes supporting them in complying with all relevant international regulations. The solution from Accuity has allowed us to further improve the robustness of our compliance framework, which is critical given the latest maritime industry-focused advisories from the US, UK…

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) ‘Communication on Progress’ report for the year 2019-2020.

The Marcura Group is pleased to share its 2019/2020 UNGC Communication on Progress report. We continue the direction set in 2012 by our flagship company, DA-Desk FZ-LLC, of upholding the UNGC’s Ten Principles by embedding them into the fabric of our Group. The full report is available on the UNGC website here: #sustainability #ungc #tenprinciples #maritimeindustry #shippingindustryIt is publicly available here:…

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) ‘Communication on Progress’ report for the year 2017-2018.

We, at The Marcura Group, are pleased to present our third United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) ‘Communication on Progress’ report for the year 2017-2018. Each year, our commitment to the UNGC Goals continues to influence our organization to improve quality of life for our employees and the standards of business that we practice. As we…

DA-Desk’s Mordhorst Promoted to Marcura Group COO

POSTED ON 08 JUNE 2018 BY SEANEWS.CO.UK The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing innovative business solutions to the maritime industry, today announced that it has promoted Hans-Christian Mordhorst to Group Chief Operations Officer. Mordhorst has served since 2012 at Marcura’s flagship company, DA-Desk, where he will also continue in his role as…

SYVR Selects Marcura to Deliver Compliance Services

POSTED ON 29 MAY 2018 BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE  SYVR (, a platform for matching shipping companies and insurance companies with high quality marine surveyors globally, has appointed Marcura ( to deliver KYC and compliance screening. SYVR is being launched with an initial focus on marine insurance, specifically H&M, P&I and cargo surveys. Surveyors are assessed based…

Marcura Bulks Up its Compliance Team for GDPR

POSTED ON 28 MARCH 2018 BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE  The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing innovative business solutions to the maritime industry, today announced the appointment of TenIntelligence Limited’s Richard Bell as its external Data Protection Officer (DPO). This appointment follows the recent hiring of Peter Meyer as a Data Protection Specialist…

[bluester] and MarTrust partner to streamline due diligence services

September, 2017 (Dubai, UAE) – [bluester], a one-stop portal for buyers and suppliers of Maritime Support Services has entered into a partnership with MarTrust, a global payments provider and a Marcura Group company. Both companies are dedicated solely to the maritime industry, and are partnering to deliver due diligence services to users of [bluester]. As…

The Marcura Group Acquires G-Ports (UK) and Falmor

The companies combine with a vision to deliver the world’s most comprehensive reference tool for port call costs in the tramp shipping sector and develop digital chartering solutions and services.  September , 2017 (Dubai, UAE) – The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing business solutions to the maritime industry, today announced…

ShipServ and MarTrust partner to simplify international maritime payments

August, 2017 (London, UK) – ShipServ, the world’s largest procurement platform for the marine industry, has entered into a close partnership with MarTrust, a Marcura Group company. MarTrust is a global payments provider focused entirely on the maritime industry. The aim of the partnership is to make it easier for ship operators and managers to…

Our CEO’s article is featured in the latest issue of Futurenautics Ltd.

Our CEO, Jens Lorens Poulsen’s article on collaboration, big data and utilities relevant to the Maritime Industry published in the new Futurenautic publication:

DA-Desk Announces Collaboration with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) to Increase Transparency in the Maritime Industry

June 2017 (London, UK | Dubai, UAE) – DA-Desk FZ-LLC, the largest independent provider of port cost management services, and the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), a non-profit chemical industry organization pushing to improve the safety and performance of transportation and storage for the chemical industry, today announced their partnership via the signing of a Memorandum of…

MarDocs is featured in the Baltic Briefing

POSTED ON 08 MAY 2017 BY THE BALTIC BRIEFING  MarDocs is highlighted in the article ‘Quick fixes in the cloud’, in the Baltic Briefing, May edition. “Speaking to Baltic Briefing, Harry Reardon Smith, Commercial Manager at Marcura, says: “Improving the fixture process is not about simply doing ‘as per last done’ digitally. It’s about focusing on the underlying issues…

Marcura Launches Industry’s First Cloud-based Fixture Manager

Dubai, UAE – December 19, 2016, – The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing business solutions to the maritime industry, today announced the launch of MarDocs™, an innovative, cloud-based collaboration tool. Supporting the automation of the chartering process Charterers find themselves with ever-growing numbers of fixtures that refer to “as per last” without…

Marcura and DA-Desk open representative office in Singapore

Singapore-based shipping and trading companies have become an increasingly larger part of the Group’s customer base and the opening of a regional office is part of the Group’s strategy to continue to place service functions closer to its customers. Heading up the new office and the initiatives in the region is Capt. Errol Gonsalves, who…

The Marcura Group Appoints New Executives for its Group Legal & Compliance.

New hires expected to support and strengthen the Group’s compliance-oriented offerings. September 8, 2016 (Dubai, UAE) – The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing innovative business solutions to the maritime industry, today announced the appointment of Taher Afridi as Senior Information Security Officer and Leanne Maw as Legal Counsel, who will…

DA-Desk: Meeting Compliance Requirements in Shipping & Maritime Services

Shipping companies are increasingly facing regulatory pressures. A growing list of requirements relating to financial and systems controls, and compliance with anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and sanctions laws, are some of the most important issues which vessel-operating companies need to navigate in order to not run afoul with various laws and regulations in the jurisdictions where…

Laytime-Desk: Considerations for Outsourcing Laytime Calculations

By Nigel Harkness, GM Laytime-Desk. First published on  Why could outsourcing of your laytime management benefit you? The process of reviewing the facts of a voyage after its completion, calculating the laytime in accordance with complex charter party terms, as well as obtaining a settlement, keeps commercial staff from more important day-to-day matters and could…

DA-DESK: Security and Fraud Protection In Maritime Transport & Shipping Services

First published on At DA-Desk, security and fraud prevention are at the top of our list when it comes to ensuring that our customers’ transactions and data are secure. Our customer-centric approach to confidentiality is what continues to set us apart from our competitors. Enterprise-grade security ensures that your business transactions are safe with us.…

Laytime-Desk: How To Simplify The Laytime Process In Maritime Transport

First published on It’s every ship owner’s frustration: mixed-up paperwork, which results in delayed or rejected claims. And most times, disagreements over laytime calculations seems to be unavoidable. An all-too-familiar predicament for many seasoned professionals in the maritime industry, misinterpreted charter-party (CP) clauses and laytime calculations can often prove to be a costly affair.…

The DA-Desk Difference: Leading with Co-Creation

First published on A growing trend in business and product development is ‘co-creation’. By its very name, it implies a collaboration between two or more parties. In our case, we partner with the customer – or user – in the creation of value. The term ‘co-creation’ is not new. However, it is now receiving…

The DA-Desk Difference: Customer Focused Service

Hans–Christian Mordhorst, Managing Director of DA-Desk, discusses the importance of understanding our customer profiles in order to attain optimal customer service. To watch his entire interview, click here:

United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress 2016

This is the first Communication on Progress Report for The Marcura Group, covering the period from June 2015 to May 2016. This Report has been inspired by the insights and commitment of one of our portfolio companies, DA-Desk FZ-LLC. Read the full report here:

TRACE Offers Complimentary Due Diligence Review To Port Agents In Partnership With DA-Desk To Increase Transparency In The Shipping And Maritime Industries

ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — TRACE International, the world’s leading anti-bribery standard setting organization, today announced the launch of a program as part of its Certify the World campaign to support commercial transparency in the shipping and maritime industries. In collaboration with its partner, DA-Desk, the world’s largest independent provider of port cost…

MarTrust: Sailors Honoured at Day of the Seafarer 2016

Suffice it to say, the layman’s understanding of the mysterious world of seafaring is restricted to watching Pirates of the Caribbean re-runs. In reality, the insurmountable odds faced by seafarers at the helm of the shipping industry the world over is often overlooked as we bask in the convenience of being spoilt for choice when…

Laytime-Desk: The Importance of Laytime and Demurrage Calculations

By Ken Anderson, Director of Special Projects When laytime and demurrage enthusiasts (yes, we know…), bloggers and industry people talk laytime, they seem to consistently circle around the same subjects: the implications of free pratique and BPVOY4, inchoate notice, this and that specific clause, and all the different interpretations stemming from interesting case studies and…

MarTrust: International Crew Payments and the Story of Six Wives

By Domenico Carlucci, Managing Director of MarTrust One of the main reasons why our customers use MarTrust’s payment processing services is that we are dedicated and always available. International crew payments can be the bane of many ship managers’ and masters’ lives. The current success rate of maritime payroll payments through traditional means averages at…

Meeting Customer Demands in Japan

Feautred in Kaiji Press, Japan  The Board and senior management of The Marcura Group recently visited the group’s customers in Tokyo. We were honored to be interviewed by and featured in the Kaiji Press, a dedicated maritime newspaper. We established our office in Tokyo back in 2013, and as reflected in this article, we found…

The Marcura Group appoints Managing Director for Marcura Nordics ApS, Copenhagen, Denmark

Dubai, UAE – May 23, 2016, – The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing innovative business solutions to the maritime industry, today announced the appointment of Kim Ahler as Managing Director of their Scandinavian representative office, Marcura Nordics ApS, located in Copenhagen, Denmark. To read entire press release, click here: English…

A Captain’s View on Smart Operations, Singapore, 12th May 2016

By Capt. Errol Gonsalves, The Marcura Group This 9th in the series of events organised by Fathom Maritime Intelligence had a more than moderate turnout last week in Singapore. Kudos to the speakers at the event!  The following is a short summary of the day: Smart Ships, Unmanned Ships, Paperless Ships, Ship Efficiency Data, Cybersecurity on…

A Captain’s View on Navigating Charter Parties

By Capt. Errol Gonsalves, The Marcura Group ‘A Rather Crypt’, ‘RecapHart Try’, ‘Act Harp Retry’ Those are some strange sentences! Perhaps they make some more sense when you learn that they are anagrams of ‘charter party’. Nothing more cryptic to a beginner in shipping than looking through a 50-page document and trying to make sense…

Marcura opens representative office in Copenhagen, Denmark

Dubai, UAE – May 1, 2016 – The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing innovative business solutions to the maritime industry, today announced the opening of Marcura Nordics ApS, their Scandinavian representative office located in Copenhagen, Denmark. To read entire press release, click here:

CMA Shipping 2016 – A Captain’s View

By Capt. Errol Gonsalves, The Marcura Group This is the ‘’must attend’’ classic event in the North American Shipping Calendar. Shipping 2016, organized by CMA, had more footfall this year than previous years; certainly a sentiment shared by many of the attendees. Did the low markets keep people away? Did the dire forecast for some sectors of the…


Dubai, UAE – April 01, 2016 – In the January/February 2016 issue of The Maritime Executive magazine, our Managing Director, Hans-Christian Mordhorst was interviewed by senior editor Jack O’ Connell. To read the online version, click here:

Cost Management in Emission Control Areas (ECA) 2016

ECA Compliance Methods The year 2015 has seen quite a few changes and challenges to the shipping industry including the reduction in oil prices, and currency fluctuations in South American countries such as the drop of the Brazilian Real and Mexican Peso. Arctic warming has opened up new routes while other areas suffer from global…

Shipping News, Weekly Round-up. 29 Oct – 4 Nov

The shipping industry by its nature encompasses national and international entities. Every voyage takes account of various factors such as the oil price, currency fluctuation, weather and various trade news that inherently affect the industry on a massive scale regarding routes, time efficiency and cost. Here is a roundup of the most relevant news of…

Maritime Sanctions Checks: The Impact on the Shipping Industry

The ever-changing world of politics has a far-reaching impact on both our personal and professional lives. Perhaps one of the most evident examples of this is the subject of sanctions and embargoes. These impact on the shipping industry in a number of different ways, from what goods you are allowed to carry and to where,…


POSTED ON 01 OCT 2015 ON WWW.DA-DESK.COM Dubai, UAE – October 01, 2015 – In a tight race, Ms. Lorena Medeiros from the Agency Brandao Filhos Fortship Agencia Maritima Ltda, Brazil won September photo competition with her amazing ‘Men at Work’ photo of The Port of Fortaleza, Brazil. Congratulations to Brandao Filhos Fortship Agencia Maritime…


POSTED ON 01 AUG 2015 BY PORTPOINT PortPoint’s PortCosts application is highlighted in the article ‘Data Overload’, in The Maritime Executive, July/August edition. Read the article here: or


POSTED ON 07 JUL 2015 IN SHIPPING NETWORK In the June 2015 issue of Shipping Network, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ magazine, Ms. Alexandra Wrage, the president of TRACE, writes about “how the industry can reduce corruption through collaborative compliance.”:  Ms. Wrage cited DA-Desk as an organization which provides industry participants with “an opportunity to…


POSTED ON 06 JUL 2015 ON WWW.THEDIGITALSHIP.COM Proforma Disbursement Account (PDA) Approval Mobile App launched Dubai, UAE – 6th July, 2015 – DA-Desk has launched a new service under its PortSpend ManagementTM solution, the Proforma Disbursement Account (PDA) Approval Mobile App. The mobile app is available to download from Google Play and App Store. Tanker…


POSTED ON 25 JUN 2015 ON MARITIME-EXECUTIVE The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing innovative business solutions to the maritime industry, announced the launch of PortPoint, an online platform with modules for port costs, port information and port agents’ data. Read the full press release here:

Marcura launches web-based platform for port data

The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing innovative business solutions to the maritime industry, today announced the launch of PortPoint, an online platform with modules for port costs, port information and port agents’ data. With the PortCosts module, users are able to quickly look up port costs globally based on data…


POSTED ON 14 APR 2015 IN SHIPPING NETWORK In the March 2015 issue of Shipping Network, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ magazine, Mr. Jake Storey, Vice Chairman of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), writes that “reducing corruption can only be achieved through an integrated approach from all stakeholders, governments, NGOs and international business.” He further…


POSTED ON 18 MAR 2015 ON WWW-DA-DESK.COM Dubai, UAE – March 17, 2015 – DA-Desk today announced that they have joined BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, as Associate Member. As a member of BIMCO, DA-Desk is now part of a community of over 2,300 global members from the maritime shipping industry, which includes…


POSTED ON 19 FEB 2015 ON WWW.DA-DESK.COM Dubai, UAE – February 19, 2015 – DA-Desk today announced the promotion of Hans-Christian Mordhorst as Managing Director of DA-Desk to support the continuous commercialisation of value-adding services to the company’s fast-growing list of customers. “Following a record year of new customer gains, we continue to pursue business…


POSTED ON 26 JAN 2015 ON WWW.CP-DESK.COM New online platform streamlines and automates charter party processes Dubai, UAE – January 26, 2015 – CP-Desk, a business unit of The Marcura Group that provides charter party administration services for brokers, owners and charterers, today officially announced the launch of their CP-VaultTM platform. CP-Vault offers brokers and…

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