Heritage

Bidsted & Co. A/S was founded by Mr. Hilding Bidsted in Copen­hagen on 2 September 1940. As the Second World War swept across markets, Mr. Bidsted estab­lished the company with focus on merchant shipping. To this day, the perse­ver­ance and crafts­man­ship shown by our founders consti­tute the core of Bidsted´s culture. Our values have remained the same since 1940; compe­tence, trust­wor­thi­ness and depend­abil­i­ty.

In the booming post-war period, the company expanded its activ­i­ties from carrying coal to also primarily servicing Danish coaster and bulk-carrier owners. In all modesty, Bidsted has been a major contrib­u­tor in making the Danish Shipping community what is it today, renowned for its profes­sion­al­ism and personal touch.

The global recession – the subprime meltdown of 2007/2008 – and the ‘Lehman crash’ created havoc in the global markets and the aftermath still to his date, looms over most shipping markets and brokering has been spared. In 2016, Bidsted initiated a thorough strategic review and decided to unwind joint ventures and close overseas repre­sen­ta­tion and focus on bringing the firm back to where it all started: one major hub based in Copen­hagen, enjoying a simple business concept, strategy and culture. Bidsted now focuses on serving European and Far Eastern dry cargo charter­ers, operators and shipown­ers.