Martin Bloem MA – Partner

Martin Bloem helps maritime companies to organize and create international business. Knowledge of the maritime market and experience with public affairs are his greatest strengths. His clients value his keen insights and benefit of his high level network.

Ever since Martin started his career at a maritime cluster organization in 1993, he was drawn to shipbuilding and shipping markets. It led him to pursue a job as a shipbuilding expert at the Dutch ministry of economic affairs. It was there where he got to know all the important players in the maritime industry and got familiar with international affairs through his work at the EU and OECD.

Martin’s experience at the Dutch ministry led him to become responsible for several maritime trade associations. He merged the marine equipment and shipbuilding associations into one strong representative body for the Dutch manufacturing industries.

Apart from his leadership role in central representative bodies, Martin’s fun is in maritime market research. Over the past few years, he published maritime market reports on West Africa, The Netherlands, Turkey, Indonesia, and Myanmar, and he initiated the international ‘maritime hotspots’ project. He was involved in the evaluation of the Dutch National Shipping Policy and in several short sea shipping-publications.

Areas of expertise:

  • Maritime Market Research
  • Public Affairs and Lobbying
  • Policy Evaluations
  • Export Promotion and Investments
  • Project Management

Although we are a private company, we cannot do without government. We need licenses, regulations that fit us, and where possible subsidies and grants for our business development. Marstrat guides us when we talk to governments. Our maritime public affairs are much better organized than before.

As a government we want to maintain close contact with the versatile maritime industry. We want to measure and evaluate the impact of our maritime policy, not only in shipping policy, but in shipbuilding policy as well



Talking tugs

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Over the past ten years, the world fleet increased from roughly 75,000 ships to almost 95,000 (+26%). The total gross tonnage went from 773 million to 1,300 million (+68%). Typically…


Photo gallery Think and Drink 2017

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On September 28th Charles Groenhuijsen gave an inspiring presentation on how Trump led protectionism and disruptive creativity impacts the maritime industry during the annual Think an Drink at KRZV De Maas.


Is your maritime business ready for recovery?

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We hear positive noises in the markets from brokers, researchers, ship-owners and even bankers. The global economy and international trade is recovering from the downturn and our clients see improvements…

Investment Guide Deal Drecht Cities

Regional maritime policy emerging

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A new phenomenon is rising in The Netherlands: regional initiatives for promotion and policy specifically focused on the maritime sector. Recently, Rotterdam started the branding campaign ‘Maritime Capital of Europe‘….