niels winther


Niels Winther Maritime is a fully independent and privately owned company founded Esbjerg, Denmark back in 1931 but have roots back to the small neighbouring island of Fanø which was a significant center of trading and shipping in the days of sailing vessels.

The company is named from its founder who based his business mainly on ship broking and ship owning activities. Mr. Niels Winther died just a few years after founding the company which was subsequently sold out of the family. The name of the company has remained through the years although the ownership has changed a few times.

The focus of the business was for many years traditional ship broking but especially since the early 1990’s port agency has become a more and more significant part of the company’s activities. Since January 2020 Niels Winther Maritime is part of SDK Group


Niels Winther Martitime is part of SDK Group.

The SDK Group is a dynamic business in growth. A company with the objective to continuously develop the core business to be at the forefront of the latest advancements, that caters to your wishes and expectations. 

We facilitates all activities within shipping, logistics, chartering and services for the cruise industry in Northern Europe. Here we are locally based in a regional set-up that makes it possible to quickly execute your needs. For example, by drawing on our global network.

One portal to an effective solution

With roots in maritime Denmark, our history dates back to 1876. To a small local shipbroker company in Fredericia, which evolved over time to be a significant player in shipping and logistics. With a focus on giving you one portal to a uniform and effective solution through the business areas, which our services cover, the SDK Group’s growth is based on the acquisition of the following companies:

  • DK-Control
  • Franck & Tobiesen
  • J. Gotfred Jensen Shipping
  • Randers Agencies
  • Rasmus Christensen Shipping
  • SDK Shipping
  • Thomas Wang
  • TransFargo
  • Fa Carstens Shipping
  • Frederikshavn Shipping
  • Chr. Rørholms Eftf.
  • Waterway Chartering

SDK is a part of the family-owned USTC Group – A/S United Shipping and Trading Company Ltd. An international group, which in addition to shipping and logistics also undertakes the purchase, sale and procurement of fuel for ships and tanker shipping.

As a part of the USTC Group and in the SDK framework, you will meet us a constellation that gives you the favourable benefits and new opportunities. Through our global network, we guarantee service, support and consulting tailored to international conventions while at the same time you will experience the closeness inherent in a locally based relationship. In cooperation with SDK, you only need one partner.