About us

DAN Shipping and Chartering is one of the UK’s leading independent bulk ships agents. Established in Hull in 1987, with locations throughout the UK, we’re known for the experience and local knowledge of our professional team whose combined industry experience is more than 200 years.

Our Purpose

“To provide the highest standards in ship agency and chartering services at ports throughout the UK by placing the customer at the heart of everything we do.”

Our Values

As a family-owned business, our values are part of everything we do, providing a unique experience of trust and partnership to ship owners, operators, port authorities, crew and other maritime stakeholders.

We’ve built our business on delivering an exceptional service to everyone we work with whether they’re customers, colleagues, business partners or suppliers. We aim to make every interaction with our business a positive and rewarding experience by providing service excellence and treating people the way we like to be treated ourselves.

We encourage teamwork, it makes us all better at what we do and makes every day more fun too. Respecting and supporting each other is part of our great culture that we all love being part of. We have an open and enjoyable working environment where talent and hard work are rewarded, and people have the opportunity to achieve their personal goals.

We are committed to the long-term, profitable future of our business and aim to achieve sustained growth that provides enhanced value to customers and industry partners and opportunities for our people. This is reflected in all the business decisions we make.

We’ve created a culture that encourages innovation. We ask our teams to challenge the status quo and welcome new ideas. It ensures we’re always improving and gives employees the opportunity to help drive our business forward.

By creating a sustainable and responsible business, we create long-term careers for people within the communities we work, however, our reach goes much further than that thanks to our foundation. We support our employees in their contribution to local charities and causes as well as national charities, give a percentage of our profits to the foundation and discount our services for charitable organisations.

“Our commitment to living and breathing these values every day empowers our employees to go the extra mile when delivering service excellence and gives everyone a real sense of pride in what they do.”

Steve Pullen, Managing Director

Social responsibility

We aim to make a positive and lasting difference to the communities we live and work in.
That’s why we created the pledge programme.

Every year we donate a percentage of our profits to the Matthew Good Foundation, a foundation created by our parent company. Our profit contribution provides vital funds that help charities and community projects continue their valuable work.

We encourage employees to take part in activities that enhance and serve the communities in which we live and work. This offers much-needed support to valuable projects and also has a positive impact on our employees’ personal development and approach to work and life.

We welcome the opportunity to support non-profitable and charitable organisations with their work. We offer non-profits and charities discounts to help make professional shipping and logistics services more accessible.

We work hard to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment, that’s why our head office is on one of the UK’s greenest business parks. We also work with our customers to help them reduce the environmental impact of their shipping and logistics needs, we do this through carbon offsetting and promoting services that are kinder to the environment such as port centric solutions.

The Matthew Good Foundation was established in 2011 when the Good family and company directors decided that the company had more to offer society than its core commercial activities. It would allow employees working within the John Good Group of companies, both the time and financial resources, to support charitable causes they are passionate about.

The Matthew Good Foundation was named after Matthew Good following his sudden death while taking part in a charity run. Matthew was a Director of the John Good Group of companies and was dedicated to the family business and everyone within it. The Foundation’s concept embodied his principles, values and commitment to the staff.

Today, the Matthew Good Foundation provides:

The Foundation will match funding raised by John Good employees for charitable events, endeavours and sponsorship.

Supporting and developing a charity or community project which an employee or family member has direct or indirect input into.

Supporting employees to start up their own grassroots community or charitable project.

We donate a percentage of our profits to the foundation every year to support employees and their immediate family in charitable and community work, fund-raising and supporting positive projects in the community.

Our awards

We’re very proud to be externally recognised for the great work of our team, we’ve received numerous awards over recent years including:

  • 2018: Winner – IBJ Awards, Bulk Ships Agent Award

  • 2018: Finalist – IBJ Awards, Customer Care Award

  • 2017: Finalist – IBJ Awards, Bulk Ships Agent Award

  • 2017: Finalist – IBJ Awards, Customer Care Award

  • 2017: Finalist – UK Northern Powerhouse, Transport/Logistics Company of the Year

  • 2016: Finalist – IBJ Awards, Bulk Ships Agent Award

  • 2015: Finalist – Family Business of the Year, Transport and Logistics

  • 2015: Finalist – Fastest 50 Awards, Yorkshire

  • 2015: Winner – Made in Hull, Many Generations Award

  • 2015: London Stock Exchange, 1000 Companies to inspire Britain

  • 2015: Finalist – Real Business Hot 100

  • 2015: Finalist – Growing Business Awards

  • 2015: Winner – North and East Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards, Best Large Commercial Building (John Good Head Office)

  • 2014: Finalist – Yorkshire Insider Growth 100 Awards

  • 2014: Finalist – Real Business Hot 100

  • 2012: Winner – Hull Daily Mail, Business of the Year

Our Heritage

DAN Shipping & Chartering is one of the UK’s leading independent ship agents and part of the John Good Group, a leading family-owned shipping and logistics provider.

Established in Hull in 1987, with locations throughout the UK, we’re known for the experience and local knowledge of our professional team whose combined industry experience is more than 200 years. Working closely with our sister company, BAY Shipping, we provide professional and efficient ship agency and chartering services nationwide.

We work with a broad range of blue-chip clients across a variety of industries, handling over 10 million tonnes of cargo each year including steel, coal, liquids, wood pellets, aggregates, gypsum and recyclables. We pride ourselves on providing a full range of professional ship agency and chartering services to ensure the smooth and efficient handling of vessels and cargo alike.


Founded in Hull


Acquired by the John Good Group


John Good Group acquires Bay Shipping


Finalist: Bulk Ship Agent of the Year at the IBJ Awards


Finalist: Bulk Ship Agent of the Year at the IBJ Awards


Finalist: Customer Care Award at the IBJ Awards


We are incredibly proud of our history and heritage, and the Good family values remain at the heart of everything we do.

Our parent company, the John Good Group, was founded in Hull in 1833 and is still under the ownership of the Good family today. John Good has earned itself an enviable reputation throughout the UK and abroad because of its vast experience, quality service and highly dedicated team of employees.

Over the past few years, the John Good Group has grown as a business, thanks to organic growth across each of its companies and strategic acquisitions in similar areas of trade with  similar values to those of the business and family.

The group now includes eleven different subsidiaries, each operating independently, but working together wherever possible. Our sister companies and other group subsidiaries include shipping, logistics, warehousing and travel companies.

Standard trading conditions

Copies of our STCs for you to keep.  These Conditions apply to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions (including any terms or conditions which any party purports to apply under any purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document).

British International Freight Association Standard Trading Conditions-2017

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Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
Standard Trading Conditions-2007

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Industry insight and the latest news from our team.

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Get in touch with DAN Shipping & Chartering:

Matthew Good House
Bridgehead Business Park
Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire
HU13 0DH
Ph: (01482) 226 875
Email: enquiries@danshipping.co.uk

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