Brian Mikkelsen News

07 May 2018

Danish Fleet Surpasses 20 million GT

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The total gross tonnage of the Danish ship registry recently surpassed 20 million GT for the first time in history.Denmark, which has been steadily climbing the ranks as a shipping nation, is currently the world's 12th largest register.The fleet under Danish flag continues to grow as the country’s government maintains efforts to ensure conditions are attractive for the maritime industry, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) noted, citing as an example the recent removal of registration fees for ships in Danish registries…

05 Apr 2018

Danish Projects Boost Maritime Digitalization

Brian Mikkelsen (Photo: Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs)

Digital nautical charts and better communication at sea are some of the concrete solutions that can boost the development of the maritime sector. Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, is pleased with the prospects of more digital cooperation across the EU when the results of the digitalization project are being presented at a conference in Copenhagen today and tomorrow. Representatives from the maritime sector are gathered today for the final conference of the digitalization project EfficienSea2.

09 Mar 2018

Denmark, Mexico Sign Maritime MoU

Map: Danish Maritime Authority

Denmark's Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen and Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Gerado Ruiz Esparza, have signed a maritime MoU to increase the two countries’ cooperation on maritime topics. Maritime topics such as digitalization and green shipping. The MoU was signed during the visit of the Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs to Mexico. The maritime MoU is part of the strategic partnership agreement that Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the Mexican president signed in April 2017.

23 Jan 2018

New Plan for Growth in the Danish Maritime Sector

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The Government’s Plan for Growth in the Danish Maritime Sector positions the country to become a global maritime hub by 2025. The plan counts initiatives aimed at making Denmark a global frontrunner within tests of maritime autonomous technologies and maritime digitalisation, creating more work-experience places at sea and increasing the number of applicants admitted to the training programmes for masters and ship officers, as well as ensuring the development of an overall maritime marketing strategy in close cooperation with the industry.

19 Jan 2018

Denmark is World's Sixth-Biggest Seafaring Nation

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish-controlled fleet is increasing. Taking the sixth place on the list of the world’s major shipping nations given as operated tonnage, Denmark has advanced one place. Already from early 2018, Danish shipping has a fair wind and has succeeded in advancing on the list of major shipping nations. This is demonstrated by the most recent overview from IHS Markit (Sea-web). At present, Danish shipping is undergoing positive developments. This is now directly deductible from the ranking list of the world’s major shipping nations.

10 Dec 2017

Denmark Calls for Regulation for Autonomous Ships

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

​Maritime regulation should be made more flexible if it is to support the development of autonomous ships. A new report published by The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) identifies where changes in maritime regulation are needed. The report will be used as a platform for the future effort of The Danish Maritime Authority to develop regulation and make it digitalisation-ready. The Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, said: ”It is important that Denmark and Danish companies are at the forefront of technology and digitalisation.

01 Dec 2017

Growth in Blue Denmark Through New Regulations

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Parliament (Folketinget) has adopted a number of new initiatives in the maritime area which will, inter alia, make it easier to keep and ensure growth in Danish maritime activities and boost the pleasure craft business. Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Brian Mikkelsen said: "These initiatives will help ensure that the Danish flag remains attractive in a globalised world. The Danish Parliament has adopted new regulations in four areas. The provisions on foreign owners’ possibility of having ships registered under the Danish flag have been adjusted and clarified.

20 Nov 2017

Tuco, Sea Machines Partner to Build Autonomous Workboats

(Photo: Sea Machines)

Boston based Sea Machines Robotics said it will collaborate with Danish boat builder Tuco Marine to offer remote and autonomous control products as factory options in Tuco’s line of ProZero workboats. Last week, the two companies successfully demonstrated the remote command capability of the Sea Machines 300 technology at Danish Maritime Authority's “Zooming into Marine Autonomy Conference” where they gave live remote command of the water craft to Danish Minister of Industry, Brian Mikkelsen.

14 Nov 2017

Denmark Zooms in on Developments in Autonomous Shipping

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

A conference on autonomous ships hosted by the Danish Maritime Authority zooms in on the potential for using new technology on board ships. Before long, the Danish Maritime Authority can take the next step in its efforts to create a sound and safe framework for utilising new technology in shipping. At the international conference “Zooming in on autonomous ships”, which was held today, and which had been arranged by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) in cooperation with Danish Shipping and Danish Maritime…

27 Oct 2017

Denmark's Stricter Regulations for Vessels

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

To increase safety at sea, requirements will be introduced for a personal watercraft certificate and insurance as well as improved possibilities of imposing sanctions after accidents involving personal watercraft, powerboats and similar vessels, said Danish Maritime Authority (DMA). ​Today, the Danish Government has submitted a bill for consultation to increase the safety of persons involved in recreational activities at sea. The bill submitted for consultation proposes to require operators of personal watercraft and powerboats to take out liability insurance in the future.

16 Jun 2017

Autonomous Ships on IMO Agenda

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

Now, the International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Maritime Safety Committee will start to establish a new international legal framework for the safe operation of autonomous ships, says a statement from Danish Maritime Authority. Together with a number of countries, Denmark, has taken the initiative to include autonomous shipping on the IMO agenda. United Nations' IMO is in line with the proposal and will now start mapping how existing international regulation can be applied to autonomous ships and maritime technologies; technologies that are developing rapidly these years.

24 May 2017

Denmark Tightene Water Scooter Regulations

Pic: Danish Maritime Authority

Danish Ministry of Industry will launch a set of new initiatives to enhance safety at sea when operating water scooters, jet skis, speed boats and the like. The new initiatives are to prevent accidents at sea by securing, inter alia, that those riding water scooters have the skills needed and are familiar with current regulations. At the same time, the new initiatives are to make it easier to identify water scooters and their owners and to hold somebody responsible and intervene when the rules are not observed and others' safety is jeopardised.

23 May 2017

Denmark Paving Way for Digitalization

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has launched pilot project to examine the value of blockchain technology. When they want to register ships today, shipowners are still required to fill in and handle documents manually. With the goal of helping to promote digitalization in Blue Denmark, DMA has launched a pilot project to shed light on the long-term possibilities of digitalizing the entire ship registration process. “The Maritime Strategy Team has recommended full digitalization of, inter alia, the Register of Shipping.

29 Apr 2017

New Safety Standards for Passenger Vessels on Flensburg Fjord

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) signed a common agreement on safety standards for the carriage of passengers in the Flensborg Fjord. This agreement clearly defines the scope of safety standards to be met by passenger vessels and ferries. For instance, vessels must be equipped with lifejackets, life rafts and the necessary fire safety. If these requirements are met, Germany inland water way vessels will be allowed to carry passengers…

21 Apr 2017

Denmark Aims to be Global Maritime Power Hub

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Government receives recommendations from the Maritime Strategy Team on how to maintain the Danish stronghold as a maritime nation towards 2025. The Maritime Strategy Team, headed by Chairman Jesper Lok, presents its recommendations to the Danish government. The recommendations represent the maritime industry’s input on maintaining and strengthening the industry’s international competitiveness and making Denmark a global maritime power hub. The maritime industry – Blue Denmark – represents 25 % of Danish exports, making it the largest Danish exporting industry.

20 Mar 2017

Denmark Studies Autonomous Shipping

In the future, autonomous ships may have a central role to play in Denmark. A pre-analysis made by the Danish Technological University (DTU) and the Danish Maritime Authority points to the need to develop technological solutions. As the entire transport sector vigorously strives to develop autonomous solutions, many developments have come a long way, especially for cars and trucks. The shipping industry too will see more new autonomous technology solutions, just as drone technology will become more widespread. The Danish Maritime Authority has therefore cooperated with the DTU to consider the development potential of autonomous ships in more detail. “Blue Denmark must – just as the rest of the Danish business sector – be frontrunners within technological developments.

14 Dec 2016

Danish Shipowners Partnership for Green Shipping

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Shipowners' Association, the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark and the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs have concluded a partnership. "The Danish Shipowners' Association, the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark and the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs have concluded a partnership to strengthen cooperation and dialogue across Blue Denmark within the maritime environmental area," says a press statement from Danish Maritime Authority. The partnership is to represent Danish interests globally.

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