Danish Government News

26 Jul 2019

Denmark backs Britain's Hormuz Naval Plan

A UK Naval warship on patrol. CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Peter Cripps

Denmark said on Friday it welcomed a British government proposal for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz and would consider a military maritime contribution.Britain has sought to assemble the mission in Hormuz, used by tankers carrying about a fifth of the world's oil, following Iran's seizure of a British-flagged ship in what London said was an act of "state piracy".The initiative won initial support from Denmark, France and Italy…

28 May 2019

StormGeo Names Carsten Mortensen as Chairman

Carsten Mortensen. Photo: StormGeo

The weather forecasting services provider StormGeo AS has appointed Carsten Mortensen as new Non-executive Chairman to its Board of Directors.He brings more than 30 years of operational experience, having held leadership positions at global Nordic companies, such as A.P. Møller-Mærsk, D/S Norden and most recently as CEO of BW Group.Furthermore, Carsten Mortensen has been a strong advocate for the adoption of digital services and sustainable business practices through his Chairmanships of the Danish Shipowners Association and “Vækstteam”…

16 Apr 2019

Danfoss Hybrid Electric Ferry Operational

Thyborøn-Agger ferry in Northern Denmark. Image: Danfoss Editron

Danfoss Editron, a company specializes in hybrid and electric powertrain systems for off-highway and marine markets, said that it has provided the hybrid electric drivetrain system powering a new ferry connecting the communities of Thyborøn and Agger in north west Denmark.The ferry, which was delivered by the country’s Søby Værft shipyard, was ordered to replace the previous one that had been running for over 40 years and reached the end of its operational lifetime.Like most ferries in Denmark…

27 Jan 2019

Denmark Identifies Maritime Cyber Threats

Pic: Ports & Maritime Organization

Further to Gard's insight “It is time to strengthen your onboard cyber security procedures” of 12 December 2018, the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs recently published its Cyber and Information Security Strategy for the Maritime Sector.The strategy is part of the Danish government’s national strategy for cyber and information security and contains some interesting observations related to threats, risks and vulnerabilities in the Danish maritime sector."Whereas…

16 Jan 2019

Denmark Adopts New Strategy for Cyber Security

Pic: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has launched a new sectoral strategy for the shipping industry. The strategy is a part of the Danish government’s national strategy for cyber and information security.The strategy contains a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening IT security and preventing cyber threats in the maritime sector, according to a press release from Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).The objective of the strategy is to ensure that safety…

20 Nov 2018

Danish Parliament Includes Offshore Shipping in International Register

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Parliament has approved new regulation following extension of the rules on tax free net wages for seafarers to also include certain specialized vessels.According to Danish Maritime Authority, the Danish parliament adopted an extension of the seafarer tax scheme last spring, making it apply to the crew on certain specialized vessels in the offshore sector."Todays’ new act allows for ship owners and Danish trade unions to enter into agreements that cover all seafarers on vessels primarily engaged in offshore activities in Danish waters regardless of the seafarer’s place of residence…

16 Apr 2018

Clean Arctic Hails IMO Action on HFO

Photo: HFO-Free Arctic

The Clean Arctic Alliance has applauded progress by International Maritime Organization member states towards banning use of the world’s dirtiest fuel – heavy fuel oil – from Arctic shipping. It also called for Member States to make every effort to adopt and rapidly implement a ban by 2021, as proposed by eight IMO Member States and supported by other countries during the meeting. Plans to develop a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping, along with an assessment of the impact of such a ban…

14 Mar 2018

Danish Maritime Authority Conference on EfficienSea2

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is hosting the final conference of the EU-funded digitalisation project EfficienSea2 on the 5th and 6th of April. 32 partners from 12 different countries have been collaborating in the European project EfficienSea2 since 2015 to create a more digital maritime world. The project has focused on developing new communication platforms, international IT-standards and digital services for the maritime world. The project supports the effort recently initiated by the Danish Government through a plan for maritime growth and a digital strategy.

15 Jan 2018

Lauritzen Reflags Two Gas Carriers to Denmark

Photo: J. Lauritzen A/S

Lauritzen Kosan has reflagged two of its ships to Denmark for the first time since 2003. The registers of the two vessels, the Helena Kosan and the Linda Kosan, have been changed to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) as they begin a period time charter which will require an EU flag. “The reflagging of these two gas carriers to Denmark is driven by commercial arguments, and it goes to show that the Danish flag is now very close to being as competitive as Malta, Singapore and the Isle of Man.

24 Dec 2017

Denmark: New Regulations for Operating Personal Watercraft

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

When new regulations of the Danish Government become effective from 1 January 2018, operators of personal watercraft must complete a theoretical as well as a practical test. As part of the Danish Government’s efforts to enhance the safety of those using the sea for recreational purposes, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) will now require operators of personal watercraft and the like to hold a special personal watercraft license. Next year, everyone who wants to operate a personal watercraft must have passed a theoretical as well as a practical test to acquire a personal watercraft license.

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.

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.

07 Mar 2017

Maersk, Denmark Close In On North Sea Oil Deal

File photo: A.P. Moller - Maersk

Oil and shipping conglomerate A.P Moller-Maersk could land a deal with the Danish government on oil and gas operations in the North Sea within days, political sources with knowledge of the negotiations told Reuters on Tuesday. The deal will secure continued production in the Danish part of the North Sea and is seen as crucial for Maersk as it seeks to focus its operations on the North Sea and spin off its energy assets via a listing or merger. The Danish state has agreed to improved fiscal terms, the sources said.

31 Jan 2017

DMA Cutting Back Special Rules for Danish Shippers

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

A benchmark analysis shows that Denmark has 33 special requirements for ships flying the Danish flag, a number which the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) seeks to scale back as it aims to create a more favorable environment for shippers. “Denmark is characterized by quality shipping and Deloitte’s benchmark analysis confirms that Denmark is a good place to conduct maritime business,” said DMA Director General Andreas Nordseth. “We have been alleviating burdens for a long time and we have already abolished four of the 33 special requirements identified in the analysis.

20 Jan 2017

Danish Shipping Tribunal Relocated to Viborg

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

As part of the Danish Government's plan "Better balance – Government jobs closer to citizens and companies" (only available in Danish), the Danish Appeals Boards Authority was established on 1 January 2017. A large number of Danish appeals boards have relocated to the Danish Appeals Boards Authority in the city of Viborg in Jutland, including the Danish Shipping Tribunal. In this connection, secretarial assistance for the Danish Shipping Tribunal, which was previously provided by the Danish Maritime Authority, has been transferred to the Danish Appeals Boards Authority.

17 Nov 2016

Denmark to Go through with Near-shore Wind Farms

Denmark's right-wing minority government bowed to pressure from opposition parties and approved plans to build two near-shore wind farms, despite its earlier objections it said on Thursday.   After granting building rights for the wind farms to Swedish wind farm developer Vattenfall in September, the Danish government then announced its intention to cancel the projects, as it argued subsidy costs for renewable energy had become too high.   It reversed its decision following budget discussions with the country's other parties. (Reporting by Teis Jensen; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

23 Jun 2016

Maersk's New CEO Appointment Raises Prospect of Break-up

Soren Skou (Photo: Maersk Line)

Danish shipping and oil group A. P. Moller-Maersk could split up into separate companies, its chairman said on Thursday after naming Soren Skou, the head of its container business, as chief executive. Maersk shares rose more than 10 percent on the news with investors betting on a break-up and seeing the appointment as a sign of a more profound restructuring. "The question is whether we should be a large group, or whether we should be a number of independent companies," Chairman Michael Pram Rasmussen told Danish online media Finans.

13 May 2016

Danish Government Says Wind Power Became Too Expensive

The Danish government said on Friday it wanted to scrap plans to build five offshore wind farms as their output would become too expensive for consumers. The government estimates it would cost consumers 70 billion Danish crowns ($10.63 billion) to buy electricity from the plants with a total combined capacity of 350-megawatts. "Since 2012 when we reached the political agreement, the cost of our renewable policy has increased dramatically," said Lars Christian Lilleholt, energy minister in Denmark's Liberal party government. "We can't accept this, as the private sector and households are paying far too much. Denmark's renewable policy has turned out to be too expensive," he said.

12 May 2016

DONG Energy Set for Europe's Biggest Share Float This Year

Photo: DONG Energy

Danish wind farm developer DONG Energy, which analysts value as high as $13 billion, said on Thursday it plans to list its shares on the Copenhagen stock exchange this summer. Having built more than a quarter of the world's offshore wind farms, the company is a major player in Britain and Germany and has recently opened offices in the United States and Taiwan to cater for new growth markets. With a potential valuation as high as 85 billion Danish crowns (11.4 billion euros), Dong…

06 Feb 2015

Denmark Announces New Antipiracy Strategy

Martin Lidegaard (Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark)

The Danish government on Thursday announced a new three-year strategy for combatting piracy and armed robbery at sea. The Danish Foreign Ministry said that that the nation will expand its scanning into the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria. It still sees a focus on piracy off Somalia but will also target areas off West Africa where Denmark is said to have maritime interests. “With this strategy, Denmark will continue to be at the forefront of international efforts to combat piracy.

06 Dec 2014

Danish Maritime Takes Center Stage

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik at the Danish Maritime Forum.

The inaugural Danish Maritime Days was held with the goal of providing an open platform for a diverse range of industry stakeholders to collaboratively address some of the largest issues facing the maritime sector; but the event also showcased a resurging maritime nation asserting itself on the international radar. From October 6-10, 2014, maritime stakeholders from across the globe convened in Denmark for the inaugural Danish Maritime Days (DMD), held via a public-private partnership between Danish Maritime, the Danish Maritime Authority and the Danish Shipowner’s Association.

05 Sep 2014

State of Green Markets Green Blue Denmark

Blue Denmark is also green

Blue Denmark is also green. Therefore, Denmark’s official green brand, State of Green, is now launching a new theme on its website focusing on green maritime solutions. As a nation, Denmark has become well-known internationally in the green maritime field and now we intend to become even better at getting this across by means of State of Green’s new initiative that focuses on sustainable, green maritime transport and technological solutions. The background is the Danish Government’s Plan for Growth in Blue Denmark…

03 Sep 2014

Denmark's 'State of Green' Spotlights Green Maritime Solutions

Approaching ship: Photo Blue Denmark

Denmark’s official green brand, State of Green, is launching a new theme on its website focusing on green maritime solutions, informs the Government's 'Blue Denmark'. As a nation, Denmark has become well-known internationally in the green maritime field and now it intends to become even better at getting this across by means of State of Green’s new initiative that focuses on sustainable, green maritime transport and technological solutions. The background is the Danish Government’s Plan for Growth in Blue Denmark…

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