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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Climate Agreement for Shipping Is Now One Step Closer to Reality

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

After two weeks' intensive debate in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) , steps have been taken towards specific measures to reduce shipping's greenhouse gas emissions, says a statement from Danish Maritime Authority (DMA). However, difficult negotiations lie ahead in order to reach the necessary milestones. ​Last year, United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided that a final climate strategy should be adopted in 2023. As one important milestone in this connection, an initial climate strategy for the shipping industry should be ready in 2018.

Denmark Updates Insurance Claims Requirements

Danish ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 without a Certificate of Entry in a P&I Club from the international group of P&I clubs must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about alternative insurance for maritime claims before March 31, 2014. Danish ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 must carry a certificate confirming that insurance has been taken out to cover maritime claims. The certificates are issued by the insurance companies and are subject to the general control of ships and certificates. Most ships have a recognized Certificate of Entry. In case the ship does not have a Certificate of Entry, the Danish Maritime Authority must be informed about the insurance taken out before 31 March 2014. What is a recognized Certificate of Entry?

Danish Quality Shipping Promoted by Inspection Campaigns Abroad

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Every year, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) performs flag State inspections of ships abroad that are flying the Danish flag. In 2017, the number of control inspections will be increased to 60. Just before the 2016 Christmas and New Year's holidays, the Danish Maritime Authority carried out a two-week campaign in the USA to promote Danish quality shipping. The campaign took place in Houston and New York, respectively. The purpose of the campaign was to promote quality shipping under the Danish flag…

S. Korea, Denmark in Flag State Dialogue

Photo Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

Six government officials from South Korea are visiting the Danish Maritime Authority and, in this connection, they exchange experiences and knowledge about shipping, inspections and safety with the Danish authorities. The South Korean government officials are, inter alia, responsible for passenger ship safety in South Korea and are visiting Europe for other reasons as well. "This is a good example of how we exchange knowledge and experience with other countries. This dialogue is an important part of our endeavours to enhance safety…

Much Activity During Danish Maritime Days

Singapore’s Minister for Transport Tuck Yew Lui made a presentation to, inter alia, IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu and Minister for Business and Growth Henrik Sass Larsen in one of the many workshop groups at the Danish Maritime Forum

Danish Maritime Days was well visited, and there were many participants and great enthusiasm at the more than 50 events. Attendance at the many events tells that the maritime days were successful. The flagship of Danish Maritime Days was the large international conference Danish Maritime Forum, which was held on 8-9 October at Docken in the northern part of Copenhagen Port. Here, the organizers had succeeded in gathering the absolute elite within the maritime field for debate and workshops about the future maritime challenges.

Marine Claims Insurance Reminder by Danish Authority

Need to take insurance to cover maritime claims

If you own a ship with a gross tonnage (GT) of or above 300, you must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about your insurance for maritime claims by 31 March 2015. The requirement does not apply to foreign ships. It is about time to check your insurance for maritime claims. By 31 March 2015, at the latest, all Danish shipowners with ships of or above 300 GT must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about the insurance taken out to cover maritime claims. The requirement to forward information applies only if your insurances have not already been approved by the Danish Maritime Authority.

Submarine Found in North Sea

According to the report, the wreck found is UC-30. Photo Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Maritime Authority confirms having received a report on the finding of a wreck off the west coast of Jutland. The report also states that there are unexploded mines and torpedoes on board. However, currently the Danish Maritime Authority cannot confirm that the wreck found is UC-30. On the basis of the report, the Danish Maritime Authority has issued a prohibition against diving operations, anchoring and fishing in a radius of 1,000 metres around the position of the wreck due to the danger presented by the unexploded ammunition on board.

Safety Insight on Offshore Wind Industry

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

New safety analysis can be used to harmonize safety on board offshore vessels carrying wind turbine technicians. The Danish Maritime Authority is striving to make the International Maritime Organization (IMO) develop international standards. The Danish Maritime Authority has hosted two workshops with experts from the offshore wind industry at which a safety analysis was made for vessels carrying wind turbine technicians – now, this has resulted in a report. The normal operations…

Danish Registry's Tonnage Rise Despite Challenges

Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

2015 was another busy year for the Danish Maritime Authority in which many results were achieved – covering a wide span from growth to safety. This is evident from the annual report of the Danish Maritime Authority, which has just been published. Despite difficult market conditions for the industry, the gross tonnage registered in the Danish registers of shipping increased, just as 2015 was a good year in terms of safety on board Danish ships. "In many respects, 2015 was a challenging year for the Danish Maritime Authority…

2014 Was a Challenge for Danish Maritime Authority

Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

The 2014 annual report of the Danish Maritime Authority has been published. A record increase in the tonnage registered in Denmark, Danish Maritime Days and the adoption of the Polar Code are some of the important results in the previous year. Once again, the gross tonnage registered in the Danish Registers of Shipping beat a record with a gross tonnage of 14.9 million in 2014 compared to just below 13 million in 2013. Thus, the Danish merchant fleet is larger than ever. This is evident from the annual report of the Danish Maritime Authority, which has just been published on www.dma.dk.

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Meets D.G. of DMA

Chairman of the FMC paid a courtesy visit to Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Andreas Nordseth Photo Danish Maritime Authority

Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in the USA, Mario Cordero, visited the Danish Maritime Authority today in connection with his participation in Danish Maritime Days. The Chairman of the FMC paid a courtesy visit to Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Andreas Nordseth. The FMC is the maritime competition authority of the USA and functions as an independent body after having been separated from the US Maritime Administration in the Ministry of Transport.

Wreck Removal Convention Inforce From April

On 14 April 2015, the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into force

The insurance and certification requirements of the Convention on the Removal of Wrecks become effective this April. In this connection, the Danish Maritime Authority has a request for Danish companies and shipowners. All Danish ships of or above 20 GT (gross tonnage) must take out insurance or other financial security to cover the owner’s liability in connection with the removal of wrecks. The ships must not engage in trade at all if such insurance or other financial security is not held.

Shipping Nations to Promote Digital Certificates

E-Cert MoU by Danish Norwegian and Singapore Maritime Authorities is step in the right direction to digitalise shipping industry. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) Director General Andreas Nordseth, signed an agreement with Singapore and Norway on cooperation on digital certificates. The agreement is intended to make more countries migrate from paper certificates to digital certificates. The Danish Maritime Authority made world news when it announced on 24 June last year that from then on Danish ships were no longer to set to sea with heaps of paper certificates. Today the Danish Maritime Authority only issues digital certificates, which are very efficient and save time and money for both shipowners and authorities.

Date for Diary: Upcoming BWMS Conference

Invasive Zebra Mussels from ballast water: Image in public domain

The Copenhagen International Ballast Water Management Conference 2013 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on November 1, 2013.The conference focuses on the IMO Ballast Water Convention, which is expected to take effect at some point in the not too distant future. A number of international experts will provide answers to important questions about the ballast water of ships and the conventions impact on shipping, when the rules take effect. The conference is a combination of presentations and panel discussions, where there will be the opportunity to get questions answered.

Open Ship a Success

Danish Maritime Authority’s vessel Poul Løwenørn

Amaliekajen was buzzing with life during Culture Night, when the Danish Maritime Authority’s vessel Poul Løwenørn lowered the gangway and invited everyone interested on board. Many interested visitors turned up to see the Danish Maritime Authority’s inspection vessel Poul Løwenørn on Culture Night, 10 October, when open ship was held as a part of Danish Maritime Days. Here, the visitors could see the various types of buoys used as aids to navigation. They could also go to the…

Ship-borne Internet to Benefit Marine OEMs

The data flow will be transmitted continuously to shore-based organisations allowing the authorities, shipowners and marine equipment manufacturers to use the information in real-time. Photo Danish Maritime Authority

In 2017, the Danish Maritime Authority will contribute to a pilot project on the development and testing of a system that collects real-time data from various components on board ships. The Aalborg-based company GateHouse is behind the pilot project. A number of other companies and the Danish Maritime Authority will contribute to the testing of the new technology. They include shipowners such as Uni-Tankers and other companies such as Logimatic and two major Danish equipment manufacturers.

DMA's New Online System for Seafarers

Pic: Danish Maritime Authority

From 2 January 2017, Notices to Mariners will be available via a new and improved online system that also presents navigation warnings and shooting warnings. The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) also launches a digital solution for verification of the validity of seafarers' certificates. In the future, Notices to Mariners will be issued and made available on an ongoing basis and not only on Fridays. It will become possible to view the information graphically in a chart as well as in a new improved list format.

Rates, Fees of Danish Maritime Authority to be Revised

Courtesy  Danish Maritime Authority

A number of fee rates within the Danish Maritime Authority's area will be changed from 2016. The price schedule is available from the webpage of the Danish Maritime Authority. The Danish Maritime Authority has recalculated the rates of the fees within the Authority's area. certificates of proficiency and speedboat certificates. Furthermore, the hourly rate for surveys will be changed. In the future, the same hourly rate will apply irrespective of whether it concerns ordinary activities or commercial activities.

Denmark Nominates Nordseth for IMO Sec. Gen.'s Post

Andreas Nordseth

Denmark nominates Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth for the post as Secretary General of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). Today, Minister for Business and Growth Henrik Sass Larsen has announced that Denmark will nominate Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth as a candidate for the post as Secretary General of the IMO. The post will become vacant on 1 January 2016 as present Secretary General Koji Sekimizu will resign from his position at the end of 2015.

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.

Danish Maritime Authority Launches New Ship Survey

Danish Maritime Focus on Safety

From 1 January, the Danish Maritime Authority will survey all Danish passenger ships in a new way. Shipping companies are positive towards the new passenger ship survey which will, to a greater extent, involve the crew and the daily safety work. In cooperation with a number of passenger ship companies, the Danish Maritime Authority has developed a new way of surveying passenger ships. The project has just been evaluated and the involved companies and crews have received the new survey method well.

Maritime Growth Potential in Arctic Regions in Focus

Maritime Growth potential in Arctic region

The industrial policy seminar in Nuuk has identified the potential for and barriers to maritime growth in the Arctic regions. More than 70 persons from Danish and Greenland companies, organisations and authorities met for a maritime industrial policy seminar in Nuuk on 2 and 3 September 2014. Greenland Minister of Health and Infrastructure Steen Lynge opened the seminar. He stressed the importance of increased growth in the maritime industries in Greenland – while keeping focus on safety of navigation and environmental considerations.

Soon, the Vessel FEODORA II Can Call at Danish Ports

FEODORA II. Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Soon, the vessel FEODORA II can call at Danish ports in Flensborg Fjord, the Danish Maritime Authority says a press release. At a follow-up inspection on board FEODORA II, the Danish Maritime Authority has verified that the vessel is fitted with lifejackets, liferafts and the required fire-protection. The ship of captain and shipowner Alexander Klein "is equipped with the necessary life jackets, life rafts and fire protection. Thus the essential safety requirements for the ferry with passengers are to Danish ports in the Flensburg Fjord met "…

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