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Friday, June 22, 2018

Danish Maritime Authority News

Danish Quality Shipping Promoted by Inspection Campaigns Abroad

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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…

DMA Re-elected to IALA Council

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With the re-election to IALA Council, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) remains at the center of international cooperation on issues of safe navigation, autonomous ships and the use of new technology. For the first time ever, the IALA Council election was contested, and Denmark – represented by the DMA - is among the elected countries. Andreas Nordseth, Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority said: “I am pleased that we once again got a place in IALAs’ Council. IALA…

DMA Expands International Cooperation on e-Navigation

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) widens the international work on digitalization and e-navigation and enters into a cooperation agreement with South Korea, Sweden, Australia and China. Up until today, Denmark has had cooperation agreements (MoU) on e-navigation with South Korea and Sweden, but in order to strengthen the focus on digitalization in the maritime sector, the cooperation is now widened to include Australia and China. On the morning of June 4th, Andreas Nordseth…

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.

Safety Insight on Offshore Wind Industry

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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…

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.

DMA Approves Tests Providers for Yachtsmen

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Currently, the Danish Maritime Authority is in the process of approving test providers and issuers of certificates for yachtsmen. ​The approval is made in accordance with new regulations that entered into force earlier this year. These provisions make it possible for organisations within the yachting area to offer tests for yachtsmen. In 2017, this is of relevance only within the field of powerboat licenses and certificates of proficiency. The first approved providers, i.e. the Dansk Fritidssejler Union (Danish Yachting Union) and the Dansk Sejlunion (Danish Sailing Association)…

DMA Digitaliz On-board Health Care

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Now, the Danish Maritime Authority makes a digital version of the Radio Medical Record available on the website. This new feature is a small step on the road to digitalization. These years, the Danish Maritime Authority is striving to digitalize as many work processes as possible to ease the burdens imposed on both seafarers and the industry as much as possible. The Danish Maritime Authority continues its work within the fields of digitalization and the utilization of technological solutions for the benefit of Blue Denmark.

DMA Inaugurates New Headquarters in Korsør

The Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs Brian Mikkelsen. Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The headquarters of the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is now located in Korsør. Initially, the Danish Maritime Authority is established in temporary premises until the final domicile is ready. The Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs inaugurated the new headquarters of the Danish Maritime Authority. He was joined by the Mayor of the Municipality of Slagelse and the Director General and CEO of Danish Shipping as well as nearly 100 guests. With the relocation to Korsør…

DMA Zooms in on Autonomous Ships

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Together with Danish Shipping, Danish Maritime and IDA Maritime, the Danish Maritime Authority will be hosting an international conference on autonomous ships on Tuesday (14 November 2017) in Copenhagen. All over the world, great efforts are being made these years to develop new ship technologies. Research is already far progressed and, at the same time, the Danish Maritime Authority is striving to clarify how the authorities can ensure, insofar as possible, that regulation does not present a barrier to the future use of technological solutions in shipping.

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…

DMA Visits Ghana

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) accompanied Her Majesty the Queen on her official state visit to Ghana on 23-24 November 2017 to discuss current maritime challenges and maritime authority-to-authority cooperation. The Danish Maritime Authority took part in Her Majesty the Queen’s official state visit to Ghana on 23-24 November 2017 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence; furthermore, the state visit served to mark Danish-Ghanaian relations. A major maritime delegation, including the Danish Maritime Authority, was also a part of the state visit.

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.

Danish Maritime Authority Supports Maritime Cultural Days

’POUL LØWENØRN’ will be alongside in Korsør in connection with the Maritime Cultural Days

The Danish Maritime Authority's buoy tender ’POUL LØWENØRN’ will be alongside in Korsør in connection with the Maritime Cultural Days. The vessel will be open to visitors throughout Saturday, 27 August. Safety of navigation is at the centre of the Maritime Cultural Days, and you can experience a variety of aspects of safety at sea if you visit the large buoy tender. On board the vessel will also be representatives of the ’SejlSikkert’ (safe navigation) campaign, which the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board is a part of.

Danish Maritime Authority Use Drones for Inspection

Danish Maritime Authority has procured a four-armed drone and Constructing Architect Jesper Kern Hansen has been certified as a drone pilot.

The Danish Maritime Authority now has its first certified drone pilot and will, in the future, use the drone as a supplement in connection with inspections of the Authority's lighthouses. A small pocket camera is put through a hole in the ceiling and a photo is taken in the little dark area. From the outside, the naked eye and binoculars are used. Often, this has been reality when surveyors from the Danish Maritime Authority have assessed the condition of a lighthouse roof. Now, they have totally different possibilities.

Danish Maritime Authority to Study Unmanned Shipping

Many believe that masterless ships may become reality within a very short period of time. Surely, the technology for unmanned ships is coming, yet it remains unknown exactly where, when and to what extent. Now, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), together with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is seeking the answers for these unknowns by launching a prestudy on autonomous ships. DMA said the purpose of its cooperation with the DTU is, firstly, to increase the common knowledge base and to set the preliminary frames so that the development and use of unmanned ships can come about in an appropriate manner. Minister for Business and Growth…

Danish Maritime Authority Conference on EfficienSea2

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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.

Danish Maritime Authority to Publish 2 Years of AIS Data

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It will soon become possible to access automatic identification system (AIS) data covering the last two years. Thanks to the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), historical data from as far back as October 2014 will be available (in Danish) from www.soefartsstyrelsen.dk. AIS is a very high frequency (VHF) based navigation and anti-collision tool that enables the exchange of ship-to-ship information. This information is collected in a shore-based AIS system operated by the DMA, who makes its historical AIS data publically available so that those who wish to do so can make AIS analyses.

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.

Ship-borne Internet of Things Will Benefit Marine Industry

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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 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. 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.

Danish Maritime Authority Powerboat License

Now it has become easier to find out whether a powerboat license is required for your boat. The Danish Maritime Authority has added a new function, making it possible for you to insert your boat's length and output and then see whether a powerboat license is required for your boat. The function is available for boats below 15 metres. A powerboat license is always required for water scooters and jet skis. If you operate a water scooter or are jet skiing, you are always required to have a powerboat license. Remember that you are only permitted to use water scooters more than 300 metres from the coast and you must observe the regulations for preventing collisions at sea. You can get more information from the Danish Nature Agency.

DMA's New Online System for Seafarers

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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.

Danish Maritime Authority improves information for seafarers

Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

From January 2, 2017, Notices to Mariners will be available via a new and improved online system that also presents navigation warnings and shooting warnings. 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. Christian Kopp Pedersen, Manager of Navigation and Information in the Danish Maritime Authority, ”The new chart view will provide a far better overview of which notices are of relevance to each individual user.

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