Danish Maritime Authority News

04 Nov 2019

BAWAT Wins IMO BWTS Type Approval

Marcus Hummer (Photo: BAWAT)

Unique pasteurization treatment system sails through new tougher type approval process to give shipowners better peace of mindBAWAT, the Danish manufacturer of a unique opex-neutral ballast water treatment system, has been granted IMO Type Approval for its technology that uses only a ship’s own waste heat to kill off invasive species.Type Approval certification has been issued by Lloyd’s Register on behalf of the Danish Maritime Authority and makes the BAWAT system one of the first to be tested and issued with approval under the new toughened mandatory requirements of the IMO’s BWMS Code…

15 Oct 2019

Maritime Cooperation between Ghana and Denmark

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Ghanaian tugboat masters in Denmark to acquire new tools of the trade - A team of tugboat masters just finished a training program in Denmark as part of the strategic sector cooperation between Denmark and Ghana.The training has provided the tugboat masters with new tools on how to carry out tugboat missions in the Port of Tema – one of the biggest and busiest ports on the West African coastline.The tugboat masters have shared in kind their views and experiences from tug operations in their own territorial waters.Charlotte Ahrendt Steen…

13 Oct 2019

DMA Fully Established in Korsør

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA),  a government agency of Denmark that regulates maritime affairs, announced that all of its employees at head office have now landed in Korsør, as it fully established there.The last employees have now moved from Valby to the new premises, which is divided into three locations in Korsør. The main address is at Caspar Brands Plads 9, Korsør.The two other locations are at Fjordvænget 30 and Batterivej 7. At Casper Brands Plads, the Danish Maritime Authority has set up a meeting centre…

26 Sep 2019

Authorities Gather to Discuss Enforcement of Sulphur Limits

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This week, the Danish Maritime Authority is hosting the 6th annual meeting for international sulphur experts who will combine forces to cooperate on further developing effective enforcement.The purpose of the meeting is to exchange knowledge and best practice for surveillance and enforcement. Many of the experts have experience from enforcing local sulphur regulations, particularly the Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA). The discussions will further develop these learnings…

10 Sep 2019

Denmarks Maintains QUALSHIP 21 Status

Andreas Nordseth, Director General. Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The QUALSHIP 21 program (United States Coast Guard's Quality Shipping for the 21st Century Program) has existed since 2001, helping improve safety of shipping by identifying high-quality ships and thus promoting ship quality standards.Denmark has once again demonstrated high standards for quality shipping resulting in international recognition through the QUALSHIP 21 program."Danish shipping is quality shipping. Safety and growth are the hallmarks of quality shipping, and therefore I am pleased that Danish shipping continues to live up to these high standards…

28 Aug 2019

Greenland Summit Focus on Polar Code

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Changing climatic conditions are opening up the polar regions to more and more maritime activity, said International Maritime Organization (IMO).But ships which operate in the harsh Arctic and Antarctic regions are exposed to many unique risks – so their safety, and the protection of the polar environment, have always been a matter of concern for IMO.IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim is visiting Ilulissat, Greenland (25-29 August) to participate in a high-level roundtable on Arctic shipping.

26 Aug 2019

New Rules on Med Exam in Danish Ships

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The order for medical examinations of seafarers and fishermen will be changed on September 1, 2019, said the Danish Maritime Authority.Due to this change, it is no longer a requirement to hold a Danish Health Certificate when employed on Danish ships.Rasmus Høy Thomsen, Director said: "The change removes an administrative burden and at the same time making it easier to be a seafarer on Danish ships."In future, seafarers can use health certificates issued by an approved maritime…

10 Jul 2019

Denmark Launches Digital Shipping Register

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Denmark will have a digital register of shipping by 2020 that will lower costs for business communities and provide easier access to data, announced the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).DMA will now start developing the new digital Danish Register of Shipping. This specifically means that future reporting and registration of ships will occur digitally. Furthermore, it will be easier and faster to access data."As one of the first in the world, we are making the move to digital registration with our new register of shipping, which we are now starting to develop.

26 Jun 2019

DMA to Celebrate WAtoN Day

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) announced that the international Marine Aids to Navigation Day (WAtoN Day) will be held around the world for the first time.DMA marks the WAtoN Day at Nakkehoved Lighthouse in collaboration with Museum Nordsjælland on July 1, 2019.The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) will together with many national marine administrations including Denmark celebrate the WAtoN Day under the theme "Successful Voyages…

14 Jun 2019

MSC Approves Mooring Measures

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved measures to improve the safety for seafarers when mooring ships.Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) said in a press release that between 5 and 14 June, MSC met in London to discuss current issues related to the safety and security of global shipping.Part of the agenda was dedicated to the draft measures for safe mooring operations as prepared by the SDC sub-committee based on proposals originally…

29 May 2019

DMA Begins Digital Voyage

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has launched a pilot project on digital certificates for seafarers.MUMBAI MÆRSK heads out from the Port of Aarhus for destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia with crew certificates that are entirely digital instead of traditional paper certificates yesterday (May 29). This is simpler, faster and safer for seafarers, shipping companies and authorities.During the voyage, the merchant ship will call into port in Germany, Morocco, Singapore, China and South Korea, where it will collect data and knowledge about the use of digital certificates for seafarers.

06 May 2019

DMA to Launch Digital Certificates for Seafarers

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Soon, seafarers can access their certificates from a smartphone. The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is preparing the launch of digital certificates for seafarers.According to an official media note from DMA, the development is underway, and an initial test voyage will begin later this month. Digital certificates are expected to make things simpler, faster and safer, it said."For those with practical experience in the burdensome handling of the many pieces of paper used for documentation for seafarers today, the digital certificates will be a welcome change.

30 Apr 2019

China, Denmark Annual Dialogue on Maritime

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The Danish Maritime Authority and the Chinese Ministry of Transport met for a maritime dialogue meeting in Guangzhou, China, on April 29-30.Since 2010, the Danish Maritime Authority and the Chinese Ministry of Transport, including the Bureau of Water Transport, have met for annual maritime dialogue meetings.The meetings provide the opportunity to discuss the cooperation between Denmark and China in the maritime area and to exchange views on the challenges facing the sector."Denmark and China have many common interests within the maritime field…

24 Apr 2019

Personal Watercraft Certificate Mandatory in Denmark

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If you are going into the water on a personal watercraft, remember that you need a personal watercraft certificate, said Danish Maritime Authority (DMA)."You must have a personal watercraft certificate to use a personal watercraft or similar vessel. Watercraft certificates are a requirement, whether you own or rent the vessel," said a press note from DMA."You can get the personal watercraft certificate by passing a test. During the test you will, among other things have to show your knowledge of the shipping regulations…

12 Apr 2019

Denmark to Sniff Out Sulfur Polluters

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In the coming months, a large drone will check emissions from ships in Danish waters to make sure they comply with the sulphur limit, said Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).The drone is provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency, and is to be used as a means of preventing ship pollution.The drone is fitted with a so-called "sniffer” capable of measuring sulphur emissions. Entering the ship's exhaust gas plume, the drone can register the amount of sulphur in the fuel. These data are immediately available to Danish authorities…

02 Apr 2019

Torqeedo's Propulsion for VIKING LifeCraft

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Torqeedo  developed a specialized high-thrust electric propulsion system for VIKING’s revolutionary new LifeCraft survival craft, which are designed to speed safe evacuation of hundreds of passengers from ships at sea.The 203-passenger LifeCraft is a motorized inflatable vessel designed to deploy from a shipboard storage/launch station. Passengers board the boats through escape chutes. Once each boat is fully loaded, the crew maneuvers it to a safe standoff distance from the ship…

25 Mar 2019

Denmark, Ghana Pact to Enhance e-Navigation

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Ghana and Denmark signed a Memoranda of Agreement to enhance e-navigation in the maritime sector and support implementation of international maritime regulations.The Minister of Transport, Ghana  Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, along with the newly appointed Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Thomas Kofi Alonsi and the Director General Andreas Nordseth from the Danish Maritime Authority, signed the contract for three-year collaboration.The contract was also signed by the Danish…

21 Mar 2019

Incat Crowther Ferry for Samso Rederi

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The marine engineering design company Incat Crowther announced the construction of a 35m Catamaran Passenger Ferry for Samso Rederi in Denmark.The Incat Crowther 35 will operate between the Aarhus and the island of Samso, an island of natural beauty sitting off the Jutland Peninsula, said a press release from the provider of architect and engineering service specializing in catamaran and monohull designs.The intention of the new operation is to bolster tourism and trade between the island and the mainland.

13 Mar 2019

World-first Approval for VIKING LifeCraft Survival Craft

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has officially approved the VIKING LifeCraft Survival Craft as a Novel Life-Saving Appliance, meeting the requirements for replacing conventional lifeboats on passenger ships and advancing progress toward greater safety in large-scale ship evacuation emergencies.Following successful heavy weather trials in November last year, the Survival Craft component of VIKING Life-Saving Equipment’s unique hybrid lifeboat/liferaft solution, the VIKING LifeCraft System…

22 Feb 2019

IMO On Track for 2020 Sulphur Cap

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) made substantial progress towards the Organization’s final preparations for the new global Sulphur regulation which enters into force on 1 January 2020.A release from Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) pointed out that IMO's sub-committee on Pollution Prevention and Response met in London this week to discuss a number of issues related to the marine environment.Following up on previous decisions by the IMO concerning the entry into force on 1 January 2020 of the new 0.50 per cent limit of Sulphur content in marine fuels…

12 Feb 2019

New Maritime Connectivity Platform Launched

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The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium has been established and a Platform launched last Friday during the conference e-Navigation Underway 2019.The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) is an open source technology a digital maritime domain. It brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems.

31 Jan 2019

Denmark Strengthens Ship Security

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has taken steps to strengthen the safety and navigation of ships with new regulation on cyber security in the Danish maritime sector.As was underlined in the Danish governments’ recently released Cyber and Information Security Strategy for the Maritime Sector, Danish ships must be protected from cyber attacks."This is also the principal purpose of the Danish Maritime Authority’s new Order on security in network and information systems of importance to safety and navigation of ships…

27 Jan 2019

Denmark Identifies Maritime Cyber Threats

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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…

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