US Sends Aid to Greenland in Bid to Counter China, Russia in Arctic
The United States announced a $12.1 million economic aid package for Greenland on Thursday aimed at strengthening mutual ties and boost a renewed U.S. push for a greater military presence in the Arctic.The move to improve ties with Greenland drew criticism from Denmark, which less than a year ago rebuffed U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to buy the vast Arctic island as “absurd.”Greenland, which on Thursday welcomed the money, is becoming increasingly important for the U.S. military and for the U.S.
Denmark to Introduce Digital Ship Registration
A proposal for new legislation has to advance digitalisation of the Danish International Registry of Shipping (DIRS) been submitted to the Danish Parliament.If adopted, digital ship registration will move closer to becoming reality, which will in turn reduce paper-work and time spent on transmission of document, said Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).In order to facilitate the digitalisation of both deeds and mortgages as well as the work routines of registration, the new proposal aims at adapt-ing provisions in the Maritime Act and the Mortgage Bill."These changes will make it easier to carry out digitalisation of the Danish register which is expected to happen in 2020…
Danish Parliament Includes Offshore Shipping in International Register
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," it said.The Danish government recently enacted a new bill to amend the rules on ship registration…
DMA: Third Party Liability Insurance Mandatory for Small Vessels
After new regulation, all speedboats with a hull length below 15 m, personal watercrafts/jet skis and similar vessels must now be covered by a 3. part liability insurance. Danish Maritime Authority informed that if the vessel does not have insurance coverage, you are not allowed to operate it. The new requirements regarding mandatory third party liability insurance, strict liability in case of personal injury and loss of pendant as well as wider options for confiscation of vessels have come to into force yesterday (May 15). In April, the Danish parliament passed a bill intended to increase safety at sea. The new rules require you to have a third party liability insurance in cases of injury, loss of pendant or property damage.
Danish Fleet Surpasses 20 million GT
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…
New Legislation in Danish Registers of Shipping
A legislative amendment abolishing the registration fee for vessels in the Danish Registers of Shipping has been adopted by the Danish Parliament. The amendment increases the attractiveness of the Danish Flag as it now offers the same benefits as foreign Flags. With the amendment comes increased economic activity and international influence, when the Danish Flag attracts more vessels from both national as foreign shipowners. The amendment enters into force on the 1st of May 2018, but will do so with retroactive effect from the 1st of January 2018. It is possible to receive a refund of the registration fee provided that it has been paid during the period 1st of January 2018 to 30th of April 2018 and provided it exceeds an amount of 200 DKK.
Maersk Oil, Partners Approve USD 3.2bln Tyra Gas Project
Maersk Oil has announced that the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) has approved an investment of approximately 21bn DKK in the full redevelopment of the Tyra gas field. The announcement follows the Danish Parliament’s approval to implement legislation to secure the investment. The redevelopment of Tyra ensures continued production from Denmark’s largest gas field, and will protect and rejuvenate important Danish North Sea infrastructure. Today’s announcement represents the largest oil and gas project investment ever made in the Danish North Sea, enabling Tyra to continue operations for at least 25 years. At peak production, the redeveloped Tyra gas field will provide enough gas to supply 1.5 million Danish homes…
Growth in Blue Denmark Through New Regulations
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. The purpose is to help ensure that Denmark can retain and extend its global position as a major attractive flag State and as a maritime hub.
Vattenfall Wins Danish Wind Project
Swedish utility Vattenfall has won a tender to build Denmark's biggest offshore wind farm, but still faces the potential cancellation of a separate wind project in the country, the Danish energy ministry said on Wednesday. Vattenfall won the 600 megawatt Kriegers Flak wind farm tender with a bid of 49.9 euros per megawatt hour, following its victory in September for a 350 megawatt near-shore wind farm off the western coast of Denmark. Denmark's minority government, however, said in September it intended to cancel the near-shore project because the cost of renewable energy subsidies have soared due to low power market prices. Offshore wind power is among the most expensive kind of energy and needs government subsidies…
2014 Was a Challenge for 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. "It is very positive that the Danish merchant fleet has increased markedly – despite the continued challenges faced by the shipping industry.
Naming of Evergas’ first vessel under the Danish flag
The Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth recently attended the naming ceremony of Evergas’ new gas tanker that is to carry petrochemical gas for use in the plastic industry. It is Evergas’ first vessel under the Danish flag. “By having more ships under the flag, we ensure continued ship owner activities in Denmark for the benefit of employment and Blue Denmark as a whole," said Andreas Nordseth. "We are pleased that Evergas has chosen the Danish flag for its newest vessel and consider it a recognition that Denmark is an attractive place in which to do maritime business. Blue Denmark, a term used for all maritime companies and professions in Denmark…
Bill Submitted to Amend Danish Pilotage Act
On December 20, 2013, the Danish Maritime Authority submitted a bill to amend the Danish Pilotage Act and various other acts for consultation. The main purpose of the bill is to make it possible to perform pilotage assignments in Danish waters in a more efficient manner and thus to contribute to protecting safety of navigation and the environment. The bill is intended to create increased competition in the pilotage area and will make it easier for existing and new pilotage service providers to operate in the market. The bill is a follow-up on the Government’s publication in the field of competition policy from October 2012 entitled “Enhanced competition for the benefit of Denmark” and the subsequent analysis of the Danish pilotage market.
Offshore Wind Investment: DONG Energy Attracts DKK11-billion
An investment agreement has been signed between ATP, Goldman Sachs funds and PFA to invest DKK 11 billion in DONG Energy A/S. The final closing of the transaction is conditional on the approval of the State Finance Committee of the Danish Parliament. Fritz Schur, Chairman of the Board of DONG Energy A/S, says: "We look forward to welcoming ATP, Goldman Sachs funds and PFA to DONG Energy's ownership group. The new equity entails that we can carry out our growth strategy, including our significant investment programme within offshore wind. " In this area, DONG Energy is today a global market leader and our ambition is to become even stronger.