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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Danish Export Association News

The award was presented to Lee (center) by the Danish Minister for Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen (left), and CEO of the Danish Export Association, Ulrik Dahl (right).

Lee Recognized with Royal Danish Award

The Danish Export Association’s Diploma, and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honor, was awarded to VIKING Life-Saving Equipment’s Korean representative, J.W. Lee, for close to thirty years’ of successful business partnership. The recipient of the Danish Export Association’s Diploma, and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honor is J.W. Lee, a successful Korean businessman who, over many years, has built a successful agency business based around the products of VIKING Lifesaving Equipment, the Esbjerg-based global company in marine and fire safety equipment.

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Brazilian Grain Producers Explore Increased Use of Panama Canal

Brazilian farmers in top soy state Mato Grosso signed a memorandum of understanding with the Panama Canal Authority to evaluate ways to cut transportation costs and boost Brazilian grain volumes using the waterway, the authority's chief administrator said. The canal's administration is looking to increase its participation in rising Brazilian grain exports, since a large part of grain trade expansion in Brazil is via new terminals in the northern part of the country, which are closer to the canal.

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Friendship to Green Ships

Korea and Denmark both have ambitious national plans for a transition to greener and more energy efficient economies. The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks. The Minister for Business and Growth’s meeting with the South Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries is important for further developing the close co-operation. The Green Growth Alliance held its fifth meeting. This time it had the form of roundtable talks with a maritime focus at the premises of the Danish Maritime Authority.

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Danish-South Korean Co-operation Strengthened

The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks yesterday. The Minister for Business and Growth's meeting with the South Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries is important for further developing the close co-operation. The Green Growth Alliance held its fifth meeting yesterday. This time it had the form of roundtable talks with a maritime focus at the premises of the Danish Maritime Authority. South Korea is the third-largest export market for Denmark in Asia and an important market for Danish shipping.

Peter Brun, Global Offshore Wind Segment Leader. Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL Appoints Peter Brun as New Global Offshore Wind Segment Leader

DNV GL, the world’s largest independent energy advisory and certification body, has appointed wind energy professional Peter Brun as Global Offshore Wind Segment Leader. Brun is responsible for stakeholder management, alliance building and promoting offshore wind development throughout the world. Brun brings more than 26 years of experience in the wind energy industry and international diplomacy. His rich and varied expertise in the wind industry, includes holding dual Vice Chairman roles at EWEA (now WindEurope) and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) between 2009 to 2013.

Photo: Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Japan Bank Finances Danish Shipper

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) will provide a total of $28.3 million in syndicated loans with French bank BNP Paribas to help a major Danish shipping operator’s unit buy cargo vessels to be built by leading Japanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding, Jiji Press  reported. The state-owned JBIC aims to revive the domestic regional economies relying on the shipbuilding industry by giving financial support for vessel exports at a time when the industry faces a global slump due to oversupply, the report quoted informed sources as saying.

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Shipowners to Narrow in on Free Trade

On Tuesday, October 25, during Danish Maritime Days, the Danish Shipowners’ Association will host a seminar focused on free trade and global shipping. The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kristian Jensen will lead the discussion on how we can ensure – and further strengthen – free trade of goods and services. During the Danish Maritime Days, to be held October 24-28, heads of the global maritime industry and key decision makers will meet to discuss today’s important shipping policy issues including increasing global protectionism…

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EU Member States Ask to End Crippling Reporting Formalities for Ships

Led by Denmark, 13 EU Member States have called on the Commission to present an ambitious proposal on revising the Reporting Formalities Directive. Danish Shipping strongly supports the ambition to sufficiently eliminate the huge administrative burdens on maritime carriers in the EU. The current directive introduced the concept of National Single Windows as a way to harmonise reporting obligations from ships to a single electronic system in each Member State but failed to harmonise data requirements or the mechanisms for sending them thus creating more burdens on maritime carriers in EU.

Dry bulk barges underway on U.S. waterways (Credit: AWO)

Importers Buy U.S. Corn at Record Pace

Importers are buying U.S. corn at the fastest pace since the mid-1990s, according to U.S. government data, as tightening stocks in Latin America prompt a rush to purchase cargoes of the grain from animal feeders worldwide. A deepening drought in Argentina and limited corn supplies in Brazil, two of the three largest exporters, have opened a window of opportunity for top supplier the United States, which has the largest available surplus for export. The shopping spree comes as a rare bit of good news for U.S.

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Thome to Manage Its First DIS Vessel

Thome Ship Management has reached a new milestone by taking over the full management of its first vessel to be flagged under the Danish International Ship Register. The technical and crew management deal, signed with Danish ship owner Evergas, involves the 12,000 cubic metre ethylene carrier JS Greenstone which was placed under the Danish flag during a recent State visit by HM The Queen of Denmark and HRH The Prince Consort to China. A naming ceremony at the Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (SOE) shipyard in Qidong was attended by Anne H.

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

Much Activity During Danish Maritime Days

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.

Jakob Strausholm (Photo: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

Maersk Says CFO Quits after Organizational Changes

Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday its chief financial officer has decided to leave the company after only 16 months in the role. The departure of Jakob Strausholm, who took the role as chief finance, strategy and transformation officer in December 2016, comes after Maersk decided to separate the finance role from its IT and digital transformation function, the company said. The change comes amid a major restructuring and digital drive which Maersk hopes will simplify the process of moving goods around the world.

The Indian Coast Guard battles a fire aboard the Maersk Honam earlier this month (Photo: Indian Coast Guard)

Recent Casualties Highlight Importance of Cargo Insurance - iContainers

The ocean freight industry has seen several major incidents over the past few weeks, including two fires on board two separate Maersk vessels, and a containership collision in Karachi Port that forced the temporary closure of the port. These incidents underscore the importance of always buying cargo insurance to protect merchandise and cushion damage, says Klaus Lysdal, Vice President of Sales and Operations at iContainers, a 100 percent online freight forwarder. The major fire…

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Denmark Aims to be Global Maritime Power Hub

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.

Christoffer Ditlev Pedersen (Photo courtesy of Glander International Bunkering)

Pedersen Joins Glander International Bunkering

Christoffer Ditlev Pedersen has joined Glander International Bunkering's Dubai office as Senior Bunker and Lubricant Trader. Pedersen brings industry expertise to the firm having over eight years working in the bunker industry. In addition to his bunker experience, Pedersen is a qualified Export Engineer gaining his qualifications at Ingenioerhoejskolen in Denmark. Pedersen is half Danish and half Venezuelan and can speak Spanish, Danish and English fluently.  

Ferry Isefjord: Photo credit Western Marine

Bangladesh Shipyard Delivers Ferry 'Isefjord'

A short-sea trade RoRo passenger ship built by Western Marine Shipyard Ltd., is the most advanced built in the yard so far. This is the first time Bangladesh has exported a passenger ship to the European market, in compliance with the highest standards of  modern technology & safety. Isefjord waas built for Danish owner Hundested Rorvig Faergefart to carry 147 passengers & 28 units of vehicle on a Danish coastal route. She is a fully-automated vessel constructed under class Bureau Veritas rules…

Danish Crown Prince Frederik (Photo: Danish Maritime Days)

Crown Prince Frederik to Attend the Danish Maritime Forum

Maritime key leaders, ministers and leading experts from all around the world will be accompanied by the Danish Crown Prince when they meet for the Danish Maritime Forum, October 7-8, 2015. “We are very proud to announce that the Danish Crown Prince will attend the Danish Maritime Forum. It emphasizes his great interest in the maritime industry and the positive difference it can make for the world,” said Michael Soested, Head of Secretariat of Danish Maritime Days. At the Danish Maritime Forum…

Danish Shipowners: On Growth track in Wake of Economic Crisis

Denmark has retained its position as one of the world's leading maritime nations, despite the economic crisis. In terms of operated tonnage, Denmark is today the fifth largest maritime nation in the world. In all, Danish shipping companies transport some 10% of the world trade. Henrik Segercrantz reports on Danish maritime issues. Danish shipping is global, with trade within Europe counting for only a quarter of the industry’s total revenues. The primary markets are the US and China, making up more than 15 percent of the revenues. "Here in Denmark the shipping sector is really a success.

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Danish Maritime Forum in New Surroundings

The new cruise terminals at North Harbor provide the innovative setting when global key leaders meet for the Danish Maritime Forum on 7-8 October. With just five meters to the blue waves of Oresund the World’s maritime key leaders will feel at home when they participate in the Danish Maritime Forum 2015. And if they get the time to take a glance out of the windows, they will be greeted by the view of the Copenhagen skyline, the Three Crowns Sea Fortress and an offshore wind farm.

Jan Thorn

Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board Gets A New Head

From 1 February 2015 a new chairman will head the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board. The new incumbent is Jan Thorn, who is in his everyday work Director of the Danish Maritime Authority’s division “Aids to Navigation” that is striving to enhance safety at sea for both commercial shipping and pleasure cruising. Jan Thorn has his background in the now abolished Danish Maritime Safety Administration and the Danish Defence, and he is an active yachtsman who has his own sailing boat.

Jan Thorn (Photo courtesy of the Danish Maritime Authority)

Thorn to Chair Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board

Jan Thorn will take over the chairmanship of the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board on February 1, 2015. Thorn is Director of the Danish Maritime Authority’s division “Aids to Navigation” that is striving to enhance safety at sea for both commercial shipping and pleasure cruising. He has a background in the now abolished Danish Maritime Safety Administration and the Danish Defense and is an active yachtsman. He takes over the post from Francis Zachariae, who has been appointed…

Maritime Growth potential in Arctic region

Maritime Growth Potential in Arctic Regions in Focus

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.

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Shipowners Caught in the Middle of Free Trade Battle

Protectionism and long hauled free trade negotiations can be an expensive battle for the Danish shipowners, if the market outside the European Union are not included in free trade negotiations. The Danish Shipowners’ Association hosted a verbal rumble between the Danish Social Democrat Ole Christensen and the Belgian Socialist Maria Arena from the European Parliament at the European Shipping Week Tuesday afternoon. Lately free trade has been widely debated in the European Parliament due to the vote for the Canadian free trade agreement CETA.

U.S. Wants Export Caps in Return for Scrapping Tariffs

The United States has set conditions for scrapping its planned punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, German magazine Der Spiegel reported, including capping U.S.-bound exports of the metals at 2017 levels. The European Union has been pushing for talks to avert a trade war since U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would slap tariffs on a raft of high-value European exports in retaliation for alleged steel and aluminium dumping. The conditions named by U.S.

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US Steel Import Curbs Seen Scuttling India's Rising Exports

India's ambition to become a major steel exporter could be disrupted by U.S. import curbs, Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said, underscoring the need for free trade. "Our exports have increased substantially, about 40 percent growth during January to December (2017)," Singh told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. "What I foresee is that our exports are going to grow. Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump set import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium, to come into force in 15 days, a disputed move that threatens to spiral into a trade war.

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Denmark Adopts Digital Ship Certification

As of June 24, 2016, ships flying the Danish flag are being digitally certified, making Denmark one of the first countries to put an end to the 100-year-old tradition of certifying ships with paper certificates. Until now, ship certification typically involved printing, stamping and signing paper certificates, and subsequently sending them around the world to be kept on board ships. Digital certification – or electronic certification, which is the term used internationally – will put an end to these cumbersome procedures…