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Monday, July 15, 2019

Danish Government News

Thyborøn-Agger ferry in Northern Denmark. Image: Danfoss Editron

Danfoss Hybrid Electric Ferry Operational

Danfoss Editron, a company specializes in hybrid and electric powertrain systems for off-highway and marine markets, said that it has provided the hybrid electric drivetrain system powering a new ferry connecting the communities of Thyborøn and Agger in north west Denmark.The ferry, which was delivered by the country’s Søby Værft shipyard, was ordered to replace the previous one that had been running for over 40 years and reached the end of its operational lifetime.Like most ferries in Denmark…

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Denmark Adopts New Strategy for Cyber Security

The Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has launched a new sectoral strategy for the shipping industry. The strategy is a part of the Danish government’s national strategy for cyber and information security.The strategy contains a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening IT security and preventing cyber threats in the maritime sector, according to a press release from Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).The objective of the strategy is to ensure that safety…

Photo: J. Lauritzen A/S

Lauritzen Reflags Two Gas Carriers to Denmark

Lauritzen Kosan has reflagged two of its ships to Denmark for the first time since 2003. The registers of the two vessels, the Helena Kosan and the Linda Kosan, have been changed to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) as they begin a period time charter which will require an EU flag. “The reflagging of these two gas carriers to Denmark is driven by commercial arguments, and it goes to show that the Danish flag is now very close to being as competitive as Malta, Singapore and the Isle of Man.

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Denmark: New Regulations for Operating Personal Watercraft

When new regulations of the Danish Government become effective from 1 January 2018, operators of personal watercraft must complete a theoretical as well as a practical test. As part of the Danish Government’s efforts to enhance the safety of those using the sea for recreational purposes, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) will now require operators of personal watercraft and the like to hold a special personal watercraft license. Next year, everyone who wants to operate a personal watercraft must have passed a theoretical as well as a practical test to acquire a personal watercraft license.

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Denmark's Stricter Regulations for Vessels

To increase safety at sea, requirements will be introduced for a personal watercraft certificate and insurance as well as improved possibilities of imposing sanctions after accidents involving personal watercraft, powerboats and similar vessels, said Danish Maritime Authority (DMA). ​Today, the Danish Government has submitted a bill for consultation to increase the safety of persons involved in recreational activities at sea. The bill submitted for consultation proposes to require operators of personal watercraft and powerboats to take out liability insurance in the future.

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

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.

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DMA Cutting Back Special Rules for Danish Shippers

A benchmark analysis shows that Denmark has 33 special requirements for ships flying the Danish flag, a number which the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) seeks to scale back as it aims to create a more favorable environment for shippers. “Denmark is characterized by quality shipping and Deloitte’s benchmark analysis confirms that Denmark is a good place to conduct maritime business,” said DMA Director General Andreas Nordseth. “We have been alleviating burdens for a long time and we have already abolished four of the 33 special requirements identified in the analysis.

File photo: IMO

Danish Opposition Ask Government to Stop Beaching Maersk Ships

The Danish Environment Minister, Esben Lunde Larsen, had to answer to the Parliament yesterday following questions put to the Government by all the opposition parties. The long list of questions had been drafted two months earlier, prompted by the revelations of Maersk’s shipbreaking practices in South Asia by the Danish investigative journalists, Danwatch, and the daily newspaper, Politiken. All opposition parties called on the Danish Government to ensure that Maerk’s end-of-life vessels cannot be broken down in beaching yards.

Soren Skou (Photo: Maersk Line)

Maersk's New CEO Appointment Raises Prospect of Break-up

Danish shipping and oil group A. P. Moller-Maersk could split up into separate companies, its chairman said on Thursday after naming Soren Skou, the head of its container business, as chief executive. Maersk shares rose more than 10 percent on the news with investors betting on a break-up and seeing the appointment as a sign of a more profound restructuring. "The question is whether we should be a large group, or whether we should be a number of independent companies," Chairman Michael Pram Rasmussen told Danish online media Finans.

Bunkering: File photo CCL

Denmark Sets Plan to Deter ECA Marine Fuel Cheats

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) considers it important that no shipowner should gain a competitive advantage by cheating on bunker fuel content when new stricter requirements for ship exhaust gas sulphur emissions take effect in the ECA on 1, January 2015. Consequently, efficient and consistent enforcement of compliance with the regulations is decisive. The action plan is an extension of the Danish Government’s 'Plan for Growth in the Blue Denmark', which contains an initiative entitled “Improved enforcement nationally and globally”.

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Denmark Launches Offshore Education and Training Initiatives

As part of the implementation of the Danish government’s Plan for Growth in the Blue Denmark, 21 initiatives are now being launched in order to target education and training in the offshore sector, further qualify the labor force and create growth and jobs. The offshore industry is one of Denmark’s commercial positions of strength that is experiencing great growth. A working group established by the Danish Government under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and…

Jumbo Offshore Wins Offshore Wind Contract

MT Højgaard has awarded Jumbo Offshore the transport and installation contract for all of the 111 Transition Pieces (TP’s) for the Anholt Offshore Wind Farm (Denmark). The 400 MW wind farm is currently being developed by DONG Energy. The Anholt Wind Farm is located in the ‘Kattegat’, near Anholt Island, and will be the largest offshore wind farm in Denmark. One of Jumbo’s DP2 Offshore Heavy Lift Vessels will install the TP’s on pre-installed monopiles, starting April 2012. Anholt is a result of Danish government policy, which aims for a society independent of fossil fuels.