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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Denmark News

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Former OW Bunker Manager Gets 18 Months in Jail

A Danish court on Wednesday sentenced the former manager of OW Bunker's Singapore subsidiary to 18 months in prison after he was found guilty of granting credit outside his mandate, contributing to the bankruptcy of the marine fuel oil supplier.The 2014 bankruptcy of OW Bunker, then the world's leading supplier of marine fuel oil with a 7 percent market share, sent shockwaves through the global shipping industry and left investors and business partners scrambling to cover their losses.The city court of Aalborg said it found Lars Moller…

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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.

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A2SEA Jack-Up Capsizes Off Denmark

A2SEA has announced that wind turbine installation vessel has capsized off the Danish coast due to harsh weather on Wednesday. It has gone from bad to worse for A2SEA-vessel Sea Worker. A week ago, jumped tethers during a towing of the 1,800-ton jack-up barge from Frederikshavn to Esbjerg, which meant that the crew had to be evacuated and the barge run aground. But the night of Wednesday got violent storm on the West Coast vessel to capsize, and now there are fears of a major oil leak. Sea Worker will be removed as soon as the weather allows.

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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.

German upstream company DEA, based in Hamburg, applied for two concessions as part of the 7th licensing round Image DEA

DEA becomes Operator in Denmark

The Danish Energy Agency has awarded DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG two licences in Denmark. The concession area of about 530 square kilometres is located in the southern Central Graben in the western part of the Danish North Sea. The German upstream company DEA, based in Hamburg, applied for two concessions as part of the 7th licensing round in October 2014. Together with the Dutch exploration and production company Dyas and the Danish state-owned company Nordsøfonden, DEA was recognised…

Kenni Goldenbeck (Photo: KPI Bridge)

KPI Bridge Oil Expands in Denmark

KPI Bridge Oil, a global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has extended its physical supply services to provide  additional options for ship owners in the port of Esbjerg in Denmark. KPI Bridge Oil Denmark has chartered the barge FØNIKS SUPPORTER which is fully equipped with a capacity of 370cbm MGO 0,1. Since becoming part of the KPI Bridge Oil Group, KPI Bridge Oil Denmark has enabled the group’s business partners to benefit from additional services, most notably the capacity to offer physical supply throughout Denmark.

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Denmark Paving Way for Digitalization

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has launched pilot project to examine the value of blockchain technology. When they want to register ships today, shipowners are still required to fill in and handle documents manually. With the goal of helping to promote digitalization in Blue Denmark, DMA has launched a pilot project to shed light on the long-term possibilities of digitalizing the entire ship registration process. “The Maritime Strategy Team has recommended full digitalization of, inter alia, the Register of Shipping.

Nicolai Rosendahl Mortensen (Photo: Glander International)

Mortensen Joins Glander International Bunkering

Glander International Bunkering has hired Nicolai Rosendahl Mortensen, as Bunker and Lubricant Trader in its Dubai office. Mortensen was born and raised in Esbjerg, South West Denmark and is not new to the industry, bringing with him over three years of bunkering experience. Prior to working for Glander International Bunkering, he has worked varying roles within the maritime industry, thus he is well established within the industry and possesses a global understanding of the market.

Mikkel Søholm Vestergaard (Photo: Dan Bunkering)

New Sales Manager with Dan-Bunkering in Middelfart

A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd. has announced that Mikkel Søholm Vestergaard took up the position as Sales Manager in the head office in Middelfart after having been relocated to Houston for a period of two years as the Managing Director of the offices in North America.   Mikkel was initially employed as Bunker Trader in the office in Middelfart back in 2002, and has until the timing of his return to Denmark a few months ago not only acquired thorough knowledge within bunker trading and shipping but also within management, HR, and staff development both in Denmark as well as abroad.    

Kjell Eriksson, regional manager for Norway, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. Photo: DNV GL

Hess Denmark Renews Integrity Inspection Contract with DNV GL

Hess Denmark ApS has awarded a contract to DNV GL to provide asset integrity inspection management of its South Arne field including Risked Based Inspection (RBI) services and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection services. The contract continues an 18-year partnership between Hess and the leading technical advisor to the oil and gas industry. Oil export pipeline and offloading buoy. “DNV GL has been contracted to provide integrity inspection on the South Arne field since 1998.

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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…

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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.

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Denmark, Ghana Cooperate on Safety at Sea

An authority-to-authority cooperation has been initiated between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana to contribute to enhanced safety at sea and to develop the maritime sector in Ghana. As part of the ongoing cooperation between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana, five Ghanaian ship surveyors have visited the Danish Maritime Authority this week. During the visit, the Danish and Ghanaian ship surveyors have exchanged knowledge and experience about their responsibilities when acting on behalf of their maritime administrations.

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Denmark Zooms in on Developments in Autonomous Shipping

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…

 Samir Ferguen (Photo: Intermarine, LLC

Intermarine Promotes Ferguen

Intermarine, LLC named Samir Ferguen as Chartering Manager – Europe. Ferguen rejoins Intermarine from Nordana. He will be based in Naestved, Denmark. In his new role, Ferguen will be responsible for developing and maintaining commercial chartering relationships throughout Europe. Additionally, he will manage the negotiation of contracts for vessels and cargoes; and oversee the training of commercial employees and trainees. Ferguen has more than eight years of international experience in the heavylift and project cargo chartering markets.

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Denmark Calls for Regulation for Autonomous Ships

​Maritime regulation should be made more flexible if it is to support the development of autonomous ships. A new report published by The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) identifies where changes in maritime regulation are needed. The report will be used as a platform for the future effort of The Danish Maritime Authority to develop regulation and make it digitalisation-ready. The Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, said: ”It is important that Denmark and Danish companies are at the forefront of technology and digitalisation.

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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.

A view of Tyra East in the Danish North Sea Photo: McDermott International, Inc.

McDermott Wins Tyra EPC Work near Denmark

McDermott International announced a substantial contract award from Mærsk Olie og Gas A/S (Maersk Oil) for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) services for the Tyra Redevelopment project, located offshore in the Danish sector of the North Sea. “This award heralds our return to the North Sea and is a part of our strategic growth strategy,” said Scott Munro, Vice President of Americas, Europe and Africa. “By executing our part of the Tyra Redevelopment project from Kuala Lumpur and Batam…

MAN sponsors Mercys ships Pictured at the SMM signing ceremony on 8 September 2016 at the MAN Diesel & Turbo stand (from left) Jens-Erik Engelbrecht (National CEO – Mercy Ships, Denmark) and Dr. Uwe Lauber (CEO, MAN D)

MAN Enters into Long-Term Relationship with Mercy Ships

At a signing ceremony at the SMM 2016 Marine Trade Fair in Hamburg, MAN Diesel & Turbo expanded its partnership with Mercy Ships, international provider of charitable healthcare. Under the terms of the agreement, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after-sales division, MAN PrimeServ, will provide spare parts for the four MAN 21/31 GenSets and other MAN installations aboard the hospital vessel MV Africa Mercy to an annual value of EUR 250,000. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “We are delighted to take our partnership with Mercy Ships to the next level…

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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.

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New Plan for Growth in the Danish Maritime Sector

The Government’s Plan for Growth in the Danish Maritime Sector positions the country to become a global maritime hub by 2025. The plan counts initiatives aimed at making Denmark a global frontrunner within tests of maritime autonomous technologies and maritime digitalisation, creating more work-experience places at sea and increasing the number of applicants admitted to the training programmes for masters and ship officers, as well as ensuring the development of an overall maritime marketing strategy in close cooperation with the industry.

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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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China Classification Society Opens Office in Denmark

The China Classification Society (CCS), which falls under the Chinese Ministry of Transport, has opened an office in Copenhagen, further extending Sino-Danish maritime cooperation. “For a maritime nation such as Denmark, it is important to have good relations and to cooperate with major maritime nations like China,” said Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) Director General Andreas Nordseth. “Therefore, I am pleased about the possibility of strengthening this cooperation and dialogue through the opening of the CCS office in Copenhagen.

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Blue Denmark in Need of New Competences

New technological developments and increasing competition from other countries may change future requirements for the education and competences demanded from Blue Denmark. This is shown in a new longitudinal study. Today, the Danish Maritime Authority – in cooperation with the Danish Agency for Higher Education – publishes a longitudinal study on the availability of qualified labour in Blue Denmark. In general, the report, which is sponsored by the Danish Maritime Fund, points…

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IMO to focus on Passenger Ship Safety Level

Which safety level should be established for small passenger ships and what is it technically possible to acquire? These are some of the items on next week's IMO agenda. At the 97th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), the IMO is to take a final position on the choice between these two formulas. R = 0.000088 ∗ N + 0.7488 or R = 0.0719 x ln N + 0.291? The formulas are part of the basis for calculating how a passenger ship must be constructed in order to have a sufficient tolerance in case of damage that results in a hole in the hull.

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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…