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Monday, September 25, 2017

Blue Denmark Maintains Strong Position

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

Accounting for almost one-fourth of total Danish exports, Blue Denmark is Denmark's most important export sector. A total of almost 100,000 persons are employed in Blue Denmark. ​A new report drawn up by the Economic Council of the Labour Movement for the Danish Maritime Authority shows that Blue Denmark still holds a strong position. According to the report, Blue Denmark exports worth DKK 250 billion a year, corresponding to 22.4 per cent of total exports. In terms of productivity, especially the Shipping and Marine Equipment sectors are experiencing positive developments.

DMA Afloats Ambitious Project Blue INNOship II

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Digitalisation and new business models will be in focus of the research and innovation project Blue INNOship II, which was included in the recommendations of the Maritime Strategy Team. A steering group counting participants from Danish Maritime, Danish Shipping, the Danish Metalworkers’ Union, the Danish Maritime Authority, DTU, CBS and Force Technology have – through the Danish Maritime Fund – created the basis for initiating the work through the hiring of a project manager.

DMA Digitaliz On-board Health Care

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Now, the Danish Maritime Authority makes a digital version of the Radio Medical Record available on the website. This new feature is a small step on the road to digitalization. These years, the Danish Maritime Authority is striving to digitalize as many work processes as possible to ease the burdens imposed on both seafarers and the industry as much as possible. The Danish Maritime Authority continues its work within the fields of digitalization and the utilization of technological solutions for the benefit of Blue Denmark.

OW Bunkers Investors in Legal Action Against IPO Banks

A group of 24 Danish institutional investors in OW Bunker has decided to issue a writ against Carnegie and Morgan Stanley, accusing them of misleading investors ahead of the 2014 listing of the now bankrupt marine fuel oil supplier.   The investors, which include two of the largest pension funds in Denmark, ATP and PFA, claim they have suffered a loss of 767 million crowns ($123 million) following investment in OW Bunker shares "on the basis of a prospectus which was insufficient in material aspects".   Morgan Stanley declined to comment, while Carnegie said it did not know the details of the alleged claim.   Reporting by Stine Jacobsen 

IEA Commends New Danish Energy Strategy

Denmark is a leader in implementing well-designed policies for renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change, according to a review of Danish energy policies published today by the International Energy Agency (IEA).<http://www.iea.org> The review applauded Denmark's long-term vision for a low-carbon future - all Danish energy supply is to come from renewable sources by 2050 - and its achievements to date, but also sounded some notes of caution regarding the implementation of such an ambitious strategy. "The IEA commends Denmark and its people for the scope of their vision and their many successes in adopting sustainable energy policies," said IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven as she presented the review.

Denmark's 'State of Green' Spotlights Green Maritime Solutions

Approaching ship: Photo Blue Denmark

Denmark’s official green brand, State of Green, is launching a new theme on its website focusing on green maritime solutions, informs the Government's 'Blue Denmark'. As a nation, Denmark has become well-known internationally in the green maritime field and now it intends to become even better at getting this across by means of State of Green’s new initiative that focuses on sustainable, green maritime transport and technological solutions. The background is the Danish Government’s Plan for Growth in Blue Denmark…

State of Green Markets Green Blue Denmark

Blue Denmark is also green

Blue Denmark is also green. Therefore, Denmark’s official green brand, State of Green, is now launching a new theme on its website focusing on green maritime solutions. As a nation, Denmark has become well-known internationally in the green maritime field and now we intend to become even better at getting this across by means of State of Green’s new initiative that focuses on sustainable, green maritime transport and technological solutions. The background is the Danish Government’s Plan for Growth in Blue Denmark…

Naming of Evergas’ first vessel under the Danish flag

Naming of Evergas new gas tanker

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…

Oceanwide Expands Into Denmark

Oceanwide, an international employment agency in the maritime field, signed an agreement to acquire Haraship Manning Aps of Denmark. The new subsidiary will start operating under the name Oceanwide Haraship Denmark Aps. Haraship Manning Aps is a crewing company based in Frederikshavn, Denmark; focusing on fishing and short sea shipping within Denmark as well as having a business interest and network in Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland. The existing office staff of 2 people - managing director Gilli Haraldsen (former owner) and operations manager Niels Maindal - will remain responsible for the daily operation of the new subsidiary.

Denmark Promises Vietnam for Strong Support on Development

The Danish government was committed to implementing the Denmark-Vietnam Cooperation Development Strategy for 2006-2010,said Danish Prime Minister at a meeting in Hanoi. During the period, Denmark's aid projects and programs for Vietnam would give priority to trade, investment, agriculture, fisheries, environment, and administrative reform. “They would focus especially on socio-economic development and poverty reduction in remote areas,” Bendtsen continued. Hung hailed the tangible benefits Danish assistance had brought, helping Vietnam achieve its socio-economic development targets. He expected bilateral trade to go up and Denmark's direct investment in Vietnam to exceed $1b.

Denmark's Promising Future

Photo: Maersk

One of the world’s leading seafaring nations, Denmark has maritime roots stretching back more than 1,000 years. While its history is strong, the Danish market has its collective eyes squarely on the future. In its quest for continued relevance, it seeks to continue delivering innovative technologies, as well as championing green shipping and offshore initiatives. Denmark’s maritime sector fosters engineering expertise within shipping and offshore industries, as well as maritime and technological services.

CMA CGM Relocates in Copenhagen

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  CMA CGM Denmark’s office in Copenhagen is shifting  from Monday, November 3rd, 2014 onwards. It new address will be: CMA CGM DENMARK AS Sluseholmen 2 DK-2450 Copenhagen SV DENMARK Phone and fax numbers remain unchanged: Phone: +45 3912 7100 Fax: +45 3916 1672

Sweden's Ship Registry Cannot Compete

The Swedish Register of Shipping is not competitive, and it will probably never be, according to a new report. The report from the governmental Trafikanalys recommends that there should be less focus on rebuilding a fleet under the Swedish flag in future, according to Maritime Denmark and Sjöfartstidningen. A number of Swedish ships are flagged out to Denmark, while the Faroe Islands has attracted many former Swedish vessels.

 The Faroe Islands offers tax terms that go far beyond what would be possible in an EU country the report adds. Source: Maritime Denmark/Sjöfartstidningen

OW Bunker Investors to Sue IPO banks

Institutional investors to sue Morgan Stanley, Carnegie. A group of institutional investors in OW Bunker said they plan to sue Morgan Stanley and Carnegie for about $80 million, accusing the two investment banks of misleading them ahead of the 2014 listing of the now bankrupt marine fuel oil supplier. Denmark's OW Bunker was valued at $1 billion when it floated in March 2014, but the company filed for bankruptcy in November that year after suffering hedging losses of almost $300 million, sending shockwaves through the global shipping and oil trading industry. "We are planning a lawsuit against the two investment banks involved in the OW Bunker IPO," Erik Bomans, partner in Deminor Recovery Services representing 30 institutional investors, told Reuters on Thursday.

Denmark Claims Slice of Arctic Continental Shelf

Photo: WHOI

Denmark has claimed ownership of around 900,000 square kilometers of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean by filing documents to United Nations. "The submission of our claim to the continental shelf north of Greenland is a historic and important milestone for the Kingdom of Denmark," minister of foreign affairs Martin Lidegaard said in a statement. Denmark, along with Canada, Norway, Russia and the United States -- is eager to control as much Arctic territory as it can. The region contains 30 percent of the world's undiscovered natural gas and 15 percent of its oil, according to the U.S.

Wärtsilä Opens New Office in Denmark

Wärtsilä celebrates the inauguration of new office and workshop premises in Hirtshals, Denmark. Over the past year Wärtsilä has invested almost $2.6m in the new building. The office in Hirtshals offers a complete range of services for power plant and ship power sales.The new building has 1200 m2 of office space and a further 400 m2 reserved for the workshop and warehouse. Wärtsilä also has offices in Arden and in Copenhagen in Denmark.

ABB Turbocharging Opens Service Facility in Denmark

ABB Turbocharging announced today it will celebrate the opening of a new service facility in Fredericia, Denmark on June 12, 2014. The ceremony will also mark the completion of the amalgamation of its activities in Norway, Denmark and Sweden into a single Local Business Unit (LBU). “With TURBOCHARGING SCANDINAVIA we merge three rather small units in Norway, Sweden and Denmark into a common, more powerful organization served by a well-integrated team with focus on customer needs across entire Scandinavia,” said LBU Manager, Joachim Bremer. ABB Turbocharging Scandinavia comprises Service Stations in Oslo & Bergen in Norway, Göteborg in Sweden and the new central workshop for Denmark in Fredericia. Additionally we have two service engineers and a sales team stationed in Copenhagen.

Bangladesh Shipyard Launches Danish RoRo Ferry

'Isef Jord ': Photo credit Western Marine

Western Marine Shipyard has launched the 50 m long ferry Isef Jord a Danish roll-on-roll-off passenger ferry, constructed under the supervision of classification society Bureau Veritas. The ship will be owned by Danish ferry operator Hundested Rorvig Faergefart. The contract for the ship is worth more than BDT 36 crore. Denmark has a huge global fame in building the best quality ferries. In-fact, several inland ferries being used in Bangladesh were imported from Denmark, but now the tables have been turned, and from now on, Bangladesh is going to export ferries to Denmark.

Campaign Focuses on Safety of Navigation

Pic: Paris MoU

The two major Port State Control regimes – Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU – will focus especially on navigational safety in a so-called Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) is being taken place from 1 September until 30 November 2017, said Danish Maritime Authority. The inspection campaign (CIC) will be carried out over a period of three months as part of routine Port State Control inspections. Thus, all Danish ships that are routinely inspected under the Tokyo MoU and Paris MoU should expect to be covered by the campaign.

Autonomous Ships on IMO Agenda

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

Now, the International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Maritime Safety Committee will start to establish a new international legal framework for the safe operation of autonomous ships, says a statement from Danish Maritime Authority. Together with a number of countries, Denmark, has taken the initiative to include autonomous shipping on the IMO agenda. United Nations' IMO is in line with the proposal and will now start mapping how existing international regulation can be applied to autonomous ships and maritime technologies; technologies that are developing rapidly these years.

Blue Denmark Maintains Economic Foothold

Photo: Torm

The report "Employment and production in Blue Denmark 2015" was published today, providing updated information on Denmark’s vibrant maritime industries. For the second time, the Economic Council of the Labour Movement has drawn up a report on employment and production in Blue Denmark for the Danish Maritime Authority. This year, the report is based on national accounts figures until 2011 and figures on production and value added until 2014, therefore offering a more updated picture than the one given in last year's report, which was based on 2009 figures.

Blue Denmark in Focus

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Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has brought out new marketing material depicting their strong and open maritime cluster, focusing on quality shipping, health, safety and the environment. Together with stakeholders from Blue Denmark, the DMA has developed new, English language marketing material on Blue Denmark. It includes a profile brochure, an infographic film and a number of case sheets, all stressing the strengths of the Danish maritime cluster and the favourable Danish framework conditions. The film has a duration of 2 minutes and 34 seconds and introduces Blue Denmark.

Denmark Aims to be Global Maritime Power Hub

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

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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