The Danish government has produced a plan that will grow the Danish maritime sector into a global maritime hub by 2025.
Denmark wants to become a global frontrunner through tests of maritime autonomous technologies and maritime digitalization, creating more work-experience places at sea and increasing the number of applicants admitted to the training programmes for masters and ship officers.
It will also work closely with industry to ensure the development of an overall maritime marketing strategy.
The Government’s ‘Plan for Growth’ is based on the recommendations made by its Maritime Strategy Team.
Brian Mikkelsen, Denmark’s Minister for Industry, Business and Growth, said: ”With the Plan for Growth in the Danish Maritime Sector, the Government has set the course for Denmark to become a global maritime power hub by 2025.
“Now, all forces in the Danish maritime sector must join forces, roll up their sleeves and get to work to make the vision behind the plan for growth into reality.”
The Danish maritime sector is one of the country’s most important export sectors and a major supplier of jobs.
However, the industry is faced with tough competition in the world market; a market undergoing rapid change as a consequence of changes to the global distribution of work, consumer behaviour and digital and technological developments.
The 36 initiatives presented in the Plan for Growth focus on individual challenges as well as on more general framework conditions, and is based on the results already achieved through an industrial and entrepreneurial agreement from November 2017.
This agreement involved an extension of the application of the so-called DIS scheme (Danish International Register of Shipping) to seafarers on board offshore special ships, initial dialogue with the EU Commission about a scheme for maritime service engineers and the removal of the registration fee for merchant ships.
Lars Jensen, CEO, SeaIntelligence, recently forecasted the industry’s developments as far into the future as 2025 in his 'Liner Shipping in 2025' technical paper
The Worlds largest ship in 2004, Maersk Line Albert Maersk on display September 4th 2004 on the prominent Langelinie Quay in the very center of Copenhagen Denmark. Some 40,000 people visited the ship during her week in the harbour of Copenhagen
Karsten Lauritzen, Demark’s minister of Taxation, said: “When we strengthen the maritime sector we strengthen the entire country.
“We have made several steps towards becoming an even stronger nation in the maritime sectors by reducing taxes and fees.
“As minister of Taxation I am very satisfied with the new plan for growth as we continue this course.”
The agreed elimination of the fee for registration of merchant ships is already benefitting Demark.
Brian Mikkelsen, the minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, said: “Abolishing the fee for registration has removed a substantial factor when shipping companies choose where to register their ships.
“The abolishment will make DIS (Danish International Register of Ships) more attractive. I see the news that Maersk will register more ships under Danish flag as a clear sign of this.”
The plan’s initiatives will be implemented on an ongoing basis towards 2025 in cooperation with the industry and research and educational institutions.
Companies in the maritime sector can now recruit employees with the right qualifications to establish more flexible work-experience jobs and increasing the recruitment of master and ship officers programmes.
Søren Pind, Minister of Education and Research, said: “It is important that more young people see the opportunities of a future in the maritime businesses.
“Education of high quality and skilled young people is essential for the maritime sector to be an important part of the future growth of Denmark.”