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By the year-end in 2021, a total of 779 ships were sailing under the Dannebrog, the flag of Denmark. That is 15 ships more than the previous year and the highest ever number. At the same time, our operated tonnage is growing, with the result that we are still amongst the top 10 of the world’s largest maritime nations. That is something we can be very proud of.
Jacob Meldgaard, CEO of TORM and Chairman of Danish Shipping
For years, Danish Shipping has worked to ensure that the rules concerning the fitting-out of tugs are as uniform as possible, irrespective of the flag they sail under. In June, these efforts paid off with the abolition of the special Danish rules, boosting the competitiveness of Danish tugs.
A year after the establishment of a crewbridge at Copenhagen Airport, almost 3,000 seafarers have used the scheme. Together with the unions and the government, Danish Shipping developed the scheme during COVID-19 in order to facilitate crew changes for the shipping companies’ crew members.
The Danish government makes it possible for crew members arriving in Denmark to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This applies regardless of their nationality and takes place both in ports and at sea.
Danish Shipping Education throws open its doors to a new team of trainees with an updated and more contemporary course. At 36 percent, the proportion of women on the new team has never been higher.
A new partnership sees the light of day, when Danish Shipping decides to support the humanitarian organisation Mercy Ships Danmark. The Danish branch of the global organisation Mercy Ships is helping to operate the two hospital ships, Africa Mercy and Global Mercy. The Africa Mercy is the former ferry ‘Dronning Ingrid’, which previously operated on the Great Belt route.
The frigate HDMS Esbern Snare responds to an alert of a possible pirate attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Guinea and becomes involved in a firefight. Four presumed pirates are killed, one is wounded and three escape unharmed. It then emerges that there may have been a ninth person, who is presumed to have fallen overboard.
The Danish training vessels will be able to make two voyages in 2022 and 2023. This was made possible when the government and the supporting parties behind the Danish Finance Act set aside a total of DKK 36 million for the training vessels.
Ships are still registering under the Danish flag, and the total fleet sailing under the Dannebrog is now 779 ships. As a result, Denmark has moved up one place to 11th in the list of the largest flag nations, measured in terms of gross tonnage.
Danish shipping finishes 2021 having exported goods worth DKK 325 billion during the year. This represents an increase of 37 percent, and the result reflects good freight rates and strong demand for goods generally. Containers and dry cargo had a particularly strong 2021.
The Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs and Danish Shipping together formed a green partnership, where issues such as responsible shipbreaking, the evaluation and implementation of rules concerning ballast water treatment and a focus on reducing environmentally harmful discharges into the sea by ships will be discussed.
The global erection of offshore wind turbines is continuing unabated. In 2021, total capacity rose by 50.6 GW, corresponding to an increase of 58 percent compared with 2020. This development is also apparent amongst Danish offshore companies.
Danish Shipping urges Danes to vote yes to abolish the EU defence opt-out in order to secure peace and stability in Europe and ensure that Denmark is able to have its say and take part in future anti-pirate missions under the EU's leadership.