Boat refugees

Boat refugees have been a challenge for shipping companies since the beginning of the refugee and migratory flows across the Mediterranean in 2014.

In 2015, Danish shipping companies took part in 13 rescue operations in the Mediterranean, where 2,660 people were rescued.

Merchant ships are required by international conventions to help persons in distress at sea, and Danish shipping companies contribute without hesitation, if needed.

But to rescue persons in distress - often several hundred desperate people on unseaworthy vessels - remains a task for the authorities as the merchant ships and their crews are not equipped to handle such tasks.

You can read more in the Danish Shipping Policy paper here below.


  1. Maria Skipper Schwenn
    Executive Director, Danish Shipping
    Mobile:  +45 2128 4966
  2. Morten Glamsø
    Senior adviser, Danish Shipping
    Phone:  +45 3348 9216
    Mobile:  +45 2267 0705