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21. April 2017

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Denmark as a global maritime powerhub

Ambitions are high and the recommendations concrete. Today, after almost a year’s work the maritime task force of the Danish Government presented its policy recommendations to the Danish Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.

The guiding vision of the maritime task force is to strengthen Denmark as a global maritime powerhub by securing even better framework conditions for ship owners and other maritime industry working out of Denmark. Accordingly, the task force today presented a series of concrete proposals that touch upon all areas of the competitive framework for the maritime industry in Denmark.

The Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Mr. Brian Mikkelsen, welcomes the proposals. They will form a strong foundation for considerations regarding future growth in the maritime sector in order to attract maritime businesses and ship owners to Denmark, he says.

”The recommendations from the Maritime Strategy Team is a great starting point for our work with a new maritime growth plan - a plan that will help to maintain and develop the international competitiveness of maritime industry. This is important for the creation of jobs and economic growth in Denmark,” says the Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Mr. Brian Mikkelsen.

Broad industry representation

The task force has been chaired by Mr. Jesper Lok, Chairman of the shipping companies, Esvagt and J. Lauritzen. Other members count CEOs from the shipping community, scientists, CEOs of maritime businesses and union representatives. The broad representation has led to a good result according to the chairman.

“Denmark has a proven track record, when it comes to delivering quality shipping in a competitive environment. With our recommendations we expect to attract a broader cross section of the maritime industry to Denmark and we will be better positioned to reap the benefits from the digitalisation that is bound to affect our industry, “says Mr. Jesper Lok, chairman of the growth team.

Director General of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Anne H. Steffensen, sees the policy recommendations as an ambitious starting point. It sets a high standard for the forthcoming political negotiations on the Government’s maritime actions, which are expected to be presented in the fall.

Shipping and the maritime industry yield a very important contribution to the Danish economy as the maritime cluster all together represents 25 per cent of Danish exports. The new recommendations set the course for keeping Danish shipping at the forefront. They highlight the fact that Denmark is an attractive place to do business for ship owners and maritime companies, among other things due to the broad political backing in Denmark, which promise well for future growth,“ says Anne H. Steffensen.