Niels Smedegaard new Chairman of Danish Shipping
The atmosphere was positive at Danish Shipping’s annual General Assembly in Copenhagen on 24 May. This spring’s wide support in the Danish Parliament to several important improvements of the framework conditions for the Blue Denmark provides a strong potential for strengthening the Danish Shipping industry in the coming years. This support and stability of the political framework was acknowledged at the General Assembly.
The meeting also provided the setting of a change of chairman, when Claus V. Hemmingsen, Vice CEO, A.P. Møller - Mærsk A / S, according to the articles of the association regarding rotation, resigns as chairman of the association. As a new chairman, the members elected CEO of DFDS A / S, Niels Smedegaard.
"It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to chair the work for the Danish shipping industry. We are a strong cluster with lots of potential and strong support from a broad majority in the Danish Parliament to stay in course and create even more value for Denmark. This is due not least to the fact that Claus V. Hemmingsen has delivered a great job, and therefore I would like to thank him for his great efforts, "says Niels Smedegaard.
The four years with Claus V. Hemmingsen as chairman of Danish Shipping have been characterized by both ups and downs for the industry, but it has also been a period which has ensured a steady political process and further development of the framework conditions for the sector in cooperation with the governments in office.
This has among other things lead to the establishment of a maritime growth team, which resulted in a genuine growth plan from the government, where several key elements of the plan were adopted by a very broad majority in the Danish Parliament last spring. The departing chairman expressed his satisfaction:
"I am pleased that in both words and actions we have wide political support to continue the growth course which the shipping industry in Denmark continues to keep. We are a global industry that contributes significantly to growth, development and jobs in Denmark. A contribution we wish to maintain and develop for the benefit of both the industry and Denmark. Personally, I look forward to continuing to work for this development as vice chairman of Danish Shipping, "says Claus V. Hemmingsen.
There was re-election to the Board and its composition after the General Assembly is as follows: Niels Smedegaard, DFDS A / S (Chairman), Claus V. Hemmingsen, AP Moller - Mærsk A / S (Vice Chairman), Jacob Meldgaard, TORM A / S, Mikael Skov, Hafnia Tankers, Jan Rindbo, D / S Norden A / S and Martin Fruergaard, Ultragas ApS.