Danish owners lobby government to make nation more of a shipping powerhouse

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, Brian Mikkelsen, designed to make the Nordic nation more of a shipping powerhouse.

“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,” commented Jesper Lok, chairman of the taskforce who is also chair of shipowning firms Esvagt and J. Lauritzen.

Director general of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Anne Steffensen commented today, “Shipping and the maritime industry yield a very important contribution to the Danish economy as the maritime cluster all together represents 25%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 shipowners and maritime companies, among other things due to the broad political backing in Denmark, which promise well for future growth.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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