Denmark to scrap registration fees for secondhand ships

The Danish government is looking at abolishing registration fees for secondhand ships to better compete with registers like Singapore.

Anne Steffensen, CEO of the local shipowners’ association, Danish Shipping, welcomed the news, saying: “We know from talks with Danish and foreign shipping companies that the registration fee is an obstacle when they wish to register under Danish flag. Therefore, I am pleased that the fee will be removed as this will make Denmark a more attractive market. It is a good day for the Danish maritime cluster, and it sends a strong signal that Denmark will be a global maritime power house.

Brian Mikkelsen, minister for industry, business and financial affairs, commented: “The Danish maritime cluster is growing, so it is also an investment in the future as we can help attract activities to the country.”

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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