The gross tonnage registered in the Danish Registers of Shipping beat a record with a gross tonnage of 14.9 million in 2014 compared to just below 13 million in 2013, the Danish Maritime Authority said in its annual report.
“It is very positive that the Danish merchant fleet has increased markedly – despite the continued challenges faced by the shipping industry. This indicates that the steady efforts made with the Government’s Plan for Growth in Blue Denmark have had an impact. Denmark has a strong maritime cluster that is doing well in international competition, and this is a position of strength which it has been the purpose of the Plan for Growth to support in 2014. And the work will continue in 2015”, says Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth.
The accounting year closed with a minor surplus of DKK 1.7 million. The overall score in the Danish Maritime Authority’s performance contract for 2014 was 90.75 out of 100, which DMA considers a good result.
In 2014, the Authority focused on reducing the time it spends considering cases.
As regards safety, the report shows that 2014 was a satisfactory year measured in terms of the number of detentions of Danish ships in foreign ports. On the other hand, defects and non-conformities were found on more Danish ships than previously in the Tokyo MoU, just as several years’ decrease in the rate of serious occupational accidents at sea was not continued in 2014. DMA said that these are important areas on which it will focus more efforts in 2015.