DMA to Abolish Special Shipping Requirements in Denmark

Out of the 33 special requirements that Denmark has for ships flying the Danish flag, four have been abolished and the remaining requirements will be revised or abolished, according to the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).

A benchmark analysis, carried out by financial advisory firm Deloitte on the basis of a decision by the Danish Government’s Implementation Committee, examined to what extent Denmark gold-plates five international conventions or has other additional special requirements compared to Germany, Malta, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

The analysis has identified 33 special requirements, which include, inter alia, requirements related to the construction of ships, inspections, certification and reporting obligations.

The Implementation Committee has asked the Danish Maritime Authority to align the requirements with those of the neighbouring countries.

“We have been alleviating burdens for a long time and we have already abolished four of the 33 special requirements identified in the analysis. Now, with this analysis in hand, we will take initiatives to make it even more attractive to fly the Danish flag,” Andreas Nordseth, Director General from the Danish Maritime Authority, said.

As of 1 January 2017, four of the 33 special requirements have been abolished, including a requirement to report information on the signing on and signing off. In the coming months, additional revisions of requirements will be initiated in order to further alleviate the burdens imposed on the maritime industry.

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