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January 31, 2017

DMA to abolish special requirements for Danish shipping

Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is planning to abolish 33 special requirements for ships flying the Danish flag, with a view to reducing restrictions on the maritime industry.

Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is planning to abolish 33 special requirements for ships flying the Danish flag, with a view to reducing restrictions on the maritime industry.

The announcement has been made following a benchmark investigation by Deloitte, commissioned by the Danish Government’s Implementation Committee.

DMA has already abolished four of the 33 requirements, which relate to the construction of ships, inspections, certification and reporting obligations.

Danish Maritime Authority director general Andreas Nordseth said: “Denmark is characterised by quality shipping, and Deloitte’s benchmark analysis confirms that Denmark is a good place to conduct maritime business.

"Denmark is characterised by quality shipping, and Deloitte’s benchmark analysis confirms that Denmark is a good place to conduct maritime business."

“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.”

The study compared the use of five international conventions or other additional special requirements by the Danish shipping industry, as well as those of Germany, Malta, Norway, Singapore and the UK.

Denmark’s Implementation Committee has asked DMA to align the requirements with those of the neighbouring countries on the basis of the findings.

DMA has also recently announced its intention to he number of flag State inspections of ships that are flying the Danish flag to 60.

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