The Danish government proposes to abolish the registration fee on merchant ships, in order to remove a serious obstacle to the growth of vessels flying the Danish flag, according to Danish Shipping.

Maritime proposals are aligned with the government’s plans to prolong the growth of the Danish economy. For instance, the abolition of the special fee on second-hand ships, which are registered in the Danish International Ship Register (DIS), will remove a cost which today makes it less attractive for shipping companies to register newly purchased second-hand ships under Danish flag.

“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,” said Anne H. Steffensen, CEO of Danish Shipping.

As explained, when registering a ship in Denmark, a one-time fee of one per thousandth of the value of a ship is charged, as well as a fee for registration of a mortgage, which also represents one per thousandth of the value of the deposit. This applies when a second-hand ship is registered in the Danish International Ship Register, whereas in many competing countries a far lower charge is paid. The difference can slow the growth of new ships under Danish flag.

In his presentation, Brian Mikkelsen, Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, emphasized that the proposal is an investment in the future.


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