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The Blue Denmark

Denmark is among the world's leading maritime nations and The Blue Denmark is one of Denmark's industrial strengths.

About 96,000 people are employed in The Blue Denmark (directly and indirectly). In total, this corresponds to 3.4 per cent of Danish employment.

The Blue Denmark consists of shipowners, yards, equipment manufacturers, service and repair organisations, ship designers, shipping and logistics organisations, shipbrokers, ports, offshore organisations within oil & gas and offshore wind, organisations within the scrapping and recycling industries, maritime educational institutions, maritime trade associations and specialised centres - small, medium and large organisations across the country.

About 39,000 of the 96,000 people represent the maritime industry. The employees of the maritime industry have different levels of technological educations – this include skilled workers, who make up 40 per cent of the workforce, and the longer engineering degrees, which make up 30 per cent of the workforce. The industry needs talented workers, as the organisations and workplaces need employees who have extensive knowledge within a certain area or field.

The importance of the maritime industrial enterprises in the Danish society is visible in the DKK 5 million that the employees pay in taxes each year. The many successful organisations in the Danish maritime industry ensure that the industry has an international stronghold, and it requires a continuous effort to maintain this position in the intensive global competition.

Danish maritime organisations consist of approximately one-fourth of Denmark’s total export.

In 2017, the gross value added in the Danish maritime industry consisted of approximately DKK 96 billion.

An International Industry

Denmark has the world’s fifth largest merchant fleet measured in ships, which is operated by Danish shipping companies – after Greece, Singapore, China and Japan.

The Danish maritime industry has, because of high technological and specialised products and solutions, a solid position on the world market.

87 per cent of the organisations in the Danish maritime industry has foreign parent organisations or subsidiaries, and maritime organisations are often among the first to settle when abroad, which contributes to growth and welfare on a global level.

Maritime technology and shipbuilding are key elements in globalisation. The Danish maritime organisations are global, but founded in Denmark. The maritime industry is an old and traditional industry, and it has a leading position in research, development and innovation. This is the reason why the majority of today’s Danish maritime organisations are innovative and research oriented. 45 per cent of the organisations in the Danish maritime industry are innovative, while only 20 per cent of said innovation is visible in the rest of the Danish industry.

The world merchant fleet consists of more than 100,000 ships, and the majority of these ships have Danish equipment on-board. Maritime technology is a global area of growth and OECD released a report in 2016, which stated that maritime technology providers will become a global area of growth in the future, and Danish maritime organisations have the possibility to position themselves in regard to said growth. However, it is a requirement that the industry has competitive framework conditions in order to ensure that we can maintain and develop the maritime industry’s position as the sixth largest exporter of maritime technology.

The Blue Northern Jutland

The Blue Northern Jutland has approximately 400 organisations, which have an essential part of their business in the maritime industry. The organisations are primarily small and medium-sized organisations within equipment production, service and repair. The organisations are primarily situated in the port area in Hanstholm, Hirtshals, Skagen, Frederikshavn and Aalborg.

Maritime organisations in the 11 northern municipalities are visible below:

The Blue Denmark

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