The Danish Shipowners' Association, the Danish Maritime Authority and several shipping companies see a major opportunity for making Copenhagen a global shipping capital, writes financial daily newspaper Børsen. The Danish Shipowners' Association is currently in contact with two Japanese shipping companies which are seriously considering placing their European headquarters in Copenhagen.
Jan Fritz Hansen, executive vice president of the Danish Shipowners' Association told Børsen: "I think they are impressed with what is happening in Denmark."
A few days ago, the Danish Shipowners' Association announced that the Danish shipping industry is on course to achieve record foreign currency earnings of close to DKK 200bn (USD 39.5bn) in 2008.
Danish Maritime Authority director Jørgen Hammer Hansen says: "To me there is no doubt that there is major focus on the development that is taking place in Denmark at the moment, and Copenhagen is very much at the centre of this. The Danish shipping environment is very visible – and very international."
The Danish Shipowners' Association uses a new slogan 'Copenhagen – Capital of the Oceans' in its promotion of the capital. "We simply ask them whether they would like to be part of the success we have here," says Fritz Hansen.
Axel Camillo Eitzen, chairman of the Norwegian shipping company Eitzen Bulk, comments: "Danish shipping expertise is very professional and good, and that means we are very happy to be in Copenhagen. The fact that Danish authorities are so proactive and interested in shipping encourages a good Danish environment."