This week, Denmark launched the world’s first digital ship register. Thus, DMA will get rid of the troublesome paperwork and increase the security related to ship registration and ship trading.
How Big Is Denmark’s Merchant Fleet?
There are currently more than 6000 ships registered in the Danish ship register. So this means that Denmark has a fleet of 6000 ships. The registration of these ships was done manually until now.
This is basically the reason why the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has launched the new digital ship registry. It aims to ease the workload with faster and more efficient workflows for everyone working with ship registration in Denmark. At the same time, the system provides an extra layer of security and control regarding the ship registry.
Niels Peter Fredslund, Deputy Director of the Danish Maritime Authority, commented:
Digitization is a focus for future shipping. The launch of the digital ship registry is an important initiative in this regard. The digital ship registry will get rid of manual paperwork and has great potential to facilitate and reduce the administrative burdens of shipping companies in ship registration and ship trading.
The Digital Ship Register (DSRG) system started on January 16, 2023. The Danish Maritime Authority simultaneously enacted new legislation on ship registration. This includes both changes to the Maritime Code and new enforcement orders for ship registration. A single enforcement order on ship registration came into effect for vessels registered in Denmark and a similar enforcement order for vessels registered in Greenland.
This means that several maritime law changes geared towards digitization, adopted over time since 2006, are now in effect. Two new enforcement orders have also been issued regarding ship registration, one for Denmark and one for Greenland. It is expected that the legislation will be unified and the updates will relieve users.
The introduction of digital ship registration requires changes that affect all ship registration users in Denmark. The changes also affect all record-based reports reported after January 15, 2023.
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Source: Danish Maritime Authority