Denmark commits to digital shipping registry by 2020

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has committed to making Denmark’s register of shipping fully digital by 2020, with the aim of reducing the costs of doing business for maritime companies and providing easier access to data.

​DMA says it has now begun work on development of the new computer-based Danish Register of Shipping, and once it is operational all future reporting and registration of ships will occur digitally.

“As one of the first in the world, we are making the move to digital registration with our new register of shipping, which we are now starting to develop,” said Deputy Director General, CPO, Charlotte Ahrendt Steen.

“This will definitely reduce the administrative burden for those companies that have their ships registered under the Danish flag. As an extension of our transition to digital ship and seafarer certificates, this is another contribution from the Danish Maritime Authority to a digitalised maritime sector.”

The digital process will replace the existing ship registration system, which required original legal documents with records of the ship’s ownership and value to be submitted – often necessitating a courier to carry the documents across international borders or requiring face-to-face meetings.

The new digital Danish Register of Shipping is expected to be in service by the end of 2020, DMA says.