Modern and energy-efficient fleet
As at 1 January 2012 the average age of the world merchant fleet was almost 9.6 years, whereas the Danish merchant fleet is 8.2 years old on average. [br] The fact that the Danish merchant fleet is among the youngest means that Danish shipowners operate a modern and energy-efficient fleet.
Denmark is one of the world's leading shipping nations. Danish shipowners sail growth, wealth and welfare to the ends of the earth and back. In Denmark, shipowners keep the Danish balance of payments in the black. Shipping is Denmark's biggest export industry, and the activities on the open seas create about 115,000 jobs on Danish soil.
In recent years, Danish shipping has grown considerably, thus generating many jobs in the companies of shipowners, their suppliers and manufacturers. Consequently, shipping remains a backbone of growth and boosts the continued expansion of the maritime business cluster ‘Blue Denmark’. The Blue Denmark cluster plays an important role in the Danish economy, accounting for an aggregate 25% of the country's total export income. The cluster’s export share of production is also high, as are productivity and earnings.
Fact about the Blue Denmark
Denmark transports 10% of the total world trade – approx. 1 billion tonnes The Danish shipping companies earn approx. 140 billion Danish kroner a year Danish shipping companies have ordered new ships at the value of 60 billion Danish kroner Denmark is among the leading countries in the world for environmentally friendly shipbuilding and repair Denmark leads in the development of high-tech vessels for special projects and have for instance developed LNG and LPG tankers, diving vessels, cable installers, dredgers and icebreakers