The Danish shipyards are doing well
Photo: Carsten Lundager
While many shipyards around the world are struggling with deficits and empty order books, things are going really well for the Danish shipyards. We are no longer building large ships, but in turn we have a good hold of special ships, repairs and maintenance.
The director of the trade association Danish Maritime, which counts shipyards among its members, sees a bright future.
"There is a great willingness to invest in our membership," says the Director of Danish Maritime, Jenny N. Braat.
"What has happened in Denmark is that our shipyards have managed to find some strong niches, and thus they have been strengthened by a situation where the market has been under a lot of pressure."
"If we had built bulk carriers or container ships, the situation would probably have looked different, as it is far more expensive work. It's not our strength in Denmark. We need to do something that requires knowledge and technological know-how," says Jenny N. Braat.
On the construction side, we have a few yards in Denmark that have found some really good special areas. Such as Karsten's Shipyard in Skagen which specializes in trawlers. Søby Shipyard, whic is in progress with an electric ferry or Hvide Sande Shipyard and their Bøkfjord.
"If we look at the global market, it is the building of special ships that's progressing, whereas cargo ships aren't doing too well."
"Special ships is the segment where everybody expect an increase. The fleet of specialized vessels is huge, but for several types of ships it's also quite old. There are quite a few ships that need to be replaced. "
Read the full interview with Jenny N. Braat in the new edition of the magazine Maritime Denmark here:
Source: Maritime Denmark