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Danish tonnage tax to include mobile rigs from 2016

The Danish government has announced its state budget for 2016. The Danish tonnage tax scheme will be expanded to include mobile offshore drilling rigs, though the government still needs to find around USD 6.5 million financing.

Photo: Maersk Drilling

The Danish state budget for 2016 has been settled, and it comes with good news for owners of mobile drilling rigs, as these vessels look set to be covered by the country's tonnage tax scheme starting at some point in 2016.

The inclusion of the mobile offshore drilling rigs, which has long featured prominently on the wish list at companies such as Maersk Drilling, will cost around USD 6.5 million to include in the tonnage tax scheme, according to the wording in the state budget. With the expansion the government hopes to strengthen the Danish maritime cluster.

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