Maersk Line's massive fleet renewal in 2017 and 2018 benefits Singapore and Danish flags with a substantail number of vessels. Another crucial factor will be where Maersk decides to flag its fleet aqcuired from Hamburg Süd.
The Norwegian International Ship Register has grown by 6.7 percent in 2016 while Singapore's, Denmark's, and South Korea's ship registers are the only three noting setbacks among the world's 20 largest flag states.
Shifting Danish governments could have misinformed the EU Commission about the extent of state aid to the country’s carriers. At most, a figure amounting to billions of Danish kroner has not been reported to and approved by the Commission.
This fall a case concerning Denmark's net wage scheme under the Danish International Ship Register will go before the country's High Court. The crux of the matter is whether this net wage should be adjusted. The Danish Maritime Officers want DFDS and other carriers to pay more per employee.