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DFDS: The captain is a leader and should stay off subpoenas

DFDS does not wish to comment directly on whether the company has forced a shipmaster to withdraw from The Danish International Ship Register’s subpoena against the company. “As we have explained, he is the representative of the management with the responsibilities that the position entails,” says DFDS.

DFDS acknowledges that it was following a conversation with a shipmaster on one of the company’s ships that the individual in question decided not to let his name stay on the subpoena which The Danish Maritime Officers recently filed against DFDS and Royal Arctic Line in the case involving DIS. Executive Vice President of People and Ships, Henrik Holck, does not wish to comment on whether actual threats were made, only that the shipmaster was “told a few things about the responsibilities of a shipmaster”, says Holck.

“A shipmaster has a certain status on a ship as the representative of the leadership. He has responsibility of a lot of people and holds great values, and therefore it is simply not possible for him to sue the company. I have had a phone conversation with the individual in question, in which I explained the specific role of a shipmaster, one that is also emerges from (Søfartsloven). Whether that was considered a threat by the shipmaster, I do not know. You will have to ask him. I do not think I can make any threats. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide what do he or she wants to do,” says Henrick Holck.

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