Shipowners: No special arrangement on Greenland, please

It does not make much sense for the Danish shipping industry for Denmark to enter into a special agreement with Greenland on Danish investments in connection with the raw material extraction in future. This is not the way in which Danish shipping operates, Deputy Director General in the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Jan Fritz Hansen, says.

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On Monday, a majority of the parties in the Danish Parliament proposed to create a so-called “DONG 2” which is to secure Danish investments in Greenland. This proposal does not make much sense for the Danish shipping industry says Deputy Director General of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Jan Fritz Hansen. He is not interested in this kind of “protectionist special arrangement.”

“As in industry, we make a living of operating globally. That is exactly why we are concerned with creating a free and liberal market, not special arrangements, protectionism or national attachment. Put in perspective, we would not benefit from nationality agreements being made on the North East or North West passages,” Jan Fritz Hansen tells ShippingWatch.

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