Swedish carrier risks fine for breaching Danish immigration law

Swedish tanker carrier Sirius Shipping has been charged with using foreign seafarers without work permits on four Danish-flagged tanker vessels. The defense says that this is a principal case and they are looking have it tried at an EU Court of Justice.

Tanker vessel Tellus was flagged under DIS in the spring of 2010. The ship is now part of the case against Sirius Shipping. | Photo: Sirius Shipping

A carrier is at risk of a large fine for using foreign seafarers without work permits on Danish-flagged vessels in a principal court case that could go all the way to a European Court of Justice.

The case concerns Swedish tanker carrier Sirius Shipping, which is charged with using illegal workers on board four Danish-flagged vessels from 2010 to 2011. If the carrier is found guilty at the District Court in Odense, Denmark, it could receive a fine of up to DKK 3.4 million (USD 551,000).

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