Color Line re-flagging sends Nordic carriers into new market battle

"It will start a race to the bottom," Fjord Line tells ShippingWatch after the recent decision to green light Nordic rival Color Line's re-flagging of several vessels. Danish carrier DFDS suggests a Nordic coordination of ship registers.

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Color Line's closest rivals on the routes between Norway, Denmark and Germany respectively are about to face completely new market conditions after the carrier will soon be able to re-flag several of its vessels.

This applies to both DFDS and Fjord Line, which ShippingWatch has been in contact with following the announcement from Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg yesterday when she defended the decision to allow Color Line to re-flag two of its vessels. Even though this might mean that up to 700 Norwegian offshore employees will lose their jobs because they can be replaced by cheaper workers. 

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