The Swedish ship register shrank in 2015

The Swedish commercial fleet logged a record number of ships in 2015, but the number of Swedish-flagged ships fell for the ninth year in a row. Sweden also noted a decline in the number of days employees spend at sea, according to new figures from the Swedish traffic authority.

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While the Swedish commercial fleet continues to grow and now stands at a record 739 vessels, the number of vessels in the Swedish ship register continues to dwindle, according to new numbers from the Swedish traffic authority via Trafikanalys.

Of the 739 vessels, only 280 sailed under the Swedish flag and were at Swedish disposal in the previous year, which became the ninth year in a row with a declining number of ships in the Swedish ship register. During the nine years of constant net out-flagging, 114 vessels have opted out of the Swedish flag.

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