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Søren Skou put pressure on the Danish government to help stranded seafarers

A joint lobby effort from the Danish shipping industry this summer led to Denmark becoming a hub for crew changes during the coronavirus crisis. Early in the process, Maersk's CEO met with the prime minister, reveals right of access to documents. 

Maersk CEO, Søren Skou, asked Denmark's Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen (Social Democrat), for the Danish government's help in safeguarding crew changes during a meeting in June. | Photo: Emil Helms/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

A meeting between Maersk's chief executive and the Danish prime minister this summer launched a process which just a few weeks later led to Denmark becoming a hub for crew changes during the coronavirus crisis.

In late June, the most powerful person in Danish shipping, Søren Skou, met with the Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen (Social Democrat).

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