The Danish Shipowners' Association (Danmarks Skibsrederforening) is a trade and employers’ organization for 40 shipowners and two owners of offshore facility. 20 association members have ships flying Danish colours while 20 operate from Denmark but sail under other flags of state. In aggregate the members of the Danish Shipowners' Association own 13.3 million DWT (deadweight tonnage) which amounts to 96% of the Danish merchant fleet registered in the Danish International Ship Register.
Our association was founded in 1884 and has been a focal point for Danish shipowners ever since. We safeguard industry interests and act as the employers’ organization for our members. Today, our association plays an active role in dealings with authorities and decision-makers, nationally and internationally. We participate in all relevant forums and also maintain an office in Brussels.
We are a trade organization on a par with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), the Danish Chamber of Commerce (DE) and the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, with whom we cooperate closely. We are also an employers’ organization for member ships under the Danish flag and have belonged to the Confederation of Danish Employers for many years.
We have a wide national cooperation network and are similarly active internationally. Besides cooperating with foreign shipowners' associations, we also belong to and cooperate with international shipowners’ organizations.
Other than our own members, we service two other associations: the Danish Car Ferry Association, an organization for the ferry industry, and the Shipowners' Association of 2010, an organization for small and medium-sized shipping companies.