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ABS is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence as one of the world’s leading classification organizations. In a constantly evolving industry, ABS works alongside its partners tackling the most pressing technical, operational and regulatory challenges so the marine and offshore industries can operate safely, securely and responsibly.

Ezekiel Davis, Manager

NJORD Law Firm

NJORD is an international law firm with an international atmosphere. We render commercial advice and meet challenges for clients nationally and across the Nordic countries. Therefore, the Nordic concept is a strategic guide to us. This applies to our services and expertise as well as to our culture and approach to the assignments.

The Maritime and transport law team offers legal advice regarding all areas related to maritime and transportation transactions, such as e.g. sale and purchase of ships, shipbuilding and other ship yard matters, marine insurance and reinsurance (cargo, hull and P&I), ship financing, cargo claims, collisions, all kinds of transportation contracts, logistic solutions in general and with regard to all means of transport.

We represent both Danish and international ship owners, charterers, cargo owners, truck companies, air lines, railways, forwarding agents and their respective insurers.

NJORD is a full-service firm in the field of maritime and transport law also through its vast experience of all core legal areas, including procedural law. In addition, we have an extensive international network with all the necessary knowledge within the maritime and transportation field.

Ulla Fabricius, Lawyer & Partner - Transport Law


Lloyds Register, Copenhagen

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, we now operate across many industry sectors, with over 9,000 employees in 78 countries.

We have a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through our global technology centres and research network, LR is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof our clients’ businesses.


Charlotte B. Nielsen, Nordic Marketing Coordinator


Hafnia Law Firm

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HAFNIA LAW FIRM / HAFNIA ADVOKATFIRMA draws on almost 40 years experience in maritime law.

HAFNIA LAW FIRM builds on the concept of specialisation and is the consequence of a development that has also been seen abroad where maritime and transport departments of larger firms establish specialised firms with their own identity. In this day and age the professional client and not least his general counsellor realises the different branches of law and will readily seek specialist assistance.

HAFNIA LAW FIRM specialises in shipping matters, be it by air, land, sea or a combination and we service the industries relative to transport like owners and cargo interests, insurance companies, banks, yards, repairshops and trade houses; from the manufacturer or distributor to the retailer. We service the broker, the agent, the warehouse keeper and suppliers of goods and generally provide services to the shipping industry. We also assist our clients in company matters. Our services range from the contract formation to the dispute resolution.

Having studied maritime law at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime law in Oslo in 1973, Peter Schaumburg-Müller initially worked as a young lawyer and claims handler with Danish Shipowners Defence Association and Skuld P&I Club before establishing his own marine law firm in 1981 in association with 4 non marine law firms under the name Denlaw, originally the answer back of Peter’s telex machine!

The firm took a new direction when at the end of 2008 Mathias Steinø took employment with Peter and consolidated the existence of a genuine maritime practice. It was soon a reality that Mathias with his obvious skills added expansion to the firm and should become partner. The idea emerged that Copenhagen with its comprehensive shipping activities was ready for a dedicated shipping law firm. It was however clear that the firm needed to stand alone in new premises and with a new name. In this process of our momentum fortune threw Thomas Hansen our way. Thomas is committed to maritime and transportation law, having worked in this field for a number of years both with a major Danish bunker supplier and with the Danish full size law firm, Kromann Reumert where also Mathias originally worked.

In January 2010 we all agreed to launch the first specialised maritime law firm under the name HAFNIA LAW FIRM and in the new premises of Oestergade 22 in the center of the city of Copenhagen. The name HAFNIA being latin for Copenhagen, the Harbour of Merchants.

The firm was further developped as Alex Laudrup joined us in March 2011. Alex also started at Danish Shipowners Defence Association and Skuld in the early seventies. In 1982 he became the managing director of another defence club and worked also as a maritime lawyer. Alex later joined the full scale law firm Gorrissen Federspiel where he became partner and subsequently head of the maritime and transport department. Apart from being a busy lawyer, Alex is an experienced litigator and arbitrator and former president of the Danish Maritime Law Association (CMI), Denmark.

Anders Bjørn Munthe, Partner & Attorney-at-Law (L)

Gorrissen Federspiel

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Gorrissen Federspiel's Transportation group is a leading advisor within the maritime, offshore and transportation industry. Our maritime law practice dates back to the 1890s.

The group offers specialist advice and assistance within: 

  • traditional maritime law, collisions, groundings, salvage, charterparties, cargo claims, marine insurance, CMR, etc.

  • related areas of law relevant to the entire maritime, offshore and transportation industry: sale and purchase, ship and asset finance, international trade, corporate law, competition law and labour law.

The group works closely with the firm's other groups, e.g. Aircraft & Rolling Stock, Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, EU & Competition, Litigation and Labour & Employment.

Our clients include the vast majority of Danish shipowners as well as many foreign shipowners, road carriers, freight forwarders, leading P&I and FD&D clubs, H&M and other insurers, oil companies, contractors and harbours and leading financial institutions. We corporate with key organisations, including Danish Shipowners' Association, BIMCO, Dansk Transport og Logistik and International Transport Union.

We have close contacts with the companies, organisations and public authorities that make Denmark a leading seafaring nation.

Peter Appel, Chairman and Partner

Focus Advokater P/S


Our team of specialised lawyers provides legal services within all areas of commercial law, including ship finance and transport law, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, tax, insolvency, banking.

We communicate in English, German, French and Spanish, as well as the Scandinavian languages.

Our expertise in complex legal matters, coupled with our commitment to work closely with our clients to deliver commercially practical solutions, enables our clients to achieve their business objectives. 

Rune Aagaard, Partner, Lawyer

Fairwater Marine Brokers

Fairwater Marine Brokers are marine insurance specialists. We assist our clients with purchasing insurance as well as in everyday matters, claims or complicated marine insurance and casualty situations.

We always represent the client only and have the expertise, knowledge and experience to create the value for our client in everything we are entrusted to do for them.

Fairwater Marine Brokers work for 120 maritime clients such as shipowners, charterers, managers, shipyards, terminal operators in the region and worldwide. Over 600 ships are insured through us.

Fairwater Marine operate 5 offices in Aarhus, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsinki and Hong Kong, and in markets we are not present we work with our choice of networking partners to have the necessary global reach.    

Per Krahn, Partner & Director

Rina Denmark ApS


We provide a wide range of services across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors.

RINA is the excellence behind excellence, a global corporation that leads industries to success. We work closely with customers, assisting them in the most effective, safe and sustainable way across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors.

Through a global network of 3.700 talented professionals, operating in 170 offices in 65 countries, we back up the market operators across the entire lifecycle of their projects.

We boast more than 30.000 km of inspected and supervised pipelines, more than 250 certified and requalified platforms and more than 100 LNG projects.

Authorized to act on behalf of over 110 Flag States, we have classified more than 5.600 ships, totaling 36.8 M GT, and more than 1.300 yachts, and we are 1st World ranked for ferries classification.

We issued more than 36.000 product certificates, more than 28.000 management systems certificates and we performed 150.000 laboratory tests.

Transport & Infrastructure
We partnered on more than 700 projects for railway lines, trains and metro,  we certified more than 695.000 sqm of sustainable buildings and, with regard to Defence projects, we performed 50+ Combat System Integration Studies.

We contributed to the development of more than 200 new prototypes and products, as well as more than 10 innovative alloys and special steel, and held more than 1200 AIM orders.

V. Dario Barbaro, Marine Manager Denmark, Faroe Islands & Norway

The Danish Ships Preservation Trust

På foranledning af Kulturministeriet blev Skibsbevaringsfonden stiftet den 1.maj 1986 af Træskibs-sammenslutningen, Nationalmuseet og Handels- og Søfartsmuseet.

Hermed samledes ekspertisen på et område som, på trods af Danmarks rige maritime kulturhistorie, ikke havde fået det fintmaskede net af hjælp og støtteordninger, der kendtes fra bygningsbevaring på landjorden.

Fondens formål blev i fundatsens paragraf 3 formuleret således:
1) At bidrage til bevaring og restaurering af karakteristiske danske fartøjer.
2) At søge, herunder undtagelsesvis også ved køb, at bevare ejendomsretten til sådanne skibe i Danmark.

Den vigtigste direkte støtteform er rente- og afdragsfrie lån til ejere af bevaringsværdige fartøjer, der som modydelse accepterer en påtegning i skibets skøde. Hermed opnås i overensstemelse med fodens fundats, at det bliver attraktivt for de udvalgte skibe at forblive i dansk eje, og at Skibsbevaringsfonden har indsigt i skibets fortsatte restaurering.

Foruden at formidle lån, yder fonden også en udstrakt rådgivning for andre danske myndigheder f. eks. Søfartsstyrelsen. Bl.a. har fonden været repræsenteret i en arbejdsgruppe om skibes sikkerhed. Et arbejde der har resulteret i en ny forskrift med navnet Teknisk forskrift om bevaringsværdige skibes sikkerhed.

Skibsbevaringsfonden er primært finansieret af Kulturministeriets Tips- og Lottomidler. Andre fonde har dog været involveret i støtte af enkeltprojekter.

Tom Rasmussen, Secretariat Director

Danish Shipowners Accident Insurance Association (UFDS)

Danish Shipowners Accident Insurance Association (UFDS) offers accident insurance to shipowners who employ seafarers on board Danish registred ships.

Furthermore, we offer personal property insurance assording to the Danish act on insurance against the consequences of industrial injuries to shipowners who employ seafarers on board ships registered under foreign flags.

Danish shipowners own Danish Shipowners Accident Insurance Association.

The insurance company is constituted as a mutual insurance union

Jacob Munch, CEO


DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries. Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight. With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

Flemming Mose Christensen, Area Manager, Area Denmark, Sweden, Finland & North Atlantic


The Danish Maritime Fund

The Danish Maritime Fund (Den Danske Maritime Fond) provides financial support to initiatives and undertakings, which may serve to develop and promote Danish shipping- and shipbuilding industries. The Fund was established in 2005. Its trust funds comprise 10% of the shares in Danmarks Skibskredit A/S (Danish Ship Finance Ltd.), and the dividend comprises the main income of the Fund. Applications for financial support may be submitted at any time to the Administration. The Fund’s administrator may be contacted regarding the drawing up of an application. All applications are presented to the Fund’s board at regular meetings.

Lotte G. Lundberg, Board Member and Advisor

The Danish Marine Insurance G/S

Vi er et lille firma der har specialiseret sig i at forsikre både nyere og ældre tonnage inden for tørlast, tankskibe og supply skibe mv. Vi har gennem et tæt samarbejde med vore reassurancepartnere på Lloyds sikret, at vi kan tilbyde gunstige og konkurrencedygtige priser. Dette kan vi opnå ved at udvælge vore forsikringstagere således, at vi har en lavere skadeskvote end markedet generelt.

Endvidere har vi grundet vor beskedne størrelse lave driftsomkostninger og en meget hurtig sagsbehandling skulle uheldet være ude. Vi tænker altid på vore forsikringstagere således, at vi sikrer, at de kun er ude at drift i færrest muligt antal dage. Der er meget kort vej til beslutningstageren.

Vi lægger vægt på at yde en god og effektiv rådgivning over for alle klienter – såvel store som små, og såvel gamle som nye. Vores mål er at tilbyde vores kunder den bedste forsikring til den bedste pris.

Vi prøver først og fremmest på at løse problemer gennem dialog og samarbejde – og med respekt for alle sagens parter. Vi er derfor landets billigste og bedste søforsikring.

Claus Løkke, CEO

Danish Ship Finance

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The object of Danish Ship Finance (Danmarks Skibskredit A/S) is to provide mortgage backed ship financing in Denmark. In addition, the company provides mortgage backed ship financing in the international market, so long as such activities do not unnecessarily limit the company's Danish operations.

Danish Ship Finance is a stable and reliable source of short-term and long-term loan capital for shipowners in all stages of the shipping cycle and it endeavours to be a competent and trustworthy business partner to its customers and financial counterparties as well as other stakeholders.

Danish Ship Finance aims to obtain satisfactory financial results for its owners and is therefore dedicated to creating value in the form of controlled growth in lending while focusing on high credit quality and appropriate diversification in the loan portfolio.

Danish Ship Finance has evolved in cooperation with the Danish maritime sector, and the vision is that: "Danish Ship Finance is the leading provider of ship financing in Denmark and is to be regarded by the international market players as one of the five most recognised and leading lenders by 2010".

Erik I. Lassen, CEO

Codan Marine

Codan Marine is one of the leading providers of marine insurance and risk management solutions in Scandinavia. 

With offices in Copenhagen and Bergen our highly experienced and proactive staff is dedicated to work in partnership with you to meet your local needs.

Our clients are in all sectors of the marine industry – from small fishing vessels, shipyards, banks, to the world’s largest shipping companies. 

We insure more than 4000 hulls for all the traditional Hull products in addition to providing covers to our shipyard clients and our Mortgagee Interest portfolio.

Through clear dialogue, high qualified and skillful employees, excellent financial security (S&P A rating) and an unrivalled know-how, Codan Marine are in a position to offer you an advantageous risk management partner-scheme including tailored insurance solutions, around the clock claims lead service, as well as loss prevention activities.

We are part of RSA, a leading global insurance company, with very strong traditions within Marine for more than 300 years.

Lone Scheuer Larsen, Nordic Director Marine Hull UW

Bureau Veritas

Created in 1828 Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection, Certification (TIC) and Marine & Offshore Classification services, delivering high quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

Bureau Veritas has a revenue of 4.6 billion euros, employs 66,000 people in 140 countries and classifies 13,345 ships of total 114 million gross tonnages.

As a Classification Society, Bureau Veritas assesses ships for conformity with specific sets of Class Rules and Statutory Regulations. It provides ship and marine equipment certification on behalf of Flag administrations.

Bureau Veritas Industry supports industries by assessing equipment and processes from the design stage to installation, commissioning and operation. Bureau Veritas Certification provides a large range of certification and auditing services according to international and national standards as well as customer specific requirements. Bureau Veritas Industry division offers a wide range of services to ensure a safety-assurance process and asset availability performance whatever the industry: Oil & Gas, Power generation, Transportation Process, Metals and Minerals. Bureau Veritas Certification division offers services within Management Systems, Feed and Food Safety, Quality and Seafood.

Bureau Veritas was established in Denmark in 1848 and has been present in the Nordic countries for over 150 years.

Bengt Sangberg, Marine Chief Executive
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Windahl Sandroos & Co.


Windahl Sandroos & Co. is internationally recognized as a leading legal adviser to the maritime industry.

The dedicated shipping lawyers of the firm assist clients in the shipping and transport sectors. We provide legal assistance and advice on commercial and liability issues and assist in transactions involving the operation of ships and shipowning activities. Our clients include:

  • Ship owners, operators and charterers

  • Ship brokers and managers

  • Bunker suppliers and other suppliers

  • Stevedores and port terminals

  • Logistics Services Providers

  • Insurers and banks

  • Transportation and shipping companies.

Legal assistance and advice in relation to carriage of goods by sea – whether pursuant to a charterparty, bill of lading or other transport document – is an important area of our maritime law practice. We assist with legal issues involving carriage of goods by sea, such as chartering, transport of general cargo and contracts of affreightment. 

We provice assistance within all shipping sectors, including tankers, containers, bulk cargoes, project cargoes, ferries and offshore support vessels and we represent clients before courts and tribunals in liability cases, including under C/P’s, the Hague-Rules, Hague-Visby Rules and national law, and offer advice on all other legal aspects of sea carriage.

We have detailed knowledge of all aspects of marine and transport insurance derived from years of cooperation with clients in the transport and marine insurance industry.

Bo Sandoors, Attorney & Partner





Skuld is a world leading marine insurance provider with a strong financial position and an 'A' rating with Standard & Poor's. We cater to the needs of shipowners, the offshore and energy sector, charterers and traders, ports and terminals, cargo and the superyacht community.

Skuld was established in 1897 as a P&I club for Scandinavian shipowners. Since then, we have grown into a diversified marine insurer and now offer bespoke covers through Skuld P&I and Skuld 1897, a syndicate at Lloyd's.

With headquarters in Oslo and a worldwide office network of around 250 highly skilled employees, we provide our members and clients with service and competence they can rely on, 24 hours a day.

Insurance solutions for all aspects of the industry

Our focus is to provide a full set of marine covers and first class security for our members and clients. The synergies between Skuld entities ensure innovative insurance solutions, as shown by arranging special covers for our members and clients. Our network of local offices creates close contact and ensures efficient, quick and reliable service, with access to Skuld’s dedicated and professional legal, claims and technical experts.

Skuld P&I

The P&I club, Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig), has been the basis for further development of Skuld and this is also where the majority of staff is employed. This ensures a top quality service both to the P&I members and clients as well as to the clients of Skuld 1897. Skuld P&I offers Mutual P&I, Commercial fixed P&I, Skuld Yachts - a dedicated liability cover for super yatchs, Charterers Liability and more.

Skuld Offshore

Skuld Offshore is specialised in offshore and energy liability and hull insurance products. The liability covers are placed in Skuld P&I and the hull and property covers are placed with Skuld 1897.

Skuld Hull

Skuld Hull is a dedicated H&M (Hull and Machinery) unit. Based in Oslo, Skuld Hull offers the same service-based approach to underwriting and claims handling that has always been the hallmark of Skuld P&I to shipowners worldwide.

Skuld 1897

Skuld 1897, our syndicate at Lloyd’s, started operations in 2011 and writes marine, energy, cargo  and liability insurance. Through Skuld P&I, there is direct access to the syndicate and Skuld P&I will also provide claims service to Skuld 1897. Lloyd’s has an A+ rating with Standard and Poor’s.

Skuld Services is a service unit to Skuld 1897, providing access to Lloyd’s for non-Lloyd’s brokers. A local broker can thereby access Skuld 1897 directly.

Asta is a management agent managing syndicates at Lloyd’s where Skuld P&I is part owner.

Krester Krøger Kjær, Senior Vice President, Head of Skuld Copenhagen