3 - Industry/unions/interest organizations

The Danish Engineers’ Association (Maskinmestrenes Forening)

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The Danish Engineers’ Association is a professional/technical association for Engineers and Dual Purpose Ship Officers, who are either educated or present students at Maritime Educational Institutions. The association has approx. 9.000 members, of which about 7.600 are employed, 850 are students, and 550 are senior members – retired engineers and ship officers.

The members are employed primarily within various technical and/or administrative positions. The engineers and ship officers are found within the Maritime Sector, in production units and service companies, in consulting companies, and in the public sphere e.g. at hospitals, in supply, inspection, defence and the education sector. Of the active members 70% are employed ashore, while 30% are employed at sea.

The association offers personal legal advice and economical guidance regarding all aspects of individual payment and conditions of work. The Danish Engineers’ Association negotiates, denounces, and enters collective agreements on behalf of its members.

The Danish Engineers’ Association closely monitors the development of the labour market and the market contours in general, and thereby helps ensure optimal employment conditions for engineers in the Danish society. This includes information and guidance on employment possibilities, career development, salary adjustment and in-service training. The association also takes part in developing the education of the engineers, which helps keep tuition and the training of students at pace with modern standards and in accordance with the needs of the labour market.

The Danish Engineers’ Association maintains the interests of the engineers both domestically and internationally. This is done by council in relevant boards and committees, and by close cooperation with related organisations, which influence the situation and circumstances involving marine engineers and ship officers. The Danish Engineers’ Association is party-politically neutral and economically independent.

Jan Rose Andresen, Chairman


 MARCOD is a national research centre supporting the Danish maritime service and equipment industry by facilitating innovation within the companies, transforming new ideas to competitive products, services and business concepts within environmental optimisation and operation, or other potential market segments for Danish maritime companies.  

Moreover, MARCOD supports maritime companies in finding relevant cooperation partners within the The Blue Denmark as well as outside Denmark. 

MARCOD was founded end of 2010, organised as a foundation and based in Frederikshavn. 


Christine Lunde, CEO




Offshoreenergy.dk is the official national competence and innovation center for the Danish offshore industry. On behalf of its 240+ member companies and institutions Offshoreenergy.dk push development with the aim of growth within the Danish offshore industry. Focus areas are oil & gas, offshore wind, the offshore maritime area and wave energy. These areas are operated in two divisions Oil & Gas and Renewables:

Offshoreenergy.dk - Oil & Gas is the connecting link and catalyst in the sector and ensures that the Danish offshore oil and gas sector keeps developing and keeps becoming still more internationalized.

Offshoreenergy.dk - Renewable is the connecting link and a catalyst that helps continued expansive development on the way both in a technological sense and in relation to the market.

Johannes Kromann Bie, Director Oil & Gas

The Association of Small Commercial Vehicles

Established in 1996 by merging two existing organisations S.M.E. (Sammenslutningen af Mindre Erhvervsfartøjer) is the trade association for owners of small passenger vessels operating in Denmark. S.M.E. represents the interests of its members in relation to authorities and organisations within the maritime sector. The memberships consist of around 90 ship owners and 110 vessels

Ole Vistrup, Head of Office

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


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SEA HEALTH & WELFARE was established in 1993 as a private non-profit independent institution under the name Danish Maritime Occupational Health Service. SEA HEALTH & WELFARE is a council for the shipping industry and works as an occupational health service for the entire Danish merchant fleet.

The Council deals with surveys, information and attitude processing campaigning and delivers professional consulting services to the profession with specific health counseling within the five broad areas:

  • Prevention of Accidents

  • Improving the physical work

  • Improving well-being on board

  • Health

  • Crisis Counselling

We offer:

  • Advice on strategic and practical level

  • Wide empirical experience and expertise in working at sea

  • Tools to work with health and safety at sea

  • Courses in handling some of the issues that we often meet – e.g. stress, conflict management, leadership, etc.

  • A large corps of professional consultants such as engineers, psychologists, physiotherapists and nutrition consultants.

Our users are ship owners, ship management, safety organizations on board and individual seafarers. Furthermore, we work closely with other maritime unions, organizations, educational institutions, research institutions, authorities, etc.


Vivek Menon, Head of Department - Occupational Health and Safety




Lederne Søfart

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Lederne Søfart er en landsdækkende faglig organisation for maritime ledere og specialister i det Blå Danmark. 

Ca. 20 procent af medlemmerne er beskæftiget i land, heraf er 95 procent ansat indenfor den maritime sektor. 

Vi kender både rederierne og den øvrige branche til bunds, og vi forhandler de fleste overenskomster på vores område og er gearet til at yde en hurtig og effektiv indsats, når vores medlemmer har brug for hjælp.

Camilla Wadstrup Westergaard, Senior Vice President

DI Transport

The Confederation of Danish Industries (DI) is the organisation of all competition-oriented companies in Denmark. DI is financed and run by its member companies. DI works for creating the best possible conditions for knowledge-intensive companies to freely run their manufacturing and service activities in Denmark. These are some of the most important tasks of DI:

Political influence

DI is the voice of the member companies and operates in both the Danish and the international political framework. DI works for influencing legislation and other sets of rules which are passed or formulated by the Danish parliament (Folketing), ministries, counties, local councils and other authorities, in a more business-friendly direction. The same applies to sets of rules adopted or formulated by international authorities such as the European Union and the United Nations.

Michael Svane, CEO

Danish Maritime


The Association of Danish Shipbuilders (Danske Maritime) represents the best of the Danish maritime industry covering products from advanced chemical tankers and container ships, RO/RO vessels, LPG carriers, passenger and car ferries, large luxury yachts, fishing trawlers etc. to maritime equipment such as large diesel engines, marine coatings, marine containers and life-saving equipment.

The strengths of Danish maritime industry lie in the ability to develop competitive designs, and to respond quickly to demands in maritime transportation and to requirements resulting from developments in safety and new technology. With the skills and experience of well educated Danish workforce this ensures the shipowners the highest standards and timely delivery.

Jenny N. Braat, CEO




DTL - The Danish Transport and Logistics Association

The Danish Transport and Logistics Association (Dansk Transport og Logistik) is the trade organisation for the Danish road and rail transport sector. DTL represents its members on political issues at local, national and EU level, as well as helping its members with everything from legislation to specific problems within the companies. DTL is also an employers’ association for the Danish transport sector. This allows us to cover the needs of the entire sector.

DTL has 2,300 transport companies as members. They are in charge of 12,500 lorries, 59 locomotives and employ 15,500 people with a total payroll of DKK 5,2 billion.

Erik Østergaard, CEO

Danish Shipbrokers Association

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The Danish Shipbrokers Association (Danmarks Skibsmæglerforening) covers, promotes and protects the interests of members engaged in shipbroking:

  • Chartering

  • Liner Agency

  • Port Agency

  • Sale & Purchase

  • Ship Management

Close relationships to Ministries and other Governmental and Trade entires are long established. Training and education are an important part of the activities including publishing of study material.

Jesper Sebbelin, General Manager

Danish Shipping / Danske Rederier

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Danish Shipping is a trade and employer organisation for more than 40 shipowners and two offshore companies. Half of the members of the organisation own ships registered in Denmark, the other half run their activities in Denmark under other flags of state.

Altogether, the members of Danish Shipping own around DWT 33 million, which add up to more than 95 pct. of the Danish merchant fleet flying the Danish flag.

Danish Shipping was established in 1884. On 1 July 2018 Danish Shipping merged with the Shipowners' Association of 2010. It functions as a collective point for the Danish shipping industry. Today Danish Shipping plays an important and active role in relation to the authorities and decision-makers nationally and internationally. Apart from its members, Danish Shipping serves the two other shipowners' organisations in Denmark: Shipowners Association of 2010 and the Danish Ferry Association. Read more about the three organisations in the menu on your left.

Henriette Ingvardsen, Head of Legal Affairs

Danish Marine Group

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Danish Marine Group is a member of the Danish Export Association

The reputation of Denmark as a leading maritime nation has evolved over many centuries. Through the years, Danish marine equipment suppliers have achieved international recognition for their proven design, quality, excellence and reliability.

As the nature of the shipbuilding industry has changed, the Danish marine sector has successfully adapted. The position of Danish companies on the market today is a natural consequence of their flexibility, innovation and services, which combined with competitive prices have won them a place on “the preferred makers’ list” of ship owners around the globe.

The Danish Marine Group represents 150 Danish companies of all sizes, ranging from naval architects, consultancy, equipment, ship engines, spare parts and services to piping and fittings, cargo handling equipment and electrical installations.

The Danish Marine Group is a member of the Danish Export Association, giving access to a considerable network of knowledge.

Mark Lerche, Head of Marine Group

Danish Ferry Association/Færgerederierne

The Danish Ferry Association was founded as an employers’ organisation on February 16 1968. In 1975 it extended its activities and became a trade organisation.

The objective of the organisation is to unify Danish ferry owners with common interests. The organisations primary goal is to represent its members' interests to the public as well as to Danish and foreign authorities.

Thus, the Danish Ferry Association sits in  on councils, committees and other relevant fora to make its voice be heard. Furthermore it protects its members’ interests in all issues relating to employees and their organisations.

Jakob K. Clasen, Executive Director


3F Sømændendes Forbund

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Sømændenes Forbund blev stiftet den 5. maj 1897. I mere end 100 år har dette forbund været de søfarendes redskab til at sikre bedre arbejds- og levevilkår. I dag er vi en landsdækkende brancheafdeling i 3F.

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  • hjælp i tilfælde af uberettiget afskedigelse

  • hjælp ved arbejdsskade og sygdom

  • hjælp til uddannelse

Overenskomster og Medlemsrettigheder

  • du er sikret overenskomstdækket løn og arbejdsvilkår

  • du har rettigheder til uddannelse og andre sociale goder

  • du deltager i udformning af dine arbejdsforhold

  • deltage i generalforsamlingen

  • deltagelse i valg af tillidsmændene – bl.a. formand mv.

  • ret til at blive valgt som tillidsrepræsentant

Søren Sørensen, Chairman