SPECIAL: OUTLOOK 2018
the programs. And it is clear that the maritime industry is unavoidable, when you look at the education and competencies needed in The Blue Denmark; For example, a major part of those employed as marine engineers are employed in land-based jobs. Engineers are also in popular demand in the maritime industry, and together with DTU we work on a maritime-based engineering educational program. Ships operate in rough environments, and building a ship is something that requires special expertise and experience within the field. - Therefore, I recommend that the government orders newbuildings. We are innovative, Jenny Braat continues. By showing our “governmental” products we are stronger internationally. We are able to build ships that can be exported, but the granting authorities lack ambitions regarding this. When the government places shipbuilding orders abroad, it has a negative effect. This has been a well-known fact in our neighboring country, Germany, which builds its ships in German shipyards. FITTER ARRANGEMENT HAS TO BE ESTABLISHED A key concern for Danske Maritime in 2018 is the so-called fitter arrangement – an arrangement that has already been 4-5 years in the works, but is far from accomplished due to political concerns. Some fear that the arrangement is a violation of EU government aid rules. To Danske Maritime this fear seems irrational. The arrangement in which companies pay a net salary to employees who are sent onboard ships, to perform maintenance work and upgrades, is only fair to both the companies and the employees that the arrangement concerns. Instead of loosing a large number of jobs to foreign countries, the arrangement can make sure that businesses maintain their know-how and obtain knowledge for innovation in the future. This will lead to more competitiveness for maritime companies when they have positions to offer. It is not about competing on gross wages, but on net wages. As CEO of Danske Maritime, Jenny Braat does not foresee a problem. The fitter arrangement cannot be compared to any other. Because of this, we expect the arrangement to be settled in 2018. MORE WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY Within the maritime industry productivity growth in 2017 was at 7.2 percent, which is well above the average in Denmark. It is certain that we have to keep evolving and attract new labor to the industry, including more women. Søby Shipyard has made great effort in this area. Though the most important task of the New Year will be to increase growth in maritime areas. Overall, the most important tasks for 2018 in my opinion are: • A greater focus on getting more young people to enroll in technical educational programs targeted at the maritime industry • The work environment rules are enforced and implemented throughout the EU • Further effective implementation and enforcement of bilge water, sulfur and NOx regulations. • Greater focus on maritime research, development and innovation • The fitter arrangement is approved Jenny Braat concludes; generally speaking, Denmark and Europe have to act fast. If we wish to avoid being disrupted in our part of The Blue Denmark, a stronger European unity on standard development must be established otherwise, Europe will be will be overtaken by the maritime industry in the Far East, where China has already taken the first steps towards this issue.
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