Danish Shipping has many members who are active within the offshore sector. This includes activities in offshore wind, underground CO2 storage, and oil and gas.

Offshore Wind
The government has decided that Denmark should transition to renewable energy by 2050. Offshore wind turbines are a significant part of this goal, which leads to increased requirements for ships involved in seabed exploration, installation and maintenance of the wind turbines, as well as transportation of service technicians to the turbines.

Key players in the offshore wind sector include ESVAGT, Cadeler, ZITON, DEME Offshore, Northern Offshore Service, and Maersk Supply Service. Danish Shipping represents the interests of its members in ensuring that the regulations developed for service vessels are competitive and future-proof. As part of this development, it is expected that the wind turbines will eventually be installed further offshore and will become larger, necessitating ships equipped with higher-capacity cranes.

The framework conditions for these ships are made attractive through the Danish International Ship Register (DIS) and the tonnage tax law. This means that offshore maritime activities are on par with the framework conditions in competing maritime nations within the EU and globally.

CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage)
In the future, decommissioned gas and oil fields can be used for CO2 storage. Several members of Danish Shipping are engaged in or have shown interest in the transport and storage of CO2.

Oil and Gas

There are oil and gas reserves in the Danish part of the North Sea, and Denmark has been extracting both since 1972. Production is important for the Danish economy and creates jobs at sea and on land. There will be a need for oil and gas for many years to come, and activity in Denmark reduces dependence on countries outside the EU.

Danish Shipping works towards favorable framework conditions for members involved in offshore oil and gas activities, such as TotalEnergies, Nobel, and Ineos.

Danish Shipping is part of a formalized collaboration between authorities, employers, and workers in the offshore safety sector (Offshore Safety Council), where all regulations and issues related to offshore safety are discussed and adopted.

Employment in offshore wind

Danish Shipping has had an analysis conducted to determine the number of full-time equivalent jobs that would be secured through the installation of 1 gigawatt of offshore wind over its entire lifespan (approximately 25 years).

For a Danish offshore wind farm of 1 GW, approximately 4,900 full-time equivalent jobs go directly to Danish companies.

In addition, there are indirect and induced effects, resulting in an increase of approximately 9,600 full-time equivalent jobs for Danish companies, bringing the total effect to approximately 14,600 full-time equivalent jobs.

Read the full study here.