More than 400 bulk carriers controlled from Copenhagen
When a powerstation at Mumbai, India, receives a cargo of
coal from Australia, it has crossed over a desk in Copenhagen. Also,
when a cargo of soya arrives in Fredericia, Denmark, from Argentina,
a cargo of pulpwood logs arrives in Norway from Brazil or a cargo
of cement clinkers leaves Gdansk, Poland, for West Africa, it has
most likely been over one of the many desks in the shipping offices
Bulk Copenhagen is what one could call a phenomenon
which has developed over some years.
Copenhagen Commercial corner in international
Copenhagen has become the commercial centre in a triangle going
from Tallinn, Estonia, to Copenhagen and further on to Oslo, Norway.
That is a fact after the Danish shipping company Otto Danielsen
became part of the Norwegian Felix Tschudi Group. That happened
in May, when Ulla Danielsen, the last of the Danielsen-family, sold
the company to Felix Tschudi.
Axel Nielsen (left) and Poul Bresling has signed up for two more
at the age of 173 years (together).
Well-known Danes sign up for coasters
Although St Petersburg is a popular cruise destination, the people
from this city of millions of citizens are offered a poor selection
of opportunities for marine travel – there are connections
to Finland, Estonia and Germany only once or twice a week.
Hapag steamer Palatia at one
of the eight bridges built on the Kiel Canal, 1895.
The ups and downs of the Kiel Canal
It must have been a magnificent sight on that June day in 1895.
At anchor off Kiel was the naval pride of Europe no fewer
than 106 warships along with a cluster of royal yachts. It was the
lavish inauguration of the 98 kilometres long Kaiser Wilhelm Canal
and the realization of a dream to link the North Sea and the Baltic
that had been on mens minds for more than a thousand years.
Haugalandet: The herring is gone but
shipping still flourishes
An incessant smell of herring is no longer noticeable in Haugesund
on the West Coast of Norway, but people still talk of the fabulous
riches from the sea, which were the very foundation on which the
city was built all those years ago.
A strong offshore presence
When American oil companies first found oil on the Norwegian Continental
Shelf in the late 1960s, some Norwegian owners were quick to realize
the potential to supply offshore installations and drilling units,
but none of the Haugesund companies were really interested in this
Extensive maritime infrastructure
Maritime activities at sea depend on an extensive onshore
backup and infrastructure to function effectively. Onshore facilities
and services in the Haugaland and Sunnhordland area have so far
been up to the job, but they are constantly being upgraded and improved.
The cornerstones of the maritime services are the port facilities,
offshore and subsea bases, yards and technical support.