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Danish days

This week saw Denmark join a growing list of shipping centres in holding a maritime week under the banner Danish Maritime Days.

At its core was the Danish Maritime Forum an event loosely modeled on the Davos World Economic Forum bringing together roughly 200 invited shipping industry executives from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas in a converted warehouse.

The Forum was built around working groups with an aim to provide a roadmap for different areas of shipping across two days.

But it was not all work for the participants and there were plenty of opportunities to network and to get know each other better. On the Tuesday evening VIP guests enjoyed a dinner with the Crown Prince Fredrick of Denmark, who was to open the Forum the following day.

Other guests enjoyed a more informal dinner at the Admiralty Hotel hosted by the Danish Maritime Authority.nils

On the Wednesday evening a gala dinner was hosted by AP Moller Maersk chief Nils S Andersen at Copenhagen’s Opera House, with the guests transferred by boat from Docken in an evening described as being like a fairytale by IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu.

Finally after the closing plenary on the Thursday guests and organisers were able to relax with a beer or a glass of wine at the closing reception before making their way back to central Copenhagen or the airport.jerry

Gerry Wang, Seaspan, shaking hands with Danish Crown Prince Fredrickgala

Gala Dinner entertainmentclosing

The closing reception

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