Skagen aiming to become new shipyard capital
After investing 226 million kroner into a new quay area on its waterfront, Skagen Harbour has set its targets on becoming a hub for the maritime service and shipyard industry in Denmark.
The investment funds will also trickle down to the harbour’s two modernised innovative shipyards Danish Yachts and Karstensens Skibsværft, according to the head of Skagens Harbour, Willy B Hansen.
”There is a lot to build on here in Skagen and we have huge growth plans,” Hansen told Børsen business newspaper.
“We have two larger modern shipyards that each have highly specialised niche placements in the market. And the large harbour expansion will allow much bigger ships in the harbour, thus opening up completely new markets for the shipyards and the distributors.”
Reaching out to Sass Larsen
Once the harbour expansion is completed, ships with a draught depth of up to ten metres will be able to dock along the 450m quay extensions. This will permit the shipyards to handle service and reparation tasks on tankers and transport ships over 200m long.
Just yesterday, the minister of business and growth, Henrik Sass Larsen, announced that Denmark was in need of a large shipyard to create jobs and fly the Danish flag in maritime technology. It could also go a long way in saving the 50,000 Danish jobs in the national maritime equipment production industry.
Skagen – which is located at the very northern tip of the Jutland peninsula – is next to one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors, the entrance to the Kattegat Strait and the Baltic Sea. Additionally, it also has Denmark’s largest fishing harbour and is home to one of the nation’s biggest shipping fleets.