Productivity increase in the marine equipment industry and shipyards
01-11-2016 16:00

In recent years, the marine equipment industry and the shipyards have witnessed a productivity increase above the level of the Danish economy and Blue Denmark in general. A new report published by the Danish Maritime Authority shows this.

Employment and productivity

​Today, the Danish Maritime Authority publishes a report on Employment and production in Blue Denmark 2016. The report has been drawn up by the Economic Council of the Labour Movement for the Danish Maritime Authority and is a follow-up on similar reports for 2014 and 2015.

The report points to an overall unchanged direct and indirect employment for Blue Denmark of approx. 60,000 and 100,000 persons, respectively, and an unchanged importance for the Danish economy. Blue Denmark accounts for almost 10 and 6 per cent, respectively, of production and value creation in the total Danish economy, and Blue Denmark's exports account for almost 24 per cent of total Danish exports.

However, the report also shows that the marine equipment industry and the shipyards have experienced a productivity increase in the period 2002-2012 which is above the general level of Blue Denmark and the Danish economy. This is the case because the two industries have suc-ceeded in achieving increased value creation with fewer employees.

Minister for Business and Growth Troels Lund Poulsen:
”Blue Denmark is one of the most important industries in Denmark, and the report stresses the importance of strengthening the efforts made to secure good framework conditions for the maritime industries so that we can secure their competitiveness also in the future. This is one of the rea-sons why we have established the blue growth team. The results of the report will form part of the growth team's considerations and I look forward to receiving their recommendations."

The fact that employment in Blue Denmark has in general remained unchanged should be seen in the light of the oil and gas industry pulling down the productivity increase. On the other hand, shipping pulls up the overall figures.