IMO has approved the new ship routes in Kattegat and Skagerrak following a proposal from Denmark and Sweden. This step is necessary due to the much larger size of ships navigating the straits today compared to the ships that the route systems were originally designed for.
About 70,000 ships a year pass through Kattegat and Skagerrak on their way to or from the Baltic Sea and several of these have significant draught. For that reason, the existing ship routes must be expanded to ensure traffic separation and proper use of deep-water routes.
Ensuring safety of navigation in Danish waters is a strategic target for the DMA which is significantly furthered by this important decision by MSC.