The freeboard mark is mandatory for new or converted ships.
If your fishing vessel has been subjected to a major conversion or you have had an entirely new vessel built, you must have a freeboard mark showing how much the vessel must be loaded down. The requirement also applies if you buy a vessel abroad and intend to use it for fishing in Denmark.
The freeboard mark is important to prevent accidents. If you load your vessel more than to the mark, your spare buoyancy and stability will be impaired and, thus, you are at greater risk of capsizing and sinking.
With a freeboard mark, it is far easier to keep an eye on the limit for how much your vessel must be loaded. The freeboard mark is required to be placed on the side of the vessel and make you see how much the vessel must be downloaded.