To strengthen the presence of “Blue Denmark” in North America, the Danish Maritime Authority has appointmented a maritime expert to the Danish Embassy in Washington D.C. The goal is to strengthen relations with relevant U.S. authorities and to acquire information concerning U.S. actions affecting the maritime industry. In addition, the maritime expert will support marketing of Blue Denmark in North America as well as contribute to promoting the Danish maritime interests internationally, with a particular focus on the United States and Canada. The appointment of a maritime expert in Washington is part of the execution of the “Growth Plan for Blue Denmark” and a part of Denmark chairing the Consultative Shipping Group (CSG) where Denmark with 17 like-minded countries is committed to equal market access for international shipping.
According to the Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Mr. Andreas Nordseth: “The US is a crucial market for Danish shipping and an important player in the international regulation of it. By hiring a maritime expert in Washington we will be able to strengthen our collaboration with the American authorities and increase our visibility in North America, benefitting all of Blue Denmark.”
The Embassy in Washington, effective 1 January 2014 employed Ida Bo Jorgensen in the position as maritime expert. Ida Bo Jørgensen is a lawyer and has worked in the Ministry of Business and Growth since 2007 with the last 4 years spent at the European Commission as a seconded Danish national expert.