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Vad krävs för att ett rederi skulle vilja registrera sina fartyg i Sverige?

What is needed for a shipping company to want to register their vessels in Sweden?

Josefin Ek ; Daniel Hedlund
Göteborg : Chalmers tekniska högskola, 2016. 44 s.
[Examensarbete för kandidatexamen]

The Swedish merchant fleet has declined sharply since the 1970s, largely because of the lack of competitive conditions compared with many other countries, for instance Denmark. A large number of ships flagged out from Sweden, some shipping companies have even closed down offices and moved abroad which meant jobs being lost as a result. To prevent ships from flagging out, Sweden introduced various support measures such as subsidies for shipping and TAP agreements, which would reduce the crew costs for Swedish flagged vessels. These measures have not completely slowed down the flagging out, as it has continued to do so in recent years. Other European countries, such as Denmark and Norway, chose to adopt more parts of the Commission's State Aid Guidelines, for instance the international ship register and tonnage tax, which has increased their competitiveness against Sweden. To prevent further vessels from flagging out and promote regrowth in Swedish shipping, Sweden has decided to introduce tonnage tax in the summer of 2016, which has made the shipping industry very happy. The report was written in 2016 to find out what the Swedish shipping companies require to flag into Sweden, and if the tonnage tax will affect shipping companies to register their ships in Sweden. To find out, six shipping companies were interviewed, as well as the industry organization Swedish Shipowner’s Association and one of the unions. Overall the shipping companies are satisfied with some of the actions that has been adopted, including tonnage tax and the delegation of flag state inspections from the Transport Agency to classification societies. However, they demand long-term and reliable maritime transport politics, as well as that the Swedish Transport Agency should continue to improve, for example, their customer service and the procedure of flagging into Sweden. Furthermore, some of the companies want to see that the Maritime Officers' Association provides temporary or permanent exception from the requirements to have a Swedish master and chief engineer. In the Swedish Government Official Reports, SOU 2010:73, parts of the proposed actions have been implemented. The net wage model has been increased and the Swedish Transport Agency has appointed a supervisor to handle the matters regarding the registration of ships. However, the TAP agreement has not become a central contract or been increased.

Nyckelord: svensk sjöfart, sjöfartspolitik, Transportstyrelsen, inflaggning, tonnageskatt, kompetens, bemanning, handelsflotta

Publikationen registrerades 2016-11-09. Den ändrades senast 2016-11-09

CPL ID: 244985

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