Political positions


The Port of Hirtshals works constantly on improving the conditions for the Danish ports and the industries that depend on the ports. This is why the Port of Hirtshals participates in the public dialogue about topics that are relevant in order to secure the commercial possibilities as well as topics to ensure that Denmark will have an even stronger position in relation to international competition.

In the following, the Port of Hirtshals will present the topics which the port is currently focusing on in order to give the ports the best possible opportunities to contribute to growth.

Legislation on the board at Danish ports
There is an increased focus on the fact that the ports in Denmark must be managed from a business orientated perspective. However, at the same time the Port Regulations prescribe that the members of the board must be paid based on the state officials wage scale as well as the members of the board's duty period must follow the city councils' election periods.

It appears to be suitable and appropriate that it is the owners of the ports - the city councils - that determine the remuneration of the members of the board to secure that it reflects the goals for the individual port as well as the demands and the expectations that are set from the owners to the members of the board. Moreover, the duty period must be emancipated from the city councils' election periods in order to secure continuity, stringency and competency adjustment in the management and the development at the ports.

Permission to dispose
Some of the Danish ports, and especially the ports on the west coast of Jutland, require that the channels and the entries to the ports are dredged regularly. If the ports do not dredge these, the entries will sand up and the ports will therefore have to close since the ships cannot enter the ports, because of the lack of water depth.

To be able to dredge the entries and the channels, the ports must continuously apply for permission to dispose at the Danish Nature Agency that usually provides permissions valid for two year period. When applying for the permissions, the ports and the state deploy significant resources on submitting, processing and providing the permission to dispose. The process can furthermore take up to two years and this is therefore a continuous process. The consequence is a significant waste of resources since the permissions must be provided, as the community will otherwise lose the ports that are not provided with a permission.

The Port of Hirtshals finds it appropriate if the ports were provided with permanent permission to dispose. In return, the ports must one time a year provide analysis results of the material collected from the channels and port entries. In that way, the significant waste of resources at the ports' administration and the Danish Nature Agency will be eliminated. At the same time, the Danish Nature Agency will be able to evaluate the material that is dredged.

Sale of buildings in rented sites
Some ports have capital tied up in buildings, which the ports cannot sell and thereby release tied up capital for other and more relevant purposes.

Sale of the buildings are prevented by §10 and §19 in the restriction of property, which does not allow the ports to sell buildings without the cadastre, as the buildings and cadastre cannot be separated.

Thereby, the ports are prevented from focusing on development and must instead demolish usable buildings or act as landlords instead of act as ports.

Sale of buildings and conversion of buildings to "buildings on rented site", which is a common practice at the ports, should be made possible in preparation for clearing up the building stock owned by the port in order to ensure commercial operations at the ports. For a limited period, the ports should be given dispensation in relation to the Land Registration Act to sell buildings to a property company from where the buildings can be resold afterwards. It has previously been possible in relation to the spin-off of the Danish Railway Agency as well as the changes at Christiania.




The railway capacity in Vendsyssel

The Nordic Link has been identified as a prioritised link in Europe by the EU Commission. Furthermore, it has been identified as part of the TEN-T network, which will compose the connection between the European continent and the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

The TEN-T main link through Jutland is not only a national connection but a link with European importance, which secures the connection between Norway and the EU. The importance of the connection demands that it possesses the required capacity and also a security for its sustainability. The link must have a certain level of credibility, which can secure retention and growth within the transportation industry.

In order to maintain a certainty for the functionality of the Nordic Link (in case of derailment, collisions between trains, or collision with bridges) the railway between the ports in Hirtshals and Frederikshavn and the border between Denmark and Germany must be double tracked.

As a requirement to sustain the railway link, the railway North of Aalborg must also be double tracked, and this includes the need for a new analogous bridge across the Limfjord as a supplement to the existing bridge.

A third connection across the Limfjord
The Nordic Link has been identified as a prioritised link in Europe by the EU Commission. Furthermore, it has been identified as part of the TEN-T network, which will compose the connection between the European continent and the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

The TEN-T core link through Jutland is not only a national connection but a link with European importance, which secures the connection between Norway and the EU. Because of the importance of the link, it is significant that the motorways through Jutland is characterised as being able to uphold and sustain traffic. Otherwise, Norway risk begin cut off from the European continent as a consequence of accidents or critical crashes.

Therefore, it must be recognised that the connection across the Limfjord is a connection with European significance. That is why a third connection across the Limfjord must be established as a supplement to the existing connections, and to ensure that the corridor through Jutland can be sustained at any time.

Electrification of the railway
The railway between the Port of Hirtshals and the Danish/German border is part of the European TEN-T core network. The railway therefore has a prioritised role in the European infrastructure.

With the appointment of the railway connection in the TEN-T core network, the member states are committed to ensure that the appointed connections fulfil a defined standard. This means that the railway connection between the Port of Hirtshals and the Danish/German border must be electrified by 2030.


 
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