The Danish waters are characterised by dense traffic, narrow passages and low water depths. The role of the pilot is to advice the master of a vessel on navigation and maneuvering to ensure that the vessel arrives safely.
The purpose of the study is to assess whether the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has adequately supported the achievement of the parliament’s overall intentions for pilotage. The report answers the following questions:
- Has the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs supported the achievement of the main purpose of liberalizing the market for pilotage and the establishment of DanPilot as an independent public enterprise?
- Has DanPilot enhanced the efficiency of pilotage after it was established as an independent public enterprise?
Rigsrevisionen has analysed the development in DanPilot’s efficiency and compared it to the efficiency of the state-owned pilotage organisations in Norway, Finland and Sweden.
Rigsrevisionen assesses that the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has not supported the implementation of the Folketinget’s overall intentions for pilotage in an entirely satisfactory manner. As a consequence, the use of pilots has decreased and marine and environmental safety in Danish waters could be jeopardized.
Rigsrevisionen initiated the study in February 2022.
Read the introduction and conclusion (PDF)