2020

Offshore wind and energy islands in Denmark

10 July 2020. The Danish government and parliament are planning to establish 3 offshore wind farms and 2 energy islands in Denmark within the next 10 years. These plans require massive investments, careful planning and knowledge of energy production and consumption in both Denmark and surrounding countries. We attempt to give the background, plans and our assessment hereof in an article which can be read here: Article – wind farms and energy islands.

Production permits for oil and gas in Denmark

8 June 2020. While the Danish government considers the future for 8th licensing round in Denmark, the Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities clarified the rules for the award of permits for production of oil and natural gas pursuant to the Danish Subsoil Act. We have prepared a short briefing note on the background and contents of the minister’s clarification, which can be read here. Article – Production permits for oil and gas.

Update on energy islands in Denmark

25 May 2020. The Danish government published its first climate plan on 22 May 2020. A key component of the plan is to build two energy islands, with a minimum capacity of 4GW. We have prepared a short briefing note which outlines the perspectives of this political decision. You can see the briefing note here: Article – Update on energy islands in Denmark.

Unloading trailers: who bears responsibility under the CMR?

20 May 2020.  A recent Maritime and Commercial Court case examined a claim for damage to goods during unloading under the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR). The court found that the CMR carrier was liable for damage caused during unloading performed by the driver irrespective that it had been agreed that the consignee should unload the trailer, cf. Section 5(4) of the NSAB, as this regulation cannot be interpreted to mean that, as far as carriage of general cargo is concerned, the consignee must locate its goods among other cargo and unload them from where they have been stowed on the trailer, but rather that the carrier must present the goods for unloading in such a manner that the consignee has immediate access to unload them from the trailer. Unloading trailers who bears responsibility under CMR

Jesper Windahl recommended by Who’s Who Legal 2020

6 May 2020. We are delighted to see that Jesper Windahl has been recommended by Who’s Who Legal in its recent rankings who has recognized Jesper for his work in the transport & shipping sectors. Many thanks to clients, colleagues and peers for all the support which is much appreciated. Read more.

WSCO recognized by the Legal 500

17 April 2020. We are very pleased to see that WSCO has been recognised for its work and ranked in our key sectors, Shipping & Transport and Energy in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 that has just been published. Read more.

Compensation schemes due to Covid-19 in Denmark

17 April 2020. There is currently a number of compensation schemes for i.a. salaries for employees sent home without work and decrease in turnover, due to the coronavirus in Denmark. We have prepared an overview of opportunities, which can be read here: Covid-19 compensation schemes in Denmark.

New colleague in WSCO

15 April 2020. Associate Attorney Christian Otken has joined WSCO as per 1 April 2020. We are happy that Christian is now a member of our team of 3 partners and 2 associates and look forward to the collaboration. You can read more about Christian here: New colleague in WSCO.

Cargo claim heard in Denmark despite exclusive jurisdiction agreement referring to High Court in London

8 April 2020. The Danish High Court has recently decided in a despite as to whether legal proceedings against a Danish shipping company, which had contracted to carry containers from China to
Copenhagen, could proceed in Denmark irrespective of the fact that the claimant and the shipping company had agreed that the dispute should be heard exclusively by the UK High Court. The Danish High Court decided that the case could nevertheless be heard in the substance by the Danish courts. Read more: Cargo claim heard in Denmark despite exclusive jurisdiction agreement referring to High Court in London

Force majeure effect on working hours

27 March 2020. The Danish Working Environment Authority (DWEA) has on 15 March 2020 announced that the Covid-19 pandemic must be considered such a force majeure situation in Denmark. We have prepared an article giving an overview of the impact of this announcement, which can be read here: Article – force majeure effect on working hours.

The Danish Climate Act – delays due to the corona virus

27 March 2020. On 26 February the government’s proposal for a new Danish Climate Act was brought forward in parliament. However, the processing of the proposal has been delayed due to the corona pandemic which has also hit Denmark. We have prepared a briefing note on the draft Act, what the delay may mean and also how the corona virus is affecting, and may in the future affect, Danish business and society. You can read the article here: Article – Climate Act delays due to the corona virus.

Transmission infrastructure – the key to offshore wind development

13 February 2020. It has long been known that proper transmission infrastructure is key to offshore wind development. The current capacity is however estimated to be insufficient and new projects will be necessary to utilize power production from offshore wind optimally. We have prepared a briefing note on the challenges, which can be read here: Article – infrastructure is key to offshore wind.

Oil and gas in Greenland – latest developments

4 February 2020. The Greenland government has on 31 Januar 2020 issued a new oil and gas strategy for the years 2020-2024 with the aim to kickstart exploration activities on- and offshore Greenland. More information is available at the government website here (so far only available in Danish). WSCO’s book on oil and gas and mining in Greenland was published in 2015 and provides a detailed review of the rules. For the most recent briefing overview of oil and gas regulation in Greenland, please see this oil gas report by WSCO: ICLG to Oil and Gas – Greenland 2018 and for mining this mining report from WSCO: ICLG to Mining – Greenland 2019.

Nordic German Law Seminar, Hamburg 9 March 2020 – focus on shipping, offshore and insurance

24 January 2020. WSCO hosts our annual Nordic-German Law Seminar in Hamburg on Monday 9 March 2020 from 15:00 hours. There will be five speeches by the lawyers from WSCO, Selmer (Norway) and Morssing & Nycander (Sweden) with a subsequent reception in the beautiful surroundings. Admission to the seminar is free (but registration required). The event is held at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski. Full program and further details can be seen on the event website, where you can also register. We look forward to welcoming you in Hamburg!

Offshore facilities: final commissioning and initial start-up in oil and gas and offshore wind

23 January 2020. The transfer from a development project to operations and production is one of the most critical phases in both oil and gas project and offshore wind projects. We have prepared an overview article describing the most critical issues to be addressed in this critical phase. The issues include contracts, regulatory affairs, internal ownership issues and HR and data control. The article can be read here: Final commissioning and initial start-up.

Theft of tobacco from trailer not covered under cargo insurance as transport had not commenced

22 January 2020. The Maritime and Commercial Court recently examined whether the theft of tobacco products was covered under the cargo policy agreed between a wholesaler and a carrier and whether the wholesaler’s insurer was liable. It is clear from the judgment that cargo insurance coverage under the Danish Extended Conditions requires that the transport of insured goods commences immediately after loading onto the means of transport has taken place. Theft of tobacco from trailer not covered under cargo insurance as transport had not commenced

Temperature deviation and gross negligence under CMR

8 January 2020. A recent Maritime and Commercial Court decision concerned carrier liability for temperature damage to a consignment of pharmaceuticals. The court’s judgment signals that carriers must make quick decisions and implement actions to respond to temperature alarms in order to avoid unlimited liability. Read more: Temperature deviation and gross negligence under CMR

Revised executive order on access to natural gas pipelines

6 January 2020. A new Executive Order on third party access to upstream natural gas pipelines has been issued to take effect 1 January 2020. We have prepared a briefing note on the revised Order and an overview of the rules and regulations governing third party access within gas in Denmark. The note can be read here: Third-party access to upstream natural gas pipelines.