The Blue Denmark: Is it a Maritime Labour Mobility Cluster?

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This paper makes an important contribution to the discussion about knowledge based localised externalities in the context of shipping and the maritime sector in Denmark. In the paper we ask if there is a national, knowledge‐based maritime cluster configured around the shipowners in Denmark.
This is an important question, since there may be a crucial link between the regional concentration of shipping companies and the productivity of the broader national maritime sector. The analysis shows that there is a national, knowledge based maritime cluster in Denmark, which is driven by the flow of skilled seafarers from the cargo carrying part of the shipping industry to the other maritime industries. However the analysis also shows that the Danish maritime cluster is somewhat different from, and more restricted, than what is usually implied when policymakers, maritime associations and other organisations talk about The Blue Denmark.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventThe Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists. IAME 2015 - Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 24 Aug 201526 Aug 2015
Conference number: 23


ConferenceThe Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists. IAME 2015
LocationSasana Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
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  • Maritime cluster
  • Agglomeration economies
  • Labour mobility
  • Seafarers

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