Denmark is tweaking its visa system to allow stranded seafarers to sign off from their ships in the country.

Danish Shipping said the shipowners' association, the government, the maritime section of the Danish Metalworkers' Union and the Danish Engineers' Association “found a solution whereby stranded seafarers on board Danish ships can come home”.

“The solution is to apply the visa rules in such a way that seafarers who need to do so can obtain a visa to enter or travel through Denmark, so that they can sign on or off duty in Denmark or neighbouring countries,” Danish Shipping said.