German parliament discussed the extension of the bilateral agreement on the provision and operation of commercial strategic maritime transport capacity with the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Denmark last week. Within the framework of this ARK project, the Bundeswehr has secured access to commercial roll-on-roll ships for strategic sea transport since 2006. In 2009, the transport capacity was expanded and an annual maximum amount of €12.1 million was set.
With effect from January 1, 2022, an indefinite term is to be agreed in a new MoU. Transport volumes and annual costs will remain unchanged. Only in the VJTF years 2023, 2027 and 2031 with shortened delivery times will an additional €1 million be required.
In the ARK project, the Danish shipping company DFDS Seaways has three roll-on roll-off ships ready for delivery, which the Bundeswehr can access within 15 to 30 days. The ships can be loaded and unloaded via ramps and have stowage facilities for roll-on roll-off vehicles (measured in track meters) and containers. If required, further ships can be made available with 60 days’ notice. Outside the use by the Bundeswehr, the shipping company may use the ships for other purposes.