Tuesday, November 16, 2010

#481 Denmark...Thanks Leo!

These two stamps were issued in a three-part stamp series entitled Nordic Coastlines. All eight Nordic countries will be issuing stamps and minisheets in this series during 2010, 2012 and 2014. The theme of the first part is "Life by the coast".

Down through the ages, people who live along the coast have always adapted to and benefited from the proximity of the sea. Besides the traditional occupations of shipping and fishing, many other industries have grown up along the Nordic coasts, including energy production and tourism.

Lindø Shipyard
Shipping magnate A.P. Møller founded the shipyard Odense Staalskibsværft in 1917-18. It was originally located by Odense Canal, but soon outgrew this site, and in 1957, construction began on a new and much larger shipyard at Lindø, north-east of Odense. The new shipyard opened in 1959, and has since supplied all kinds of vessels for international shipping.

The DKK 5.50 stamp shows the ship MAAS VIKING, photographed at the fitting-out quay at Lindø Shipyard. The ship, designed to carry wheeled cargo such as cars, truck trailers and railway trucks, was delivered in May 2009 to a British shipping company, and now sails on a regular service between the Netherlands and England.

Denmark's biggest port
The Port of Aarhus is the largest and busiest container port in Denmark. It is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With 1,500 ship calls and more than 900,000 container units annually, the Port of Aarhus is an important traffic node for the transport of goods between major ports in the Nordic countries and Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe, as well as ports in the UK, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Far East.

The DKK 8.50 stamp depicts a crane grab used by the port's quayside cranes to unload animal feed. The tall building is an animal feed warehouse belonging to a local bulk goods company. The grey building on the left is a warehouse, originally a salt store, but now used for various other products.

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