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IACS and European Commission Hold Joint Workshop to Kick Off European Shipping Week

Philippe Donche-Gay (Photo courtesy of IACS)

  The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) held a joint workshop in Brussels with the European Commission to kick off European Shipping Week, the association announced today.   The joint workshop featured speakers from the European Commission's Transport, the Environment and the Climate Action departments.   IACS speakers covered topics that included LNG as a fuel, the importance of harmonious regulations, and new IACS post Panamax Containership structural regulation. Commission speakers discussed the implementation of the Sulphur Directive and the forthcoming EU regulation for the monitoring, reporting and verification of ships' CO2 emissions.   European Shipping Week, which runs through March 6, was developed by the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and is run by a steering group of European shipping organizations, as well as the European Commission and Shipping Innovation.   IACS chairman Philippe Donche-Gay welcomed the audience and stressed the need to engage with the Commission, while Christine Berg, the head of maritime safety at the European Commission, spoke on the vitality of the relationship and collaboration between IACS and the Commission. 


EU Clears Statoil/Hydro Merger

Statoil and Hydro have today, May 3, 2007, received clearance from the European Commission for the announced merger between Norsk Hydro ASA's petroleum activities and Statoil ASA. The European Commission has declared that the merger is compatible with the common market pursuant to Article 6(1)(b) of the EC Merger Regulation. The clearance represents a major step forward for Statoil and Hydro in order to complete the planned merger.


Europe Gives U.S. The Raspberry

In an apparent flexing of newfound muscles, the European Union is picking another trade fight with the United States, threatening to file a World Trade Organization complaint against the U.S. over fees on cargo ships at U.S. ports, increasing tensions between the two trading giants. In a letter released last Tuesday, European Commission vice president Leon Brittan said harbor fees proposed by the Clinton administration, like those they would replace


EU and China Set to Collaborate on GALILEO

An agreement has been reached between the European Union and China on its participation in the GALILEO program. This agreement was initialled in Beijing on September 18 by F. Lamoureux, Director-General of Energy and Transport at the European Commission, and M Shi Dinghuan, Secretary General of China's Ministry of Science and Technology. “China will help GALILEO to become the major world infrastructure for the growing market for location services,” said Loyola de Palacio


EU Members Encouraged to Adopt New Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

The European Commission (EC) issued a Press Release


LNG Port Safety Ruling – UK Compliance Demanded

Risk assessment for LNG imports to UK's Port of Milford Haven demanded by European Commission in response to long-term public prompting There has been a further twist in the long-running saga over the safety of shipping Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into the Milford Haven waterway, reports the 'Western Telegraph'. Recently the European Commission issued a formal notice over ‘failure to comply with safety rules’.


Tanker Companies Investigated for Possible Cartel Activities

The European Commission (EC) has stated that unannounced inspections were carried out at the premises of a number of operators of deep sea maritime tanker services in several European Economic Area (EEA) countries. EEA countries include the 15 European Union states, plus Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. The purpose of the inspections was to ascertain whether there is evidence of a cartel agreement and related illegal practices.


European Commission Clears Take Over of HDW

The European Commission has authorized the proposed acquisition of the German submarine producer Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) by the American banking company, Bank One Corporation. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the operation will not create anti-competitive effects, as the transaction will not result in any overlaps between the parties' activities in the European Union. The Commission's careful investigation has also failed to establish any links between Bank One and any


Maritime Labour Standards – EU Commission Adopts New Proposals

European Commission adopts two new proposals on maritime labour standards Two new proposals adopted by the European Commission are set to bring the European Union into line with enforcements and compliance rules foreseen by the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. The MLC provides the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers with rights and protection at work. The proposals for two new directives clarify flag and port states’ responsibilities to ensure that maritime labour


CMA CGM's OPDR Acquisition Approved by EU

The CMA CGM Group announced that the European Commission has approved its acquisition of OPDR. In order to finalize the acquisition, which was announced on November 25, 2014 by Jacques R. Saadé, founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, the approval of Moroccan and European Union competition authorities was necessary. On June 29, the European Commission finalized the process by giving its approval without any conditions.


Delegation Targets ScanMed Corridor Efficiency

Map depicting the TEN-T Core Network Corridor. The Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor is in pink. (Image: European Commission)

International delegation in Malmö discussed future transport systems for European Ports   Discussions surrounding future transport systems were in focus when Pat Cox, European Coordinator for the ScanMed Core Network Corridor, visited Copenhagen Malmö Port on Monday.  


Containers to Be Weighed Before Departure

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

In a new measure aiming to minimize the number of shipping accidents, packed containers intended to be carried on international sea voyages must be weighed before being loaded, starting July 1, 2016.   In recent years, there has been a number of accidents where large ships have lost


Maersk, MSC, 13 Others Offer to Settle EU Probe

File image (Marad)

Companies offer to announce actual prices, not future plans. Shipping container groups Maersk, MSC and 13 other companies have offered to change their pricing practices to settle an EU antitrust probe and stave off possible fines, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.


Shipping Firms Poised to Settle EU Probe

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Fifteen container liner shipping companies "have offered to change their pricing practices to settle an EU antitrust probe and stave off possible fines," according to a report from Reuters Wednesday that cites two unnamed sources.  


European Shipping Policy Seeks Global Cooperation

Graphics: Source: Oxford Economics

 Global cooperation must remain an absolute priority of European shipping policy. That was the principal message of ECSA’s contribution to the Senior Maritime Forum of Marintec China, the largest maritime event in Asia, which is being held in Shanghai this week.  


Setting Sail for 2017: A New Boost for European Shipping Policy

Photo: Danmarks Rederiforening

 On the 8th of December European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) launched their proposals for the European Maritime Strategy 2017, which proposes actions in fields of short sea shipping, lifelong careers in the maritime industry, European leadership globally


EU Court Strikes Down Spanish Ship Finance Scheme

Court says scheme does not give firms selective advantage; EU regulators cracking down on unfair tax systems. Europe's second-highest court gave clearance on Thursday to a Spanish tax lease scheme in the shipbuilding industry, annulling a decision by EU regulators two years ago that this gave a


EC Warns Greece on Tonnage Tax

Logo: European Commission

 The European Commission has sent to Greece a set of proposals to ensure that state support to the maritime sector in Greece complies with EU state aid rules.   In particular, the Commission found that current provisions may breach EU state aid rules by allowing shareholders of


European List of Certified Ship Recycling Facilities

Photo by NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 The European Commission has opened the application procedure for the European List of ship recycling facilities last Friday, 18 December. Facilities located outside EU Member States are now invited to submit their applications before 1 July 2016.   


Antwerp set to Build Bunker Station

Courtesy Port of Antwerp

  But now that the LNG Master Plan has come to an end the LNG story is not finished. Far from it: this was just the start, paving the way for promising new projects. Specifically, the port of Antwerp is getting ready to build an LNG bunker station for barges


MarineTraffic Boards Equasis

Courtesy Equasis

  MarineTraffic, the world’s most trusted AIS vessel tracking service has started supplying geographical positioning data to the Equasis project, a European Commission initiative started in 2000 to make ship safety information more widely available.


EC Funding Gives Green Light to IMO Energy-Efficiency Project

​​The aim of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres project will be to help beneficiary countries limit and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their shipping sectors through technical assistance and capacity building. Pic:IMO

 Network of regional maritime technology cooperation centres to be established through €10 million funding contribution.   An ambitious IMO project to establish a global network of Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) in developing countries is to go ahead thanks to a


EU Investigating Antwerp Box Port Operators

file image (UASC)

The European Commission said on Friday it had opened an in-depth investigation into alleged state aid to two container terminal operators in Europe's second busiest port, Antwerp in Belgium.   The Commission said concession agreements for PSA Antwerp NV and Antwerp Gateway NV contained a


European Shipowners Welcome EP TiSA Recommendations

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners welcome the European Parliament’s INTA Committee recommendations to the European Commission on the ongoing negotiations of the Trade in Services Agreement between some of the world’s leading economies.  


Greek Shipers Disagree with EC on Tax Issues

The European Commission recently published Decision (C(2015)9019 final / 18-12-2015) alleging that some provisions of the Greek shipping taxation regime are in breach of EU state aid provisions and, in particular, the conditions set out in the current Community Guidelines on State Aid to Maritime






 
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