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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.


Beaching Ban Bad for Ship Recycling Industry

Alang Beach in India, where large numbers of ships end their days

  On Monday 20th of April 2015, Michael Grey of Lloyds List published the article "Name-calling bullies" where he outlined his opposition to the idea of banning beaching and gave reasons why such a decision would be impractical and unethical for the ship recycling industry.


US, EU, China Maritime Reps Meet in Brussels

Maritime summit between European Union, U.S. and China boosts cooperation   Representatives from the maritime regulatory authorities of the European Union, the People’s Republic of China and the United States met today in Brussels to discuss antitrust and regulatory issues in maritime


Over 3,700 Migrants Rescued in Med

Ships patrolling the Mediterranean have plucked more than 3,700 migrants from overcrowded and unsafe boats in the last two days, Italy's coastguard said on Tuesday. Ships from several countries, including those taking part in a European Union mission called "Triton"


Will Robots Aid Maritime Search and Rescue?

ICARUS (Photo: CMRE)

New ICARUS system ready for use from 2016  The ICARUS European project aims to develop robotic tools to assist crisis intervention teams. Playing a role in developing the maritime component of this project was NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)


CSC Calls for Shipping Industry Emissions Reduction Target

 Photo courtesy of the Clean Shipping Coalition

The Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) is calling on ship owners and stakeholders gathering in Brussels for European Shipping Week to support an industry carbon emissions reduction target.   The CSC, the global NGO coalition campaigning for cleaner shipping


Interferry Calls for Closer Cooperation in Regulations Process

Interferry has joined other co-organizers in praising last week’s inaugural European Shipping Week (ESW) in Brussels, and is now urging the industry and regulators to build on the initiative by continuing to develop closer cooperation.  


EU Braces for Flood of Mediterranean Migrants

Boat arrivals up more than 40 pct this year; this year 600 dead vs 100 in same period last year. With migration across the Mediterranean surging, the European Union's largest border operation is bracing for a record year of arrivals by sea


Captain to Recount Refugee Rescue at CMA

Captain who rescued hundreds of refugees in Mediterranean to recount experience at CMA Conference   Captain Joshua Bhatt is a featured speaker at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 Conference in Stamford at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in the Harbor Point Room (Lobby


EU: Cosco, Piraeus Port to Pay Back State Aid

European Union state aid regulators have ordered Greece to recover certain illegal fiscal benefits granted to Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) and its parent company Cosco Pacific Ltd. The European Commission said the measures, which breached EU rules


EU Regulators Order Cosco to Pay for Greek Benefits

Image: Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT)

 European Union state aid regulators have ordered Greece to recover certain illegal fiscal benefits granted to Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) and its parent company Cosco Pacific Ltd, says a report in Reuters.   The European Commission found that Greece inappropriately granted tax


South Asian Beaches the Target of New EU Ship Recycling Rules

 European, Turkish and Chinese recyclers are set to benefit from strict new EU rules on breaking up old ships, but the practice of dismantling them on beaches in South Asia at great human and environmental cost will still be hard to stop.  


EU to Ban Scrapping Ships on South Asian Beaches

Over 60 pct of ships scrapped on Asian beaches in 2014. Practice poses human risk, environmental dangers. New EU rules set high standards, but with loopholes. European, Turkish and Chinese recyclers are set to benefit from strict new EU rules on breaking up old ships


New Rescue Mission Aims to Curb Migrant Death Toll

A new sea rescue operation is to be launched in May to try to reduce the number of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers killed making the treacherous crossing from Africa to Europe, medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) said on Thursday.  


EU: Former Operator of Portugal Shipyard Must Repay Aid

The former operator of Portugal's largest shipyard Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC) must pay back around 290 million euros ($329.79 million) in public support, the European Commission said on Thursday. It said the new operator WestSea did not need to pay the money as it purchased


Polar Science Gets a Boost From EU

Connecting Science with Society

  The €2 million five-year EU-PolarNet programme brings together 22 of Europe’s internationally-respected multi-disciplinary research institutions to develop and deliver an integrated European polar research programme that is supported by access to first-class operational polar






 
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