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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. Merger clearances are still in the process of being obtained in other jurisdictions as required by applicable laws.


EU Members Encouraged to Adopt New Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

The European Commission (EC) issued a Press Release


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


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


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


EC Authorizes Temporary Measures for Spanish Shipbuilding

The European Commission issued a Press Release stating that it has authorized Spain to grant aid to its shipbuilding industry in order to offset the effects of unfair competition from Korea. Source: HK Law


EC Supports Short Sea Shipping

The European Commission (EC) issued a Press Release stating that it has issued revised guidelines regarding state aid to maritime transport. The guidelines emphasize its support of various maritime programs, including short sea shipping and certain tax exemptions for seafarers. Source: HK Law


EU Approves Klesch Refinery Purchase

Regulator sees no competition concerns; Klesch announced purchase in July. EU regulators cleared U.S. entrepreneur Gary Klesch's purchase of the Milford Haven oil refinery on the coast of Wales, the European Commission said in a statement on Friday.


EU to Ban Fish from Sri Lanka, Saying Lax on Illegal Fishing

The European Commission proposed a ban on imports of fish from Sri Lanka for not tackling illegal fishing properly and lifted a ban on fish imports from Belize following the reform of its vessel inspection practices. The Commission on Tuesday also lifted warnings on Fiji, Panama


European Commission VP Welcomes European Shipping Week

Siim Kallas

European Transport Commissioner and Vice President of the European Commission Siim Kallas voiced his support for the launch of European Shipping Week, claiming it will help to raise the profile of shipping in Brussels "and allow for a good interaction between its multiple players and decision


Ocean Power Technologies to Deploy PB40 PowerBuoy Off New Jersey

The PB40 protoype powerbuoy undergoihng a final inspection

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., announced today that the PB40 PowerBuoy(R) fabricated for the WavePort Project has shipped from Santander, Spain to Bayonne, NJ with the intent to deploy off the coast of New Jersey in the first quarter of 2015


EU to Approve Hapag-Lloyd, Vapores Deal with Conditions

Photo: Compania SudAmericana de Vapores

European Union antitrust regulators will conditionally clear a deal by Hapag-Lloyd and Compania SudAmericana de Vapores to form the world's fourth-largest container shipping company, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The case is important for the shipping industry where


Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV Merger Wins Conditional EU Approval

Photo: CSAV

Hapag-Lloyd and Compania SudAmericana de Vapores (CSAV) secured conditional European Union approval on Thursday for their tie-up to create the world's fourth-largest container shipping company. The merger is important for the shipping industry which hopes more deals could help it to overcome


Antwerp Port Seeks Inputs on Setting-up LNG bunkering

Antwerp port

  By the beginning of 2016 the port of Antwerp will have an LNG bunkering and filling station for barges. The procedure for construction of the station is currently under way. In order to brief the future constructor as fully as possible about the facilities that the station must offer


Rotterdam Integrates Safety Research with LNG Training Facility

Arjen Littooij, general director Safety Region Rotterdam Area opened today the very first northwest European Falck-LNG-training facility for liquefied natural gas on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte.

  The Dutch company Falck Risc is becoming the number one expert on LNG safety in Europe. Together with the Unified Fire Department, Falck Risc will draw up guidelines and recommendations for emergency response services in dealing with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)


EC Sues Spain over Port Security

The European Commission is taking action against Spain before the Court of Justice of the European Union, because 20 Spanish ports have yet to adopt and implement the port security plan. The main objective of European port security policy is to provide protection for ships and port facilities


New Success for Europe in Cleaner Inland Navigation

a new type of inland navigation vessel Sirocco. Owned by Chemgas Barging

  The increasing use of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as a fuel was given another boost with today’s commissioning of a new type of inland navigation vessel: Sirocco. Owned by Chemgas Barging, this conventional gas tanker is equipped with a main engine capable of running on marine gas


Felixstowe Port Receives Full AEO Status

Port of Felixstowe

  The Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain, has become the first UK port to receive full Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. The AEO initiative was introduced by the European Commission through the Union Customs Code to help simplify customs procedures and secure international


Iran Won't Replace Russia as Top Gas Supplier

 Iran is not ready to replace Russia as a key gas supplier if sanctions against Tehran are removed, Itar-Tass news agency quoted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as telling Russian TV channel Rossiya 1. The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas


Opposition Builds to UK Nuclear Project in EU Executive

Nuclear power plant

  A landmark deal to use British taxpayers' money to build a 16 billion pound ($25.6 billion) nuclear power station has triggered opposition from a quarter of EU policy-makers, who want to overturn approval from the top European regulator, EU sources said.


Russia Going Ahead with South Stream Gas Pipeline

South Stream gas pipeline design capacity 63 billion cubic meters per annum.

The Russia-led South Stream undersea gas pipeline is still going ahead, Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying on Saturday, following concerns the European Union might be losing enthusiasm for the project. The natural gas pipeline, which will cost an estimated $40 billion


Austria to Sue if EU Regulator Clears UK Nuclear Plan

Nuclear plant

Austria will take the European Commission to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) if it approves Britain's plans for a 16 billion-pound ($26 billion) nuclear power plant, a spokesman for the chancellor said on Sunday. The deal to pay a guaranteed price for the power produced in the plant faces






 
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