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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.

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’.

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

Shipowners Reject Proposals for Ships to Pay for EU Ship Recycling Licences

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping

 Proposals to compel ships, regardless of flag, to pay for European Union ship recycling licences when calling at EU ports, will undermine efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve working and environmental conditions in developing nations, where most ship recycling yards are located.    If proposals to establish an EU ship recycling fund are taken forward, they will cause serious problems with the EU’s trading partners, including China, India

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

European Shipping Week Receives EU Patronage

President, Mr Martin Schultz. Photo ESW

European Shipping Week has been granted the European Parliament’s official patronage by its President, Mr Martin Schultz. Commenting on European Shipping Week, Mr Schultz said his institution appreciated the opportunity for open dialogue between policy makers and representatives of the

EU Shipping Policy: No Time for Business as Usual

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The future of European shipping policy was debated on Wednesday in a seminar held in Valletta, Malta, a few days after the European Commission published the implementation report of its mid-term Review of EU Maritime Transport Policy.  

NGO Shipbreaking Calls for ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle

NGO Shipbreaking Platform Logo

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform called today on the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States to support the introduction of a financial mechanism that will enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in line with the standard set by the European Ship Recycling

More than 11,000 Migrants Rescued off Libya this Week

More than 5,000 migrants were saved on Tuesday and Wednesday off the Libyan coast and 28 bodies recovered, bringing the total number of people rescued this week to more than 11,000, Italy's coast guard said.   More than 20 people were reported to have suffocated in the hold of one

Nearly 11,000 Migrants Rescued in Last 48 hours off Libya

Many bodies found in the hold of one ship. More than 4,650 migrants were saved on Tuesday off the Libyan coast and 28 bodies recovered, bringing the total number of people rescued in the last 48 hours to nearly 11,000, Italy's coast guard said on Wednesday.

Container Shippers Raided in S.Africa over Suspected Collusion

File photo: Maersk Line

Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said.   The development comes as global container lines struggle in

CMA CGM Delists Neptune Orient Lines

File Pic: Neptune Orient Lines

 Shares of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) - now a wholly owned unit of French container ship operator CMA CGM - delisted from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) with effect from 9am September 07.   CMA CGM said in a press release on Monday (Sep 5) that NOL had obtained the necessary waivers and

Rotor Sail Development Gets a €2.6 Mln Boost

Photo: Norsepower

Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading provider of low maintenance, software operated, and data verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, has been selected to receive €2.6 million in funding to further its research and development of the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution technology

EU Ship Recycling on the Radar

(Source: IGP&I) Image: Gard

 The European Union Ship Recycling Regulation has been effective since 2013 and applies to all ships entering ports and terminals of EU Member States.    While it is consistent with the broad objectives established in the International Maritime Organisation’s Hong Kong

Japan Regulator Investigating LNG Shipping Restrictions

File photo: MOL

Japan's anti-monopoly regulator is investigating whether clauses in liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts preventing buyers from selling the fuel to third parties hurts competition, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources.  

EU's Silence on South China Sea Ruling Highlights Inner Discord

European governments are torn over how to respond to China's defeat in a legal battle over the South China Sea, fearful of alienating their second-largest trading partner and hampered by a maritime dispute among their own members.   China angrily vowed to ignore the ruling by a court in The

EU to Investigate Tax Exemptions for Belgian, French Ports

Photo: Port of Antwerp

The European Commission opened on Friday two investigations into whether tax exemptions for Belgian and French ports breach EU state aid rules.   In France, the EU executive cited full corporate income tax exemptions for 11 ports, including Marseilles, Nantes and le Havre, while, in Belgium

EU to Accept Antitrust Offer from Maersk, MSC, 13 Others

File photo: Maersk Line

World No.1 container liner Maersk, Swiss peer MSC and 13 other shipping firms are set to escape possible penalties as EU antitrust regulators plan to accept their offer to end a five-year probe, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.  

EU to Accept Antitrust Offer From Maersk, MSC, 13 Others

World No.1 container liner Maersk, Swiss peer MSC and 13 other shipping firms are set to escape possible penalties as EU antitrust regulators plan to accept their offer to end a five-year probe, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.  

EU Calls for Free Passage in South China Sea

Countries must be free to pass through the South China Sea, the European Commission said on Wednesday, in its first diplomatic admonishment of Beijing after Chinese jets intercepted a U.S. military plane over the contested waters last month.  

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