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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


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


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


Kvaerner Chairman To Step Down

Kvaerner ASA Chairman Christian Bjelland reportedly he won't seek re-election because of conflict between the Norwegian maker of equipment for the energy industry and Aker Maritime ASA, its major shareholder and a rival, Reuters reported. Aker, controlled by Kjell Inge Roekke, bought options in July to purchase 26.7 percent of Kvaerner. Aker scaled back its plan to take control of Kvaerner in December after the European Commission agreed to drop a probe into the purchase.


EU regulators to clear Solvay, INEOS PVC joint venture

EU antitrust regulators will clear a PVC joint venture between Solvay and Swiss-based INEOS after the Belgian chemicals group agreed to sell five sites across Europe to ease competition concerns, two persons familiar with the matter said on Monday.


Transdev Sees Return to Profit, Ferry Unit Blocks Veolia Deal

French transport firm Transdev expects to return to profit this year, but sees no quick solution for its troubled Mediterranean ferry unit SNCM, which is blocking a reshuffle in Transdev shareholdings between Veolia and state-owned bank CDC.


Ashton Hosts Maritime Security Event

Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, hosted a meeting on Tuesday in Brussels at the European External Action Service, with a number of African countries, to examine maritime threats to Africa and to discuss areas


ICS Calls for CO2 Emissions Reporting System

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“IMO should focus on developing global CO2 reporting system before looking at ship indexing” The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which starts on March 31, will seek to make progress on the development of a global system of monitoring and reporting of CO2


EU Supports African Maritime Administrations

The European Union (EU) is funding a €1.2 million grant contract, signed between IMO and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to support training and capacity-building activities aimed at enhancing flag State implementation and port State control in Western and Central


Small Ships Should Not be Included in European MRV Regs Say ECSA

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The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) has published a position paper strongly opposing the extension of the scope of the proposed MRV Regulation to include ships of 400 gt or above. Background The European Commission issued a proposal in June 2013 for a Monitoring


Greece to Assess Pipeline for Cypriot and Israeli Gas

Reuters - Greece launched an international tender on Monday for a study to assess the feasibility of a proposed pipeline to transmit gas from Israel and Cyprus in an effort to reduce dependence on Russian supplies. The Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline is designed to initially carry 8 billion


Struggling SNCM Ferry Operator to Order 4 Ships

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Reuters - Loss-making France-Corsica ferry operator SNCM, which is partly owned by French water and waste group Veolia Environnement, plans to order four new ships, an SNCM spokesman said on Friday. The spokesman said the board had approved deals for four new ferries


Ukraine's Black Sea Gas Ambitions Seen at Risk over Crimea

By Henning Gloystein, Reuters Ukrainian plans for expanding Black Sea natural gas output have been thrown into doubt by Russia's seizure of Crimea, a region linked to most of Ukraine's offshore developments. Past price disputes between Russia and Ukraine have led to the Russians cutting off


Europe's Seas Under Threat

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Many of Europe’s marine species, habitats and ecosystems have been under threat for decades. As maritime economic activities are predicted to increase in coming years, a new briefing from the European Environment Agency (EEA) argues that the cumulative impact of human activity should be


European GPS Slated for 2014 Launch

Galileo, the EU satellite navigation program (the European GPS) and Copernicus, the EU Earth monitoring program, are in decisive phases this year. With the launch of six additional Galileo satellites, Europeans will soon be able to enjoy their own satellite navigation system


EU to Lead International Counter Piracy Efforts in 2014

From the January 1, 2014 the European Union will assume for one year the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) with Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) as EU chairperson


Maritime Safety: Two EU States on Paris MOU 'Grey List'

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Certain European Union (EU) Member States are struggling to meet their commitment to ratify international maritime conventions, according to a recent European Commission report on compliance with flag state requirements. Despite good progress for many EU flag states


Summit of World's Leading Maritime Regulators a Success

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Yesterday, regulators from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Transport and the European Commission's Antitrust Unit met at FMC headquarters in Washington, DC.  The regulators conducted discussions that included the roles and responsibilities of


New European Regs on Ship Recycling

The new European Regulation on ship recycling (Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013) was published on December 10, 2013 in the Official Journal of the European Union and it will enter into force on December 30, 2013. In view of the international importance of the new Regulation GMS followed very closely


 
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