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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


Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV Merger Wins Conditional EU Approval

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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


Two Prestigious Awards for Fincantieri

  In the presence of the Minister for Education, University, and Research Stefania Giannini, at the Auditorium at Villa Farnesina in Rome, Fincantieri, represented by its Chairman Vincenzo Petrone, today won one of the prizes in the Major Industrial Groups category during the National Award


Antwerp Port Seeks Inputs on Setting-up LNG bunkering

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  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)


EU Decides to Pool Maritime Surveillance Sources

Commissioner Maria Damanaki: Official photo

The European Commission informs it has taken a further step towards more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas. By bringing together surveillance data from civil and military authorities duplication of work can be avoided and savings of up to €400 million per year may be


French Govt to End Corsica Ferry Blockades

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would take steps "within hours" to end blockades of ports in Marseille and Corsica by workers of the SNCM ferry operator, who are striking over the firm's restructuring plans.


EU Carbon Import Tariffs Could Torpedo Global Climate Deal

A move by the European Union to impose duties on carbon-intensive imports would scupper the chances of striking a global agreement to tackle climate change next year, the bloc's top climate official said on Thursday. European leaders have agreed to decide by October whether to set a 2030 goal


Europe to Cut Swath in Vessel Port Formalities Paperwork

Dr. Takis Katsoulakos: Photo EC

The European Commission informs that a new global era for maritime transport will dawn in June 2015 when it will unveil harmonised e-reporting for all vessels entering in or departing from EU ports. Vessels will provide required information electronically via one single entry point – the


ICS Submits Comments to Australian Antitrust Review

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has submitted comments on behalf of the global shipping industry to a comprehensive competition policy review being conducted by the Australian Government. The ICS comments support the maintenance of important antitrust exemptions that currently apply to


Port of Antwerp to Set Up LNG Bunkering

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  It would be possible for barges to fill up with LNG at a permanent bunkering station in the port of Antwerp by the beginning of 2016. Truck-to-ship bunkering is already possible, but by setting up a bunkering station the port of Antwerp aims to make LNG permanently available.


2H Offshore Joins Deepwater Mining Consortium

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2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has joined an international European consortium comprising nineteen industry and research organizations to develop deepwater mining solutions. Over the next four years, the European Commission funded project, known as Blue Mining


EU to Help Italy Cope with Boat Migrants

The European Commission said on Wednesday it would launch an EU version of Italy's sea rescue operation to help it deal with the droves of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from North Africa, something Italy has repeatedly called for.


US Mulls Stronger Sanctions Against Russian Energy

The United States is considering limiting hi-tech exports to Russia's Arctic oil and gas industry as part of plans to strengthen sanctions against Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, a U.S. envoy said on Wednesday. On the eve of a NATO summit in Wales


French Ferry Firm Loses State Aid Appeal

Photo: SNCM

Cash-strapped ferry operator SNCM looks set to seek legal protection from its creditors after Europe's highest court ruled on Thursday it must pay back 220 million euros ($289 million) of French state aid. SNCM, owned 66 percent by transport group Transdev


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






 
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