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Container Shippers Join Forces for Safety

Photo courtesy of CMA CGM

The Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) has been launched as a global business-to-business network that aims to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. Founding members CMA CGM Group, Costamare Shipping Company S.A., E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG, Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft KG, Maersk Line, Rickmers Shipmanagement and Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd., have joined forces to improve safety performance through collaboration. The companies will be able to collectively identify common safety hotspots across the container shipping industry and ways to address the underlying causes. “We believe the time is right to increase the focus on safety in the container shipping industry,” said Aslak Ross, Head of Marine Standards and DPA, Maersk Line, and CSSF Steering Committee Member. Other segments of the shipping industry, such as the tanker and offshore industries, have already established collaborative safety forums, but CSSF marks the first time that leading containership companies have come together to drive performance improvements in safety, a representative of CSSF said. Claas-Heye Diekmann, Director Quality Assurance & HSSE, E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG., and CSSF Steering Committee Member stated


ICS: Global Shipping's Emissions 20% Lower

Peter Hinchliffe

The total Green House Gas emissions from global maritime transport are estimated to have been more than 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global shipping industry’s trade association. The global shipping industry, which transports by sea around 90% of all world trade, is thought to have produced only about 2.2% of the world’s total GHG emissions during 2012 compared to 2.8% in 2007.


Shipping Contributes $164bln to EU

Photo: ECSA is presenting the updated version of the Oxford Economics study on econ. impact of shipping

 The European Community Shipowners' Associations has released the results of a recent update of an Oxford Economics study on the economic value of the EU shipping industry which highlights the industry’s contribution to the European Union's economy based on new data.   The study shows the the marine sector contributed an estimated EUR 147bn ($164bn) to GDP in 2013.   For every EUR 1m generated directly, the industry creates another EUR 1


SEAaT Emissions Trading Seminar

SEAaT, the association promoting abatement technology and emissions trading for ships, is to host the Shipping Emissions Trading Seminar on 2nd April at the IMO in London, to discuss and develop strategies for the implementation of emissions trading for shipping. The Seminar is by invite only and is structured to provide key stakeholders in shipping, finance and regulatory bodies and is designed to give an insight to the application of emissions trading for the shipping industry - set against


SSI's Roadmap To 'Sustainable Shipping Industry By 2040'

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SSI members and key industry stakeholders work together to define tangible milestones across all areas of sustainability that must be collectively delivered by the industry to meet the SSI’s 2040 Vision   London – 7 March 2016 - The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today launched its Roadmap, a set of key milestones and priorities which must be met in order to create a


ICS: Un Climate Change Negotiations

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents all sectors and trades of the global shipping industry and more than 80% of the world merchant fleet – has produced a briefing document for government climate change negotiators, in advance of the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17), which commences in Durban at the end of November.        The Document entitled ‘Shipping


FMC Holds OTI Panel Discussion

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Press Release stating that on September 21 it hosted a panel discussion by representatives of the ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) community. This was the first of a series of briefings with shipping industry representatives intended to develop a greater awareness and understanding of current issues and concerns affecting the U.S. international liner shipping industry.


Cruise Lines Lobby Against N. America SECA

Cruise ship industry lobbies Congress to relax forthcoming North America SECA exhaust gas emission restrictions The cruise-ship industry, wants an emissions-averaging plan that would allow it to burn the same heavy fuel it always has used in some areas, and it's lobbying Congress for help, according to a report in the Merced Sun-Star. Cruise Lines International Association has proposed a complicated emissions-averaging plan that would allow ships to continue to burn high-sulfur fuel


Australian Budget Reverts Temporary Shipping Levy

Image credit Dominic Alves CCL

Trade association 'Shipping Australia' says it applauds the Abbott Government’s decision to return the temporary levy on shipping to its original (lower) level. The Government’s budget night announcement that it will return the Protection of the Sea Levy to its original level of 11.25 cents per net registered tonne has been enthusiastically welcomed by the shipping industry.  “This decision rights a wrong that was perpetrated when the temporary levy remained in


Shipping's GHG Emissions Down

Approaching ship: File photo

The total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from global maritime transport are estimated to have been over 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007, according to "London Matters – the official Maritime London Newsletter", citing the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). ICS reports that the global shipping industry, which transports by sea around 90% of all world trade, is thought to have produced only about 2.2% of the world’s total GHG emissions during 2012 compared to 2


Senate Confirms Three to Serve on Federal Maritime Commission

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of three individuals to serve as Federal Maritime Commissioners: Rebecca F. Dye, Michael A. Khouri and Daniel B. Maffei.   Dye and Khouri, both of whom currently serve as Commissioners, were renominated by the President to serve in terms that


SOLAS Container Mass Verification Rule Enter into force

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A new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship enters into force today (1 July 2016). It will assist in ensuring that the millions of containers carried on ships each year are optimally stowed


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.  


Panama Opens Canal Extension Amid Risk, Cost Issues

File image: a Cruise Ship transits the Panama Canal.

Panama opened the long-delayed $5.4 billion expansion of its shipping canal amid cheering crowds on Sunday, despite looming economic uncertainty in the shipping industry and a heated battle over billions in cost overruns. At 7.50 a.m. (1250 GMT)


Day of Seafarer: ICS Highlights Seafarers Role in Migrant Rescues

Gerardo Borromeo Photo ICS

Gerardo Borromeo, Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) took the opportunity today to highlight the courage that is currently being displayed by seafarers, of all nationalities, with respect to the rescue at sea crisis taking place in Europe and in the Mediterranean.


Panama Canal Officially Opens $5.25Bln Expansion

Photos: Official Twitter account of the Panama Canal

 A 984-foot Chinese container ship was greeted with fireworks and cheers from a crowd that had gathered, when it made an inaugural passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, formally launching the Central American nation's multibillion-dollar newly-enlarged Panama Canal.


MPA to Enhance Collaboration with Rotterdam Port

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Andrew Tan, attended the second Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) in Rotterdam.    Hosted by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR), the closed-door roundtable event brought together port authorities from major


Day of the Seafarer: Ban Spotlights Sustainable Agenda Targets

Port scenes, Antwerp, 2013. International Maritime Organization (IMO) Photo: IMO

 Marking the Day of the Seafarer, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change.   “The world is now embarking on carrying out twin plans for the


Traffic Separation Schemes off Western Australia

Traffic Separation Schemes south-west WA Image courtesy AMSA

On 1 December 2016 two new Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) will come into effect off the south-west coast of Western Australia. Australia’s proposal to establish the schemes was approved by the International Maritime Organization earlier this year and adopted by its Maritime Safety


Post-Brexit: UK Chamber Calls for ‘Free Trade Commission’

Courtesy UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Chamber of Shipping statement on the outcome of the EU Referendum The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of the UK’s membership of the EU but we recognise the decision of the British people. The chamber has always argued that the shipping industry is resilient


World Trade Routes Won't be the Same with Expanded Panama Canal!

Graph: Clarksons Research

 On 26th June 2016, a landmark development for the shipping industry will occur with the opening of the new third set of locks at the Panama Canal. Clarksons Research takes a look.   Around ten years in the making, the expansion will enable significantly larger ships to transit the


Brexit: What Next for Shipping Markets?

Image: Open Europe

 For many in shipping, the Brexit was unexpected. Many believe that Brexit’s impact on the shipping industry will be more or less neutral.   The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of Britain's departure during the runup to the vote.   


The American Club Reports Solid Progress in 2015

Arnold Witte (Photo: Donjon Marine)

The American Club reported solid progress during 2015 at the annual meeting of its members held in New York yesterday. Despite a challenging economic climate, the Club’s business developed respectably, and 2016 had started on a positive note.  


Expanded Panama Canal Nears Inauguration

Graphics: Panama Canal Authority

 As the global shipping industry facing tough weather, the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama canal is set to open Sunday (June 26), reports AP. The deeper, wider channel is designed to accommodate the world’s growing fleet of mega cargo ships and expanding trade between North






 
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