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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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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.

CMA CGM's OPDR Acquisition Approved by EU

The CMA CGM Group announced that the European Commission has approved its acquisition of OPDR. In order to finalize the acquisition, which was announced on November 25, 2014 by Jacques R. Saadé, founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, the approval of Moroccan and European Union competition authorities was necessary. On June 29, the European Commission finalized the process by giving its approval without any conditions.

European Shipowners Back EU, Canada Trade Agreement

Photo: ECSA

 European shipowners have welcomed provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic Trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA).   The CETA agreement will boost trade considerably between the EU and Canada. It will cut customs duties and open new markets for shipping companies such as dredging, movement of empty containers and certain transportation between Canadian ports.   "It is important for the EU to sign ambitious trade agreements such as CETA

Danish Shipping Asseses New Ship Recycling Initiatives

Photo: Danish Shipping

 The European Commission has published its long-awaited position on the feasibility of introducing a financial incentive to ensure that more ships are recycled at EU-approved facilities.    Danish Shipping is opposing such a financial scheme but agrees with the Commission’s conclusion that effects of existing legislation must be known before introducing new initiatives.   The Commission will not commit to a new license scheme for ship recycling

UK Chamber Welcomes Proposed Customs Arrangements

Image:  UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK Chamber of Shipping has welcomed proposals for customs arrangements that could be implemented after the UK’s departure from the European Union, which were published today in a new paper from the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU).   The 'Future Customs Arrangements' report,  argues that the UK could either seek a “highly streamlined” customs arrangement with the EU or else strike a new, bespoke deal

EC Financial Instrument to Facilitate Ship Recycling

Image: © NGO Shipbreaking Platform – Designed by Annelise Combeaud

 The European Commission released its report on the viability of a financial incentive for sustainable ship recycling under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation this week.    Whilst it acknowledges the benefits for clean and safe ship recycling such an incentive would bring, the European Commission has decided to wait with its introduction.    NGOs urge the EU to take action now as it is well documented that ship owners will with ease be able to circumvent the EU Ship

EMSP Welcomes EC Directive on Seafarers

Photo:  European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The European Maritime Social Partners (EMSP) warmly welcome the European Commission’s adoption of their proposal to update their Agreement on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC).    The ILO MLC amendments entered into force on 18 January 2017 and require shipowners to provide financial security to ensure the repatriation of seafarers and the payment of contractual claims from seafarers or their dependants in respect of death

EC Measures to Improve Conditions for Seafarers

Image: Twitter Page for News and information from the European Commission.

 The European Commission (EC) has adopted a proposal for a Directive which aims at improving the working conditions of seafarers on board EU-flagged vessels.   The proposal transposes an agreement between social partners in the maritime transport sector into EU law.    This agreement in turn takes account of changes to the Maritime Labour Convention, which the Members of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted in 2014.  

Digitisation is Priority for FEPORT

Photo: FEPORT

 FEPORT supports the approach of the Estonian presidency and believes that four priorities constitute a consistent strategy for Europe.   The four priorities are:  An open and innovative European Economy, A safe and secure Europe,  A digital Europe and the free flow of data and  An inclusive and sustainable Europe.   Besides endorsing the content of the paper that has been co-signed by 22 organizations representing different industries of the logistics chain

Hamburg Süd Ugrades for Pharmaceutical Reefer Market

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 The transportation of pharmaceutical products in reefer equipment is subject to the particularly strict guidelines of the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) scheme.   Hamburg Süd will be meeting the requirements with regard to calibration processes as of July and therefore be able to respond flexibly to corresponding customer wishes.   The guidelines for GDP are specified by the World Health Organization as well as the European Commission

Malta Hosts European Shortsea Network Meeting

Photo: European Shortsea Network

 European Shortsea Network (ESN) meeting was held in Malta with representatives from 11 European countries at the head office of Malta Freeport Terminals, says a report in Times of Malta.   The presidency of the European Shortsea Network is currently held by Malta which also hosts the official registration of the European Shortsea Network as a legal entity.   The European Shortsea Network is an association made up of 28 European countries with their main objective being that

ETF, ECSA Join for Digitalisation in Shipping

Photo: European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA)

 European seafarers and shipowners highlight the importance that shipping is urgently better served by smart digital solutions to finally decrease the administrative burden they face.   European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) and European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) call on the European Commission to prioritise this matter as part of its Digital Agenda and Better Regulation Initiative and to propose a revision in time for it to be completed during this legislature

EU to Organize Black Gold's Green Legacy

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

The European Economic and Social Committee’s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) and The European Parliament (EP) are organizing, with the support of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a two-part event to follow-up and consolidate earlier work on shipbreaking and the recycling society.   A press release from Shipbreaking Platform said that the event will explore the positive benefits that could accrue to Member States from the increased necessity to recycle the

Baltic Sea Region Hails Green Cooperation

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 Politicians, industry stakeholders and maritime Flagship Projects agree that there is a need to focus on cross-sectorial cooperation, education and training as well as enforcement of regulations in order to turn the region into a leading clean and safe.   Representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the maritime industry and maritime Flagship Projects under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) on may 30th 2017 convened in Brussels to discuss

Arcadia Receives EU MRV Monitoring Plans

Photo: Arcadia Shipmanagement

Greek company Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd became the first to receive verification from classification society DNV GL for compliant monitoring plans for its entire fleet under the new EU emissions monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) regulation. The company was presented with a certificate recognizing the achievement at DNV GL’s Piraeus office.   “We are very proud to be the first shipping company to have been awarded the verified EU MRV management plans

Nordic Countries Partner for Chemical Protection Exercise

Stig Wahlstrøm, Project Manager for SCOPE 2017.

A joint oil and chemical protection exercise between the Nordic countries will involve more than 300 personnel and 30 vessels, making for one of the largest projects of its kind in European history.   An increasing level of shipping traffic has led to a growing fear of accidents and an adverse risk picture. The accident involving M/V Full City in July 2009 on the coast of Langesund illustrated the crucial need for preparedness in dealing with accidents across national borders. 

EU Softens Rules on Ports Investments

Logo: European Commission

 European Commission has exempted public support measures in a number of areas from prior Commission state aid control, said a press statement.   This facilitates public investments in key infrastructure, namely ports and existing airports, but also public support for culture, multi-purpose sport arenas and the EU's outermost regions.   EU State aid rules ensure that companies can compete on equal terms in the EU Single Market to the benefit of European consumers

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