European Commission News

26 Jun 2019

First European Dual-Fuel Dredger Conversion

The ‘Samuel de Champlain‘ (picture courtesy Dragages-Ports)

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has signed off on the conversion of a dredger to dual-fuel operation on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil (MGO), and which is powered by MAN 35/44DF engines.The conversion of the ‘Samuel de Champlain’ is the first of its kind in Europe and is part of an EU-supported initiative to promote LNG propulsion in short-sea vessels operating along the European Atlantic coast.The 117m, 8,500m³ trailing suction hopper dredger is owned by Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports and operated by Port of Nantes-Saint-Nazaire.

24 Jun 2019

Danish Shipping Agenda in EU

The greater part of goods exported from the EU are transported by sea. 30 percent of Danish shipping companies' export market is in Europe. Photo: Danish Shipping

Two European Commissioners will come by Amaliegade and Danish Shipping’s headquarters to discuss the most important points of the Danish maritime shipping agenda in EU in the coming years today.The Slovenian EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc and her colleague, EU Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager will meet with Danish Shipping in Copenhagen.The two Commissioners will meet with, among others, Danish Shipping’s Director General and CEO Anne H. Steffensen


20 Jun 2019

Dredger Converted to Dual-fuel

Photo: Damen

The first European dredger converted to dual-fuel LNG/MGO propulsion has departed Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu) to return to work, 23 months after contract signing. The 117m, 8,500 cu. m. trailing suction hopper dredger Samuel de Champlain is owned by Rouen-based GIE Dragages-Ports and operated by the Port of Nantes-Saint-Nazaire. Damen delivered a turnkey package that included engineering, procurement, installation, commissioning and support. Key features included changing of the engines to dual-fuel (LNG/Diesel) models


19 Jun 2019

Wartsila, Grimaldi Cut 3.5% Fuel Bills

Image: The Energy Saving Device was successfully tested on the ‘Grande Portogallo’, a Grimaldi Lines vessel. Copyright: Grimaldi.

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä,  the Netherlands based Maritime Research Institute MARIN and Italian ship owner Grimaldi, have together successfully designed an Energy Saving Device (ESD), suitable for use by ships with Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPPs)."Following model tests, and subsequent sea trials with Grimaldi’s ‘Grande Portogallo’, a 165 metres long Pure Car & Truck Carrier, fuel efficiency gains of 3.5 percent were confirmed," said a press release from the engineering company.

13 Jun 2019

EuroAsia Still on PCI List

Image: EuroAsia Interconnector

The EuroAsia Interconnector, the Israel-Cyprus-Greece electricity link remains on the official list of European projects of common interest (PCI) making it eligible to receive some €300 mln in EU grants for the Crete-Attica sector of the cable.The EuroAsia Interconnector remains committed to the timely implementation of the project, as submitted to the European Commission, with the Crete-Attica interconnector commissioned in June 2022 and the Crete-Cyprus Interconnector in December 2023


05 Jun 2019

NKT Commissions Kriegers Flak

Image: NKT

Power cable systems provider NKT has commissioned the 170kV HVAC cable system for the 400MW Kriegers Flak combined grid solution which is the world’s first offshore interconnector using the national grid connections of offshore wind farms to connect the power grids of Denmark and Germany.NKT has successfully commissioned the turn key project of the 170 kV HVAC cable system for the combined grid solution connecting the wind farms Kriegers Flak and Baltic 2 for the innovative project


03 Jun 2019

IMO to Promotes Multilingualism

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Multilingual communication is essential in bringing the work of the United Nations closer to the world’s citizens, fostering trust among Member States and facilitating informed decision-making.By making information available in all official languages, the language and conference services enable their organisations to communicate better, and to be more open, accountable and participatory.International Maritime Organization (IMO) confirmed its commitment to multilingualism at the International Annual Meeting on Language Arrangements


21 May 2019

World-First: Hydrogen-powered Push Boat

Concept illustration of a push boat powered by fuel cell system (Image: ABB)

A new vessel being built to operate along the Rhône river in France will be the world's first push boat to run entirely on hydrogen fuel cells.The newbuild for the France-based Sogestran Group subsidiary Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT) is due for delivery in 2021 and will feature a fuel cell based power and propulsion solution from ABB through its role in FLAGSHIPS, the EU-funded initiative to deploy commercially operated zero-emission vessels for inland and short sea operations.

17 May 2019

EC Launches Blue Economy Report

Photo: European Commission

European Commission launches the second edition of its Blue Economy Report during the 2019 European Maritime Day conference in Lisbon.Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “Coastal regions are home to 214 million people and generate 43% of EU GDP. Today’s report confirms the blue economy’s role as an exciting growth sector, with opportunities both in established sectors like tourism and shipbuilding, and in emerging areas like ocean energy


16 May 2019

20 May is the European Maritime Day

Pic: European Commission

The Maritime Day was established in 2008 by the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission as part of the European Union (EU) Maritime Policy to raise the awareness of the seas and their importance.This year, the annual event is being held over two days, 16-17 May, at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Portugal. The theme of the event is "blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains".Representing EU and Norwegian Shipowners


15 May 2019

Global Problem, Local Action: IMO/EU Initiative

Photo: IMO

A new IMO video puts the spotlight on how an IMO/EU initiative is helping cut maritime emissions in the Solomon Islands as part of a global project to help tackle climate change.When the solar-powered LED lights go on at night in the port of Honiara, Solomon Islands, they are helping the port meet IMO maritime security requirements.But these lights are also a shining example of how a global project, through regional centers, can help individual countries' ports and shipping sectors improve energy efficiency, cut emissions and clean up local air quality.

10 May 2019

Fincantieri: 'Positive' Talks over French Acquisition

Image Credit: Fincantieri

Fincantieri has had positive discussions with the European authorities before formally submitting its deal to buy France's Chantiers de l'Atlantique to antitrust scrutiny, the Italian shipbuilder's managing director said on Friday.Alberto Maestrini said Fincantieri was close to concluding the prenotification phase, which prepares the ground before formally informing the European Union's antitrust authorities.Lawyers say the prenotification period can last about a month, although


09 May 2019

EU Ports Backs Harmonized Approach on Scrubbers

Isabelle Ryckbost. Photo: The European Sea Ports Organisation

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74), which is commencing next week in London, will discuss an EU proposal on the exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).The proposal, which has been submitted by the EU 28 Member States and the European Commission, aims to start the discussion at international level on the discharges from scrubbers into the water, especially in sensitive areas such as ports.To protect the water quality and to respect the EU standards imposed by the Water Framework Directive


03 May 2019

Study: EC Shipping Emissions Study Released

File image: AdobeStock / © dvigaro

Shipping emissions: International measures needed to cut operational greenhouse gas emissions of existing fleet by 2030 – new studyThe international shipping sector needs to quickly adopt short-term policy measures to cut operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the existing fleet, according to a new study. The study concludes that only a subset of potential policy options, namely those that mandate changes in how the existing fleet is operated can achieve the significant effect required to meet the sector’s emission reduction objectives.

11 Apr 2019

Shipbreaking: 142 Sent to South Asia in Q1

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

142 ships were sold in the first quarter of 2019 to the beaches of South Asia where they were broken under conditions that cause irreversible damage to both human health and the environment.According to a quarterly update from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, between January and March, three workers have lost their lives and four were severely injured when breaking ships in Bangladesh.On 28 January, according to local sources, Md Motiur Rahman lost his life while working at S. S. Green Ship Breaking yard, located on the beach of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

03 Apr 2019

ECSA Workshop on IMO GHG Strategy

Pic: European Community Shipowners’ Associations

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) organised a workshop on the practical implementation of measures to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions, attended by representatives of the European Commission, the European Maritime Safety Agency, the Member States, as well as industry stakeholders and environmental organisations.The focus was on the opportunities and challenges of reducing the shipping industry’s carbon footprint. The speakers presented concrete initiatives in alternative propulsion technology


02 Apr 2019

Kongsberg Buys Rolls-Royce Marine

Photo: Kongsberg

Norwegian technology group Kongsberg Gruppen announced that it has completed its acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine (RRCM), with the European Commission's approval.Kongsberg Gruppen announced its intention to acquire RRCM, an established and trusted global supplier of maritime technology and engineering products, in July 2018.With the unification of Kongsberg Maritime and RRCM, Kongsberg is represented in 40 countries, has more than 11,000 employees and an annual turnover of more than NOK 22 billion.

26 Mar 2019

ESPO Hails EU's Call for $38bln Transport Budget

Isabelle Ryckbost. Photo: The European Sea Ports Organisation

The European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) said it strongly supports the European Parliament’s call for an increased transport budget of EUR33.5 bn ($38bln).The budget proposed by the European Commission is insufficient to complete the TEN-T network and to invest in a safe, modern and sustainable transport network. Moreover, ESPO believes the proposed EUR10 bn transfer from the Cohesion Fund to Council on the future Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II) should be safeguarded. ESPO


21 Mar 2019

Polish LNG Terminal Gets EU Grant

Image: Polskie LNG

Poland’s LNG import terminal in ƚwinoujƛcie will receive a EUR128mln grant from from the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund to expand its regasification capacity.The European Commission said in a notification that it has approved plans to support the increase of the regasification capacity, and the development of additional functionalities of the LNG terminal in Poland.The plans were approved under EU State aid rules and would see the terminal capacity increase


21 Mar 2019

Norway Cautious on Indian shipbreaking

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

The Council on Ethics of the Government Pension Fund Global (Oil Fund), Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund (SWF), said that it will turn its attention towards Indian shipbreaking practices.The SWF cautioned that this may well result in further divestments from shipping companies with poor shipbreaking records.In 2018, the Council on Ethics had already advised the fund to divest from companies, including container line Evergreen, selling their end-of-life vessels to shipbreaking


13 Mar 2019

Partners Group invests in Greenlink

Marine survey work starts for Greenlink interconnector. Image : MV Franklin ( © MMT Sweden)

Private markets investor Partners Group has provided equity financing for the 500-MW Greenlink interconnector,  the subsea connection between Wales and Ireland in exchange for a stake in the scheme.To-date, Greenlink has been developed by Element Power, an independent renewable energy developer, which, together with funds managed by Hudson Sustainable Investments, is the other major shareholder in Greenlink.Greenlink will use a subsea high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system to connect the power markets of Ireland and Great Britain


11 Mar 2019

EC Probes E.ON-Innogy Merger

Image: Innogy SE

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into German utility E.on's  takeover of certain assets from domestic Innogy, saying the transaction may lead to higher prices for consumers.The deal, which is worth a reported €43 billion ($48 billion at today's conversion rate), includes Innogy's distribution and consumer solutions business, as well as certain electricity generation assets.The Commission has concerns that the proposed acquisition may reduce competition in retail markets for electricity and gas in several Member States.Commissioner Margrethe Vestager


01 Mar 2019

Spliethoff Gets Green Loan From ING, EIB

Pic: Spliethoff

Dutch banking group ING and the European Investment Bank said they will provide a EUR 110 million ($123 million) loan to Dutch ship management firm Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor B.V. for retrofitting vessels with exhaust gas cleaning systems.According to a European Commission press release, Spliethoff will use the loan to retrofit 42 of its vessels with exhaust gas cleaning systems and ballast water management systems.The loan is part of the ING and EIB EUR300mln Green Shipping partnership signed in 2018


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