European Commission News

11 Feb 2019

EU Cuts Red Tape for Ships

Image: Port of Rotterdam

The last Trilogue negotiation between the Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament on the ‚ÄúEuropean Maritime Single Window environment‚ÄĚ, (EMSWe) took place in Brussels.The EU is streamlining its ship reporting systems by creating a EMSWe, which will bring together all reporting formalities associated with a port call.The final text contains a compromise that provides security for Port Community Systems in relation to the public National Single Windows that‚Ķ

08 Feb 2019

World First: Printed Hollow Prop Blade

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French defense contractor Naval Group and French elite engineering school  Centrale Nantes have printed the first demonstrator of hollow propeller blades by metal additive manufacturing as part of the European H2020 project, RAMSSES.Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, said that this collaborative program, funded by the European Commission, aims to reduce the environmental impact of ships.Centrale Nantes and Naval Group are taking the lead within this project on the production‚Ķ

07 Feb 2019

EU Strict on Port Emissions Cuts

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Publishing data about the emissions of all ships calling at EU ports, as proposed by the European Commission, will incentivise shipping companies to cut their CO2 while also better informing regulations to reduce emissions, green NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has said in a press release.The EU, under pressure from industry and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to harmonise its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system with the IMO’s system, should still require ships registered outside the EU to report their data…

07 Feb 2019

EU Defends Publishing Emissions Data to Drive CO2 Cuts

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Publishing data about the emissions of all ships calling at EU ports, as proposed by the European Commission, will incentivize shipping companies to cut their CO2 while also better informing regulations to reduce emissions, green NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) has said.The EU, under pressure from industry and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to harmonize its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system with the IMO’s system, should still require ships registered outside the EU to report their data…

06 Feb 2019

Green Light to Stena, Hyundai Glovis JV

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The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture by Swedish Stena Rederi, part of Stena AB, and German Glovis Europe, which is controlled by South Korean Hyundai Glovis.Earlier, the companies have filed a merger application with the European Commission’s competition authorities for the unnamed joint venture.Created through the purchase of shares, the new unit would mainly operate short-sea transport services on pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels in Europe."The European Commission has approved…

17 Jan 2019

EU Takes Aim at Turkish Steel Sector Buckling Under Trump Tariffs

The European Commission's move to extend its steel import restrictions threatens to force Turkish mills, already buckling under the weight of U.S. tariffs, to cut production further or in some cases close down, sources said.The Commission said on Wednesday it will extend and beef up its existing "safeguard" steel import caps until July 2021 to counter concerns that European Union markets are being flooded with steel no longer being exported to the United States.For Turkey's vast steel sector, the fourth largest contributor to the country's economy, the caps could prove particularly painful as the EU has given it additional "country-specific" quotas.Under the safeguards…

13 Jan 2019

Hapag-Lloyd on Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative

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Ships are often disassembled on beaches by people who don‚Äôt wear any protective clothing or take any other safety precautions. One reason for this is that there still aren‚Äôt any globally agreed standards that shipping companies must adhere to, said a report by Hapag-Lloyd.In 2017, 835 ships of the global fleet of 50,000 vessels were recycled ‚Äď but in very different ways. In December 2018, the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) launched an online platform to draw attention to these practices and‚Ķ

11 Jan 2019

Mergers: Commission to Assess Acquisition of Chantiers de l'Atlantique by Fincantieri

The European Commission has agreed to the request submitted by France and Germany asking it to look at Fincantieri's proposed acquisition of Chantiers de l'Atlantique in the light of the EU Merger Regulation.The Commission considers that the transaction could harm competition at European and global level.The proposed acquisition of Chantiers de l'Atlantique by Fincantieri does not reach the turnover thresholds set by the EU Merger Regulation for transactions notifiable to the European Commission because of their European dimension. However, the plan was notified for authorisation in France and Germany.France submitted a referral request pursuant to Article 22(1) of the EU Merger Regulation.

08 Jan 2019

Shipbuilding: French, German Intervention Upsets Italy

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Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini attacked France and Germany on Tuesday over their role in a European Union investigation into a planned merger involving Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri."What has happened is extremely serious, France and Germany behaved wrongly.

08 Jan 2019

EU Will Review Planned French-Italian Shipbuilding Merger

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The European Commission said on Tuesday that it would investigate Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's planned acquisition of French counterpart Chantiers de l'Atlantique after France and Germany asked it to do so.The merged entity would not have a turnover high enough to require notification to EU regulators."However, the plan was notified for authorisation in France and Germany," the Commission said in a statement.It added that, on the basis of information provided by both countries…

20 Dec 2018

Industry Calls for Block Exemption Regulation Extension

Pic: International Chamber of Shipping

Four trade associations representing the international liner shipping industry submitted comments to the European Commission supporting extension of the EU consortia block exemption regulation (BER) for an additional five years beyond its current 2020 expiration date.The papers were submitted in the public consultation being held by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) by the World Shipping Council (WSC), the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA).

17 Dec 2018

REMPEC Conducts Workshop on Ship-Source Air Pollution

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) -administered centre in the Mediterranean, conducted a regional workshop to identify and address ship-source air pollution in the Mediterranean  last week."Political, legal and technical obstacles can sometimes challenge ratification and subsequently the effective implementation of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI air pollution and energy efficiency regulations‚Ķ

14 Dec 2018

First Non-EU Ship Recycling Yards Join EU List

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The European Commission published the fourth version of the ‚ÄėEuropean List of ship recycling facilities‚Äô last week, adding six new yards, taking the total up to 26.It includes 23 facilities located in European Union (EU) member states, and for the first time ever, three located in non-EU member states ‚Äď LEYAL and LEYAL-DEMTAS in Turkey and a facility in the USA, said a press release from Lloyd's Register.From 31 December 2018, the EU Ship Recycling Regulation will require all ships flying the flag of an EU Member State to use an approved ship recycling facility included in the European List.

10 Dec 2018

EU Updates List of Ship Recycling Facilities

Pic: Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative

European Commission adopted a new Decision amending Implementing Decision (EU) to update the European List of ship recycling facilities. The said decision has been published on Monday in the Official Journal of the EU.With the 4th version of the list, the European Commission and the Member States add 6 new facilities to the list. These include, for the first time, 3 facilities which are located outside the EU -2 in Turkey and 1 in the United States-. The European Shipowners are fully supporting the expansion of the EU list, and in particular the inclusion of compliant facilities worldwide.

21 Nov 2018

Europe to Fund ‚ÄėSkillSea‚Äô Project in Maritime Sector

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The European Commission  said it will co-finance the project ‚ÄėFutureproof Skills for the Maritime transport sector (SkillSea)‚Äô.The project aims to develop strategies to identify and meet the future skills needs of the maritime sector and attract greater numbers of Europeans to work in maritime industries. The four-year project will begin in January 2019.SkillSea is being launched by a Europe-wide consortium established by the industry's recognised social partners, the European‚Ķ

19 Nov 2018

EC Selects Enagás Initiative to Boost LNG

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The ‚ÄėLNGHIVE2: Infrastructure and Logistics Solutions‚Äô project, coordinated by Enagás, has been selected by the European Commission ‚ÄėConnecting Europe Facility‚Äô (CEF) for funding.The initiative aims to boost the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for maritime and rail transport. The total investment in the project will be around EUR14 million, of which close to EUR3 million will be financed by European funds.The initiative, coordinated by Enagás and promoted by Puertos Del Eastado‚Ķ

18 Nov 2018

Rotterdam Port Welcomes Connecting Europe Facility II

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The Port of Rotterdam said that it aims to become an international frontrunner in the decarbonization of maritime transport and has the ambition to improve the efficiency of port services and stimulate sustainable maritime shipping through facilitating the most promising digital innovations."Therefore, we are committed to making transport flows more sustainable and efficient, alongside the removal of bottlenecks in infrastructure. The Port of Rotterdam welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for the Connecting Europe Facility II (CEF II) for the period 2021-2027…

02 Nov 2018

EU Approves State Aid for Lithuania‚Äôs Klaipńóda LNG Terminal

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The European Commission said that the EC has approved under EU State aid rules the compensation granted by Lithuania to LITGAS for supplying a mandatory quantity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the LNG terminal in Klaipńóda.In November 2013, the Commission approved under EU State aid rules an aid scheme to support the construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Klaipńóda seaportin Lithuania The LNG terminal has, since its construction, played a vital role in the diversification of gas supplies and security of supply in Lithuania.In June 2018‚Ķ

01 Nov 2018

Tidal Developer Collaboration to Tackle Foundation Mooring

SME AROV subsea during rock anchor install at EMEC (Credit SME)

CorPower and Sustainable Marine Energy join forces for a wave and tidal developer collaboration to develop and demonstrate generic foundation mooring solution to reduce cost and improve O&M methods.The 35-month UMACK (Universal Mooring, Anchor & Connectivity Kit Demonstration) project will address ocean energy affordability, survivability, reliability and installation through the demonstration of a generic anchor-foundation-mooring-connectivity system which aims to reduce capital…

31 Oct 2018

EU to Legislate on Maritime Working Conditions

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In the future, seafarers would be subject to the rules set out in the Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions if it were up to the European Parliament.According to Danish Shipping, a trade and employer organisation for more than 90 shipowners and offshore companies, this means that additional financial and administrative burdens are to be expected for the maritime industry which is already heavily regulated and protected by international conventions.Since the…

30 Oct 2018

EU-UNODC Cooperation on Maritime Security and Surveillance

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The European Union and the Global Maritime Crime Programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC GMCP) have a long and effective relation in building capacities to tackle maritime crimes.The EU and the Global Maritime Crime Programme of UNODC started partnering in 2010 to support Eastern African states (Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius and Tanzania) prosecuting piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia.Currently, the EU and UNODC GMCP are jointly working on  capacity building support in Somalia‚Ķ

29 Oct 2018

EU Commits USD 341 million for Clean, Healthy and Safe Oceans

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The European Commission (EC) has announced EUR 300 million (USD 341 million) of EU-funded initiatives, which include projects to tackle plastic pollution, make blue economy more sustainable and improve research and marine surveillance.According to a communication from EC, this important contribution comes on top of the over ‚ā¨550 million committed by the European Union, when it hosted the Our Ocean conference last year in Malta.High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: "The state of our oceans calls for determined global action.

29 Oct 2018

Antwerp Port Test Center for Drones by SAFIR Consortium

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The SAFIR consortium, a group of 13 public and private organisations, has been selected by Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) to demonstrate integrated Drone Traffic Management for a broad range of drone operations in Belgium.Antwerp Port Authority said in a press release that  the goal of the SAFIR project is to contribute to the EU regulatory process for drones and drive forward the deployment of interoperable, harmonised and standardised drone services‚Ķ

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