General Assembly News

07 Nov 2018

Eamonn O'Reilly Re-elected as Chairman of ESPO

 Annaleena Mäkilä, ESPO Vice-Chair; Eamonn O'Reilly, ESPO Chairman, Zeno d'Agostino, ESPO Vice-Chair; Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO Secretary General. Photo: ESPO

Eamonn O’Reilly was unanimously re-elected as Chairman following a vote of European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)'s General Assembly in Brussels. E. O’Reilly has been chairing the organisation during the last two years.The General Assembly also re-elected Annaleena Mäkilä and elected Zeno d’Agostino as Vice-Chairs. Ms Mäkilä is currently Managing Director of the Finnish ports Association and has been Vice Chair since 2014.d’Agostino is President of Assoporti, the Italian Association of Ports and President of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea.

04 Oct 2018

BLOC Bags MIT Award for Shipping Emissions MRV Solution

Photo: BLOC

Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), has won Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve’s Coastal Communities Challenge, for its work in developing shipping Emissions Monitoring Reporting (MRV) solutions.The Blockchain technology and governance specialist said in a press release that it was selected from 33 teams participating in the Solve Challenge Finals, which included a live pitch event at the UN General Assembly week in New York City.The Solver teams were…

19 Sep 2018

Gulftainer Signs 50-year Lease for Port of Wilmington

Peter Richards, Group CEO of Gulftainer; Delaware Gov. John Carney; H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States; and Badr Jafar, Chairman of Gulftainer’s Executive Board, at the ceremony marking the Port of Wilmington concession agreement signing. Photo by Gulftainer

Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately-owned independent port operator and logistics company based in the United Arab Emirates, finalized a 50-year concession agreement with the state of Delaware to operate and develop the Port of Wilmington, significantly expanding the company’s global footprint and reach.The agreement, signed by Gulftainer’s subsidiary GT USA, will see an expected investment of up to $600 million in the port to upgrade and expand the terminal and to turn…

06 Jul 2018

KONGSBERG to Acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine

KONGSBERG CEO Geir Håøy (right) and Tristan Halford-Maw, Deputy Director, Rolls-Royce

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KONGSBERG) today entered into agreement with Rolls-Royce plc to acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine, a world leading technology business within maritime operations. The transaction is structured as an acquisition by KONGSBERG of the marine products, systems and aftermarket services businesses carried out by subsidiaries of Rolls-Royce plc. The transaction does not include Bergen Engines nor Rolls-Royce's Naval Business. The parties have agreed a value…

02 Jul 2018

DCA's Doyle: President Trump Supports Strong Infrastructure Projects

William P. Doyle, CEO & Executive Director Dredging Contractors of America

In an address to Western Dredging Association (WEDA) stakeholders, William P. Doyle, CEO & Executive Director Dredging Contractors of America told his audience: It all starts with dredging. Good Morning, and thank you for inviting me here today to open-up the conference. This is my first time addressing the Western Dredging Association (WEDA), and I am honored to be here. It all starts with dredging, and President Donald J. Trump is backing it up with critical legislative measures. As I will address later in my remarks– the U.S.

19 Mar 2018

Milaha Eyes Global Expansion

Photo: Qatar Navigation Q.P.S.C.

Qatar Navigation (Milaha) is planning to expand operations and capabilities in Qatar and overseas as part of its long term plan to improve efficiency and profitability. During the General Assembly meeting, Sheikh Ali bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al Thani, Chairman of Milaha’s Board of Directors presented an overview of the company’s activities and financial results for 2017 along with highlights of business plans for the year 2018. "The Chairman underlined the impact of industry-wide and geopolitical challenges on the company’s financial performance…

12 Mar 2018

North Carolina Ferries Change Course for the Future

Credit: NCDOT

Shoaling shifts NCDOT’s propulsion needs, prompting a sea change. Thrustmaster waterjets step in to carry the day. In Swansboro, N.C., boatbuilder U.S. Workboats (formerly Armstrong Marine) is assembling the linchpin of the North Carolina Department of Transport’s (NCDOT) business plan for its future Outer Banks ferry services. Separately, in both Hatteras and Ocracoke, crews are preparing to break ground on new parking additions and visitor facilities. The Ocracoke Express passenger…

19 Feb 2018

Digitalisation of Ports is Fourth Industrial Revolution

PEMA AGM delegates. Photo: PEMA

The digitalisation of ports and terminal operations offers ways to realise a “fourth industrial revolution”, bringing with it safety, operational, and environmental benefits, delegates heard at the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) annual general meeting, which was held in the Spanish port city of Bilbao. Digitalisation themes that were explored during presentations included artificial intelligence, data management, cyber-physical systems, and interoperability between…

03 Dec 2017

UAE: First Arab Country to Win Category B Membership of IMO

UAE team during the winning announcement. (PRNewsfoto/UAE Federal Transport Authority)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now become the first Arab country to win Category B membership into the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. The win was the triumphant result of an election that included nominees from 11 leading countries in the international marine trade sector such as Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia. declaration was made during the 30th General Assembly meeting, amid international praise for the UAE's competitive…

08 Nov 2017

ESPO Congrats Port Boulogne Calais for PERS Certification

Photo: European Sea Ports Organisation

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) congratulated the Port Boulogne Calais for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification, the only port sector specific environmental management standard provided by the EcoPorts Network. The PERS certificate was handed over to the port during the ESPO General Assembly by the ESPO Chairman, Eamonn O’Reilly, the ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost and the EcoPorts Coordinator, Sotiris Raptis. Compliance with…

30 Oct 2017

Unsafe Mixed Migration by Sea

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Unsafe mixed migration by sea continues to claim many lives, despite the strenuous efforts made by Governmental and naval rescue services, often supported by merchant vessels, abiding by the long-standing tradition and legal obligation to go to the rescue of persons in distress at sea. The complexities of this humanitarian challenge were discussed on Monday (30 October) at a meeting hosted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), bringing together representatives of UN agencies, the maritime industry and European Union naval forces.

24 Oct 2017

Ocean Change Requires Solutions: UN

 ​Fiji's Ambassador Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean (right), pictured with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Solutions to address human-induced “Ocean Change” are needed to save life in the ocean and reverse the cycle of decline in which it is caught, according to Fiji's Ambassador Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Ocean. Peter Thomson, who was visiting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, said that as a Fijian, he had personally witnessed the degradation of the marine environment in his lifetime, citing marine litter and coral bleaching as just two examples. “As a grandfather I find these changes tragic.

16 Oct 2017

Hatz Launches Online Documentation Portal

(Photo: Hatz)

Motorenfabrik Hatz said it has created a new online portal which makes available to customers important documentation for engines as well as information on their installation and operation. Based on the engine ID number on the delivery note or name plate of the engine, customers are guided quickly and directly to the documents that are particularly available for their engine type. There are a multitude of advantages to the online documentation. For example, it is possible to conduct a focused search for installation or wiring instructions…

11 Oct 2017

India Approves Change of Status for Marine Body IALA

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

The Indian Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to change its status from Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO). The move will facilitate “to foster the safe, economic and efficient movement of vessels". It will bring IALA at par with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO). The IALA, having headquarters at St.

13 Sep 2017

Peter Thomson of Fiji is UN Special Envoy For The Ocean

Peter Thomson, Fiji’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the UN News Centre in his office in New York. Photo: Masayoshi Suga/UN News Centre

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the United Nations Ocean Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Thomson will lead the United Nations advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the United Nations system…

19 Jul 2017

IMO Addressing the Migrant Crisis

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

​The loss of life of migrants at sea is a humanitarian tragedy that needs to be addressed through appropriate and effective action at the United Nations. International Maritime Organization (IMO) recognizes the crucial role played by both Government and non-governmental organizations in search and rescue operations, as well as the part played by merchant ships in coming to the aid of persons in distress at sea. During the second workshop of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM)…

12 Jun 2017

UN Push for Universal Agreement to Reverse Ocean Deterioration

Severed head of a Greco-Roman sculpture lying on sea floor for many centuries off Alexandria coast, one of the findings during UNIC Cairo’s sea cleaning activities. Photo: UN News Service

The 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously agreed to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health as the five-day Ocean Conference concluded this afternoon. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action, marks a breakthrough in the global approach to the management and conservation of the ocean. The Ocean Conference, the first UN conference of its kind on the issue has raised global consciousness of ocean problems ranging from marine pollution to illegal and over fishing…

09 Jun 2017

Musician Cody Simpson is 'Ocean Advocate' for UN

The United Nations Development Programme to appoint globally-acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson to inaugural role during the UN’s first ever Ocean Conference. Credit: UNDP

To mark World Oceans Day on May 8, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)   named Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people. “I grew up by the ocean and the beach,” said  Simpson during an event held at UN Headquarters in New York. “I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean. According to UNDP, Simpson will kick off off his new role as part of The Ocean Conference…

05 Jun 2017

FEPORT Releases Strategic Roadmap for Future

Photo: FEPORT

Federation of European Private Port Operators and Terminals (FEPORT) members have exchanged about the strategic roadmap of the organization for the three coming years in in Klaipeda at their General Assembly gathering. They have also commented the adoption of the Ports Regulation (in February 2017) and the General Block Exemption Regulation (in May 2017). “Both texts have mobilized our membership and organization because it was crucial to avoid that those pieces of legislation have counterproductive effects on private port investments.

05 Jun 2017

UN Conference Opens, Call to Protect Oceans for Future Generations

Pic: Photo taken from UN News Centre Video

Opening the Ocean Conference, UN officials stressed the need to protect and conserve the world's oceans for future generations. Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials today urged coordinated global action to protect the planet. Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General António Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate.

05 Jun 2017

ICS to Reassert commitment to Green Agenda at UN

Pic: Ocean Conference, UN

This week (5-9, June)  the United Nations General Assembly is holding a major conference in New York on the sustainability of the oceans and how the UN can best implement its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14) concerning the protection of the oceans which was adopted at the UN Summit of world leaders held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. ICS will make the case that the shipping industry is undoubtedly a driver of ‘green growth’ given its impressive environmental performance. The…

31 May 2017

Protecting Fiji’s Marine Environment

The event raised awareness and improved technical knowledge of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) among officials and other stakeholders in Fiji who may be involved in preparing to submit PSSA proposals in Fiji to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee. IMO’s Edward Kleverlaan highlighted that PSSAs are similar to marine protected areas – essentially areas that need special protection through action by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) because of their significance for recognised ecological, socioeconomic or scientific reasons. The PSSA scheme fits perfectly within the objective of the Sustainable Development Goal 14, the so-called ‘Ocean Goal’ of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

26 Feb 2017

Milaha Profit Down for 2016

Photo: Qatar Navigation (Milaha)

Qatar Navigation (Milaha), a maritime and logistics conglomerate based in Qatar, has reported a net profit of $195 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $300 million reported the previous year. The fall in the profit was mainly as a result of lower revenue from our Port Services unit, which was affected by a drop in storage and general/bulk cargo revenue, and rate pressure in our Container Shipping unit, which still managed to grow its market share and volumes. Milaha said its operating profit hit QR555 million compared to QR855 million reported the previous year.

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