ESPO to Mark Maritime Year of EU
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) issued a statement to contribute to the Commission’s Maritime Year and to follow up on the Valletta Declaration, the ministerial declaration on maritime transport, adopted on March 28 focusing on competitiveness, digitalization and decarbonization. “We welcome the Valletta Declaration as a first milestone of the Maritime Year,” said ESPO’s Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost. Isabelle added, “We hope that the Maritime Year will reinforce the support for modern…
Organisations Across Europe Ask EU to Invest More in Transport
With the slogan “More EU budget for transport, the best investment plan for Europe” a coalition of thirty European transport organisations are launching today their campaign for a strong connecting Europe Facility for the next financial period 2021-2028. “We are very pleased to see that 30 transport organisations, covering all modes and nodes, service providers, users and cargo owners are supporting this plea for a strong financial support for the completion of the TEN-T network," says ESPO’s Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost. "750 billion euro is needed to complete the TEN-T core network.
Container Weighing a Task for Shippers Not Terminals: ESPO
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) says it welcomes the recent decision of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) that containers must be weighed before being stowed on board ship; however it stresses that the weighing of containers should not burden port handling activities. ESPO explains that the verification of a containers’ weight can indeed play an important role in enhancing safety in maritime transport and the whole transport chain. Ports confirm that misdeclarations of container weight do occur and cause safety risks.
EU Votes for Deadline for Shipping Emission
The European Parliament voted in favour of the inclusion of CO2 emissions from shipping in the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and the establishment of a maritime climate fund “in the absence of progress at international level” as from 2023. Climate change being a global challenge and shipping being a global industry, ESPO strongly believes that IMO is by far the right place to introduce CO2 target and measures to reduce emissions from shipping in line with the Paris Agreement.
Loran Station Kodiak to Hold Change of Command
The Coast Guard Loran Station here will hold a Change of Command Ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Senior Chief Robert A. Merick will relieve Chief Richard J. Isabelle as Commanding Officer of the unit during the ceremony. Isabelle, of Springfield, Mass., will serve as executive officer of Loran Station Port Clarence. Isabelle’s previous duty stations include Loran Station Marcus Island, Japan, and the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma in New Bedford, Mass. He graduated from Springfield Technical Community College with an associate’s degree in Electronics Technology in 1985 followed by a degree from the Advanced Integrated Electronics School in Memphis, Tenn. Merick, of Sikeston, Mo., most recently served at the Kodiak Communications Station as the Electronics Technician in Charge.
Short-Sea Shipping on European Waterways
While there is much talk of short-sea shipping in North America, many would say that trucks still receive much more infrastructure support. However in Europe there is a greater acceptance and encouragement to use the inland waterways to move, not only bulk cargos, but shipping containers as well. Recently the de Roeck family took delivery of a 443 ft by 46.5 ft container vessel. With a depth of 13 ft and a telescoping wheel house the MS Isabelle is capable of handling five layers of containers.
Intertanko Co-Sponsors Maritime Transport Symposium
Intertanko will co-sponsor a symposium in the European Union capital Brussels on January 24, 2002 on the subject of: The First European Parliament Symposium on Maritime Safety in Europe Maritime safety: Over the horizon? The symposium will draw up an inventory of European policies on maritime safety, and aims to heighten the awareness of the players involved and give an opportunity to compare ideas. The speakers will include Loyola de Palacio, vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner in charge of Transport and Energy, Göke Daniel Frerichs, president of the European Union's Economic and Social Committee, Isabelle Durant and F. Alvarez-Cascos of the European Union Transport Council. Source: Intertanko
CMA CGM, ENGIE Ink LNG Deal
CMA CGM and ENGIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels. Farid Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, signed the agreement today at the Marseille headquarters of CMA CGM. * A study about the development of engineering specifications for a bunkering vessel adapted to LNG powered container ships, so as to improve over time the logistics chain necessary to fueling this type of vessels, thus promoting their deployment.
Main Iron Works Built Tug Returning Home
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that the 5,570BHP tug Jabbar has been sold by Awal Marine Services of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain to TradeWinds Towing LLC of Saint Augustine, Florida. Jabbar, meaning “powerful” or “tremendous” in Arabic, was originally built by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana as their Hull 335 for McAllister Towing & Transportation of New York. The twin screw tug was operated by International Tug Service, a joint venture company between McAllister and Arabian American Oil Co. Ltd.
Goldman Sachs head of oil and ags Robijns to retire
Goldman Sachs' head of oil and agricultural trading, Karl Robijns, is retiring from the firm, an internal memo seen by Reuters showed. London-based Robijns, who first joined Goldman as an oil trader in 1998, has headed the bank's global oil, refined products, and agricultural trading since last year. "Karl has had a substantial commercial impact on our market-leading commodities franchise," said the memo from Goldman's co-heads of securities - Isabelle Ealet, Ashok Varadhan and Pablo Salame. Robijns is the latest high-profile commodities executive to leave a bank, as the industry wrestles with lower profits, increased regulation and reduced volatility in the sector.
GDF Suez to Boost Focus on Marine Energy
French utility GDF Suez aims to double its power generation capacity from renewable energy in Europe between 2015 and 2025 and will focus in particular on marine energies, the company said on Tuesday. GDF Suez, with Spain's Iberdrola and Italy's Enel , is one of the industry leaders in renewable energy investment and has made Europe's energy transition the key plank of its European investment strategy. In 2009 it had aimed to boost its renewables capacity by 50 percent by 2015 - a target it says it will achieve - but now it wants to accelerate its renewables investment drive. The gas and power group currently operates 17.8 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity worldwide, or 15 percent of its total, of which 7.8 GW is in Europe and 10 GW is outside the region.
Coast Guard Assists Tug in Distress
The Coast Guard rescued five people on a disabled tug boat approximately five miles South of the South Padre Island jetties last night. A Coast Guard crew from Station South Padre Island took the boat in tow after the tug boat Kathleen's five crewmembers radioed for help. The tug crew told the Coast Guard that their pilothouse windows had been smashed in by heavy waves, they had lost all engine control and were losing electrical power as well. The Coast Guard Station had two small boat crews underway conducting training when the call came and diverted a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew to the scene. The rescue crew arrived at the Kathleen and towed the tug to the Banana Docks in Port Isabelle, Texas.
Recent Vessel Sales: July 2014
Vessel sales for June 2014 (as of July 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York. 7/22/14 - NANWA MARU NO.
HMAS Darwin Farewells the West
The call of 'last line!' meant a little more than normal as HMAS Darwin slipped from the wharf at Fleet Base West and set sail for Sydney recently. It signalled the end of the warship's long association with the west coast of Australia, unlikely to return before she decommissions at the end of the year. The Adelaide class frigate called Western Australia home for almost 13 years from 18 December 1993, before being relocated to Fleet Base East on 21 April 2006. Darwin's Maritime Logistics Officer…
TotalFina Tightens Tanker Regulations After Erika Spill
Oil giant TotalFina, which chartered the ill-fated oil tanker Erika, tightened its policy on chartering older tankers. However, company officials stressed that a new age limit on large ships, which would not have stopped it chartering the mid-sized Erika, needed to be backed up by tougher international maritime standards and greater transparency of safety checks. "We still need a global initiative and we are still calling for tighter controls and for charterers to have more access to documents (on seaworthiness checks)," TotalFina spokeswoman Isabelle Galldraud said. The company is cutting to 20 years from 25 the upper age limit on chartered vessels of 80,000 deadweight tons and above, while keeping it at 25 years for smaller ships.
ISS Names Board of Directors
Change in Organization’s Bylaws Specify Revised Board Tenure and Structure. The ISS (International Superyacht Society) announces its 2012-2015 Board of Directors and Past Presidents Council. ISS elections are held annually by peer selection. During 2011, ISS membership ratified changes to the Association’s Bylaws which now state that a total of 24 elected Board members will serve three-year terms. During the 2012, 2013 and 2014 election cycles, the ISS Board will be in transition. For the current year and based on a democratic voting system, ISS members have awarded eight Board positions for three years and four Board positions for one-year terms with the opportunity to re-run for the 2013-2016 term.
Progress on EU LRIT Data Center
On 6 November 2008, at the European Maritime Safety Agency(EMSA) headquarters in Lisbon, contracts were signed for thedevelopment of the European Union Long Range Identification andTracking Data Centre. This step marks the end of a Europeanpublic procurement process started with the tender publication on11 June 2008. Willem de Ruiter, EMSA Executive Director,Christophe Vassal, CEO of CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites)based in Ramonville, France and Isabelle Roussin, Executive VicePresident of Marketing for Highdeal S.A., based in Paris, Francemet to underline their dedication to setting-up a Data Centre forthe EU Member States as early as possible in 2009. Mr.
European Ports Welcome a Stronger CEF Budget
The Transport Committee (TRAN) of the European Parliament voted its opinion on the Multi-Annual financial Framework after 2020 (Marinescu report). The Transport MEPs voted in favour of an updated and more effective Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). They have asked for an increased financing to cover all transport modes. They have further stressed that the investment in Transport infrastructure is an investment in long-term growth and jobs. When it comes to ports, the European Parliament’s transport committee recalls that ports function as gateways to trade…
ESPO Supports CO2 Emissions Agreement
Last week, the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement with regard to the CO2 emissions from shipping and agreed to align any EU action with the IMO timeline. This compromise is a part of the first reading agreement on the review of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) Directive. The agreed text wants the IMO to introduce an ambitious emission reduction target and accompanying measures by 2023. In particular, the agreement sets two milestones by saying that an…
ESPO Congrats Port Boulogne Calais for PERS Certification
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…