ECSA and WSC call for the revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive to improve the efficiency of maritime transport

The European Commission is expected to publish a proposal for a revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive (RFD) in early May 2018 that is intended to remedy the current costly, unharmonised and burdensome reporting requirements facing ships calling at EU ports. Current complex, repetitive and duplicative reporting requirements not only...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 13:57

European Shipowners greatly concerned about the proposed US steel and aluminium tariffs

European shipowners disagree with the US President Trump's decision to impose additional duties on imports of certain steel and aluminium products into the United States.

“This protectionist decision of imposing 25% import duties on steel and 10% on aluminium will obviously have a negative impact on transatlantic relations and on...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 16:01

Maritime employers and employees on International Women's Day 2018 - The Time is NOW

European shipowners and transport workers are jointly marking International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is also a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year's theme is 'The Time is NOW'.

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 15:12

European shipowners urge for certainty as soon as possible on EU/UK trade framework

European shipowners touched upon some key issues regarding Brexit in today’s public hearing in the European Parliament’s Transport committee’s hearing on the « Impact of Brexit on Maritime Transport ».

ECSA’s Secretary General Martin Dorsman discussed the long term objectives for the European shipowners and said: “It is crucial that...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 13:24

Indonesia’s new protectionist rules are worrying at times of free trade talks with the EU

European shipowners are opposing a decree Indonesia adopted recently. The new law imposes that certain commodities can only be transported for import or export by national maritime transport companies. Commodities affected are coal, crude palm oil, rice and goods for government procurement. This new law is a clear measure of...

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 15:51

Improved Port Reception Facilities welcomed by European Shipowners

European shipowners welcome the Plastic Strategy adopted by the European Commission last week. The coherent and impressively first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastic forming part of the transition towards a more circular economy also included the long awaited revision of the Ports Reception Facilities Directive. The new proposal aims to achieve...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 08:07

A single market for shipping – time to make it happen

The single market is one of the most celebrated successes of the EU. It is a central element of the EU growth agenda. It is, however, clear that the single market remains incomplete and dysfunctional in some sectors. This is particularly true for shipping.

Shipping remains disadvantaged compared to other...

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 11:52

Shipowners urge for rapid and positive progress in the Brexit negotiations

In view of the European Council deciding this week on whether the Brexit negotiations can enter the next phase, ECSA representing European shipowners calls for rapid and positive progress to be made towards an EU/UK agreement. Shipowners look forward to an agreement which preserves the economic benefits of existing EU/UK...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 14:44

Council agrees to implement ECSA-ETF Agreement on decent work for seafarers

European shipowners and European transport workers speak together to warmly welcome today’s adoption of a Council Directive improving seafarers’ working conditions. This change will implement an agreement between the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), which will bring European rules up-to-date with international best...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 15:46