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24/05/2017

Merchant ships' involvement in migrants’ search and rescue operations growing again

Merchant ships' involvement in migrants’ search and rescue operations growing again

ECSA’s Maritime Security Working Group recently had an exchange of views with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in Warsaw on maritime security issues. The Shipping industry is directly affected by challenges, such as migrants at sea.  Whereas the number of migrants rescued from the sea has gone down from the peak-year of 2015, merchant vessels are still often involved in the Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in central, western and eastern Mediterranean.

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17/05/2017

European shipping should remain the enabler of free movement of goods and persons event after Brexit

European shipping should remain the enabler of free movement of goods and persons even after Brexit

European shipowners today published their priorities when it comes to Brexit negotiations outcome. The shipping community embodies a fundamental acquis of the EU: Free movement of goods and persons. ECSA believes that the current operating climate should be preserved as much as possible even after the Brexit.

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03/05/2017

Patrick Verhoeven to leave ECSA for IAPH

Patrick Verhoeven to leave ECSA for IAPH

Patrick Verhoeven will leave the European Community Shipowners’ Associations on 1 September this year to become Managing Director Policy and Strategy at the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). This is a new leadership function that was created following a fundamental reform of the organisation, which is meant to increase its international relevance and visibility as well as strengthen its membership base.

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06/04/2017

The last Convention of the International Liability and Compensation Regime for Pollution Damage from Ships now closer to ratification

7.4.2017

The last Convention of the International Liability and Compensation Regime for Pollution Damage from Ships now closer to ratification

European shipowners welcome the European Parliament’s adoption of the Recommendations on the 2010 Protocol to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea 1996 in its Plenary-session this week. This provides the necessary consent required for the adoption of the Council Decisions authorising Member States to ratify or accede to this international agreement as appropriate.

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30/03/2017

Valletta Declaration casts important foundation for future EU shipping strategy

Valletta Declaration casts important foundation for future EU shipping strategy

European Transport Ministers adopted Wednesday afternoon a ministerial declaration on maritime transport. The declaration outlines priorities for the EU's maritime transport policy, focusing on competitiveness, digitalisation and decarbonisation. The so-called 'Valletta Declaration' was agreed at the end of a two-day ministerial stakeholder conference organised by the Maltese Presidency of the EU.

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01/03/2017

Joint industry statement of CLIA Europe, EBA, ECASBA, ECSA, EMPA, ETA, ETF, EuDA, Interferry, WSC The European shipping industry, represented by the signatories to this statement issued on the occasion of European Shipping Week 2017, welcomes the Europea

Joint industry statement of CLIA Europe, EBA, ECASBA, ECSA, EMPA, ETA, ETF, EuDA, Interferry, WSC

The European shipping industry, represented by the signatories to this statement issued on the occasion of European Shipping Week 2017, welcomes the European Commission’s mid-term review of the EU Maritime Transport Strategy 2009-2018.

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28/02/2017

EU shipping policy is solid, but needs a stronger global orientation to sustain further growth

EU shipping policy is solid, but needs a stronger global orientation to sustain further growth


The EU has an overall competitive regime in place for fiscal and social measures as well as quality registers and a strong skills base. This combination supports the current status of the EU as an attractive location for shipping activities. To develop further growth in European shipping, the EU however needs to adapt this framework into a comprehensive, globally oriented shipping policy that aims to improve the EU’s competitiveness as a location for international shipping. That is the principal conclusion from a study by Monitor Deloitte that benchmarks the overall EU policy framework for shipping with policies of five international shipping centers. The study was commissioned by ECSA as input for the ongoing review of EU shipping policy, which started in 2015 with a mid-term review of the 2009-2018 Maritime Transport Strategy. The results of the study were presented this afternoon at a press conference held in the context of European Shipping Week.

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27/02/2017

Socio-economic impact of the EU shipping industry remains solid

Socio-economic impact of the EU shipping industry remains solid


The EU shipping industry directly employed 640,000 people and supported a € 57 billion contribution to GDP in 2015. Adding supply chain and worker spending multiplier impacts, the shipping industry’s total employment contribution rises to 2.1 million people and its total GDP contribution is estimated to have been € 140 billion in 2015.

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20/02/2017

GHG emissions of shipping: ECSA deplores that port and cargo interests condone regional measures

GHG emissions of shipping: ECSA deplores that port and cargo interests condone regional measures

ECSA regrets that European port and cargo interests have come out in favour of the European Parliament’s position to conditionally include shipping in the EU Emission Trading Scheme as of 2023 if the International Maritime Organisation does not have a comparable system operating by 2021.

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15/02/2017

Shipping does not belong in EU Emission Trading Scheme

Shipping does not belong in EU Emission Trading Scheme

Members of the European Parliament voted today in plenary on the Commission's proposal to revise the European Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) Directive.

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14/02/2017

Support CETA to boost trade

Support CETA to boost trade

The EU-Canada Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) should facilitate and boost trade between Canada and the EU, eliminating many trade barriers and offering access to new markets.

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26/01/2017

Five weeks to go until European Shipping Week

Five weeks to go until European Shipping Week

Exactly 32 days from now, policy-makers and shipping executives will meet in Brussels for the second edition of European Shipping Week.

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13/01/2017

Initial EU ship recycling list shows clear need for global mind-set

Initial EU ship recycling list shows clear need for global mind-set

The European Commission recently published its first edition of the EU list of approved ship recycling facilities. At this stage, it only features yards situated in Europe and reaches under 30% of the EU’s own recycling capacity target. For ECSA, this demonstrates clearly that third country ship recycling yards should get EU recognition to raise standards worldwide and respond to demand.

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20/12/2016

ECSA adopts position on European policy for the Arctic

ECSA adopts position on European policy for the Arctic

European shipowners welcomed earlier this year the adoption of the integrated European Union policy for the Arctic region. “We believe that the three priority areas identified cover all topical Arctic matters. Climate change and environment, sustainable development and international cooperation all deserve equal attention”, said ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven. As the European Commission is implementing the EU policy and as the European parliament is working on its own-initiative report, European shipowners now adopted a position paper endorsing a number of EU actions that are expected to concretely improve polar shipping conditions.

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15/12/2016

Parliament ETS report undermines global work on CO2 emissions of shipping

Parliament ETS report undermines global work on CO2 emissions of shipping

The Environment Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament adopted today its report on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). MEPs agreed on a compromise text for shipping, which puts pressure on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to have a system comparable to ETS operating for global shipping as from 2021. If that is not the case, then shipping will be included in the European ETS as from 2023. Part of the revenues generated from ETS will be channeled through a Maritime Climate Fund to improve energy efficiency and invest in innovative technologies for ports and short sea shipping.

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14/12/2016

Ports Regulation – a stepping stone for genuine motorways of the sea

Ports Regulation – a stepping stone for genuine motorways of the sea

The European Parliament adopted today a report on the Regulation establishing a framework for the organisation of port services and financial transparency of ports presented by the rapporteur MEP Knut Fleckenstein.

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13/12/2016

ECSA's open letter to ICS on the IMO CO2 roadmap

Open letter to ICS on the IMO CO2 roadmap


The International Maritime Organisation reached a number of important decisions on ship emissions at its 70th MEPC meeting end of October. Most significantly, it agreed on a roadmap to develop a comprehensive strategy to curb CO2 emissions from international shipping.

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13/12/2016

Social Partners ask Commission to amend seafarers’ “Bill of Rights”

Social Partners ask Commission to amend seafarers’ “Bill of Rights”

The European Social Partners in the maritime transport sector - European shipowners (ECSA) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) are requesting the European Commission to amend the Social Partners’ Agreement Directive on seafarers’ right to decent conditions of work. The Directive adopted in 2009 reflected the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), an international agreement setting minimum requirements for nearly every aspect of working and living conditions for seafarers. The Social Partners now expect the Commission to revise Directive 2009/13/EC in accordance with the MLC as amended in 2014.

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06/12/2016

European Shipping Week 2017 welcomes keynote speakers and panelists

European Shipping Week 2017 welcomes keynote speakers and panelists

European Shipping Week 2017 (ESW2017) is pleased to announce its line-up of high level industry speakers at its flagship conference to be held at Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel in Brussels, on Wednesday 1st March 2017.

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02/12/2016

Africa in mind – shipping makes its business case

Africa in mind – shipping makes its business case

European shipowners organised an event in the European Parliament on 29 November where logistics and regulatory challenges and opportunities in Africa were discussed with speakers and panelists with experience and knowledge of the region. Speakers at the event include the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development, representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service, Members of the European Parliament and several shipping companies.

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29/11/2016

Operation Atalanta continues to keep the coast of Somalia safe

Operation Atalanta continues to keep the coast of Somalia safe

ECSA welcomes the European Council’s decision of 25 November to extend the mandate of Atalanta, the European Union’s counter-piracy operation along the East African coast.

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23/11/2016

Africa and shipping – a mutually benefiting cooperation

Africa and shipping – a mutually benefiting cooperation 

African governments and businesses are important partners of European shipping companies and the region has become one of the most promising global growth markets. The “blue” economy offers a lot of opportunities, and close cooperation between EU and African institutions and stakeholders is vital. European shipping companies have traditionally had a good, longstanding cooperation with African partners and they have enabled Africa to be connected to world trade. For African stakeholders, projects with the European counterparts offer employment, prosperity and market development. 
 

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15/11/2016

Cruise lines and European shipowners welcome the revision of port reception facilities directive

Cruise lines and European shipowners welcome the revision of port reception facilities directive

The Cruise Lines International Association Europe (CLIA Europe) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) welcome the revision of the European directive on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues.

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14/11/2016

More EU transport budget for the benefit of Europe

More EU transport budget for the benefit of Europe 

30 European transport associations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, local authorities, users and equipment suppliers in the maritime, inland waterways, railways, road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the initial Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. The proposal foresees an increase of EUR 1.4 billion for the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget. The current proposal would contribute to enhancing the role of transport as an enabler of economic growth and job creation, which at the moment employs directly and indirectly 20 million people (10% of total EU employment).
 
09/11/2016

EU Should Seize Momentum to Make IMO CO2 Roadmap Work

EU Should Seize Momentum to Make IMO CO2 Roadmap Work

ECSA facilitated a debriefing in the European Parliament this morning on the latest decisions of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regarding global regulation of greenhouse gas emissions of shipping.

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28/10/2016

European shipowners welcome IMO decisions on global regulation of ship emissions

European shipowners welcome IMO decisions on global regulation of ship emissions

The 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) concluded today with a decision on defined tasks and timelines to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships. The agreed roadmap complements the decision to have a mandatory global GHG data collection system in place as of 2019. MEPC furthermore decided to have a global 0.5% sulphur limit in 2020 and a Nitrogen Emission Control Area (NECA) in the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

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27/10/2016

CETA will greatly benefit maritime transport

CETA will greatly benefit maritime transport


European shipowners have worryingly followed the negotiations thriller of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, CETA, and feel very relieved today as the Belgian regional authorities reached an agreement.

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21/10/2016

African States, the European Union and European shipowners endorse maritime security

African States, the European Union and European shipowners endorse maritime security

African Heads of State and Government met in Lomé, Togo, on 15 October for a high level summit on maritime security. As the outcome of the summit they agreed on the ‘Lomé Charter’ that should be a next step in ensuring maritime security in Africa.

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19/10/2016

The Polar Code will protect the environment of the Arctic

The Polar Code will protect the environment of the Arctic 

The International Code for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code) will enter into force on January 2017 and applies to ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters. It covers the various environmental requirements and recommendations relating to oil, sewage, garbage, chemicals and invasive species providing for safe ship operation and protecting the environment.  

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13/10/2016

Parliament’s Industry Committee Confirms IMO Regulatory Role on CO2 Emissions

Parliament’s Industry Committee Confirms IMO Regulatory Role on CO2 Emissions

The Industry Committee, ITRE, of the European Parliament today reached an important agreement concerning the revision of the EU emission trading system (ETS) directive. The report of MEP Fredrick Federley (ALDE / Sweden) was adopted with a clear majority of 45 against 13 votes.

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12/10/2016

New European Border and Coast Guard Agency to strengthen EU’s maritime borders

New European Border and Coast Guard Agency to strengthen EU’s maritime borders

European shipowners are pleased with the recent launch of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. ECSA supports the creation of this new Agency allowing efficient European border management as the merchant fleet has in the past years met increasingly demanding security and safety challenges in the Mediterranean Sea. The merchant ships have rescued thousands of people at sea despite great risks for the safety and security of the immigrants on board, crews and ships.

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07/10/2016

European shipowners welcome CO2 deal for aviation and look forward to positive decisions at IMO

European shipowners welcome CO2 deal for aviation and look forward to positive decisions at IMO

European shipowners welcome the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) agreement reached yesterday on a new global market-based measure to control Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from international aviation.

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06/10/2016

Review of EU shipping policy: no time for business as usual

Review of EU shipping policy: no time for business as usual

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09/09/2016

ECSA appoints Director Social, Legal and Fiscal Affairs and a Policy Advisor in Shipping and Trade policy

ECSA appoints Director Social, Legal and Fiscal Affairs and a Policy Advisor in Shipping and Trade Policy

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22/07/2016

European Shipowners endorse the global commitment of the European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility

European Shipowners endorse the global commitment of the European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility

The European Commission’s newly published communication on a European Strategy for low-emission mobility rightly points out that all transport sectors need to contribute towards reducing the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.

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08/07/2016

Main themes for European Shipping Week 2017 announced with European shipping’s competitiveness at the heart of the week’s debate

Main themes for European Shipping Week 2017 announced with European shipping’s competitiveness at the heart of the week’s debate 

The themes for European Shipping Week 2017 have been formally announced with the competitiveness of European shipping globally and the strategies being developed by the European Union and its respective bodies to foster that competitiveness sitting at the heart of the week’s events and debate.
 

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08/07/2016

Shipowners reject proposals for ships to pay for EU ship recycling licences

Shipowners reject proposals for ships to pay for EU ship recycling licences 

Proposals to compel ships, regardless of flag, to pay for European Union ship recycling licences when calling at EU ports, will undermine efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve working and environmental conditions in developing nations, where most ship recycling yards are located.  
 

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07/07/2016

With global protectionism on the rise European shipowners call for a strong EU external maritime agenda

With global protectionism on the rise European shipowners call for a strong EU external maritime agenda 

European shipowners observe with concern that protectionism in world trade is on the rise. That is the main conclusion from a very recent study by the European Commission’s Trade department. The study gives an overview of protectionist tendencies and main trade barriers in some of the EU's key economic partners. The study shows that 200 new protectionist measures were adopted in the 31 monitored countries while at the same time hardly any protectionist measures hindering trade had been resolved.
 

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30/06/2016

More EU transport budget – more jobs and growth

More EU transport budget – more jobs and growth

“Efficient transport of people and goods are crucial to maintain the competitiveness of the EU economy. The economic growth and jobs of all European industries depend heavily on the well-functioning of the transport sector”, said ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven.

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29/06/2016

European Maritime Social Partners visit Captain Mangouras

European Maritime Social Partners visit Captain Mangouras

The European Maritime Social Partners, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) together with the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) visited the Captain of the sunken Prestige oil tanker, Apostolos Mangouras in Athens on 24 June, to mark the International Day of the Seafarer.

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21/06/2016

CO2 emission reduction measures must be global and apply equally to all ships

CO2 emission reduction measures must be global and apply equally to all ships 

“We believe that shipping, together with all other industry sectors, must be part of the solution to limit the increase in global temperature, as we clearly are a global contributor to carbon emissions”, said ECSA President Niels Smedegaard, addressing a symposium on decarbonisation of shipping held in Antwerp today.

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10/06/2016

Responsible recycling in Alang should be supported rather than dismissed

Responsible recycling in Alang should be supported rather than dismissed

Alang, India is today one of the most important centers for ship recycling and is likely to remain so for many years to come. With close to 70% of all vessels being recycled in South Asia, it is of utmost importance to secure that responsible practices are encouraged. The EU has a great tool at its disposal to achieve this, but seems unfortunately to have chosen a very different path.

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09/06/2016

European shipowners invite EU policy-makers to offshore study-trip

European shipowners invite EU policy-makers to offshore study-trip

European shipowners last week organised a two-day study-trip to Bergen, Norway for a group of EU decision makers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and Member States. 

 

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27/05/2016

“Shipping towards decarbonisation” on 21 June in Antwerp

“Shipping towards decarbonisation” on 21 June in Antwerp

European shipowners together with the Royal Belgian Shipowners (RBSA) and Wärtsilä organise a symposium on 21 June in Antwerp to discuss maritime transport industry’s role in the evolution towards a sustainable, CO2-neutral economy.

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24/05/2016

EU shipowners thank the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre for its efforts in search and rescue

EU shipowners thank the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre for its efforts in search and rescue operations

Migratory challenges remain one of the main security concerns of EU shipowners, as discussed by security experts who gathered on 18 May in Rome. The meeting of ECSA’s Maritime Security Working Group was hosted by Confitarma, the Italian shipowners’ association, and joined by representatives from the European Commission and Frontex.

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04/05/2016

European shipowners invite Commission to acknowledge emerging sustainable shipping practices in India

European shipowners invite Commission to acknowledge emerging sustainable shipping practices in India 

Ship recycling practices in Alang, India, are gradually improving. The European Commission should acknowledge this positive development under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. Adopting an overly restrictive approach will discourage first movers and further delay the entry into force of the IMO Hong Kong Convention.

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02/05/2016

European seafarers and shipowners oppose the sentencing of Captain Mangouras

European seafarers and shipowners oppose the sentencing of Captain Mangouras

The European Social Partners in Maritime Transport – ETF and ECSA – are extremely concerned about the recent Court decision in the Prestige case as it unexpectedly overturned the judgment by the Provincial Court of La Coruña (Galicia) which had yet cleared both the Master, Captain Apostolos Mangouras and the Chief Engineer of criminal responsibility.

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29/04/2016

Shipping to be key ingredient of the EU’s Africa agenda

Shipping to be key ingredient of the EU’s Africa agenda

The African economy has become one of the most promising global growth markets. Shipping is taking care of the largest part of international trade and in Africa this is even more the case due to less developed land infrastructure.

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28/04/2016

ECSA looks forward to the improvement of the shipping conditions in the Arctic

ECSA looks forward to the improvement of the shipping conditions in the Arctic

European shipowners believe that the three priority areas of the new EU Arctic Policy Communication published by the Commission this week address all topical Arctic matters. Climate change and environment, sustainable development and international cooperation in the Arctic are equally important.

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22/04/2016

European shipowners are pleased: IMO continues its course on CO2 reduction of shipping

European shipowners are pleased: IMO continues its course on CO2 reduction of shipping

European shipowners welcome the significant progress made this week at the 69th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). The basic features of a global CO2 data collection system have been agreed upon and further work on CO2 reduction commitments from shipping has been outlined. 
 

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21/04/2016

Member States are called upon to create a Short Sea Shipping friendly framework

Member States are called upon to create a Short Sea Shipping friendly framework

European shipowners hope that the momentum created by the Dutch Presidency’s High Level Event on Short Sea Shipping held in Amsterdam last February will result in maritime directors putting Short Sea Shipping on the top priority list when they meet today in Brussels.

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13/04/2016

European shipowners call upon EU Member States to support global CO2 agenda for shipping

European shipowners call upon EU Member States to support global CO2 agenda for shipping

EU Transport and Environment Ministers meet 14-15 April in Amsterdam for an informal joint Council meeting under the Dutch EU Presidency. The agenda features a discussion on how Member States could make a positive and constructive contribution to achieve an international framework of CO2 reduction commitments.

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11/04/2016

European shipowners find the European Parliament’s report on migration balanced and addressing an important topic

 

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31/03/2016

ECSA appointment news

ECSA appoints new Director Public Affairs and Communications

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07/03/2016

Ports Regulation: text up for adoption in Parliament leaves a lot to be desired

Ports Regulation: text up for adoption in Parliament leaves a lot to be desired

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16/02/2016

European shipowners showcase Short Sea Shipping

European shipowners showcase Short Sea Shipping

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01/02/2016

Environment Commissioner Vella’s scrubber visit in Ghent

Environment Commissioner Vella’s scrubber visit in Ghent

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28/01/2016

European shipowners support EU guidelines on places of refuge

European shipowners support EU guidelines on places of refuge

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27/01/2016

TRAN ports report a first step but not reaching far enough on market access

TRAN ports report a first step but not reaching far enough on market access

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19/01/2016

European shipowners welcome EP TiSA recommendations

European shipowners welcome EP TiSA recommendations

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11/01/2016

Shipowners call for adequate and workable European port reception facilities

Shipowners call for adequate and workable European port reception facilities

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07/01/2016

ECSA is looking for a Director for Social and Fiscal Affairs

ECSA is looking for a Director for Social and Fiscal Affairs

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14/12/2015

In the wake of COP21, European shipowners call for solid action in IMO

In the wake of COP21, European shipowners call for solid action in IMO

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10/12/2015

European shipowners want shipping reintroduced in COP21 text

European shipowners want shipping reintroduced in COP21 text

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09/12/2015

16+1 proposals to boost the EU’s shipping policy

16+1 proposals to boost the EU’s shipping policy

ECSA provides Commission with input on the EU shipping policy review

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09/12/2015

Niels Smedegaard takes ECSA helm

Niels Smedegaard takes ECSA helm

Niels Smedegaard, President and CEO of DFDS, has been elected as the new ECSA President

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03/12/2015

Global cooperation is the bedrock of a successful European shipping policy, shipowners say

Global cooperation is the bedrock of a successful European shipping policy, shipowners say

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30/11/2015

EU shipowners want IMO leadership in efforts to reduce GHG emissions from shipping

EU shipowners want IMO leadership in efforts to reduce GHG emissions from shipping

As COP 21 starts in Paris, EU shipowners reiterate their support for a solution on GHG to be found at IMO level

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16/11/2015

Shipowners raise awareness about offshore shipping

Shipowners raise awareness about offshore shipping

European shipowners organised last week a seminar on offshore shipping in the European Parliament

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09/11/2015

Shipowners’ holistic approach to maritime security

Shipowners’ holistic approach to maritime security

Shipowners upgrade existing working group to better tackle maritime security-related issues

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16/10/2015

MEPs’ 2016 climate deadline for IMO unrealistic, shipowners say

MEPs’ 2016 climate deadline for IMO unrealistic, shipowners say

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12/10/2015

Simplification of port regulation proposal justifies re-inclusion of all services

Simplification of port regulation proposal justifies re-inclusion of all services

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05/10/2015

Investments in recycling facilities should be rewarded, irrespective of geography

Investments in recycling facilities should be rewarded, irrespective of geography

EU Shipowners welcome Class NK's decision to confirm the compliance of two Indian ship recycling yards with the IMO Hong Kong Convention

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02/10/2015

Shipping sector receives Seafarer of the Year award for role in migrant rescues

 

Shipping sector receives Seafarer of the Year award for role in migrant rescues

ECSA, ETF, ICS and ITF receive Lloyd's List Seafarer of the Year award

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29/09/2015

EU-China maritime dialogue a good template, say European Shipowners

EU-China maritime dialogue a good template, say European Shipowners

European shipowners advocate propagation of mariritme dialogues similar to the EU-China maritime agreement implementation meetings

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22/09/2015

EU Member States show trust in IMO's ability to deliver

EU Member States show trust in IMO's ability to deliver

EU member States decide to entrust the IMO with the regulation of GHG emissions from shipping

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09/07/2015

Seafarer's right to protection, information & consultation and fair & just working conditions endorsed by the European Parliament's plenary session

Seafarer's right to protection, information & consultation and fair & just working conditions endorsed by the European Parliament's plenary session

The European Parliament adopted the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on seafarers

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07/07/2015

MEPs support shipping industry’s call for stronger Member State action in the Mediterranean

MEPs support shipping industry’s call for stronger Member State action in the Mediterranean

European shipping industry highlights its role and challenges in the Mediterranean at LIBE Committee hearing in Strasbourg

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01/07/2015

Shipping industry part and parcel of West Africa security situation

Shipping industry part and parcel of West Africa security situation

ECSA organised a workshop in cooperation with EEAS and European Commission on the way forward in the Gulf of Guinea

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10/06/2015

EU decision makers recognise key role of sectoral social dialogue for maritime transport

EU decision makers recognise key role of sectoral social dialogue for maritime transport

Joint ECSA-ETF press release on “social agenda for transport” high-level conference

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09/06/2015

EU shipping industry calls for an ambitious TTIP chapter on shipping

EU shipping industry calls for an ambitious TTIP chapter on shipping

EU shipowners call on MEPs to give strong recommendations to European Commission on shipping in the context of TTIP negotiations

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01/06/2015

ECSA and ETF share a common vision on social-related issues of the Commission’s Mid-Term maritime strategy review

ECSA and ETF share a common vision on social-related issues of the Commission’s Mid-Term maritime strategy review

ECSA and ETF present a joint position paper on the Commission's Mid-Term Maritime Strategy Review

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27/05/2015

Clarity needed as new rules on reporting formalities loom over shipping community

Clarity needed as new rules on reporting formalities loom over shipping community

Shipping community calls for more clarity regarding the implementation of the Reporting Formalities Directive

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18/05/2015

Social partners welcome positive agreement in trialogue on social Directives

Social partners welcome positive agreement in trialogue on social Directives

ECSA and ETF issue press release on the agreement in trialogue on seafarers' exclusions from social Directives

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04/05/2015

Determination and resolve needed to reach meaningful ports reform package

Determination and resolve needed to reach meaningful ports reform package 

ECSA sends MEPs input on the ports reform package of the Commission

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30/04/2015

ECSA joins industry call to reap low hanging fruit of Short Sea Shipping

ECSA joins industry call to reap low hanging fruit of Short Sea Shipping

ECSA and other stakeholders call for a revitalised Short Sea Shipping policy

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24/04/2015

EU Mediterranean Crisis Summit 'Appears to Fall Short', says Merchant Shipping Industry

EU Mediterranean Crisis Summit 'Appears to Fall Short', says Merchant Shipping Industry

ECSA and ICS support commitments of EU MS to increase Frontex resources but remain skeptical regarding the effectiveness of their decision

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22/04/2015

Shipping Industry Calls on EU Leaders to be Decisive and Immediately Increase Mediterranean Search and Rescue Resources

Shipping Industry Calls on EU Leaders to be Decisive and Immediately Increase Mediterranean Search and Rescue Resources  

ECSA and ICS call on EU leaders to increase SAR resources ahead of extraordinary Heads of State summit on migration

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21/04/2015

Merchant Shipping Industry Repeats Call for Urgent and Immediate Collective Action by EU Member States

Merchant Shipping Industry Repeats Call for Urgent and Immediate Collective Action by EU Member States

ECSA and ICS call for immediate EU action to stop drownings in the Mediterranean

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08/04/2015

Joint Shipping Industry Press Release on the Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean Sea

Joint Shipping Industry Press Release on the Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean Sea

Thousands of lives will be lost in the Mediterranean unless EU Governments take urgent action, say Shipowner Groups and Seafarer Unions

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02/04/2015

Exclusions of Seafarers: Social Partners welcome endorsement of the Rapporteur's report in the European Parliament

Exclusions of Seafarers: Social Partners welcome endorsement of the Rapporteur's report in the European Parliament

The European Parliament’s Employment Committee takes a major step towards a compromise agreement with the Council of Ministers.

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19/03/2015

Judiciousness needed to promote sustainable recycling of ships worldwide

Judiciousness needed to promote sustainable recycling of ships worldwide

ECSA issues latest position paper on ship recycling

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11/03/2015

Associations warn against risks of shifting CEF money to EFSI

Associations warn against risks of shifting CEF money to EFSI

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11/03/2015

Clarkson study sheds light on tramp shipping

Clarkson study sheds light on tramp shipping

ECSA publishes Clarkson study on tramp shipping

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10/03/2015

Shipping industry proclaims European Shipping Week a total success

Shipping industry proclaims European Shipping Week a total success

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04/03/2015

Joint industry statement on the mid-term review of the EU's Maritime Transport Policy

Joint industry statement on the mid-term review of the EU's Maritime Transport Policy

The EU shipping industry issues joint statement on the mid-term review of the EU's Maritime Transport Policy

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03/03/2015

Updated study highlights the economic importance of shipping

Updated study highlights economic importance of EU shipping

ECSA releases update study on the economic importnce of shipping

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20/02/2015

Commissioner Bulc meets shipowners in Antwerp as a prelude to European Shipping Week

Commissioner Bulc meets shipowners in Antwerp as a prelude to European Shipping Week

European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc meets with the EU shipping community in Antwerp

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19/02/2015

Intermanager and ECSA to hold seminar on migrants at sea during European Shipping Week

Intermanager and ECSA to hold seminar on migrants at sea during European Shipping Week

ECSA and Intermanager are organising a seminar on migrants at sea

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04/02/2015

Three more confirmations for European Shipping Week

Three more confirmations for European Shipping Week

Kaspars Ozoliņš, Nikolaos Tsakos and John C. Lyras have all confirmed their participation

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02/02/2015

Guy Verhofstadt to address shipowners and EU officials at ECSA gala dinner

Guy Verhofstadt to address shipowners and EU officials at ECSA gala dinner

Mr Guy Verhofstadtwill be delivering a keynote speech at ECSA’s 50th anniversary gala dinner.

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30/01/2015

European Shipping Week welcomes more keynote speakers and panellists

European Shipping Week welcomes more keynote speakers and panellists

More speakers and panelists join an impressive list of key industry shipping personnel and EU regulators at European Shipping Week

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23/01/2015

The Council of the European Union backs European Shipping Week

The Council of the European Union backs European Shipping Week

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union has granted official patronage to the forthcoming European Shipping Week 

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16/01/2015

Top shipowners and regulators line up to speak at flagship European Shipping Week conference

Top shipowners and regulators line up to speak at flagship European Shipping Week conference

Violeta Bulc will join the heads of the European and Global shipping industry as speaker at the European Shipping Week flagship conference.

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11/12/2014

Social partners welcome Council agreement on exclusions of seafarers

 

Social partners welcome Council agreement on exclusions of seafarers

ECSA and ETF welcome the agreement reached yesterday by the Council on the exclusions of seafarers

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27/11/2014

Shipowners welcome revamped EU anti-piracy naval mission that will run until 2016

Shipowners welcome revamped EU anti-piracy naval mission that will run until 2016

EU Member States have decided to extend the mandate of the EU anti-piracy naval mission off the coast of Somalia both in terms of scope and duration

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24/11/2014

All eyes on IMO as Europe moves ahead with CO2 monitoring regime for ships

All eyes on IMO as Europe moves ahead with CO2 monitoring regime for ships

EU co-legislators reached an informal agreement on MRV last week

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05/11/2014

European Shipowners launch ESSF sulphur survey

European Shipowners launch ESSF sulphur survey

ECSA launches ESSF sulphur survey 

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31/10/2014

European Shipowners Call for Free Transport of International Cargo between Chinese Ports

European Shipowners Call for Free Transport of International Cargo between Chinese Ports

ECSA participated in the 11th Implementation Meeting of the China-EU Maritime Transport Agreement

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27/10/2014

European Shipping Week receives patronage of the European Parliament

European Shipping Week receives patronage of the European Parliament

ECSA has received a letter from the President of the EP Martin Schultz, granting European Shipping Week official patronage

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23/10/2014

European ports reform: making the most of the EU’s capabilities

European ports reform: making the most of the EU’s capabilities

European shipowners ask EU decision makers to adopt an ambitious approach with regard to the EU ports reform

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16/10/2014

European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas welcomes the launch of the European Shipping Week

European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas welcomes the launch of the European Shipping Week

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15/10/2014

MRV: Shipowners ask EU co-legislators not to preempt CO2 progress at global level

MRV: Shipowners ask EU co-legislators not to preempt CO2 progress at global level

EU Shipowners ask EU decision-makers not to hinder ongoing progress at IMO-level

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07/10/2014

Scrubbers: Shipowners urge for clarity and legal certainty at the eleventh hour

Scrubbers: Shipowners urge for clarity and legal certainty at the eleventh hour

ECSA urges Member States to adopt a clear and harmonised position on washwater discharges

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03/10/2014

Social partners break labour deadlock

Social partners break labour deadlock

ECSA and ETF have reached an agreement on the exclusion of seafarers

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02/10/2014

Croatia joins the ranks of the European Shipowners' Community

Croatia joins the ranks of the European Shipowners' Community

The Croatian Shipowners' Association joins ECSA

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01/10/2014

Incoming Commissioner for Transport gives positive signals on shipping

Incoming Commissioner for Transport gives positive signals on shipping

 Maroš Šefčovič was scrutinised yesterday by the EP's TRAN and ITRE Committees

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23/09/2014

The EU ports reform is losing its bearings

The EU ports reform is losing its bearings

EU shipowners urge Council to reconsider their position on the EU ports package

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15/09/2014

European Shipping Week 2015 date is announced

European Shipping Week 2015 date is announced

The week of March 2-6, 2015 has been chosen as the date for the inaugural European Shipping Week

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10/09/2014

Slovak candidate Šefčovič nominated as next Transport and Space Commissioner

Slovak candidate Šefčovič nominated as next Transport and Space Commissioner

On 10.09.2014, Mr Juncker presented his team of Commissioners and unveiled his plans for several internal structural reforms.

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30/07/2014

Announcing the European Shipping Week 2015

Announcing the European Shipping Week 2015

Ship owners and shipping industry leaders have joined forces with global event organiser Shipping Innovation to launch the inaugural European Shipping Week (ESW) to be held in Brussels in the early part of 2015.

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16/07/2014

ECSA looks forward to fruitful EU-US trade negotiations

ECSA looks forward to fruitful EU-US trade negotiations

ECSA Secretary-General makes statement on EU US trade talks during a TTIP stakeholder event

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08/07/2014

Cutting red tape in shipping: a far cry from stated intentions

Cutting red tape in shipping: a far cry from stated intentions

The Commission recently released a report on the progress made towards simplifying administrative formalities for ships

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30/06/2014

Time and tide wait for nobody: Shipowners and ports call for scrubber clarifications

Time and tide wait for nobody: Shipowners and ports call for scrubber clarifications

Shipowners and ports call for scrubber clarifications

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24/06/2014

Commission extends Liner Consortia Block Exemption Regulation until 2020

Commission extends Liner Consortia Block Exemption Regulation until 2020

The European Commission extends validity of EU rules until 2020

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19/06/2014

Maritime security strategy: Shipowners call for more action on piracy and streamlining of port security measures

Maritime security strategy: Shipowners call for more action on piracy and streamlining of port security measures

European shipowners are calling for the EP and Council to endorse the latest Maritime Security Strategy Communication

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18/06/2014

Implementation of the EU Sulphur Directive must be harmonised and realistic

Implementation of the EU Sulphur Directive must be harmonised and realistic

European shipowners issue an open letter calling for fair, realistic and harmonised implementation of the Directive

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04/06/2014

Avoiding the iceberg: EU shipowners’ recommendations for an EU Arctic policy

 

Avoiding the iceberg: EU shipowners’ recommendations for an EU Arctic policy

 

ECSA publishes position paper on EU Arctic policy

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03/06/2014

ECSA brings offshore shipping into the fold

ECSA brings offshore shipping into the fold

ECSA sets up a dedicated sectoral contact group on service and offshore support vessels

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08/05/2014

European Shipowners welcome Athens Declaration on Maritime Transport Policy

European Shipowners welcome Athens Declaration on Maritime Transport Policy

Yesterday, EU Maritime Ministers unanimously adopted a Declaration, which sets out the EU’s shipping policy priorities for the years to come.

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06/05/2014

Filipino seafarers: European Commission acknowledges progress, but ban still pending

Filipino seafarers: European Commission acknowledges progress, but ban still pending

The Commission confirmed that the Philippine authorities have made substantial efforts to bring their maritime education, training and certification system in line with the STCW requirements.

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16/04/2014

EU shipowners applaud European Parliament’s change of heart on monitoring of CO2 emissions

EU shipowners applaud European Parliament’s change of heart on monitoring of CO2 emissions

The plenary of the European Parliament adopted today its report on the Commission proposal for a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation

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03/04/2014

Europe and EU shipping: a two-way street

Europe and EU shipping: a two-way street

The findings of the Oxford Economics study on the economic value of shipping were presented at a seminar organised by ECSA

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03/04/2014

Europe’s shipping sector welcomes new facilitations for seafarers under the revision of the EU Visa Code

Europe’s shipping sector welcomes new facilitations for seafarers under the revision of the EU Visa Code

ECSA and CLIA Europe call on the EU institutions to work towards a swift adoption and implementation

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02/04/2014

EU - Africa summit an opportunity to highlight piracy

EU-Africa summit an opportunity to highlight piracy

ECSA and ETF issue a joint statement on maritime piracy ahead of EU-Africa summit.

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02/04/2014

Europe remains global fleet's flagship

Europe remains global fleet's flagship

The study on the economic value of the EU shipping industry is released today.

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31/03/2014

Shipowners support Commission in extension of liner consortia block exemption

Shipowners support Commission in extension of liner consortia block exemption

ECSA, ICS and WSC have sent joint reply to the Commission's public consultation on the extension of the liner consortia Lock Exemption Regulation.

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20/03/2014

Maritime community calls for a more judicious approach on the circulation of 45-foot containers

Maritime community calls for a more judicious approach on the circulation of 45-foot containers

ECSA, ESPO and FEPORT have issued today a joint letter urging the Council of the EU to adopt a sensible approach regarding the circulation of 45-foot containers in the EU.

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13/03/2014

EU Ports policy: time-out not an excuse to wind down efforts

EU Ports policy: time-out not an excuse to wind down efforts

Rapporteur Knut Fleckenstein announces postponement of the legislative procedure of the proposed Regulation on Market access to services and financial transparency of ports.

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12/03/2014

CO2 emissions from ships: a call to reason

CO2 emissions from ships: a call to reason

ECSA appeals to the legislators and asks that the scope of the proposed MRV Regulation not be extended

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11/03/2014

Shipowners’ hopes dashed over LNG infrastructures

Shipowners' hopes dashed over LNG infrastructures 

Agreement in trialogue weakens Commission's initial proposal on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure

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07/03/2014

Low sulphur norms: action needed at the eleventh hour

Low sulphur norms: action needed at the eleventh hour

Priorities must be set to smoothen the introduction of low sulphur norms in Northern Europe: establishing a fair level playing field is one of them.

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06/03/2014

EU Maritime security: a coming-of-age story

EU Maritime security: a coming-of-age story  

In the recent years, the EU has incrementally increased its efforts to stem piracy, a phenomenon that has plagued the shipping industry for the better part of the last decade.

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04/03/2014

West African piracy should be nipped in the bud

West African piracy should be nipped in the bud

ECSA and the DSA have organised a photo exhibition on maritime piracy in the European parliament to raise awareness among decision makers and prompt political action.

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07/02/2014

Former ECSA President Hans Jakob 'Jack' Kruse passed away

Former ECSA President Hans Jakob 'Jack' Kruse passed away

Hans Jakob Kruse, one of the icons of the container shipping industry, passed away earlier this week at the age of 84.

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06/02/2014

Arctic shipping: future prospects depend on regulation and economics

Arctic shipping: future prospects depend on regulation and economics

Patrick Verhoeven says future prospects of arctic shipping are not only dependent on economics but also on an adequate regulatory framework.

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31/01/2014

Shipowners look to IMO for next steps on CO2 file

Shipowners look to IMO for next steps on CO2 file

The European Parliament's ENVI Commitee compromise position on MRV reduces the probability of a spreedy agreement at IMO level

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30/01/2014

Increasing the attractiveness of maritime careers in Europe

Increasing the attractiveness of maritime careers in Europe

ECSA and ETF have produced an updated maritime career path mapping study.

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29/01/2014

Bullying & harassment: the journey is not yet over

Bullying & harassment: the journey is not yet over

ECSA and ETF present update training material to eradicate bullying and harassment.

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21/01/2014

EU sanctions on Iran partially suspended

EU sanctions on Iran partially suspended

EU Member States have decided to temporarily suspend a number of EU sanctions applicable to Iran

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14/01/2014

Major reshuffle in EU co-funding programmes

Major reshuffle in EU co-funding programmes

The TEN-T and Marco Polo programmes have undergone a series of changes that have shaped the new EU co-funding landscape

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09/01/2014

EU to spearhead international efforts to fight Somali piracy

EU to spearhead international efforts to fight Somali piracy

On the 1st of January the European Union assumed the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS)

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20/12/2013

Shipping mobilises to alleviate plight of Philippines

Shipping mobilises to alleviate plight of Philippines

The European shipping community mobilised immediately to provide Filippino seafarers and their families with much-needed assistance in the aftermath of this natural disaster.

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20/12/2013

Commission adopts clean air package

Commission adopts clean air package

The European Commission has adopted a clean air package for Europe, aiming at reducing the emissions of air pollutants.

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20/12/2013

Warning to Member States failing to meet commitments

Warning to Member States failing to meet commitments

The European Commission has hinted at the possibility of taking measures, including possible infringement proceedings, against Member States that have failed to ratify international maritime conventions.

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18/12/2013

EU Ministers adopt balanced approach on MRV

EU Ministers adopt balanced approach on MRV

EU environment ministers discussed the draft MRV Regulation during the second formal Environment Council under the Lithuanian Presidency.

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06/12/2013

Member States water down Commission’s proposal on alternative fuels infrastructure

Member States water down Commission’s proposal on alternative fuels infrastructure

Member States agreed on a less ambitious General Approach on the Commission’s Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.

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06/12/2013

ECSA holds lively debate on green profile of shipping

ECSA holds lively debate on green profile of shipping


On 4 December 2013 ECSA organised a panel debate on how the EU shipping industry can deal with the new environmental challenges.

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05/12/2013

ECSA elects Thomas Rehder as new President

ECSA elects Thomas Rehder as new President

Thomas Rehder has been elected as the new President of the European Community Shipowners' Associations, with Niels Smedegaard as Vice-president.

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28/11/2013

Commission ban on Georgian seafarers lifted

Commission ban on Georgian seafarers lifted

The European Commission has decided to lift a three-year ban on Georgian seafarers.

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27/11/2013

TRAN Committee votes on LNG refueling points and shore side electricity

TRAN Committee votes on LNG refueling points and shore side electricity

The Transport and tourism Committee of the European Parliament adopted yesterday a report on the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on the Deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.

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26/11/2013

Armed protection not a substitute for military presence

Armed protection not a substitute for military presence

ECSA calls for an extension of the mandate EU NAVFOR Atalanta to ensure safe passage in the high risk area off the coast of Somalia.

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22/11/2013

Commission launches formal investigation probe into liner companies’ practices

Commission launches formal investigation probe into liner companies’ practices

The European Commission has opened formal antitrust proceedings against several container liner shipping companies...

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21/11/2013

European Union and IMO gear up for debate on CO2 emissions of shipping

European Union and IMO gear up for debate on CO2 emissions of shipping

In the coming months, the European Parliament is set to have a debate on the Commission’s proposal on establishing an EU system for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) CO2 emissions from large ships calling at EU ports.

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19/11/2013

TEN-T/Connecting Europe: MEPs give the green light

TEN-T/Connecting Europe: MEPs give the green light

Today, during the European Parliament’s Plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs endorsed a deal with member states on the EU's new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)...

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14/11/2013

E-Maritime to play pivotal role in Commission's upcoming strategy for logistics in Europe

E-Maritime to play pivotal role in Commission's upcoming strategy for logistics in Europe

At a conference on the future of logistics in Europe, which took place in Brussels last week, the European Commission announced that it intends to publish a framework strategy document on the future of logistics in Europe.

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12/11/2013

And Then There Were None: Rapporteur Fleckenstein proposes to exclude pilotage and dredging from Ports Regulation

And Then There Were None: Rapporteur Fleckenstein proposes to exclude pilotage and dredging from Ports Regulation

The Draft report of MEP Knut Fleckenstein, the rapporteur on the European Commission proposal for a Regulation on Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports...

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08/11/2013

ECSA welcomes vote on Maritime Spatial Planning in Parliament

ECSA welcomes vote on Maritime Spatial Planning in Parliament

The TRAN Committee adopted on 05 November a draft report on a proposal for a directive for the establishment and implementation of maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management.

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06/11/2013

EMSA November 2013 Newsletter

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06/11/2013

European Commission launches investigation into French tonnage tax scheme

European Commission launches investigation into French tonnage tax scheme

The European Commission has opened a formal in-depth investigation to examine whether changes to the French tax rules for maritime companies are in line with EU state aid guidelines to maritime transport.

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31/10/2013

EU Member States agree on ratifying Hong Kong Convention for the safe and sound recycling of ships

EU Member States agree on ratifying Hong Kong Convention for the safe and sound recycling of ships

On 30 October 2013, the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER I) agreed on a compromise text for a Council decision supporting the ratification of the Hong Kong Convention.

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22/10/2013

European Parliament adopts proposal for new Ship Recycling Regulation

European Parliament adopts proposal for new Ship Recycling Regulation

The European Parliament (EP) adopted today at its plenary sitting in Strasbourg a legislative resolution on a new Ship Recycling Regulation by a large majority of the votes.

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17/10/2013

European Commission earmarks 1.6 billion Euros to support key TEN-T infrastructure projects

European Commission earmarks 1.6 billion Euros to support key TEN-T infrastructure projects

On Wednesday 16 October, the European Commission announced that 1.6 billion Euros of EU co-funding will be granted to trans-Euroepan transport network (TEN-T) projects.

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07/10/2013

ECSA welcomes Member States' approval to further enhance the status of Regular Shipping Service

ECSA has been advised of and very much welcomes the fact that EU Member States have recently endorsed the Commission's proposal to grant further customs facilitations to shipping companies...

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07/10/2013

ICAO agrees on global-market based mechanism to tackle emissions

On 04 October, Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed, at its 38th Assembly in Montreal, to develop a global market-based measure (MBM) for international aviation.

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04/10/2013

EMSA October 2013 Newsletter

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04/10/2013

ECSA welcomes the continuation of State Aid Guidelines to Maritime Transport.

The European Commission has recently decided to continue the 2004 State Aid Guidelines to Maritime Transport

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25/09/2013

European Commission sets up dedicated forum to tackle upcoming sulphur requirements

On 25 September, the European Commission announced the creation of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) to assess the developments towards compliance ...

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23/09/2013

IMO moves to make container weighing mandatory

On 20th September, the IMO backed a compromise proposal for verifying the weight of containers before they are loaded on board ships

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19/09/2013

EP Rapporteur on alternative fuels calls for sufficient number of LNG bunkering stations across Europe

On 16th September, Carlo Fidanza (EPP, Italy), the rapporteur on the proposal for a directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, which was adopted by the Commission in January 2013,

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16/09/2013

NAIADES II Package adopted by European Commission

The European Commission adopted on 10 September 2013 the NAIADES II package entitled “Towards quality Inland Waterway transport”.

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16/09/2013

A memorable farewell party for ECSA’s former Secretary General Alfons Guinier

The wider Brussels community gathered on 12 September 2013 to bid farewell to Alfons Guinier, who retired as Secretary General of the ECSA on 1 September ...

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12/09/2013

SHIPPING INDUSTRY NEEDS TO COUNTER ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

Shipping is increasingly pushed into the defensive corner when considering environmental challenges.

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04/09/2013

EMSA September 2013 Newsletter

EMSA September 2013 Newsletter available

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04/09/2013

EU Takes Initiatives to Increase Security in Somalia

The EU has announced that it will increase its financial support to AMISOM (the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia) by €142 million. This brings the total EU aid to AMISOM close to €600 million, confirming the EU's vital role in the stabilization and reconstruction efforts in the country.

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