In Focus

ECSA welcomes Brexit deal

European shipowners welcome the agreement reached on Brexit yesterday. “Our primary concern on the short term, the frictionless trade, seems to be taken care off. A no deal scenario was just not an option and a clear lose-lose situation for shipowners and clients at both sides,” commented Martin Dorsman, Secretary-General...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:58

The shipping industry and the European Independent fuel suppliers welcome the European Parliament’s support to incentivize the uptake of low-carbon and carbon-free alternative fuels and to remove disparities in energy taxation

On 25 October the European Parliament adopted its report on The deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU which pointed out that taxation has a major impact on the price competitiveness of alternative fuels and underlined that a technology neutral approach should be adopted to create a level...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 13:54

ECSA welcomes outcome of MEPC 73

ECSA welcomes the good progress that has been made at last week’s meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) on some key environmental issues. Major developments were the adoption of the ban from 1 March 2020 on carriage of non-compliant fuel and the compromise reached on collecting data from...

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 10:48

Topical Issues

CO2 Emissions

The shipping industry fully supports the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement aiming to tackle climate change and believes that the sector must globally play its fair part in reducing CO2 emissions. Read more...

Ship Recycling

End-of-life ships should not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment when being recycled. ECSA believes that ships should be recycled in yards compliant with the International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Reycling of Ships, the “Hong Kong Convention”. Read more...

Shipping and global trade

Shipping is the backbone of global trade, enabling the import and export of affordable goods on a scale that is not possible for any other transport mode. Shipping needs global trade to exist and global trade cannot exist without an efficient shipping industry. Around 80% of world trade in goods is carried by the international shipping industry and EU shipping companies are large players in this global industry. Read more...

Business Climate

As global players, European shipping companies first and foremost need global rules to maintain their competitive edge. Europe should remain globally competitive as a location for shipping activities. We need a comprehensive and globally oriented shipping policy in the EU. Read more...

Social Performance of Shipping

Shipping is the engine of the European maritime cluster, delivering quality employment at sea and ashore. European seafarers form one of the main assets of the shipping sector, given their high level of training and skills. ECSA represents the shipowners’ interests in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue with its social partner European Transport Workers’ Federation, ETF. Read more...

Trade facilitation for Short Sea Shipping

Short sea shipping, has been on the EU agenda since the early 1990s. Unfortunately, the internal market has not been completed when it comes to shipping. In many cases goods transported by short sea shipping between two EU seaports lose Union status as soon as they leave port. Shipping is confronted with heavy administrative procedures and reporting requirements, something land based modes are not facing. Read more...