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ECSA: "IMO Intersessional Working Group was good and fruitful preparatory work"

To rectify statements put forward by organisations such as the Clean Shipping Coalition, ECSA stresses the IMO's Intersessional Working Group meeting that took place this week in London was good and fruitful preparatory work.

"We strongly believe that efficient decision-making is vital when it comes to something as important as...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 16:25

ECSA welcomes the confirmation of new Transport Commissioner-designate Adina Ioana Vălean

On behalf of the European shipping industry, ECSA warmly welcomes the confirmation of Adina Ioana Vălean as the new Transport Commissioner-designate, after the hearing at the European Parliament held yesterday.

Of Romanian nationality, Ms Vălean has been active in EU-level policymaking as an MEP since 2007. She was rapporteur on...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 15:24

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...