• 2017 February 15 16:35

    EU-Canada agreement passes final vote in European Parliament

    On Wednesday 15 February, the European Parliament convincingly granted its final endorsement to the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA). The plenary vote follows votes in a number of Parliamentary committees.

    Eight years after CETA negotiations began the European Parliament gave its’ final vote today on the free trade agreement. The vote follows a long and difficult process, in which the Belgian region of Wallonia threatened to capsize the whole agreement. A majority of the European Parliament stuck with the view that CETA is the most modern and progressive trade agreement that the EU has ever negotiated, and thus voted in favour of the agreement.

    The approval of CETA by the European Parliament provides a much needed victory for positive globalisation and the wider EU trade policy, says Simon Bergulf, Director of EU Affairs at Danish Shipowners’ Association. He emphasises that the agreement contains an ambitious maritime chapter that will ensure continued free and fair access for European shipping companies to Canadian ports and present new opportunities for feeder and dredging services.

    “Today’s vote comes at a crucial time for the EU’s trade relations as anti-globalisation sentiments are gaining ground in the political debate in Europe. Furthermore, the shipping community stand to benefit from the agreement as our members have maritime business in Canada worth roughly 350 million euro. If trade in goods increases as we have seen in the aftermath of the free trade agreement with South Korea, this figure will grow considerably” he said.

    Discussions in the European Parliament have been intense, especially on the environmental chapter where some have voiced concerns that CETA would be an obstacle to retaining high European standards for environmental regulation. Proponents, on the other hand, argue that it will not only help cement high European standards at a global level, but also display a continued commitment to a trade policy that is constructive and benefits both the EU and Canada. The much debated chapter on investor protection is set not to enter into force before the free trade agreement has been ratified by all Member States.

    “CETA is not just a good agreement in itself. While previous trade agreements have been based on a positive list of topics to be included, this is the first European agreement based on a negative list. This means that all kinds of trade are part of the agreement, except those that are explicitly exempt. This fundamentally changes the approach of the EU to free trade and enables a far more ambitious text, creating more benefits for businesses and citizens in the EU and Canada” says Simon Bergulf.


2017 February 21

14:51 Vyborg Shipyard to deliver second icebreaking support ship intended for Novy Port in May 2017
14:20 Port of London Authority to discuss 20 year growth plan for the Thames river
14:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to West Africa
13:41 Bunker prices go down in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:10 New Times Shipbuilding holds naming ceremony for two oil tankers and announces delivery of cargo lake ship
12:55 Yamal major landing ship of RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet returned to Sevastopol from the Mediterranean Sea (photo)
12:39 IAA PortNews offers a photo release from the 4th International Forum of Dredging Companies
12:23 KCA Deutag secures platform drilling contract with Sakhalin Energy
12:10 Intermodal Asia to launch the Industry Leaders Strategy Summit in Shanghai on 21st – 22nd March 2017
11:44 Delivery of icebreaker Ilya Muromets scheduled for autumn – RF Defence Ministry (photo)
11:30 Kelvin Hughes to supply radar systems for the Royal Navy’s latest River-class OPVs
11:16 Allseas Group will build the second string of TurkStream
11:03 De Boer Remorquage SARL orders two custom tugs from Damen
10:42 MHI-MME retrofitted 80 LNG carriers for running on low sulfur fuel
10:24 GTT to equip yet another FSRU with its cryogenic membrane containment system
10:18 Sydney City Marine completes its first maintenance docking of a Damen vessel
10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.05% to $56.15, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.41% to $54
09:59 “K” Line (India) becomes member of Indian National Shipowner’s Association
09:45 Baltic Dry Index up to 757 points
09:31 HII Executive VP and General Counsel inducted into Women’s Leadership Institute
09:17 Throughput of NCSP Group in January 2017 up 6.4% to 12.7 mln t

2017 February 20

18:26 ECSA deplores that port and cargo interests condone regional measures
17:59 Sea transport of Sevastopol carried 390,600 passengers in January 2017, down 10%, Y-o-Y
17:31 Period of icebreaker services is over in the Kerch Strait
17:06 Maersk Line increases rates from North Europe to Far East
16:44 USPA to expand range of tenderers for port infrastructure development
16:23 Ships of RF Navy’s Baltic naval base are preparing for a planned combat mission in the sea
16:00 ITF condemns Ukrainian wage slash offer
15:57 Fincantieri and Ferretti announce a cooperation agreement
15:46 Cargo traffic via Nika-Tera terminal (Ukraine) in January 2017 up 2-fold Y-o-Y to 330,500 t
15:20 HH Ferries Group takes visible steps on path to battery operation
14:58 Preparations are underway in New York ahead of June’s UN Oceans Conference
14:35 IMO training in Malaysia has seen port State control officers practice inspecting air pollution and energy efficiency rules
14:12 Icebreaker Voima set out to help vessels in the Gulf of Finland
13:47 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 3.5% to 1.73 mln TEUs in January 2017
13:23 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 11,226 in RF spot market
13:00 Evoqua Water Technologies supports Conference “Implementation of the BWMC in Russia” as its Sponsor
12:39 Port of Singapore throughput up 10% to 50.54 mln t in January 2017
12:36 Hyundai Global Services enters into eco-friendly ship services business with KSS Line
12:21 Newbuilding programme of Krasnoye Sormovo covers a two-year period with cruise liner PV-300 to be laid down in March – USC
11:55 Throughput of port Primorsk up 11% to 5.63 mln t in January 2017
11:48 Fire on Korean fishing vessel at port of Cape Town under control
11:27 Rolls-Royce showcases MTU drive and propulsion solutions for naval vessels at IDEX, NAVDEX 2017
11:02 RF Government signs Decree on expansion of Taman seaport (Krasnodar Territory)
10:58 Swedish Dockworkers Union agrees to call off all industrial action in the Port of Gothenburg
10:40 FAS Russia and container carriers will develop common rules and principles of behavior in shipping market
10:19 Gastops to provide DRA for USCG's offshore patrol cutter
09:57 Brent Crude futures price up 0.20% to $55.91, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.17% to $53.87
09:38 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard completed first phase of Project R1650 Rondo boat construction (photo)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 741 points

2017 February 19

08:55 Three Gorges Dam congestion caused by annual maintenance and COSCO Shipping Lines’ countermeasures
07:10 Gazprom’s exports to Germany add 37 per cent between February 1 and 15
07:07 Golar LNG coses $402.5 mln of 2.75% convertible senior notes
07:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to East Coast of South America

2017 February 18

16:35 Boskalis subsidiary VBMS awarded inter-array cabling contract for EnBW Hohe See OWF
16:32 Dryships enters into $200 mln common stock purchase agreement with Kalani Investments
11:31 Color Line and Ulstein sign contract for building the world's largest plug-in hybrid vessel
11:30 Spanish strike actions suspended

2017 February 17

18:14 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 32% to 1.59 mln t in January 2017
17:56 Atomflot says construction of Leader icebreaker should be started in 2021