• 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 March 25

07:50 Rüdiger Grube to succeed Peer Witten as Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board
07:34 Prosafe SE reports net profit of USD 172.6 million for 2016
07:31 Deutsche Bahn posts 2016 results
07:29 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from Asia Pacific to Arabian Gulf
07:28 Emmanuel Van Damme heads commercial department Port of Zeebrugge

2017 March 24

18:07 EU Naval Force Spanish and French warships conduct combined counter-piracy patrols off coast of Somalia
17:49 Iceberg small-sized missile ship of the Northern Fleet accomplished artillery firing in the Barents Sea
17:38 BW LPG announces re-financing of six 2016 built ex-Aurora ships
17:30 GlavGosEkspertiza approves construction and reconstruction works at the port of Yevpatoria (photo)
17:21 Solstad Offshore ASA, Farstad Shipping ASA and Deep Sea Supply sign merger plans
17:03 Yantar shipyard lays down the third trawler of Project SK-3101R
16:41 Krasnoye Sormovo launches first chemical tanker of Project RST27 built for shipping company Volgotrans (photo)
16:20 Ferus Smit launches Nb. 427 ‘Arklow Clan’
15:58 Rosmorport appoints Tatiana Karpinyan as Chief Accountant of its Azov Basin Branch (photo)
15:39 Port of Gdansk took part in Seatrade Cruise Global fair
15:20 DESS Aqua enters into a contract for the construction of a 3,000 m3 wellboat
14:42 FSUE Rosmorport Executive Director took part in the conference “Port Infrastructure of Russia”
14:20 Svitzer and Sanmar sign contract for a newbuild 80 tbp ASD escort tug
14:01 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport have escorted 5,573 this season
13:37 BPO debate at the European Parliament focused on Baltic ports in the TEN-T network
13:15 MOL completes study project to equip in-service vessels with SOX scrubber systems
12:53 IMO participated in the 20th E-Navigation Committee meeting in France
12:35 ClassNK issues first EGCS ready notation
12:32 World Maritime University and UN Environment step up cooperation to achieve Sustainable Development Goals
12:01 CMA CGM to launch a unique offer between Asia and West Coast South America
12:00 Bunker market at Russian port of Novorossiysk sees mixed price movements (graph)
11:38 DNV GL welcomes B.A.P Carrasco to fleet
11:11 Spring floods on the Lower Volga forecasted to begin in April
10:49 Guam’s oil spill recovery capacity significantly improved
10:24 VNT organized a public discussion on the Vapour Recovery Unit project
09:58 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $50.68, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.347% to $47.86
09:35 Bunker prices are flat at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,196 points

2017 March 23

18:16 NDQ sets up in Maritime Logistic Zone in Zeebrugge
18:06 COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivers a module carrier
17:55 Zelenodolsk Plant and Krylov Centre striving to expand cooperation
17:36 Rhenus takes a 40 percent shareholding in the ARKON Shipping Group
17:16 Nakilat transitions LNG Mesaimeer to in-house management
17:12 MABUX: The state of uncertainty on global fuel market
17:06 Port Bronka is officially announced as a deepwater port
16:52 Anglo-Eastern, Optimarin and Saga join forces for ground-breaking Manila-based BWT training facility
16:40 MacGregor and Rolls-Royce to explore implications of autonomy for container ships
16:10 Throughput of Chinese ports up 7.1% to 1.36 bln t in Jan-Feb'17
16:03 DHT Holdings announces acquisition of 11 VLCCs from BW Group
15:48 Port of Singapore throughput up 7% to 99.15 mln t in Jan-Feb'17
15:25 SENAN takes delivery of four Interceptor 1102 vessels from Damen
14:52 Corvettes of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet carried out artillery strike on ship detachment of conditional enemy
14:29 Rail Baltica progress discussed with the European Coordinator Ms. Trautmann
14:01 VSTEP and Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project
13:46 Murmansk Region Governor Marina Kovtun took part in “Fishery in the Arctic" conference
13:13 Project Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel (Phase-II) gets governmental approval
12:55 Heading towards the 2020 sulphur limit highlighted during maritime industry events in Denmark
12:34 Unique crane equipment delivered to Zvezda shipbuilding complex
12:12 Ulstein Verft is about to complete ship service on the sixth ship this year
11:51 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:30 Two NYK vessels receive Panama Canal's Green Connection Award
11:17 First fish terminal created at the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (photo)
11:01 APL extends cargo assurance for protection against cargo-in-transit risks
10:31 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of container vessel with 15 years charter
10:13 Brent Crude futures price up 0.75% to $51.02, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.79% to $48.42