• 2017 May 18 09:38

    European shipowners publish their priorities

    European shipowners 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, ECSA said in its press release.

    “European shipowners strongly believe that to the extent possible, EU and UK should aim for conformity in legislation relating to maritime affairs”, said ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven, “It should really be recognised as a guiding objective for the Brexit negotiations”, he added.

    An overall concern of EU shipowners relates to their competitiveness, among others in the fiscal area. With a possible new, attractive shipping centre just across the Channel, there is ever more reason to look at the EU’s shipping policy and ensure the EU remains a competitive location for shipping companies to do business.

    In the short term, EU shipowners have three immediate priorities that should be given due attention throughout the process: 1) frictionless traffic by sea between the UK and the EU, 2) free movement of seafarers, onshore staff and passengers and 3) continued market access to the domestic trades and the offshore sector.

    Around half of UK exports and imports are to and from the EU and most of it is done through ships. Since the removal of customs and health controls at the start of 1993 at UK and EU ports, traffic volumes across, both over and under, the Dover Strait rose from 1 million lorries in 1992 to 4 million in 2015 (a 300% increase). Returning to the situation previous to the Customs Union and imposing extensive border procedures would cause heavy congestion in these ports that have simply no free space for lorries or trailers to be held pending clearance.

    Another key priority for EU shipowners is the free movement of their seafarers and their company staff. Seafarers of third countries employed on EU or UK vessels should be granted easy access to the UK. EU or UK citizens that wish to travel by sea should be allowed to continue to do so in a smooth way, without adding any heavy procedures such as visa applications.

    “Concerning market access, the UK’s domestic and offshore market is open. Likewise, EU markets are fully open. This reciprocal market access should be preserved”, Verhoeven concluded.




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16:52 ICS Chairman’s message for IMO World Maritime Day: Shipping industry focused on serious CO2 emission reduction
16:47 India's Kandla Port renamed as Deendayal Port
16:36 Training for port security officials held in Mexico
16:12 IMS Group purchases OceanSaver assets
16:05 ClassNK announces R&D Roadmap
15:44 Rolls-Royce acquires technology for the electrically-assisted charging of MTU engines
15:29 Albwardy Damen announces Experience Day at its shipyard in Sharjah, UAE, on 28 September
15:25 China workshop discusses oil pollution response
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14:45 SCF Group seafarers commended at Vladivostok
14:24 Hapag-Lloyd recycles three container ships in an environmentally friendly manner
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13:36 OOCL adds Maher Terminal in port rotation, drops call to Colong, Panama on ECX1 service
13:10 RZD Holding arranged regular container transit between Europe and China via the Kaliningrad Region
12:46 MSC Belgium to attend Transport & Logistics fair in Antwerp
12:08 Teekay and Brookfield announce closing of strategic transaction
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2017 September 25

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16:47 FueLNG completes first commercial LNG bunkering in Singapore
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15:13 Russian and Chinese military seamen practiced rescuing a ship in distress
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11:30 Fincantieri to build a next-generation ship for Cunard
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10:29 Asia’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre up and running
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2017 September 22

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