• 2017 June 15 17:36

    ETF and ECSA issue joint statement at the occasion of the EU Digital Assembly June 2017

    On the occasion of the “Digital Assembly 2017” co-organised on 15 & 16 June by the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU the European seafarers and shipowners highlight the importance that shipping is urgently better served by smart digital solutions to finally decrease the administrative burden they face.

    The Reporting Formalities Directive that aimed to simplify and rationalise reporting formalities for ships in European ports as of June 2016 has unfortunately not helped in easing the situation. Crews and companies face a worse situation today than before. Rather than having a single European window, diverging national solutions were developed and even at Member States’ level there is very often no single solution in place.

    Digital solutions are there, all actors just need now to implement them on the basis of harmonised datasets and formats for cargo, crew and vessel data. A joint effort is also required to reduce reporting obligations to a minimum list of truly necessary formalities. The solution should take state of the art technology into account, ideally data is available in a ‘cloud’ or other platform from where relevant authorities pull the needed information. Only in this way shipping can be put on an equal par with land-based transport modes, which already benefit from a single market.

    The EU Social Partners in the maritime sector call on the European Commission to urgently remedy the situation through a comprehensive revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive. It should create a true European single window environment for crew and companies that fully ensures the ‘reporting once’ principle and which shares all necessary cargo and conveyance data between governments and relevant authorities.

    ECSA and ETF therefore call on the European Commission to prioritise this matter as part of its Digital Agenda and Better Regulation Initiative and to propose a revision in time for it to be completed during this legislature. They call upon the European Parliament and Member States to fully support and prioritise such a revision.

    The European Community Shipowners’ Associations and the European Transport Workers’ Federation have identified the administrative workload as a priority issue on their joint programme for the European Sectoral Social Dialogue.
     
    ECSA was founded in 1965. It represents the national shipowners’ associations of the EU and Norway. ECSA promotes the interests of European shipping so that the industry can best serve European and international trade in a competitive and free business environment, to the benefit of both shippers and consumers. The European shipowners control 40% of the global commercial fleet.

    ETF is a pan-European trade union organisation which embraces more than 3.5 million transport workers from 230 transport unions and 41 European countries. It works within an overall framework of global solidarity to represent and defend the interests of transport workers throughout Europe.




2017 June 23

12:54 Statoil awards contract on new shuttle tankers
12:01 DP World and Masdar to explore clean energy solutions
11:48 MOL-MES to jointly develop "Next-generation Vessel Monitoring and Support System"
11:10 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier
10:37 Vostochny Port purchased VIKHR vacuum cleaner for Nakhodka streets
10:12 Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg welcomes innaugural call of Seven Seas Explorer
09:48 Brent Crude futures price up 0.42% to $45.41, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.42% to $42.92
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 855 points

2017 June 22

18:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from United Arab Emirates to East Africa
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-May'17 grew by 3% to 5.41 mln t
17:33 Throughput of port Vyborg up 10% to 501,400 t in 5M’17
17:16 Rudiger Grube named as new Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board
17:04 Kalmar wins an order of six RTGs from Ports America Chesapeake in Baltimore, USA
16:37 Increase in cruise calls as sector grows at ABP South Wales
16:05 HHLA holds AGM, OKs distribution of € 46.7M to shareholders for the 2016FY
16:04 The world’s largest container ship makes its maiden call at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe
15:45 Throughput of port Primorsk in 5M’17 is flat, year-on-year, at 27.46 mln t
15:44 MABUX: No upward drivers on global bunker market so far
15:24 Gasum increase its shareholding in Skangas
15:03 BIMCO, INTERCARGO, ICS and INTERTANKO unite to propose ambitious Co2 reduction objectives to IMO
14:33 TTS Group signs historical contract for Syncrolift® and transfer system
14:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge from Italian ports to all Eastbound trades
13:38 IMO treaty covering removal of wrecks was under discussion at dedicated seminar in London
13:31 Kieler Woche draws cruise ships
13:15 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 15% to 7.73 mln t in Jan-May'17
13:11 Sweden’s Port of Kapellskär gets five modern quay-berths and a larger port area
12:53 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 42.05 mln t in 5M’17
12:16 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 7% to 21.47 mln t in 5M’17
12:01 Sanmar constructs the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel
11:24 Northwest Seaport Alliance handles record May international container volume
11:19 Africa Maritime cooperation centre holds first workshop
10:47 Maximum number of ships received by Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg
10:20 SBM Offshore awarded turnkey and lease and operate contracts for the ExxonMobil Liza FPSO
10:11 Brent Crude futures price down 0.09% to $44.78, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.05% to $42.51
09:45 Port of Gdansk participates in Polish Days of the Sea in Slovakia
09:36 New car-and-passenger ferry deployed at Kerch Strait ferry line (photo)
09:18 Baltic Dry Index down to 844 points

2017 June 21

20:10 Combi Lift calls on Damen with 19 vessel order
20:05 Damen’s UK Sales Manager receives Lifetime Achievement Award
18:12 Icebreaker pier in Katajanokka (Helsinki) reinforced and extended for IB Polaris
17:51 ABP donates £1,500 to Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service
17:30 Russian-Greek joint commission for maritime navigation held its first session
17:06 Eighty-seven Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards recognizing 670 combined years of safe operations
16:47 GMN maritime technology project seeks stakeholder participation
16:25 Ha Noi will host Vietship 2018 on January 24-26
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Protefs with Hudson
15:46 IMO’s Chris Trelawny was speaking at the Port Security Technology conference in London
15:34 Ulstein Verft earns ISO9001 certificate
15:04 14,000 TEU Tampa Triumph vessel makes maiden call at Gulftainer’s Northern Container Terminal in Saudi Arabia
14:52 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.1 mln passengers in Jan-May'17, up 4.9%, Y-o-Y
14:33 Port of Grangemouth orders new Liebherr ship-to-shore crane
14:15 Sergei Khramagin re-elected as Director General of State Transport Leasing Company (photo)
14:03 Evergreen rolls out sea freight services for Alibaba.com members
13:51 Siem Offshore's subsidiary signs 2-year contract for anchor handling tug supply vessels
13:10 IAA PortNews offers a photo release from the ceremony for awarding of Ust-Luga Cup winners
13:02 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from East Asia to South America EC
12:52 Pacific Bulk Terminal will build state-of-the-art transshipment facility in Primorye
12:31 Incheon Port’s America Sea Route PS1 to commence the call at Tacoma Port
12:01 Teekay’s first LNG newbuilding carrier built in China completes sea trials
11:49 KOTUG expands fleet with 5th infield support vessel