• 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 August 18

18:21 TOTE plans to establish new U.S. mainland to Hawai’i shipping service
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK Rates from Asia to Mediterranean
17:55 NCSP volumes for 7M 2017 totaled 85.2 mln tons
17:27 Alexander Masko re-elected as Director General of Murmansk Commercial Seaport (photo)
17:06 Austal and ASC Shipbuilding re-commit to sovereign national shipbuilding endeavour
16:42 Nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy sets a record having reached the North Pole for 79 hours
16:18 IBIA supports continued efforts to protect MFM integrity and expanding application to terminal loadings
16:16 Fjord Line doubles the capacity on the fastest route between Norway and Denmark
15:45 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg renews its equipment
15:19 Finnish Transport Agency reports increase of import/export volumes in international seaborne trade of HI’17
14:51 Indicative bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg (graph)
14:26 Marine Rescue Service of Rosmorrechflot congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s 10th anniversary!
14:04 Severodvinsk nuclear submarine of the Northern Fleet carried out missile firing
13:40 Arctic Economic Council took part in 2017 North Pacific Arctic Conference
13:02 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Mexico, West Coast South America & West Coast Central America
12:37 Tuco Marine delivers hydrographic survey boat to Nelleman Survey
12:23 LNG Croatia announces investigation of the seabed at LNG terminal site
11:38 Nevsky Shipyard congratulates the team of UCL Holding with the group’s 10th anniversary!
11:09 Team Tankers International announces Q2 2017 results
10:45 FSBI Baltic Sea Ports Administration congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s anniversary!
10:22 Brent Crude futures price down 0.12% to $50.97, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $47.03
10:00 Port of Cardiff invests over £4 million to support steel sector
09:37 Tehnoros congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s anniversary!
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,247 points
07:48 Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz takes part in a symbolic coin ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

2017 August 17

18:06 Carnival Paradise to offer five additional cruises to Havana, Cuba, from port of Tampa in 2018
17:50 10 cruise ships will call at the Port of Southampton this weekend
17:36 Golar LNG Limited announced the sale of an interest in the FLNG, Hilli Episeyo
17:17 MSCC Bronka to purchase one more LHM 800 SWL crane of 302 t in capacity
17:06 Golden Ocean posts second quarter 2017 results
16:45 LR joins project to build world’s biggest sailing cargo ship
16:40 Rhine Alpine Rail Freight Corridor must re-open quickly
16:31 AS Tallink Grupp has extended Superfast vessel charter agreement
16:16 Port Bronka and Fenix LLC congratulate UCL Holding with its first anniversary!
16:03 MABUX: Irregular changes may prevail on global bunker market next week
15:44 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-July'17 grew by 10% to 7.68 mln t
15:19 Morstroytechnology LLC congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s 10th anniversary!
14:38 Throughput of port Vyborg up 6% to 755,500 t in 7M’17
13:52 Throughput of port Primorsk in 7M’17 down 5% Y-o-Y to 35.67 mln t
13:27 PORT FLEET JSC congratulates the team of UCL Holding on the group’s 10th anniversary!
13:01 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 9% to 10.52 mln t in Jan-July'17
12:35 UCL Holding celebrates its 10th anniversary on 24 August 2017
12:10 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Mexico, West Coast South America & West Coast Central America
11:59 SSP-M newest underwater rescue equipment will be demonstrated at the Army 2017 Forum
11:24 exactEarth’s Small Vessel Tracking Service is now supported by the VMS Track-Pro from Weatherdock AG
11:23 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 12% to 58.89 mln t in 7M’2017
11:00 Optimarin demonstrates total system reliability in market beset by technical issues
10:36 DEME secures submarine cable installation contract for Elia Modular Offshore Grid
10:26 Brent Crude futures price up to 0.16% to $50.35, Light Sweet Crude – flat at $46.78
10:04 HELCOM and OSPAR release new online ballast water risk assessment tool
09:37 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 9% to 30.34 mln t in 7M’17
09:15 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,207 points

2017 August 16

18:02 Bunker prices slightly changed at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
17:41 MTH development is one of the priorities among infrastructure projects in the Northwest of Russia – Vladimir Putin
17:18 Aker Arctic joins new EU funded project with aim to improve Arctic Shipping Safety
16:53 Multipurpose Reloading Complex (Ust-Luga) increased financing of its social programme
16:29 The Maritime Standard Awards extends nomination deadline
16:22 ABB’s DEGO IV software delivers on fuel saving promise for Stena Line vessel
15:46 Vladimir Putin is for tariffs for stevedores to be transferred into roubles from 1 January 2018
15:34 AXSMarine presents new Big Data application for the dry bulk industry