• 2019 January 11 10:12

    ESPO welcomes Clune report vote outcome remaining concerned about adding another reporting layer through creation of EU interface

    The Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted its position on the Commission proposal for a regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window Environment. In many ways, the adopted Clune report improves the Commission proposal and is a solid basis for finding a compromise with the Council on this long awaited proposal, ESPO ssays in a press release.

    An overall majority of the TRAN MEPs voted in favour of the approach of the rapporteur Ms Deirdre Clune, who very rightly puts the emphasis on the harmonisation of data, on the balance between a right level of harmonisation and the need to keep pace with ongoing technological developments, on the respect for existing well-functioning reporting channels, such as the Port Community Systems and the investments made in that respect.

    “Many of the proposals made are an important step forward for the maritime and port industry, while leaving enough flexibility to allow bottom-up developments and investments which aim at digitalising, not only the reporting formalities data chain as such but also the much wider data chain to the benefit of the whole logistic chain and wider port community. The reporting formalities issue is a very complex but very important issue. We are very grateful for the high level of understanding the rapporteur and shadow rapporteurs have shown over the last months”, says ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost, commenting the outcome of the vote.

    ESPO regrets, however, that the realistic and straightforward EP approach is brought out of balance by the adoption of the proposal to develop an EU Common Access Point Interface. According to this proposal, a centralised EU Common Access Point Interface should be set up, on top of the harmonised National Single Windows and the Port Community Systems.

    “The current Commission proposal is the result of in-depth evaluations of the different possible options to create a more efficient reporting environment for all stakeholders. The Commission has chosen the pathway of the harmonisation of the National Single Windows. The creation of an EU Common Access Point Interface on top of this, as called for in the adopted EP text, means a duplication of the to be harmonized National Single Windows. It would create an extra reporting layer, would add on administrative burden, complexity, costs and thus risks to result in adverse effects in terms of efficiency. We hope that the negotiators will go back to the Commission proposal on that point and will understand that adding on layers will not facilitate but complicate the maritime reporting environment. Let us try to deliver on the harmonisation of the data and of the National Single Windows”, adds Isabelle Ryckbost.

    Currently, Port Community Systems (PCS) and National Single Windows (NSW) are the main entry points through which data is reported to the relevant authorities. Under the Commission’s proposal, the National Single Windows are to be harmonised, and will therefore meet the demands of data declarants (shipping lines or their agents) for a more harmonised reporting environment. In addition to these NSW’s, ports and shipping lines who are currently working with a PCS as a one-stop-shop for both the reporting formalities and all other services rendered to stakeholders in the logistics chain will be able to continue, on the condition, of course, that they are compatible with the harmonised NSW’s.

    Besides adding complexity, the establishment of an EU Common Access Point Interface would imply considerable investments, to be borne by the European Union, which are not yet defined or budgeted. Additionally, Member States will have to invest in order to link their National Single Window systems to the centralised system. At the same time, ports which have already developed, bottom-up, sophisticated and innovative systems for receiving, managing and re-using data, will not give up these state-of-the-art reporting channels, since these are fulfilling a lot more services than the reporting of the formalities falling under the scope of the current proposal. The EU interface will thus not reduce the cost for port authorities.

    ESPO hopes to continue the dialogue with the Parliament and the Council in view of finding a solution that means a real step towards completing the internal market for maritime transport and realising the digitalisation agenda of the port and maritime industry.

    In next week plenary session, the European Parliament will endorse the mandate to start the negotiations with the Council who reached a general approach last December. Trilogue meetings are foreseen later this month and in February. It is likely that an agreement will be reached before the end of this Parliament’s mandate.




2020 January 20

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17:55 Russia and Japan to conduct joint exercise in the Arabian sea
17:39 Kawasaki Heavy Industries announces delivery of bulk carrier NAVIOS FELICITY Ⅰ
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17:06 MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique sign contracts for construction of third and fourth LNG-powered MSC World Class ships
16:52 Cryostar and KC LNG awarded contract for building LNG facility in port of Antwerp
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15:25 BIMCO’s sounding board to take sale and leaseback project to the next phase
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2020 January 19

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2020 January 18

15:38 Port NOLA sets new container record in 2019
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2020 January 17

18:06 Safe Bulkers refinances $105.2 mln of existing loan facilities with respect to eight vessels
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14:48 Seaspan Shipyards hosts ceremonial keel laying for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Joint Support Ship
14:30 RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet minesweeper makes planned transition from Sevastopol to Mediterranean Sea
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12:03 Pyxis Tankers announces completion of sale of Pyxis Delta
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