• 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.




2019 March 26

18:06 Georgia Ports Authority marks decade of partnership with Kia
17:50 Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput delivered first batch of cargo for Arctic LNG 2
17:36 ABB wins contract to power the first Chinese-built cruise vessel
17:04 Austal awarded A$369 million U.S. Navy contract
16:34 Nexans to supply turbine cables & accessories for the world’s first floating offshore wind farm operating at 66 kV
16:27 First LNG bunkering operations performed at Polish ports
16:04 CNOOC orders MacGregor on-vessel mooring systems for their new deepwater floating production unit
15:45 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:34 Wärtsilä propulsion solutions producing superior power for two new tug boats
15:04 European Parliament adopts final agreement on the Connection Europe Facility for 2021-2027
14:51 LNG Terminal in Świnoujście accepts fourth LNG spot cargo delivery this year
14:39 NORDEN sells 4 dry cargo vessels
14:27 LOTOS and PGNiG: first commercial bunkerings of ships with LNG in Polish seaports
13:54 Orekhovo-Zuyevo, missile ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet, headed for Mediterranean under combat training plan
13:29 Phase 2 of Krievu Island project receives GRAND PRIX at Latvian Builders Association’s 2018 Annual Awards
13:02 Van Oord posts results for 2018
12:46 Sergey Karataev appointed General Director of Freight One JSC
12:20 Damen Verolme Rotterdam completes refit of drilling rig Stena Don
11:35 Rosmorport to hold an auction to sell its МСП-90 boom-laying boat
11:11 16 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 25-26
10:49 Rosmorport to hold an auction to sell its Leader pilot boat
10:13 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.13% to $66.9, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.65% to $59.20
09:44 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, March 26
09:22 Baltic Dry Index is down to 689 points
09:07 TenneT awarded a framework agreement to Jan De Nul Group for repairs of TenneT’s offshore high-voltage cables
08:07 Berths for inland shipping now operational in Afrikahaven at the port of Amsterdam
07:41 GTT grants certification to SVEZA Group for production of plywood for Mark III containment system

2019 March 25

18:00 Navis N4 TOS selected to enhance terminal operations at North Carolina Ports
17:50 Increased safety for pilots boarding in Solent with new weather station
17:45 EMAR Offshore Services welcomes Damen ASD Tug 2811
17:25 Three basins of Russia’s IWW prepared for navigation season of 2019
16:48 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard signs contract on construction of 11 dry cargo carriers for STLC
15:52 Kenia host 6th Annual East Africa Transport and Infrastructure conference on 13-14 May 2019
15:26 UK Hydrographic Office works with Seychelles government to help tackle piracy in the Indian Ocean
15:04 Yang Ming reports financial results for 2018
14:03 Closing of MacGregor's TTS acquisition postponed to Q2 2019
13:10 ArcelorMittal and Dow start trials for a new CO2 project in North Sea Port
12:39 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 19,562 in RF spot market
12:05 Port of Antwerp updates figures for 2018
11:47 The Maritime Standard swings into 2019
11:30 Damen Shipyards Den Helder signs order with Netherlands’ Defense Material Organization for Expeditionary Survey Boat
11:21 Working group on construction of Nizhegorodsky hydrosystem established under auspices of RF Transport Ministry
11:12 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, March 25
11:04 IMO-executed GloFouling project kicks off to protect marine biodiversity
10:36 Windpark Fryslân awards contract to Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa to build wind farm
10:30 Polarcus announces redelivery of Vyacheslav Tikhonov
10:00 Keppel finalizes the rig construction contract with Awilco Drilling for the construction of semisubmersible drilling rig
09:56 Throughput of Chinese sea and river ports grew by 3.2% to 2.03 billion tonnes in 2M’2019
09:34 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.64% to $66.32, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.76% to $58.59
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 690 points

2019 March 24

16:29 VARO and GoodFuels extend partnership to scale Bio Fuel Oil availability to deep sea segment in ARA Region
15:13 New Kongsberg Maritime application enables Bureau Veritas to successfully complete the first ‘DP Digital Survey’
14:27 ESVAGT increases presence in dynamic offshore wind market
13:03 Semco secures EPCI contract with Total as part of the Tyra Redevelopment Project
12:01 Safe Scandinavia option restructure and extension

2019 March 23

16:03 NCL announces plans for new staff training facility
15:54 ABP Humber provides land to support KIA expansion
14:22 SeaPlanner to support marine coordination for Taiwan's Formosa I offshore wind farm
13:31 Høglund awarded fuel-gas supply systems contract for six Hurtigruten passenger ships retrofits
12:25 McDermott secures substantial offshore EPCI contract in the Middle East