• 2015 December 10 15:04

    European shipowners unveil 16+1 proposals to boost the EU’s shipping policy

    In an effort to provide the European Commission with constructive input ahead of the upcoming review of the EU shipping policy in 2017, European shipowners unveiled on Tuesday 16+1 proposals to highlight the industry’s point of view and priorities, ECSA said in its press release.

    “What we really want to show Transport Commissioner Bulc is that our proposals tie in with the Commission’s broader policy objectives. There are many low-hanging fruits that could allow us to make a tangible contribution to these goals” commented Thomas Rehder, ECSA President.
    The industry suggestions include proposals to foster the EU’s global leadership in the shipping sector, as well as other proposals which will help complete the internal market for shipping, give a boost to jobs in the maritime cluster and help reduce the continent’s CO2 emissions through co-modality and a shift of passengers and cargo to sea.

    Complementing the 16 policy proposals, a “better regulation” checklist is also put forward by EU shipowners, containing an international subsidiarity test to ensure that EU shipping regulation has added value above what can be achieved at international level, as well as seeking alignment with better regulation principles.

    “Instead of presenting the Commission with a wish list, we are proposing a series of quick wins that are equally beneficial to the industry as they are to the EU. We sincerely hope our efforts will facilitate the work of the Commission services and we stand ready to assist them and support them in the most effective way” continued Mr Rehder.

    Speaking at an ECSA high-level event organised for the occasion, Transport Commissioner Bulc thanked ECSA for its contribution and expressed the hope that the industry and the Commission can translate these priorities into concrete actions.

    “The 16+1 ECSA points are a very holistic proposal. I invite the shipping industry to work closer with the Commission in the directions you propose. It's a process that will make us both stronger” said Ms Bulc.

    Commenting on the mounting international competition faced by the shipping industry she added: “the European appetite for success has spread around the world. It is important for Europe to stay ahead of the curve.”

    One of Ms Bulc’s recurring proposals was digitalisation and its many benefits in areas such as administrative simplification and the completion of the internal market for shipping, which reportedly remain a cornerstone of the Commission’s shipping policy.

    Among the speakers was also Dutch EPP MEP Wim van de Camp, who was the rapporteur for the European Parliament report on the mid-term review of 2011 White Paper for Transport. He urged the Commission to come up with a shipping package in 2017, as was initially announced by the Transport Commissioner earlier this year and insisted on the importance of revitalising Short Sea Shipping in the EU.

    Mark Frequin, Director General for Infrastructure in the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Mobility briefly presented the priorities of the upcoming Dutch Presidency of the Council, chief among which is an agreement on the EU Ports policy, the refit exercise on passenger ship safety legislation and a more pragmatic approach in the IMO. Special attention will be given to short sea shipping, with a conference organised by the Dutch Presidency in the Netherlands early 2016, to which ECSA shall participate.


2020 July 2

10:02 Oil prices continue rising
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09:28 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 02
09:23 Inaugural meeting of the international advisory panel on maritime decarbonisation
09:18 Baltic Dry Index as of July 1

2020 July 1

16:18 COVID-19 dampens long-term energy demand and highlights scale of climate emergency
15:52 Konecranes receives order from Louisiana for two portal harbor cranes
14:26 Panama emphasises its support for seafarers' rights
13:43 DNV GL grants type approval for Aquarius UV / EC BWMS
12:36 ICS: Global shipping fleet to sound horns on 8 July to remind governments over need for urgent crew change
11:09 Aker Solutions awarded letter of intent for Askeladd Vest
10:33 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 01
10:09 Damen delivers custom RHIB to Naarden Lifeboat
09:37 GTT receives a new order from DSME for the design of two large Floating LNG Storage Units

2020 June 30

19:07 Wan Hai Lines to launch Taiwan to Vietnam and Thailand services coverage
18:37 Valenciaport joins the “World Aids to Navigation Day” with the lighting of its headlights
18:12 Third stage of "Sea Cup 2020" competition begins
18:07 BPA attempts to cut fine dust level in Busan Port by developing green equipment
18:02 Damen concludes keel laying on 75-metre crane barge for a project in Panama
17:50 Bunker prices decrease at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
17:46 Diana Shipping announces signing of a supplemental agreement with BNP Paribas and the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel
17:27 BIMCO publishes Covid-19 crew change clause
17:04 Artemis Technologies to build zero emissions ferries following £60M funding
16:41 Seven port projects to compete for ESPO Award 2020
16:25 BLRT Grupp shipped last sections of railway bridge to Stockholm
16:04 Port of Melbourne welcomes largest containercapacity ship to dock in Melbourne
15:46 Knyaz Vladimir submarine of RF Navy’s fleet went to the White Sea starting its first base-to-base passage
15:03 World's first full scale ammonia engine test - an important step towards carbon free shipping
14:48 Severnaya Verf to build four long-liners of 200101 design for NOREBO Group
14:12 Hapag-Lloyd announces GRI from North East Asia to Australia
13:58 MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique celebrate key construction milestone for LNG-propelled MSC World Europa
13:33 RS publishes autonomous vessel classification advisory
13:11 Port of Oakland Oks FY 2021 budget midst COVID-19 crisis
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12:01 Valenciaport will invest 136 million in the Port of Sagunto
11:49 Gasum opened a new shipping fuel station at Ports of Stockholm
11:10 Wärtsilä and Pastrovich Studio sign agreement to develop a sustainable hybrid boutique cruise vessel
10:34 Admiralteiskie Verfi laid down yet another freezing trawler of Project СТ-192 for RFC
10:06 New Chairman appointed to the National Maritime Safety at Sea Council
09:46 Oil prices are slightly down
09:28 Baltic Dry Index as of June 29
09:15 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 30

2020 June 29

19:07 GTT takes the lead in the 2019 French list of ETI patent applicants
18:37 PortXL presents 22 promising and innovative maritime start-ups and scale-ups
18:07 Aker Solutions secures maintenance and modifications work for Aker BP
17:52 United Shipbuilding Corporation set to occupy about 57% of Russia’s shipbuilding market by 2030
17:30 Fincantieri announces steel cutting of the forward section for Chantiers de l’Atlantique
17:06 Djibouti organises first crew-change in over a year for seafarers stranded due to Covid-19
16:31 Norsepower unveils first tiltable Rotor Sail installation with SEA-CARGO agreement
16:26 Admiral Makarov frigate of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet conducted exercises in the Mediterranean Sea
15:59 Stena Line starts the construction of two new larger E-Flexer ferries
15:27 Nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika to be deployed in winter navigation season of 2020-21
15:04 Water transport passengers can make use of carriers’ services during 18 months from voyage cancellation
14:38 Portugal's Navalrocha shipyard reports flurry of deals in 2020, with busy schedule ahead
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13:02 Yamal LNG extends validity of certificates on compliance with ISO standards
12:36 Cruise companies around the world are actively accepting reservations and preparing for the 2021/2022 tourist season
12:13 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific fleet held tactical exercise in the Sea of Japan
11:35 NORDEN orders four dry cargo “Ultramax” ships
10:38 Ferry connections between Finland and Estonia are better than ever