European Maritime Social Partners call for EU to coordinate talks on a swift and solidary solution for the rescued persons on board the Maersk Etienne

The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) wrote to EU Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Ylva Johansson, voicing their grave concern about the humanitarian crisis on board the oil tanker Maersk Etienne. The vessel rescued 27 people more than a month ago and...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 07:16

ECSA: Sustainable recovery requires a well-balanced recovery package

Following the special European Council meeting of 17-21 July, EU leaders agreed on a €750 billion recovery fund to help the EU tackle the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement will now go through scrutiny by the European Parliament.  ECSA publishes its priorities for a recovery plan for...

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 09:16

Joint statement: European employers are committed to create the conditions for return to employment, job creation and better skills matching as part of the recovery

With this statement, BusinessEurope and the signatory European sectoral employers express the clear message to public authorities and trade unions at all levels that European employers are committed to make their best efforts to continually employ and create new job opportunities in Europe, highlighting at the same time their needs...

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 07:44

European and international maritime social partners, together with 9 other international maritime associations demand immediate action from governments on the crew change humanitarian crisis

The European and international maritime social partners together with 9 international maritime associations, are writing to the leaders of European countries, calling for urgent action to be taken to resolve the serious humanitarian crisis caused by the lack of crew changes worldwide and in Europe.

"We fully appreciate the efforts...

Friday, July 17, 2020 - 13:10

ECSA: Extension of EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta vital for maritime security

In a letter to the EU High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles, ECSA underlined the need for an extension to the current mandate and the continued European leadership in maintaining maritime security through EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta.

"The EU has shown strong leadership in enhancing the security of ships transiting the...

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:43

Maritime industry calls for EU political leadership on seafarers

Due to the heightened humanitarian crisis due to lack of sufficient action by governments in ensuring crew changes happen, European and International maritime industry stakeholders joined forces to seek political leadership and commitment by European leaders to the welfare of seafarers. They urge them to commit to doing everything in...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 07:40

ECSA welcomes study on social aspects within the maritime transport sector

ECSA welcomes the publication of the study conducted for the European Commission as it considers the social aspects of shipping a crucial foundation for a strong, competitive and sustainable European shipping industry.

Conducted for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), by a consortium led by Coffey...

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 07:59

ECSA calls on the German Presidency to support a stronger European shipping industry


ECSA welcomes Germany taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July, calling on the German Presidency to support a stronger European shipping industry in order to support a rapid European recovery.

"Significant and important developments will have to take place during the German...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 06:59

Day of the Seafarer 2020: Let them go home!

ECSA and the ETF: The EU has to  start acting to resolve the current crew change crisis

It seems like everybody is aware of the situation by now – due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, seafarers around the world have been facing difficulties in being replaced by other crew and getting...

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 07:08