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ECSA welcomes the continuation of State Aid Guidelines to Maritime Transport.

 

Commission Vice-President Joaquín Almunia, responsible for competition policy, recently decided to continue the 2004 Guidelines on State Aid to Maritime Transport without revision.

ECSA President Juan Riva welcomed Commissioner Almunia's decision: "ECSA commends the Commission for pursuing a professional review and consultation process, which clearly demonstrated that the guidelines...

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 09:25

European Commission sets up dedicated forum to tackle upcoming sulphur requirements

On 25 September, the European Commission announced the creation of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) to assess the developments towards compliance with the IMO 0.1% sulphur content in marine fuel, which are due to enter into force as from 1st January  2015 in the SECAs (Sulphur Emission Control Areas)....

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 09:39

IMO moves to make container weighing mandatory

On 20th September, the IMO backed a compromise proposal for verifying the weight of containers before they are loaded on board ships. The amendment to existing regulation that was adopted will effectively make it mandatory for containers to be weighed so as to lessen the risk that unweighed and misdeclared...

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 12:42

NAIADES II Package adopted by European Commission

The European Commission adopted on 10 September 2013 the NAIADES II package entitled “Towards quality Inland Waterway transport”. The main rationale behind this new package is the promotion of inland navigation, building on the achievements of the first NAIADES programme, with a view to fully exploiting the unused potential of...

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 07:24

A memorable farewell party for ECSA’s former Secretary General Alfons Guinier

Alfons GuinierThe wider Brussels community gathered on 12 September 2013 to bid farewell to Alfons Guinier, who retired as Secretary General of the ECSA on 1 September, after having served the organisation for more than 22 years. Representatives of EU institutions, other transport-related organisations, national shipowners associations, members of the press,...

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 07:20

SHIPPING INDUSTRY NEEDS TO COUNTER ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

Annual Report 2013Shipping is increasingly pushed into the defensive corner when considering environmental challenges. Industry should urgently devise a strategy to overcome this unfortunate situation, advocating the positive efforts shipowners are making to raise the sustainability of their operations. This is the key message ECSA President Juan Riva gave today when introducing...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 08:59

EU Takes Initiatives to Increase Security in Somalia

The EU has announced that it will increase its financial support to AMISOM (the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia) by €142 million. This brings the total EU aid to AMISOM close to €600 million, confirming the EU's vital role in the stabilization and reconstruction efforts in the country.

On...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 13:21