EU - Africa summit an opportunity to highlight piracy

The social partners of the maritime transport sector, ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Associations) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation), have issued a joint statement ahead of the EU-Africa summit, which takes place in Brussels from 02 to 03 April.

ECSA and ETF seize this opportunity to highlight one of the...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 13:32

Europe remains global fleet's flagship

“Although shipping has seldom been in the limelight, it never ceased to play a substantial role in Europe’s economy” commented Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General on today's release of the Oxford Economics study on the economic value of the EU shipping industry. He added: “The EU shipping industry continues to...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:04

Shipowners support Commission in extension of liner consortia block exemption

The European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the World Shipping Council (WSC)  replied on Friday 28 March to a public consultation launched by the Commission on its proposal to extend the period of application of the so-called liner consortia block exemption regulation (BER) by...

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 13:28

EU Ports policy: time-out not an excuse to wind down efforts

MEP Knut Fleckenstein, the rapporteur on the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports announced today that the legislative procedure for this particular file will be suspended.

Mr Fleckenstein stated three reasons for his decision, namely time constraints, a lack...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:29

CO2 emissions from ships: a call to reason

The European Commission issued a proposal last June for a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Regulation of CO2 emissions from ships calling at EU ports, which lays the foundation for a global measure to reduce CO2 emissions from international shipping.

It required ships above 5000 gross tons (GT) to monitor and...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 14:15

Shipowners’ hopes dashed over LNG infrastructures

“Shipowners’ hopes for decisive action with regard to LNG refueling points have been shattered” said Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General.

“While the 2015 deadline for the compliance with the requirements of the EU Sulphur Directive is fast approaching and with time running out, it was our hope that the EU...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 15:13

Low sulphur norms: action needed at the eleventh hour

Priorities must be set to smoothen the introduction of low sulphur norms in Northern Europe: establishing a fair level playing field is one of them. With the 1 January 2015 deadline elapsing in Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA) in less than ten months from now, there is no time to lose...

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 06:20

EU Maritime security: a coming-of-age story

In the recent years, the EU has incrementally increased its efforts to stem piracy, a phenomenon that has plagued the shipping industry for the better part of the last decade. The wide array of tools at the EU’s disposal (military deployment, development and humanitarian aid, trade agreements, capacity building assistance...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 16:25