Open Letter: Shipping industry calls for action to ensure prompt and predictable disembarkations for persons rescued at sea by merchant vessels

Dear President Von der Leyen, Dear Vice President Schinas,
Dear Commissioner Johansson, Dear Commissioner Vălean,


Open Letter: Shipping industry calls for action to ensure prompt and predictable disembarkations for persons rescued at sea by merchant vessels

We are writing on behalf of the European and International Shipowners’ Associations and...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 15:26

24 September, World Maritime Day: UN Event on Crew Change Crisis

A special online event will be organised on World Maritime Day this Thursday, 24 September 2020, in the opening week of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, specifically on the current worldwide crew change crisis.

The event, jointly organised by the IMO, the ILO, the UNGC, the ICS...

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 08:37

EU’s 2030 climate target: ECSA publishes study on implications of EU ETS for shipping

With the European Commission announcing an increased climate target for 2030 and aiming to extend the EU's Emission Trading System (EU ETS) to the shipping sector, ECSA is publishing its joint study with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) on the "Implications of application of the EU Emissions Trading System...

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11:28

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