COVID-19 Joint statement of ECSA, EMPA and ETF on protective measures to minimise risks between crew and shore based personnel boarding a ship

ECSA, EMPA and ETF welcome the recommendations by the European Healthy GateWays and call for a common approach for the health and safety of maritime transport workers and smooth and efficient operations in port


  • Despite the many challenges posed by the current COVID-19 crisis, maritime professionals across the...
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 12:33

The European shipping industry: a key enabler to offshore wind

The European shipping industry is integral to offshore wind as a clean energy source. The industry looks forward to supporting the growth of offshore wind as expressed in the European Green Deal and expanding European leadership on a global scale.

Today, May 20th, marks European Maritime Day: an occasion to...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 08:05

Survey report shows severe economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on European shipping

Survey results show that important segments of the European shipping industry are heavily impacted, and European or national measures are not always available in all member states to alleviate the situation.

European shipping is facing a critical moment in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Shipping companies, charterers, operators...

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 12:48

ECSA welcomes the European Commission's package on tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond

Comprising five documents, the package touched on a common approach to lifting restrictions of free movement within the EU's internal borders, a common framework to support the gradual re-establishment of transport, common criteria and principles for tourism activities as well as recommendations on cancellation alternatives.

ECSA and its members welcome...

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 08:57

ECSA and ETF request Commissioner Vălean for EU coordination on implementing IMO Framework for ensuring safe ship crew changes

ECSA and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) sent a joint letter to the European Commissioner for Transport, requesting her assistance in ensuring EU-wide coordination on implementing the IMO's 'Framework of Protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic'. The IMO recently published the...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 10:02

ECSA Board welcomes the positive discussions in the Transport Ministers' meeting

At their meeting today, ECSA's Board of Directors voiced its support for the positive outcomes for the European shipping industry at the informal teleconference of the Transport Ministers that took place on 29 April 2020.

The Ministers very much echoed the industry's perspective that a common European approach is urgently needed...

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 13:14

All ships in port to sound their horns on 1 May

ECSA joins the International Chamber of Shipping in calling all member companies, shipowners, managers, port operators and any relevant national stakeholder to encourage ships captains to sound their horns when in port at 12h00 local time on 1 May 2020.

The move is to celebrate and recognise the contributions and...

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 09:19

ECSA and ETF call for coordinated EU action on crew changes

In a letter addressed to European Commissioners, jointly signed by ECSA and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), the two maritime social partners call for special measures to be taken with the greatest urgency. Such actions will help ensure that the shipping industry and the maritime transport workers can play...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 12:20