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  • 26 January 2011

    Shippers have hit out at carriers anxious to meet new EU regulations for demanding information too early. The regulation requires shipping companies to submit information, such as bill of lading number and shipper and consignee name and address, 24 hours before loading onto a vessel that will call at an EU port, or, for shortsea […]

  • 26 February 2015

    The Netherlands remained the largest maritime freight transport country in Europe in 2013, while Rotterdam, Antwerpen and Hamburg maintained their positions as the three largest ports, according to figures from Eurostat released by the EU Commission. The compilation covers the latest statistical data on freight handling and passenger traffic in ports in the European Union (EU), […]

  • 27 March 2017
    Rules & Regulation

    The European Union (EU) Port Services Regulation (PSR) came into force on March 24, after it was adopted by the European Council earlier this year. EU member states will be required to implement the legislation within two years of the abovementioned date meaning that the PSR will be effective from March 24, 2019. The new regulation establishes a […]

  • 23 September 2014

    The scope of the EU Regulation on Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports could be cut extensively as the text becomes ever more weakened  in the EU Council of Ministers, according to the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA). In March, MEP Knut Fleckenstein, the rapporteur on the European Commission’s proposal for the Regulation said that […]

  • 6 July 2017
    Business & Finance

    The UK Chamber of Shipping has warned that Brexit would have a wide impact on European ports saying that “the dangers to major EU ports has been understated.” The Chamber informed that the return of border controls would lead to increased bureaucracy, “guaranteed” lorry gridlock and threats to the prosperity of both EU member states and […]

  • 15 March 2018
    Business & Finance

    ECSA, WSC call for revision of Reporting Formalities Directive to improve the efficiency of maritime transport.

  • 15 March 2013
    Business & Finance

    Several Members of the European Parliament are considering to table a compromise amendment on the draft ship recycling Regulation in order to establish a funding mechanism that would ensure the conscious recycling of ships. The fund would be financed through a tonnage-based levy, which port authorities should charge on all ships calling at EU ports, […]

  • 23 October 2014
    Business & Finance

    The text of the European Council’s proposal to liberalize market access to port services is indicative of Member States’ lack of ambition with regard to their ports, according to European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA). Following a decision to suspend the legislative procedure by Rapporteur Knut Fleckenstein in March this year, the Italian Presidency of the Council has […]

  • 3 March 2017

    Although port employees’ delegations decided to leave the European Social Dialogue for Ports meeting held in Brussels on March 1 due to developments in Spain, employers remain optimistic about the discussion process with workers. “The employers’ delegations regret this decision and wish to remind that the competence of the social partners involved in the Social Dialogue […]

  • 28 April 2014
    Business & Finance

    On Friday 25 April, the port authorities of Antwerp, Mannheim, Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Switzerland signed a joint venture for the introduction of LNG. This involves cooperation in research, promotion, knowledge transfer, legislation and bunker infrastructure. The agreements follow on from the LNG Master plan of the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor in which all participants are involved.The aim […]

  • 9 July 2013
    Business & Finance

    The European Commission published yesterday its so-called ‘Blue Belt’ communication, which contains two concrete proposals that will contribute to establishing an internal market for maritime transport. The first proposal contains an improvement to the already existing Regular Shipping Services (RSS), which provide lighter customs procedures for shipping companies using a regular route within the EU […]

  • 13 October 2014

    The European Union’s Committee of the Regions has welcomed the October 8 adoption of the general approach on port services by the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council. “On delicate issues such as providing public authorities with margins of manoeuvre to preserve the role of small ports and outermost regions’ ports, as well as to ensure services […]

  • 2 August 2017
    Business & Finance

    Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has been accredited for EU MRV Monitoring Reporting and Verification services by Dutch Accreditation Council (Raad voor Accreditatie RvA).  As explained, this accreditation enables IRClass to undertake the assessment of monitoring plans and verification of emissions reports (CO2) as an independent verifier for any ship, anywhere in the […]

  • 12 October 2017

    Members of the Maritime UK, including representatives of the British Ports Association, UK Chamber of Shipping, Baltic Exchange and Solent LEP, have been briefed of a potential no-deal scenario on Brexit in talks between the UK and the European Union. Namely, Maritime UK members met with Hilary Benn MP, chair of the parliamentary Exiting the […]

  • 14 October 2014
    Business & Finance

    Seanergy Ports is an international collaboration of 5 sea ports: Port of Oostende (BE), Port of Ramsgate (UK), Port of Newhaven (UK), Brunsbüttel Ports (GE) and Rendsburg Port (GE). It has been founded in order to remain competitive in new markets such as the offshore wind business. Seanergy Ports was officially launched on October 10th […]

  • 14 March 2014
    Business & Finance

    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 yesterday that the legislative procedure for this particular file will be suspended. Mr Fleckenstein stated three reasons for his decision, namely time constraints, a lack of compromise on one of […]

  • 17 August 2012

      Sulfur dioxide emissions from ships touring EU ports have been reduced by 66 % since 2010 with the implementation of a new shipping policy, which brought about low-sulfur requirements for ships, the EU Commission informed Tuesday citing research data. According to the new policy, all ships berthed or anchored in EU harbors have been […]

  • 11 July 2016
    Business & Finance, Rules & Regulation

    The prospect of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union has raised a number of questions regarding the status of sulphur regulations in the UK, according to the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). The EU’s sulphur regulations go beyond the minimum requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) MARPOL Annex VI. Although the EU and IMO […]

  • 13 October 2014
    Business & Finance

    The Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council adopted on 8 October a general approach on port services which takes on board some of the key requests made by EU regions and cities in the Opinion on Framework on Future EU Ports Policy adopted last November. The President of the Committee of the Regions, Michel Lebrun, has welcomed the adoption of […]

  • 17 January 2006

    The European Parliament was all but certain to reject plans to liberalise port services across the European Union after EU legislators today called the proposals dangerous and unlikely to increase competition.

  • 21 January 2013

    The European Commission held on Friday a public hearing for port stakeholder organisations and Member State experts, which formally closes the review process on EU ports policy that Commissioner Kallas initiated in autumn 2011. “The review was a good idea since the current EU framework for ports already dates from 2007“, said ESPO Secretary General […]

  • 3 December 2010

    European shipping industry and shipper bodies have called on the European Commission to delay the planned introduction on January 1 of a “24-hour rule” concerning the declaration of containerised cargo coming into or leaving the European Union. Despite commission protestations to the contrary, they claim that a number of EU states will not be ready […]