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EU Council agrees position on speeding grant permissions

On 2 December, the European Council accepted the proposal of easing the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), by running up the permit-granting processes. The agreed proposal further goals to clarify the procedures which project promoters need to follow, such as permit granting and public procurement.

FEPORT: Threat on fair level playing in maritime logistics chain

FEPORT has warned regulators about a serious threat on fair level playing field within the maritime logistics chain, noting that the regulators’ decision to opt for the status quo and to reject necessary clarifications of texts can be detrimental to the level playing field within the maritime logistics chains.

EU issues green finance taxonomy, tackling ‘green-washing’

The European Union along with its officials are making their efforts to advance the green investments in Europe, by bringing to the table the idea of easing the EU banking rules. The idea highlights the environmental ambitions of the next European Commission and the EU’s executive, which is going to be voted for a five-year term the following Wednesday, 4 December.

Requirements on placing 200-bar medical oxygen cylinders onboard

The Republic of Marshall Islands issued a Notice informing about the requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG Code), concerning their decision on allowing 200 bar oxygen cylinders to be replaced with those of an equivalent capacity.

USCG: How to comply with SOLAS amendments on life-saving appliances

The US Coast Guard issued a new circular providing guidance to the maritime industry and Coast Guard personnel on how vessel owners and operators may comply with amendments to SOLAS Chapter III, Regulation 3 and 20 regarding life-saving appliances, that will enter into force from 1st January 2020.

EU extends liner consortia block exemption

The European Commission issued a statement proposing to extend the regulation of excluding liner shipping consortia from the EU antitrust rules for additional 4 years, adding that the current measure is still adequate.

Argentina issues new regulations for navigation

Argentina’s regulatory body on safety and environment, REGINAVE, launched some new changes providing the ability to the Argentinean Coast Guard to impose fines on foreign seafarers and shipowners for breaches of maritime and environmental laws. This comes in addition to the level of fines which has severely increased.

EU Bank presents new climate strategy

The board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed on November 14 a new energy lending policy and confirmed the EIB’s increased ambition in climate action and environmental sustainability. The new energy lending policy sets out five principles that will govern future EIB engagement in the energy sector.

Finland to reform legislation on delivery of waste from ships to ports

Finland informed that the legislation on the delivery of waste from ships to ports will be updated. The aim is to improve the treatment and reception of waste in ports, which will reduce the generation of marine litter and consequently the discharge of plastic into the seas.


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