On April 8 in Singapore, the International Chamber of Shipping, the Asian Shipowners’ Association and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations signed a joint memorandum of understanding. The MoU enhances the level of co-operation that already exists between these international trade associations and provides a framework for their closer co-operation.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is co-organising a workshop with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) to support the operationalisation of e-navigation solutions. This is the first workshop since Singapore’s election to the IALA Council in 2018. The MPA-IALA e-navigation workshop will take place from 8 to 10 April.
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) conducted a workshop based on the practical implementation of measures to reduce GHG emissions, which was attended by representatives of the European Commission, the European Maritime Safety Agency, the Member States, as well as industry stakeholders and environmental organisations.
‘Star Gran’, a cargo vessel that belongs to Grieg Star, is the first vessel in the company to be sent for recycling, under the new EU recycling regulations. According to the Norwegian shipping company, the vessel began the recycling at Leyal Ship Recycling Group in Turkey, on February 20.
ESPO welcomes the agreement reached, on 7 February, between the Parliament and the Council on the new regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment. The new framework will enable the decrease of administrative burden and increase the attractiveness of maritime transport. It provides for the creation of a EMSWe dataset, harmonised National Single Windows and the application of the reporting-only-once principle.
After reports last week that Maersk would remove its remaining vessels from the UK flag and end the training of UK cadets, the shipping giant came to make clarifications regarding the situation. Maersk explained that it does not have any container ships carrying the UK flag since 2015 and it aims to fulfil its commitment under the UK Tonnage Tax.
As Brexit is coming closer and the international maritime sector seems to be affected, Maersk makes its own Brexit. Maersk’s decision follows other companies, as P&O Ferries, that announced, on December 2018, it will re-flag two of its vessels to keep European Union tax arrangements ahead Brexit. Additionally, Stena and Stolt-Nielsen also informed that they are reviewing their UK-registered ships ahead of Brexit.
After discussions in the UK parliament on January 29, a mandate was given to the UK Prime Minister to re-discuss Brexit arrangements with her European colleagues. In light of this, European shipowners call upon all parties to seize this opportunity to avoid a no-deal Brexit scenario. ECSA noted that without a deal the consequences on the fluidity of trade between the EU and UK will be huge.
Following announcement that a total of 200 migrants have lost their lives worldwide in the first three weeks of 2019, the number now has climbed to 226 for the period 1st-31st January. ECSA criticised Germany’s decision to leave Operation Sophia, calling on EU states to “set aside the disputes and decide on how to cope with the refugees rescued in the Mediterranean”.
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