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France : Emission Disclosure Requirements Into Force

France Demands Carbon Footprint on Transport As part of France's objectives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ship operators are required as of 1October 2013 to disclose the quantity of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted during transport services. This new CO2 emission disclosure requirement applies to "any public or private persons organising or sellingtransport services for passengers, goods or moving purposes, carried out using one or several means of transport,departing from or travelling to a location in France, with the exception of transport services organised by public orprivate persons for their own behalf" - including ships transporting passengers or cargo to / from French ports.The requirement DOES NOT apply to ships:transiting Frenchwaters;making stops for refuelling or making other technical stops in France;and with no goods or passengersdeparting from or transporting to a location in France.More details regarding the new requirement can be found at Decree n 2011-1336 of 24 October 2011 on information on the quantity of carbondioxide emitted during transport servicesThe Gard P&I Club has issued news alert to inform operators with ships calling at French ports to immediately familiarise themselves with the new CO2disclosure requirements in force and, as the possible methods available for communicating the required informationare numerous, ...

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France ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

France is the 35th ILO Member State and the 13th EU member State to ratify this landmark Convention On 28 February 2013, the Government of France deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006).France is the 35th ILO Member State and the 13th EU member State to ratify this landmark Convention, which sets out decent working and living conditions for seafarers while creating conditions of fair competition for shipowners.France has under its flag 212 vessels totalling 8.2 million gross tons. Shipping employs approximately 18,000 French seafarers while the maritime sector as a whole employs more people than the telecommunications sector, the aeronautical industry or the car industry. At the European level, the French maritime industry ranks first in construction of pleasure boats, second in civil shipbuilding and third in shipping lines. The ports of Marseilles and Le Havre are among the busiest in Europe. France is also home to the world's third largest container transport operator.In transmitting the instrument of ratification, Mr Nicolas Niemtchinow, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in Geneva, stated: "France, which has the world's second greatest maritime territory, has supported from the ...

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France launches Gulf of Guinea anti-piracy operation

A three-year plan to train local forces and provide surveillance for anti-piracy operation France has launched a three-year plan to train local forces and provide surveillance for anti-piracy operations in Benin, Togo and Ghana as part of international efforts to curb insecurity from spreading in the oil-producing Gulf of Guinea.French aid comes after the United Nations Security Council last month pledged to look at ways of tackling the problem, which has long affected Nigeria's Niger Delta region but has spread, hurting Benin's shipping industry in particular."The increased number of kidnappings and the escalating costs for commercial shipping and extraction of resources are clearly a threat to the growth, development and therefore the stability of countries in the Gulf of Guinea," Jean-Paul Monchau, France's ambassador to Benin, said on Thursday.France has pledged to spend 5.2 billion CFA francs on training local forces and buying two surveillance aircraft from French firm LH Aviation, the ambassador said.The Gulf of Guinea, a stretch of West Africa's coast spanning more than a dozen countries, is a growing source of oil, cocoa and metals to world markets.While piracy has not touched the scale of the attacks off Somalia, it is on the increase and navies in ...

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