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European Ports Policy

limani-ispaniaOn 23 May 2013, the European Commission published the long-awaited Ports Package III. This follows two previous attempts by the Commission to liberalise port services that were both rejected by the European Parliament due to immense political pressure against the package, in particular by the Unions and various European coastal regions.

EU Co-Ordination of Member States at IMO

imoIn April 2013, the European Commission informed Member States of "emerging changes" – a result of adapting to the requirements of the Lisbon Treaty to the EU coordination process and the scope of EU competence issues addressed in the IMO.

EU Directive - Revision - ANNEX VI of Marpol

container ship funnel pollution 1 9ovxOn 29th October 2012 the Council adopted a directive amending directive 1999/32/EC with regard to the sulphur content of marine fuels (PE-CONS 31/12)

Directive on Reporting Formalities for ships arriving at or departing fron EU ports

eu port 1From 19th May 2012, the new EU Directive 2010/65/EU on reporting formalities, applicable to ships arriving at, or departing from, ports in the European Union, superseded Directive 2002/6/EC. The purpose is to simplify and harmonise the administrative procedures in maritime transport by standardising the electronic transmission of information and by rationalising reporting formalities.

GHG Emissions from ships

12416 4036 1European Legislation compels the EU to take action to help meet its own target of a 20 per cent emissions cut across all sectors by 2020, if no international agreement to deal with maritime emissions was in place by the end of 2011.

SCTW Recognition of the Philippines

filippines-1An extremely urgent situation arises from the ongoing issue of the EU threatening to withdraw STCW recognition of the Philippines which would mean that the some 80,000 Filipino seamen would not be able to work on board EU Member States' vessels.

Enforcement of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention in EU Law

eletson lpg carrierFollowing a public consultation on the enforcement of the ILO MLC in EU law, in which the shipping industry indicated that it did not consider additional or specific EU rules for compliance and enforcement necessary, the European Commission, nevertheless, proposed that two new Directives should be adopted, as per below:

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