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Shipowners warn against impact of trade war

Three major shipowners' associations issue a joint warning against the impact of the US-China trade dispute. The statement comes on the heels of China saying it will raise tariffs on US-made goods.

Shipping lobby organizations strengthen ties

ICS, ECSA and ASA, representing more than 90 percent of the world fleet, have signed a declaration to cooperate more closely in the future. Among other things, the organizations will work against regional shipping regulations.

New presidency takes over at ECSA

Niels Smedegaard of DFDS has stepped down and handed over the presidency of the European Shipowners' Community Association to Greek Panagiotis Laskaridis. A Stena executive will also join the association's management team.

New head of ECSA to break away from bad reputation in Brussels

Shipping has a bad rap as a polluting industry resistant to environmental regulation. However, carriers actually do a lot to reduce emissions, says the new Secretary General for the European Community Shipowner's Association, Martin Dorsman. They just need be better at promoting it.

ECSA chairman lashes out at the European Parliament

Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS and chairman of the ECSA, says that the European Parliament is "playing wise" with its decision to include shipping in the EU's CO2 emission trading system. "It's really inexpedient," he says.

Bulc will consider efforts to curb overcapacity

If the shipping sector wants measures to curb overcapacity, the EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, is willing to listen. She would prefer not to intervene, but she does not reject to do so.

Shipowners warn that EU's maritime industry is under pressure

A new report from the European Community Shipowners' Associations, ECSA, concludes that the EU's maritime industry is under pressure from new shipping hubs around the world such as Singapore and Dubai. Find the shipowners four-point wish list here.

This is the role shipping plays in the EU

The European Community Shipowners' Association has commissioned Oxford Economics to calculate the role of the shipping industry in the EU's economy, as well as how many jobs the industry creates. Read the conclusions from the full report here.

Shipowners and ports in direct disagreement on EU's CO2 plan

The maritime sphere in Europe is far from in agreement when it comes to limiting CO2 emissions from shipping. While the shipowners are highly critical of the European Parliament's plan to include CO2 in a cap trading system, the ports praise the proposal. "Most unfortunate," say the shipowners.

ECSA sees one upside to the EU's scrapping regulations

The European Community Shipowners' Associations, ECSA, has voiced fierce criticism toward the EU's list of approved ship recycling facilities. But the association is now taking a more positive stance, viewing the list as a means that can help ensure implementation of the Hong Kong convention.

Shipowners: EU decision hurts IMO's CO2 efforts

The EU's decision on Thursday to include shipping in the European Emissions Trading System hurts the IMO's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, say the European Community Shipowners' Associations and the International Chamber of Shipping.

Shipowners: Now the IMO must agree on CO2

The EU is now officially leaving it up to the IMO to land an international agreement on how shipping can reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to the global climate deal, from which carriers were excluded. The demand for action at the IMO meeting in October is crystal clear.

European shipowners lash out at EU scrapping rules

The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) criticizes the EU for hampering progress in Alang. The criticism comes after ECSA has visited various yards in India. The working and environmental conditions have improved significantly, says ECSA Chairman Niels Smedegaard.

ECSA Chairman: Shipping has woken up to environmental efforts

The shipping industry can either put its head in the sand or work actively to influence the environmental requirements for the sector. Luckily, a majority of stakeholders have realized this, says ECSA Chairman Niels Smedegaard ahead of this week's IMO meeting.

Shipowners: We could lose Africa to the Chinese

European shipowners could lose out on the world's largest growth market in the sub-Saharan countries where jobs are often awarded to Chinese players, warn the shipowners. Delegates from EU nations should join the fray and help kick the door open, they note.

Shipowners in harsh criticism of EU port directive

On Tuesday, members of the European Parliament voted on a proposal for the regulation of European ports. But too much remains unsettled, say European shipowners in harsh criticism of the text ahead of the vote.

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