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EU Commissioner hopes for extension of container block exemption

If EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc has her way, the container sector's consortia block exemption regulation should be extended, she says in an interview with ShippingWatch. The regulation gives liner companies certain competitive edges, and it is currently being reviewed.

Huge Chinese ambitions threaten Europe's shipping sector

China has several projects in the works aimed at helping the country's shipbuilding and shipping sector. "I don't think that in the shipowners community there is a full understanding of the impact of the Chinese policy yet," says Sea Europe's Secretary General in an interview with ShippingWatch.

New OECD report casts doubts on liner companies block exemption

Most of the consortia cooperation between liner companies exceed the threshold they must remain below to benefit from the EU's consortia block exemption, concludes a new report by the International Transport Forum, a body under OECD. This is noteworthy for three reasons, says ITF.

World's largest cash buyer disappointed in EU rejection of Alang

Anil Sharma, CEO of the world's largest cash buyer, GMS, is disappointed by the EU's decision to reject two yards in India, Alang. He projects that the scrap value of European ships will drop by 60 to 80 percent if they are to scrapped according to EU rules.

Even the most ardent opponents of BER want to maintain container alliances

The fronts between container carriers and shippers are not necessarily that fiercely drawn when it comes to the carriers' unique competitive edge, says Sea-Intelligence. Even the most ardent opponents of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation do not want to get rid of alliances altogether, notes the firm.

EU Commission wants to keep CO2 data public

Information about ships' emission of greenhouse gases should be published, maintains the EU Commission after revising the so-called MRV system. However, the commission did budge on one point.

EU to scrutinize European shipyard merger

The EU Commission is acting on a request by two countries and will now look into Fincantieri's plans to buy Chantiers de l'Atlantique. The merger of the two shipbuilders could potentially harm competition, says the Commission.

EU approves list of scrapping yards

The latest version of the EU list of shipbreaking facilities has now received final approval. The Indian yards Maersk works with were not approved for the list. The rules will come into force two weeks from now.

EU approves privatization of HSH Nordbank

EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager has approved the privatization of German shipping bank HSH Nordbank. German authorities have found a sustainable solution for the bank, she says.

Container shipping could lose its unique competitive edge

There is a real risk that the special consortia block exemption that allows competing liner companies to collaborate could be ditched entirely when the EU Commission reviews the exemption soon, says Martin Andre Dittmer, secretary general of the European Maritime Law Organization, to ShippingWatch.

Customers now have a window to voice their criticism of container carriers

Is the EU block exemption – which allows competing container carriers to collaborate – working as intended? Recently, several shippers have criticized the liner companies for lack of transparency and unfair bunker surcharges. The shipowners disagree. The parties now have three months to voice their case to the EU.

EU Commission presents WTO reform bill

A 17-page bill from the European Commission will kick-start the debate on reforming the WTO. The organization has not been able to sufficiently adapt to developments, says the Commission.

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