Seven European countries are hastily forming an alliance to secure a significantly more ambitious climate agreement at the MEPC meeting in ten days. Greece, Cyprus and Malta were not invited, and for a good reason.
A planned expansion of oil firm Preem's refinery in Lysekil, Sweden, would cost more than USD 1.69 billion and increase CO2 emissions by over one million tonnes per year. Greenpeace calls it a victory for the climate movement, while Preem says its decision to drop the plans is purely commercial.
The protracted labor conflict in Sweden's ports is called off, and work will resume after labor unions and employers reached an accord. "The decades-long conflict with the Port Worker's Labor Union is resolved," says Swedish Ports.
Sweden has allocated more than SEK 700 billion to develop the country's infrastructure, and Swedish shipping will get SEK 5 billion of these, to be used for, among other elements, deepening the Port of Gothenburg.
In a new report, OECD shines a spotlight on Sweden, which is at the forefront of green initiatives in shipping. But national measures are far from sufficient in terms of curbing shipping's impact on the climate.
This spring the Swedish authorities will be able to fine vessels that breach the sulfur directive, Sweden's minister for the environment, Karolina Skog, tells ShippingWatch. A proposal is currently being circulated for formal consultation.
The much-anticipated tonnage tax scheme could mean that 400 ships join the Swedish flag over the next decade, shows a study performed by the Swedish Shipowners' Association. "We hope that over the coming years these predictions will turn out to be correct," Vice President Pia Berglund tells ShippingWatch.
APM Terminals' Managing Director in the Port of Gothenburg, Henrik Kristensen, takes stock after months of conflict: 35 percent of containers are gone, a negative result for the full-year 2017 after a triple-digit loss, and major customers have left. "Now we need to fight our way back," he tells ShippingWatch.
Svitzer's activities in the Faroe Islands are operated out of Sweden and the carrier must pay Swedish taxes, according to the Swedish Tax Agency. Svitzer confirms and states that the carrier is discussing the matter with the authorities.
Only one single carrier has applied for the new Swedish tonnage tax scheme which entered into force on Jan. 1 this year. "Not concerning," says the Swedish Shipowner's Association to media Sjöfartstidningen.
The Swedish commercial fleet logged a record number of ships in 2015, but the number of Swedish-flagged ships fell for the ninth year in a row. Sweden also noted a decline in the number of days employees spend at sea, according to new figures from the Swedish traffic authority.