Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the adoption of the own-initiative (INI) report of TRAN-Committee Chair, Karima Delli*, on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport by the European Parliament. This was reported on 28 April.
It is understood that the report was adopted with 453 votes in favour, 92 against, and 154 abstentions.
The final text adopted in the European Parliament plenary contains many of the key strong points which are supported by ESPO:
ESPO’s Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost commented: ‘Even if some outstanding issues were discussed up until right before the adoption of this own-initiative report, it is good to see that all points related to the essential and holistic role of ports, the importance of ports in the review of the TEN-T and the need to review the Motorways of the Sea concept, gained cross-party support. We are very grateful to the rapporteur and shadow rapporteurs for their understanding of the ports’ sector and their strong proposals in that context.’
The inclusion of maritime in the EU emission trading system and the role of LNG were the main discussion points in preparation of the plenary vote.
ESPO welcomes the ambitious wording on the inclusion of maritime in EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS). To deliver its goal, the revenues generated by the inclusion of maritime in the EU ETS must go towards the investments needed to decarbonise the maritime sector. This means that a substantial part of these revenues should be earmarked and go to the dedicated investments in alternative fuels infrastructure in European ports.
Secondly, it is ESPO’s view that the Commission must consider and sufficiently address the interconnected issues of carbon leakage and the negative competitiveness effects associated with such a regional measure.
Futhermore, ESPO indicated that competitiveness of European ports and the maritime sector in Europe must be safeguarded by ensuring a level playing field in a global sector, and by accounting for exposed ports in the forthcoming ETS proposal. To be effective, a maritime EU ETS must look at preventing and minimising avoidance of the EU ETS regime by shipping companies calling at European ports.
With regard to LNG, ESPO welcomes the recognition of LNG as an available transitional fuel that can help improve air quality, and the need for LNG infrastructure f or a gradual transition towards zero-emission alternatives in the maritime sector.
Isabelle Ryckbost concluded by saying: ‘This report shows the importance of the maritime and port sector and sheds a first light on the many challenges – and the opportunities – the sector will be facing on its journey towards reaching the Green Deal ambitions.
‘ESPO and its members want to thank the rapporteur, shadows and all MEPs having worked on this report and are fully committed to continuing the constructive dialogue with the Parliament, the Commission and the Member States once concrete proposals are on the table.’
The final European Parliament report can be found here: TA MEF (europa.eu)
Early in June the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced the publication of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance, Fourth Edition
This Guidance has been produced by the ICS to help shipping companies and seafarers follow health advice provided by UN agencies and others in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), under the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR).
It is understood that this Guidance is for use on all types of ship and attempts to take into account the needs of both cargo and passenger ships. It is recognised that cargo ships are unlikely to have a fully trained doctor or nurse on board and that medical treatment on cargo ships will be provided by a crew member with training to Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) medical requirements.
This fourth edition replaces the ICS guidance published in September 2020 and should be read in conjunction with the three Covid-19 guidance documents published by ICS in 2021.
The G7 Summit will take place in Carbis Bay, North Cornwall, in England’s SW from 11 to 13 June.
Leaders of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US will attend the Summit alongside the EU and European Commission Presidents.
Guest nations attend
On 12 June they will be joined by leaders from Australia, South Africa, Republic of Korea and the UN Secretary General. Leaders of international organisations and the Indian Prime Minister will also attend the Summit virtually from that day.
It is reported that Prime Minister Johnston will use Summit in Cornwall next week to ask world leaders to come together to end the coronavirus pandemic