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Friday, November 16, 2018

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EU to Legislate on Maritime Working Conditions

financial and administrative burdens are to be expected for the maritime industry which is already heavily regulated and protected by international conventions.Since the European Commission presented its proposal for a directive on "Transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union", the Working Conditions Directive, there have been heated discussions in Brussels.A press release from Danish Shipping said that the proposed directive is linked to the so-called 'European Pillar of Social Rights'. The pillar was adopted last year at a Social Summit in Gothenburg

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Croatian Shipbuilders Strike Again Over Late Salary

cities of Pula and Rijeka. Some 1,500 started a protest march on Monday through the streets of Pula.The shipbuilding group has had liquidity problems in the last 12 months. In January, the government helped it stay afloat with state guarantees for a loan worth 96 million euros ($111 million).Under European Union rules, no further state guarantees or direct payments from the budget are allowed.Earlier this year, Uljanik chose local firm Kermas Energija as its strategic partner and submitted a restructuring plan, which the European Commission rejected as inadequate. Management has yet to complete another

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Croatian Shipyard Workers to End Strike, Future Uncertain

put in a position to fight for this one salary as the bills are coming and we need money for our children who will start attending a new school year shortly. However, the real problem remains and that is what will happen next with our business and jobs," one of the strikers told reporters.Under European Union rules, the state cannot provide direct financial aid. The two months of salaries have been secured through state guarantees with the bank and Plenkovic said the European Commission had been informed.Last January the Commission cleared Croatia's state guarantee for a loan worth 96 million

Steven Matthew (Photo: BIO-UV Group)

Matthew to Head BIO-UV Group's New Asia Office

, BIO-UV Group ASIA, established on August 4, 2018, will target the Asia-Pacific market as a whole.With fewer components and welded parts, the UV-based BIO-SEA system is designed and manufactured at BIO-UV Group’s production plant in Montpellier, France, using components manufactured in the European Union

Spanish Dockers Call Strike over Non-union Labor

parts of the plan, El Pais said, citing the CETM union.   Reuters could not reach CETM for comment.   The proposals would allow companies operating in ports to hire staff that do not belong to unions, a move unpopular with union members but which would help bring Spain in line with European Union regulations.   The nine days of stoppages across dozens of Spanish ports would take place on alternate days, meaning disruptions could drag on for three weeks between March 6 and March 24, El Pais said.   Negotiations between the unions and the government were set to continue.  

EU Adriatic and Ionian Strategy Targets Blue Growth

economy, the preservation of the marine environment, stronger transport and energy links and increased tourism. The Strategy will also provide a valuable opportunity for non EU-countries to work alongside EU members, in particular contributing to the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union. This is the first EU 'macro-regional strategy' with such a large proportion of non-EU countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) cooperating with EU members (Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia). The Strategy mainly revolves around the opportunities of the maritime

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EC Pumps €7.5 Mln into the Maritime Sector

maritime sectors.   The European Commission is investing over €7.5 million to boost innovation and create jobs in the marine and maritime sectors. The money is available under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and divided in calls for proposal focusing on the key areas where the European Union can have the biggest impact: skills, creativity and technology.   Innovation in sectors like aquaculture, biotechnology or ocean energy is vital for the blue economy to thrive, as recognized by the Commission's Communication on Innovation in the Blue Economy. However, a number of bottlenecks

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European Dockworkers to Hold Two-hour Strike

the EC to reconvene the European Commission Sectorial Social Dialogue Committee, which the IDC will re-join in order to promote new changes.   The IDC said it demands that International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions 137 and 152 be ratified and complied with by all member states of the European Union.   The IDC added it completely opposes any attempts to increase job instability and precariousness in the ports, along with any form of privatization that opposes the interests of workers.   Dockworkers from Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Greece, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal

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Brexit: The Implications for Shipping

 “Brexit” is the notion that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union. What would be the impact of Brexit on the shipping sector? Dr Vincent Power, EU & Competition Partner, looks at impacts of Brexit on the shipping sector.   Shipping is extremely important to the EU. In 2014, more than 51.5% of EU external freight trade by value was transported by sea. More than 400 million people are transported by sea from EU ports annually.    The EU’s 22 coastal Member States have more than 1,200 seaports offering direct employment to around 110,000 people

Striking Ferry Workers to Ease Blockade of Calais Port

graduated," he said. "I have been in France for the last two months and our life these days is very difficult. I hope to arrive to the UK because I will have identification documents quicker than in France."   Calais is one of the flashpoints of the immigration crisis facing European Union countries, who are struggling to agree among themselves how to deal with the thousands of migrants heading their way to escape conflict or poverty.   Up to 3,000 migrants are estimated to be amassed around the port. Many want to get to Britain because they speak English, have family connections

Presentation at the 3rd Conference on Ship Recycling

3rd Conference on Ship Recycling Bring out Revealing Facts

and may get totally sidelined. But the remarkable development is that even though ratification may not take place most ship recyclers in India and to some extent other countries, were coming around to making their yards complaint with the various regulations of the Convention. With regards the European Union pushing forward their regulation, the only difference with that is that while the beaching method was favored in the sub continent the EU countries insist on the dry docking. In his presentation on “Technical requirements for and comparison of ship recycling methods”, Henning Gramann

Richard Lidinsky Jr, Federal Maritime Commission commissioner (Source: FMC)

Maersk, MSC Win U.S. OK to Launch Shipping Pact

consumers' interests or disrupt market competitiveness ... we will vigorously complain and ask the government to get involved," he said. Maersk and MSC began talking about the smaller tie-up in July, soon after China's decision to block P3 which had previously been approved by the FMC and European Union. (By Keith Wallis, Reporting By Keith Wallis; Additional Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Richard Pullin

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Cargo Shipping Market to Reach 12.52 Bln Ton by 2021

.   The European region has been segmented into Germany, France, the U.K., Spain and Russia. Europe is estimated to account for the second-largest share in the global cargo shipping trade in 2016. The EU countries are expected to show steady growth in near future due to various initiatives by European Union and rising global demand.   North America is estimated to have the third-largest market share in cargo shipping trade, by volume, in 2016.    The North American Cargo Shipping Market is projected to grow at a promising CAGR during the forecast period. Growth in global economies

Arun Sharma, Chairman of ISSPL

IRClass First to Certify Indian Recycling Yards per EU Standard

to EU standards as an ‘Independent Verifier’. IRClass Systems and Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (ISSPL), an entity promoted by Indian Register of Shipping, has certified four leading ship recycling yards in Alang as an ‘Independent Verifier’ in accordance with the requirements of European Union Ship Recycling Regulation (EUSRR) 1257/2013. The four yards which have met the standards set by the EU and the Hong Kong Convention are: * Priya Blue Industries; * Shree Ram Vessel Scrap; * R.L. Kalathia Ship Breaking; and * Leela Ship Recycling. These recycling yards are India&rsquo

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The Human Aspect of the Autonomous Ship

Arguably a long way off, the autonomous ship is likely coming. What that means for labor, the stakeholders that prepare mariners to go to sea and the firms that will operate these futuristic vessels is another thing altogether. According to Dr. Jeremy Rifkin, a Wharton professor who has advised the European Union on Sustainability, among other things, we are in the midst of a ‘Third Industrial Revolution.’ It is here where information technology and new energy sources are upending business models that have thrived since the second iteration – the era of electricity, fossil fuels and

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