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Monday, June 17, 2019

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EU Okays Danish Seafarer Support Scheme

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules extending a scheme supporting the maritime transport sector in Denmark, including the ones working in the offshore wind industry.Under the amended scheme, shipping companies registered in the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) and employing seafarers aboard certain specialised vessels providing off-shore activities, such as, for example, guard  vessels, vessels servicing off-shore installations and vessels for raising, repairing and dismantling windmills can benefit from an exemption from income taxes for their seafarers.

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Europe to Fund ‘SkillSea’ Project in Maritime Sector

The European Commission  said it will co-finance the project ‘Futureproof Skills for the Maritime transport sector (SkillSea)’.The project aims to develop strategies to identify and meet the future skills needs of the maritime sector and attract greater numbers of Europeans to work in maritime industries. The four-year project will begin in January 2019.SkillSea is being launched by a Europe-wide consortium established by the industry's recognised social partners, the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF)

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EU to Legislate on Maritime Working Conditions

Shipping, a trade and employer organisation for more than 90 shipowners and offshore companies, this means that additional 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

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Croatian Shipbuilders Strike Again Over Late Salary

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 restructuring plan.The chosen strategic partner reportedly aimed to convert part of the shipyard into a tourism business, drawing worker opposition. Economy Minister Darko Horvat said the government was also in contact with potential

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Croatian Shipyard Workers to End Strike, Future Uncertain

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 euros ($112 million) to help the shipyard stay afloat.Earlier this year Uljanik chose local firm Kermas Energija as its strategic partner and submitted a restructuring plan which

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European Dockworkers to Hold Two-hour Strike

The International Dockworkers Council (IDC) has called a Europe-wide port stoppage in support of the conflict faced by Spanish dockers and in opposition to the policies of the European Commission (EC).   Once the conflict in Spain has been resolved, the IDC said it expects 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

“The Minister of Transport, Communications and Works of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Marios Demetriades, welcomes the newly appointed Sales Executive in Germany, Mr Christian Bahr” (Photo: Cyprus)

Cyprus Appoints German Sales Executive

of favourable incentives, Cyprus understands that a personal approach and continuous flow of communication is extremely important to owners and operators. Its comprehensive and competitive Tonnage Tax System (TTS) - the only tonnage tax scheme of an open registry in Europe to be approved by the European Commission - and inclusion on white lists such as the Paris and Tokyo MOUs also provide tangible benefits to owners.    

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IMCA Appoints Bradshaw as Policy and Regualtory Affaris Manager

Specialist and a career at sea. He has a strong track record as a specialist in the field of marine engines and emissions as well as an advocate of policy development in the marine industry.   “John’s background at Lloyd’s Register where he was rapporteur on a number of European Commission expert groups; and a regular attendee at IMO to support development of regulations, together his involvement with ICAS and makes him the ideal person to take on management of our policy and regulatory affairs. He will be working with Emily Comlyn our Policy and Regulatory Affairs Technical

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EC Pumps €7.5 Mln into the Maritime Sector

European Commission invests over €7.5 million under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to boost innovation, growth and jobs in the marine and 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

Huhtala Named CEO at Rautaruukki

SSAB, and will exercise his right to retire at the beginning of 2015. Rautaruukki became a subsidiary of SSAB on July 29, 2014. During the transition period, Tamminen will assist, among other things, in the divestment of assets as required by the regulatory competition approval granted by the European Commission for the combination of SSAB and Ruukki, and in customer relationship management. Sakari Tamminen has served as Rautaruukki's President & CEO since joining the company in 2003. He previously served as Executive VP and CFO, and deputy to the president and CEO at Metso Corporation (1999-2003)

Europe, China Economic News Challenges Shipping Demand

the Euro zone a bit. A lower of level of GDP growth and inflation is affecting shipping demand slightly negatively. However, the outlook for the manufacturing sector in the Euro zone continues to improve" EU reduces Euro growth forecast as inflation seen to slow Bloomberg reported, The European Commission trimmed its economic growth forecast for the Euro area and predicted low inflation to remain a threat to expansion for at least the next two years.   The 18-nation Euro zone’s gross domestic product will rise 1.7% in 2015, compared with a February prediction of 1.8%, the Brussels-bas

Germans Push Renewable Energy Reform

surcharge to around 1,600 from Germany's 2,100 biggest users. "The expansion of the number of companies exempted was too much. We have to reduce that," said Gabriel, who has managed to cut through the resistance from lobbyists that plagued his predecessors. Despite fears that the European Commission would thwart the exemptions, Gabriel has helped ensure that the remaining 1,600, such as BASF and ThyssenKrupp, are likely to continue to be exempt, saving them some 5.1 billion euros per year. The final details still have to be worked out with Brussels, but Competition Commissioner Joaquin

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