EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has called 2017 to be the “Maritime Year” to raise awareness for the potential and the challenges of maritime sector and to review EU policy on maritime transport. Today’s launch of the European Shipping Week kicks off the 2017 Maritime Year: Until 3 March the Shipping week will gather maritime transport experts in Brussels for a series of events on the key issues facing European and Global shipping.
EU Transport Commissioner Bulc said: “The European Shipping Week gives a perfect start to the 2017 Maritime Year. Over the next months, we will work to a sustainable shipping sector that is also fit for the digital age. We will also aim to attract new investors and most importantly, more skilled people to this sector. The European Shipping Week will provide very valuable input to the review of the EU’s maritime policy framework and I look forward to contributions from all stakeholders.”
In 2017, the Commission will examine that EU policy on maritime transport supports the sector’s performance and competitiveness in Europe and abroad, its efficiency and its sustainability for the benefit of the EU economy, its people and the environment. This review contributes to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s priorities. The Commission will also review essential parts of the EU’s maritime safety legislation, adopt new rules on waste handling and disposal in ports, and continue its efforts to promote and facilitate the presence of European shipping in third countries.
Guidelines for ships in need of assistance
In 2016, the maritime industry awarded the European Commission the “Salvage and Wreck Removal Award 2016” for the EU operational guidelines on places of refuge for handling ships in need of assistance.
Documents relevant for the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF)
ESSF subgroup Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS)
ESSF subgroup LNG as marine fuel
Study on the completion of an EU framework on LNG-fuelled ships and its relevant fuel provision infrastructure
- Lot 1: Analysis and evaluation of identified gaps and of the remaining aspects for completing an EU-wide framework for marine LNG distribution, bunkering and use
- Lot 2: Creating Awareness on LNG Risks and Opportunities
- Lot 3: Analysis of the LNG market development in the EU
ESSF subgroups MRV Monitoring, Verification and Accreditation
22/11/2016 – Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/2071 – Methods for monitoring carbon dioxide emissions and the rules for monitoring other relevant information
22/11/2016 – Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/2072 – Monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport
04/11/2016 – Implementing Regulation(EU) 2016/1927 – Templates for monitoring plans, emissions reports and documents of compliance pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/757
04/11/2016 – Implementing Regulation(EU) 2016/1928 – Determination of cargo carried for categories of ships other than passenger, ro-ro and container ships pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/757
19/05/2015 – Regulation 2015/757- Monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport, and amending Directive 2009/16/EC
28/06/2016 Final /Progress report final report of the subgroup on recommendations on verification issues and accreditation of verifiers process
ESSF subgroup Implementation of the Sulphur Directive
Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/253 laying down the rules concerning the sampling and reporting under Council Directive 1999/32/EC as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels
ESSF subgroup Financing
ESSF subgroup Port Reception Facilities
ESSF subgroup Research and Innovation