The elephant in the room at the CrewConnect Global conference in Manila this week was the Philippines failure to comply with the European Maritime Safety Agency’s (EMSA) standards for the implementation of the STCW Code and increasingly possible ban of Filipino officers.

The European Commission’s Reporting Formalities Directive 2010/65 required all member states to have a national Single Window for electronic reporting in place by 2015. The concept was laudable enough – create one, single system through which masters and officers could submit all required information, only once. Never, goes the theory, will they be asked for the same information twice.

Making her debut appearance at Posidonia earlier this month was Natasa Pilides, Cyprus’ Deputy Minister of Shipping, who was appointed to the newly created post in March.

Japanese shipping companies K Line and NYK have revealed the individual scale of fines levied against them by the EC operating a cartel with three other lines on the car carrier trades to and from Europe.

Four shipping companies – CSAV, K Line, NYK and WWL-Eukor – have been fined EUR395m ($486.6m) by the European Commission (EC) for collusion in operating a cartel on the car carrier trades.

Martin Dorsman, md of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNER), has been chosen as new secretary general of ECSA (European Community Shpowners’ Associations). He replaces Patrick Verhoeven who left in the summer to head up the International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH).  

Challenges facing Greece and Piraeus, the home of Greek shipping, have become more evident at a time when global maritime clusters around the world are actively working to attract Greek shipowners.

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) expects a mutually agreeable solution between Greece and the European Commission over the institutional framework for the country's shipping industry soon.

The findings of two studies have added fuel to the fire which has been smouldering between the Greek government and the country’s   shipping community and the European Commission and German Finance minister Wolfgang Schauble.

The European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA) says that the first list of approved ship recycled by the EU shows the need for yards outside the region as it fails to meet demand.

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