Prepared or not prepared? That’s quite a question. According to a survey on preparedness for Brexit by Odgers Berndtson, only 16% of about 100 UK ports and harbour authorities have made any ‘significant or practical’ plans for Brexit, but 59% expect a negative or strongly negative impact.

Following the heavy defeat in the British parliament for the Prime Minister Teresa May’s Brexit deal the British Ports Association (BPA) has urged the government to do “whatever is necessary to avoid a disorderly withdrawal from the EU”.

Greece’s shortsea shipowners went to Brussels this month and called on Euro MPs to throw their weight behind Europe’s shortsea shipping sector as it faces challenges posed by the new regulatory environment.

The London P&I Club is setting up a new subsidiary in Cyprus to ensure continued access to trade in the European Union in case Britain loses single market access due to Brexit.

The Shipping Ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Malta have called on the European Union to cut red tape holding back growth in the sector, which they say provides 2.1m jobs and $168bn to Europe’s economy.

After some months of rumblings, the European Union and Italian authorities have opened an investigation into suspected wide-scale tax fraud by Chinese criminal gangs importing goods via Piraeus, a trade gateway between Asia and Europe.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) looks set to agree Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission cuts of at least 50% by 2050 as a week of difficult negotiations at the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) draw to a close.

The European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA) has warned over planned US steel and aluminium tariffs saying a full scale trade war will benefit nobody.

The regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Latin America region, MTCC-Latin America has been inaugurated in Panama by Panama’s Minister of Maritime Affairs Jorge Barakat and the IMO deputy director of Environment Dr Jose Matheickhal.

Union of Greek Shipowners leader, Theodore Veniamis is confident, “2018 looks like being a year in which all shipping sectors will be able to return to growth and profitability”.

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