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European Parliament Strengthens ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle For Ship Waste Management

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament adopted today the Meissner report on the Port Reception Facilities.

ESPO welcomes in particular the proposal to strengthen the ‘polluter pays’ principle by discouraging the delivery of unreasonable quantities of garbage, including dangerous waste, for a fixed fee.

It aims to make sure that ships deliver their garbage at every port call and don’t skip waste deliveries to save time.

French Industry Leaders Ask France To Stop Dreaming About Brexit

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Several leaders of big maritime companies and ports have submitted an article regarding the Brexit. Familiar name is Jean-Marc Roué, big boss of Brittany Ferries.Other co-authors are representing the Port of Cherborg, Port of Caen, Port of Le Havre, Chamber of Commerce of Normandie, etc.

“France, stop dreaming!” is the urgent request from the industry leaders. “Don’t see Brexit as an opportunity!” Indeed it seems that Paris is looking with envy at London’s position as financial heart, and the hope is that after Brexit Paris can get a piece of this cake.

The leaders write that a hard, no-deal Brexit, would hit the regions facing the Channel.

Until now, freedom of movement of goods and people have created a healthy regional economy. The Brexit is a threat to everything that has been acquired.

The leaders ask that the French State helps them to put as fast as possible the necessary infrastructure in place, without the usual substantial administrative procedures. There is no time to lose. Ferry operators and ports need to be able to adapt the ports for making a smooth transportation flux possible, since the UNited Kingdom will become a non-EU country.

The EU Describes As “Excellent” Balearia’s Initiative To Restart The Motorway Of The Seas

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  • EU offers to grant a 20% subsidy of the project to convert 5 ro-pax ferries for LNG-power and to start a MoS between Gijón and Nantes-Saint Nazaire.
  • Funds to come from Connect Europe (CEF).
  • Balearia’s budget = €75 million.
  • The EC has reduced the amount eligible to subsidize at €59 million, which means a subsidy of 11,7 million.


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Cotunav’s Ro-Ro ULYSSES collided with container vessel CLS VIRGINIA off Corsica on 7 October. Reason unknown so far and Ferry Shipping News wants to leave to the experts to find out what has happened.

No deaths or injuries were reported and measures to deal with the oil spill were being undertaken.


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Last week I started to show my ferry pictures taken during my cruise on KONINGSDAM ( Holland America Line ). Let’s continue with photos from Piraeus, Santorini, Napoli and, finally, Civitavecchia.



DIAGORAS operates on the Mytilini – Chios – Piraeus route

SANTORINI PALACE operates on Minoan Lines’ new service between Heraklion and Santorini. The fast craft is the former HIGHSPEED 7 from Hellenic Seaways, part of the deal between Attica and the Grimaldi Group.

SUPERFERRY II is being dwarfed by the mighty volcanic landscape of Santorini. This ex Ostend-Dover ferry is still going strong for Golden Star Ferries

Naples: the city, the port, the Vesuvius.

The fast ferries from Naples are very important, not only as lifeline for the islanders, but also for the numerous tourists. Capri is still a favorite, deserved by SNAV’s ISOLA DI CAPRI (and others).

Tourism never stops in Naples.

Several ferries getting ready in Naples, for the night crossing to Sicily and Malta.

The final view of the cruise: CRUISE ROMA and BITHIA, fraternally laying side by side in Civitavecchia, at the start of another sunny Mediterranean day.