European Shipowners’ priorities 2024-2029

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Ahead of the 2024 European elections, ECSA launches its policy priorities for the next five years. The four pillars are Climate and energy transition, People-centred green and digital transition, Ship Finance and Competitiveness and Trade.

Europe is facing an existential transformation as it strives to meet climate neutrality by 2050 while maintaining industrial leadership at global level.

European shipping has been a cornerstone of Europe’s energy, food, and supply chain security. European shipping, representing 39.5% of the world fleet, enables Europe to play a leading role in the international supply chains. Shipping delivers the goods and energy we need, supports EU exports and connects European citizens within Europe and with the rest of the world.

To ensure European shipping continues to play a strategic role for the security of Europe, the ECSA Priorities 2024-2029 put forward policy recommendations along four key pillars:

  • Climate and energy transition
  • People-centred green and digital transition
  • Ship Finance and Competitiveness
  • Trade

Read the ECSA Priorities 2024-2029 here.
Download the ECSA Priorities 2024-2029 here.

ECSA: FuelEU Maritime is a step forward towards shipping’s energy transition

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European shipowners (ECSA) welcome the climate ambition of the new Regulation and consider it as an essential stepping stone towards establishing the right conditions for the energy transition of shipping.

“European shipowners congratulate the negotiators for their hard work and the final outcome. This is a step in the right direction to ensure shipping has the right tools for its energy transition. But we need all hands on deck and, in particular, more robust requirements for fuel suppliers to deliver the clean fuels needed.”

“Therefore, we call on the Parliament and the Council to support binding targets on suppliers for clean marine fuels in the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED). FuelEU Maritime, together with RED and the ETS revenues used to bridge the price gap with clean fuels, can put shipping on the right energy transition path”, said Sotiris Raptis, ECSA’s Secretary General.

ECSA statement on FuelEU Maritime negotiations

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The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) calls on the European Parliament and the Council to support the mandatory inclusion of fuel suppliers under the scope of FuelEU Maritime as proposed by the European Parliament in Amendment 129 (Article 20 – paragraph 3 c (new)).

It is key to ensure that shipowners are not unduly penalised if the sustainable fuels necessary for compliance are not delivered.

This provision, together with a binding target for maritime fuel suppliers as proposed by the Parliament in RED III, is essential for the energy transition of shipping.

ECSA position paper on the fuel EU maritime proposal

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ECSA supports the objective of the FuelEU Maritime proposal to foster the uptake of cleaner fuels in shipping. However, the proposal may become a missed opportunity due to enforcement loopholes.

Making the EU fuel suppliers responsible for meeting the fuel standards will substantially address the enforcement concerns and will be consistent with other proposals of the ‘Fit for 55’package.

Fostering demand is key and the incentives and tools provided by the proposals of the ‘Fit for 55’ package should be used.

Flexibility is welcomed but double requirements should be avoided. A new MRV system is unceccesary and burdensome.

Finally, ships should not be penalised when Onshore Power Supply is not available in ports.


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The President for the next 2 years is Claes Berglund (photo left). Mr Berglund is Director Public Affairs & Sustainability of Stena AB. He has been a senior executive in the shipping industry for 15 years, before which he worked for 12 years in road-based transport and third-party logistics services. Mr Berglund is also a reserve officer in the Royal Swedish Navy.

The Vice-President for the next 2 years is Philippos Philis, founder and Managing Director of Lemissoler since 1996 (photo right).

Lemissoler owns and operates a modern fleet of owned designs of eco bulk carriers and stresses its R&D activities to continuously develop a greener fleet. Mr Philis is the President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) as well as of the Cyprus Shipowners’ Employers Association (CySEA) and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).


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European Shipowners Urge For Certainty As Soon As Possible On EU/UK Trade Framework

In a public hearing in the European Parliament’s Transport committee, ECSA’s Secretary General Martin Dorsman discussed the long term objectives for the European shipowners and said: “It is crucial that the EU remains a competitive location for shipping companies to do business. This means a level playing field and close EU-UK cooperation.
Time is running fast and business needs to be able to prepare now. ECSA stresses three immediate priorities for shipowners:

  • Frictionless traffic by sea between the UK and the EU,
  • Free movement of seafarers, onshore staff and passengers
  • Continued market access to the domestic trade and the offshore sector

Currently EU27 exports of goods and services to UK is worth € 365 billion which means 54% of total UK imports and UK exports of goods and services to the EU is € 274 billion equaling 43% of total UK exports.
The increase of freight traffic since 1993 has been enormous, from 1 million lorries in 1993 to 4 million lorries in 2015. Between UK and Ireland it means an increase from 54,000 lorries in 1993 to 392,000 lorries in 2015.