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.