An EU reporting scheme for less CO² in the shipping industry

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The 2015 Climate Change Agreement of Paris did not include the shipping industry. However, due to political pressure, IMO took already in September 2015 initial steps to develop a legal framework for improving CO²-emissions of existing vessels.


The urge for lower sulphur caps will boost the use of alternative fuels

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Emission Controlled Areas (ECAs) (North Sea, Baltic Sea, English Channel and alongside North America) already exist for some years.


BWM-convention, entering into force in 2017, will stimulate port reception facilities

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Every year ships carry an estimated 5 to 10 billion tons of ballast water in order to provide ships with the draught and stability needed. However, ballast water also contains “alien” invasive species which can destroy local fauna and flora and, as such, threaten the oceans’ biodiversity.


Marine partners discuss the update of the PRF-Directive

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The PRF-Directive, alias the Directive 2000/59/EC, is being evaluated and amended.


Breaking news: IMO agrees 0.5% sulphur cap to come into force from 2020

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The IMO has agreed a 0.5% global sulphur cap on emissions by ships from 2020.


Elisabeth Lemmens elected the new chairwoman of Belshore

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BELSHORE the Belgian association of port reception facilities and member of Go4Circle has elected a new board.


Fishing nets removed in the Baltic Sea

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Coastal states alongside the Baltic Sea have taken the initiative to remove broken and lost fishing nets in the Baltic Sea.


Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017

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The adoption of Finland of the International Convention for the Management of Ships’ Ballast Water has triggered the entry into force of a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water.


Towards a sound globalization process through sea-river interface connection - Where ecological strategies could provide benefits to transport

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White paper by Pierre Portas, President Waste Environment cooperation Centre (WE 2C) on Inland waterways transport of dangerous goods.


Complex regulations and standards are unclarity and uncertain

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I read in the maritime press that several associations are complaining about conventions and rules not always being clear and about standards differing from one continent to another, or even within the EU or the US themselves.


Euroshore evaluates port reception facilities directive after 10 years and gives 5 ideas for its upgrade

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EUROSHORE fully supports the initiative of the European Commission to revise and update the EU Directive 2000/59/EC dealing with port reception facilities for ship generated waste and cargo residues. After more than 10 years of implementation, it is the appropriate time for evaluation and further harmonization.