1. First comprehensive report confirms the impact of collective effort in improving maritime safety in the EU
Two decades after the devastating Erika and Prestige accidents, the European maritime safety framework has evolved to become one of the most robust in the world. That’s according to the European Maritime Safety Report (EMSAFE), the first ever comprehensive overview of maritime safety in the European Union.
2. EU makes poor progress on milestones to deliver a healthy ocean by 2030
At an EU Ocean Week event, six NGOs published their assessment of the EU’s progress to secure a healthy ocean by 2030 – the goal set by the Blue Manifesto(1). The analysis reveals that the EU made little progress in the last year to achieve the necessary targets outlined in the Blue Manifesto(2). Out of eight policy milestones due for achievement by the end of 2021, only one was fully met. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/06/17/eu-makes-poor-progress-on-milestones-to-deliver-a-healthy-ocean-by-2030/
3. The return of Posidonia highlights renewed optimism for a more buoyant shipping industry
Posidonia, the Home of Shipping has reopened its doors to a great reception from the global maritime community who will be hoping for them to never be shut again.
Could Posidonia 2024 be even bigger and more influential than what the global maritime community witnessed unfolding last week at the Metropolitan Exhibition Centre just a short drive from the Athens International Airport? https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/06/17/the-return-of-posidonia-highlights-renewed-optimism-for-a-more-buoyant-shipping-industry/
4. Cutting ships’ GHG emissions – working towards revised strategy
IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has reiterated its commitment to review and strengthen the IMO Initial Strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from shipping, with a view to adopting a revised strategy in mid-2023.
The MEPC 78 session (6-10 June) made further progress with the discussions towards the revision of the Initial GHG Strategy, as initiated during the last session (MEPC 77). The revision will take into account the commitment to strengthen the levels of ambition of the Initial Strategy and the needs of developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs). https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/06/17/cutting-ships-ghg-emissions-working-towards-revised-strategy/
5. Weak UK Government response to House of Lords UNCLOS Inquiry and explicit human rights at sea recommendations
The UK Government has responded to the International Defence and Relations Committee Inquiry into the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 being ‘Fit for Purpose in the 21stCentury’ with what can only be described as a weak response in respect to human rights protections for people at sea despite extensive and evidenced recommendations to do so by the UK Parliament’s Upper House. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/06/17/weak-uk-government-response-to-house-of-lords-unclos-inquiry-and-explicit-human-rights-at-sea-recommendations/
6. UK seafarer gets jail time for fatal Baltic Sea collision
A Danish court has sentenced a UK seafarer to 18 months in prison for his role in a fatal collision in the Baltic Sea last year. A 30-year-old officer of the UK-flagged cargo vessel Scot Carrier, who admitted to being drunk at the time of a collision that claimed the lives of two Danish seafarers onboard the cargo ship Karin Høj, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. https://splash247.com/uk-seafarer-gets-jail-time-for-fatal-baltic-sea-collision/
7. Biden signs the Ocean Shipping Reform Act into law
President Joe Biden signed into law the Ocean Shipping Reform Act yesterday marking the first major change to federal regulations for international container shipping in more than a generation. The law will stop “shipping companies taking advantage of American families, farmers, ranchers and businesses,” the president said at a signing ceremony at the White House. https://splash247.com/biden-signs-the-ocean-shipping-reform-act-into-law/
8. Worst Drought in 70 Years Threatens Northern Italy’s Food, Power
Italy is in the depths of one of its worst droughts, with the country’s largest river, the Po, hitting its lowest level in 70 years, threatening crops and raising the specter of power outages.
While much of Europe has had drier-than-average conditions this year, northern Italy’s Po valley is the worst hit, according to the JRC Global Drought Observatory. https://gcaptain.com/worst-drought-in-70-years-threatens-northern-italys-food-power/
9. Enhanced situational awareness for ferries
Kongsberg Maritime is boosting its K-Bridge systems in the ferry market
Kongsberg Maritime has its sights set on the ferry market with its portfolio of K-Bridge systems and highlights the benefits these systems offer to shipyards, owners and operators in this competitive sector.
Its K-Bridge integrated navigation system (INS) technology provides a single user interface to pull multiple connected systems together. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/enhanced-situational-awareness-for-ferries-71618
10. Baltic index logs weekly gain on firm vessel demand
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index rose for a fourth straight session and booked its first weekly gain in four on Friday, propelled by stronger demand across vessels.
The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, added 116 points, or 4.7%, to 2,578. The index was up 11.1% for the week. https://www.shippingtribune.com/news/shipping/Baltic+index+logs+weekly+gain+on+firm+vessel+demand