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EU steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on the European Union’s own experience of enhancing connections between its Member States,… Read more »

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European ports welcome parliament’s explicit support to remove the tax barriers for shore-side electricity for ships

The Transport Committee of the European Parliament supported yesterday the removal of tax barriers for the uptake of shore-side electricity supply (OPS) in ports for ships at berth. The Ertug report on the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU which was voted by the Transport committee pointed out that taxation has a… Read more »

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European Commission to review the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan

 The European Commission is reviewing the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan in cooperation with the five countries involved (Spain, Portugal, France, UK and Ireland). A series of working sessions are being organized to promote the consultation on the future of the Atlantic Strategy and the corresponding Plan of Action.   The working session in Portugal is jointly… Read more »

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ESPO asks to recognise the cross-border dimension of EU ports and to strengthen the maritime connectivity in CEF II

The investment needs of European ports over the next ten years amount to 48 billion EUR. Many port investments score high in creating societal value but the return on investment for the investor, the port managing body, is often low and slow. For these investments, external funding is needed. Ports have only been able to… Read more »

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MAN Unveils LPG Vessel Engine

MAN Energy Solutions has unveiled the ME-LGIP, a two-stroke engine that runs on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and is designed to suit large ocean vessels.     According to its statement, the ME-LGIP will be “the most environmentally friendly” two-stroke engine available, emitting up to 18% less CO2, contributing to a 90% reduction in particle… Read more »

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LOW SULPHUR FUEL STORAGE FOR ROTTERDAM

A.P. Moller Maersk and Royal Vopak have signed an agreement to create a 0.5% sulphur bunkering facility at the port to aid future compliance. This first joint initiative between the two parties will cater for around 20% of Maersk global demand for sulphur compliant fuel Photo: Maersk   The facility, at Vopak Terminal Europoort, will… Read more »

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Baleària to invest €60 million in converting ferries to natural gas

Spanish shipping company Baleària plans to invest €60 million ($70.1 million) to convert five ferries from its fleet to the use of natural gas as propulsion fuel.   The intervention will be carried out over the next two years on the ships Nápoles, Abel Matutes, Sicilia, Bahama Mama e Martín and Soler. The five units… Read more »

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A new marine fuel terminal in the Port of Frederikshavn which will be fully adapted for the new Sulphur Directive 2020

Stena Oil has signed an agreement to create a new marine fuel terminal in the Port of Frederikshavn which will be fully adapted for the new Sulphur Directive 2020. Stena Oil is to build Scandinavia’s largest bunkering terminal on 38,000 square metre site at the Port of Frederikshavn   The location of the new terminal… Read more »