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The Netherlands progresses in setting-up their national Single Window me Authority

The Single Window is an initiative of the European Union introduced by the Reporting Formalities Directive (RFD) that requires each Member State to designate a central point for all shipping-related notifications to Customs, National Competent Authority SafeSeaNet and Border Control.

On 3 November, the ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Harlingen and Groningen have connected their Port Community Systems with the National Single Window. All parties can continue working as they used to while taking maximum benefit from the re-use of data. Thanks to this single window, the main Dutch ports have a single point of entry for all shipping-related notifications.

More information on the Single Window et e-Maritime here.

Another hybrid ferry for Scandlines

The Danish ferry operator Scandlines has added a new hybrid ferry to its fleet of hybrid ferries, which is the largest in the world. The company has developed an ambitious environmental strategy, commissioning vessels using a low emission and fuel saving diesel electric hybrid propulsion system powered by an ESS (Energy Storage System) from Canada’s Corvus Energy.

This hybrid ferry is 169.5m long and 25.4m wide, providing double the capacity for vehicles (460 cars or 96 transport trucks), and the modern, spacious onboard facilities have enough space for 1,300 passengers. The main engines provide an output of 18,000kW, with a further 4,500kW available from the Corvus ESS. This results in a speed of 21 knots on the 1-hour 45 minutes long crossing.

More information here.

Plans for the expansion of the Port of Marseille

The Port of Marseille has a number of projects under way that are aimed at keeping the port in the forefront of modern logistic requirements.

One plan is aimed at coping with the increased size of cruise ships by widening the port entrance, one to restart the port's ship repair capability and others to increase the facilities to handle various types of cargo and passengers.

Find out more here.

Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by container liner shipping companies on price transparency

The European Commission has adopted a decision which makes legally binding the commitments offered by fourteen container liner shipping companies, which aim to increase price transparency for customers and to reduce the likelihood of coordinating prices.

The Commission had concerns that the so-called General Rate Increase (GRI) announcements did not provide full information on new prices to customers, but rather allowed carriers to be aware of each other's pricing intentions, and possibly coordinate their behaviour.

Fourteen container liner shipping companies ("carriers") have regularly announced their intended future increases of freight prices on their websites, via the press, or in other ways. The carriers are CMA CGM (France), COSCO (China), Evergreen (Taiwan), Hamburg Süd (Germany), Hanjin (South Korea), Hapag Lloyd (Germany), HMM (South Korea), Maersk (Denmark), MOL (Japan), MSC (Switzerland), NYK (Japan), OOCL (Hong Kong), UASC (UAE) and ZIM (Israel).

In order to answer these concerns, the carriers offered the following commitments:

  • the carriers will stop publishing and communicating General Rate Increase announcements, i.e. changes to prices expressed solely as an amount or percentage of the change;
  • the carriers will announce figures that include at least the five main elements of the total price: base rate, bunker charges, security charges, terminal handling charges and peak season charges if applicable;
  • price announcements will be binding on the carriers as maximum prices for the announced period of validity (but carriers will remain free to offer prices below these ceilings)
  • price announcements will not be made more than 31 days before their entry into force, which corresponds to the period when customers usually start booking in significant volumes.

More information here (Commission's press release) and here (article in French)


Port Package: final vote coming soon

The Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) of the European Parliament has adopted in October the text negotiated during interinstitutional discussions concerning the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports.

This compromise text introduces substantial simplifications to the procedures for the selection of port service providers. A debate is still ongoing as whether the Regulation should liberalise the provision of all port-related services (see ECSA press-release here).

Next step: 14-15/12/2016 – Debate and vote in EP Plenary

Another round of public consultation for the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

The GBER allows specific categories of State aid if they fulfil certain conditions, thus exempting them from the requirement of prior notification and Commission approval. The Commission has launched in 2014 a proposal to extend the scope of this Regulation to state aid for ports and airport.

A first public consultation on this proposal took place between March and May 2016, the results of which prompted the Commission to modify its proposal to include in particular new simplified procedures for « small » public investments in ports (under €5 million euros for maritime ports and €2 million euros for inland ports).

A new public consultation is currently underway on this modified proposal. Deadline for contribution: 8 December. The Commission intends to adopt a final version of the draft regulation first semester 2017.

More information here.

Public consultation on the fitness of EU legislation for maritime transport safety and efficiency

The EU has one of the world's strictest regimes regarding maritime safety in and around EU waters covering the whole chain of responsibility. This public consultation launched by the Commission aims at collecting inputs on the relevant legislative acts, their implementation and the interaction between them. Its objective is also to gather factual information on what works well and where there is room for improvement; and to collect data and knowledge about the impacts of the various acts individually and taken together.

Deadline : 08/01/2017

More information here.


IMO CO2 reduction targets and roadmap

At its last meeting (24-28 October), the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) reached an agreement on an initial strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping.

In line with Paris Agreement targets, the text includes the adoption of new mandatory requirements to collect fuel oil consumption data for more informed and targeted policy making. As of 2019, ships of 5000 gross tonnage and above (accounting for approximately 85% of CO2 emissions from international shipping) will have to collect consumption data.

An initial plan is expected to be negotiated in 2017 and adopted by 2018. The IMO should develop a comprehensive GHG reduction strategy between this year and 2023 and thus, provide a long-term vision of the shipping sector.

More information on the outcomes of the MEPC 70 (meeting minutes here; press briefing here).


2003 IMO MEPC obtains mandate to develop mechanisms to achieve reduction of GHG emissions from international shipping
2011 Adoption of mandatory technical and operational measures (EEDI and SEEMP) via amendments to MARPOL Convention: ships built after 2025 at least 30% more CO2 efficient than in 2000s
2013 Global entry into force of MARPOL amendments
2014 Third IMO study on GHG emissions of ships published: over 10% CO2 reduction by entire sector (2007-2012)
2015 Implementation of EEDI Phase One: all new ships10% more efficient
  • Adoption of mandatory global CO2 data collection system
  • Adoption of roadmap for reduction of GHG emissions of ships
2017 Start intersessional meetings
2018 Spring: adoption of initial IMO Strategy
  • Start of global data collection
  • Initiation Fourth IMO GHG study
  • Data analysis
  • Publication of Fourth IMO GHG study
2021 Start of validation process based on real data
2022 Decisions on revised IMO strategy
2023 Formal adoption revised IMO strategy:
  • short, mid- and long-term measures;
  • implementation schedules


INFRASTRUCTURE - TEN-T – Connecting Europe Facility

€1.9 billion to support key European transport projects

The European Commission launched on 13 October the third round of calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for transport, making €1.9 billion available to finance key transport projects. The 2016 CEF Transport Calls for Proposals includes in particular a €40 million call to foster the Motorways of the Sea (MoS - the maritime pillar of the Trans-European Transport Network).

More information here. Find the specific MoS call here.


EUROMARITIME 2017 – Paris – 31/01/2017 to 02/02/2017

Euromaritime is one of the major and influential trade events dealing with marine and port technology, shipping logistics and security industry. The event will gather all the prominent professionals of the Ship Builders, Marine Surveyors, Ship Architects, Marine Equipment Manufacturers and Traders, Marine Engineers, Marine Training Institutes, Logistics service providers and the related personnel for showcasing the cutting end marine products and services.

More information here.

European Shipping Week - Brussels, 27/02/2017 to 03/03/2017

Organised by ECSA, this event gathering the EU shipping community will discuss the way the EU can further foster the competitiveness of European shipping globally. Participants will also be invited to reflect on the issues of digitisation and modernisation of the policy framework for the maritime sector.

More information here.

2nd International Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning – Paris – 15-17/03/2017

The European Commission and UNESCO are jointly organising the 2nd International Conference on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in March 2017 in Paris. Given the rising international interest in Maritime Spatial Planning, this event aims at taking stock of the latest developments and discussing on how to achieve and accelerate successful MSP worldwide.

More information here and here. Registrations are open until 03/02/2017.

14th Annual Green Ship Technology Conference, Copenhagen, 21-24/03/2017

The 14th Annual Green Ship Technology Conference, a leading environmental shipping event for the industry, will be organized from 21 March 2017 to 24 March 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Participants at this major event will discuss key issues such as the latest developments at international level (IMO MEPC70), have look at emerging technologies and innovations in green ship design.

More information here.


ESPO Annual Report

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has published on 9 November last its 2015-2016 Annual Report. ESPO represents all the ports within the European Union and has observer members from countries that may ultimately join the EU. This report provides an overview of all port-related activities at EU level.

Find the report here.

Guidance for the Implementation of Directive 2000/59/EC on Port Reception Facilities (PRF)

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has published in November two documents aiming at providing guidance to Member States for the implementation of the PRF Directive.

The main objective of the PRF Directive is "to reduce the discharges of ship generated waste and cargo residues into the sea, especially illegal discharges, from ships using ports in the EU, by improving the availability and use of port reception facilities for ship generated waste and cargo residues”.

Both documents intend to provide and support a harmonised approach of the enforcement of the directive through guidance to Member States on ship inspection (Guide for ship inspection) and on technical recommendations to best implement the requirements of the directive (Technical Recommendations).

The PRF Directive is currently being reviewed by the European Commission. Proposal for changes should be introduced next year.


New SOLAS amendment – the Verified Gross Mass (VGM)

Discrepancy between the declared and actual packed container weight has been a risk against transportation safety, causing accidents. To address this problem and increase the safety during container transportation, an amendment has been introduced to the IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention to measure accurate packed container weight.

The SOLAS amendment, which entered into force on 1 July 2016, requires all shippers to submit Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the packed containers to carriers and/or terminal operators prior to loading. However, there has been uncertainty amongst the industry as regards the implementation of this provision, especially with regards to the documentation process, level of compliance and the degree of accuracy in the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) information provided.

What are the two methods to measure the VGM?

Method 1:

Take a loaded container over a weighbridge, subtract the weight of the truck, chassis, and fuel to get the weight of the packed container. Method 1 is appropriate to be used regardless of container and cargo type.

Cargo items that “do not easily lend themselves to individual weighing of the items to be paced in the container”, method 1 must be used. (e.g., scrap metal, unbagged grain, other cargo in bulk, flexitanks etc.)

Method 2:

Weight all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material to be packed in the container, and add the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses of the container’s contents.

No estimation or a information from somebody else is allowed

The method used for weighing the container’s contents is subject to certification and approval as determined by the competent authority of the State in which the packing and sealing of the container was completed.

In case where a container is packed in multiple places, any certification and approval requirements that may be established by the State where the last contents were packed into the container

What are the shippers’ responsibility?

  • VGM Measurement: shipper has to measure VGM, using method 1 or 2. The shipper of carrier’s bill of lading is the primary responsible party to measure VGM;
  • VGM Finalization: the shipper has to finalised the VGM. The finally confirmed VGM by the shipper shall be communicated to the carrier and/or terminal operator;
  • VGM Submission: shipper of the carrier’s bill of lading has to verify and provide VGM to the ocean carrier and port terminal representative prior to it being loaded onto a ship.

How does the information flow?

Find more information here on the IMO Guidelines regarding the verified gross mass of a container carrying cargo

Entry into force of the new Union Customs Code

The Union Customs Code (UCC) was adopted on 9 October 2013 and entered into force on 1 May 2016.

The UCC has been designed to integrate the rules adopted at international level by the World Customs Organisation, in particular the SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (SAFE Framework).

This SAFE framework is based on the need to have a strong partnership between the operators and the customs authorities, which led to the creation of the status of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). This AEO status has become more and more vital for operators who wish to benefit from custom facilitation. PROMARITIME is in the process of being granted this status of AEO.

Changes brought by the UCC:

  • improving the simplicity of customs processes and procedures across the Customs Union, it reduces the administrative burden on operators, and seeks an harmonised implementation across the EU.
  • taking into account the daily needs and existing practices of trade, and it allows for example the use of electronic transport manifests for customs purposes.
  • facilitating further automation of all exchange and storage of information, through additional IT systems that integrate the new processes and legal requirements (ex: EU portals to trade).
  • shortening from 6 to 3 years the period of validity of the decisions on tariff classification and origin, to better adapt to a rapidly changing world.

A transition period for the full implementation of the UCC has been introduced in order to allow Member states authorities to develop new IT systems or upgrade existing ones in order to fully implement the legal requirements. Therefore, not all of these systems will be in place on 1 May 2016. This transition period lasts until 31 December 2020 at the latest.

Moreover, changes will be soon adopted to the UCC to cover goods that have temporarily left the customs territory by sea or air on their way to their final destination. This will correct an omission in the current Customs Code that left the national customs authorities without the appropriate legal backing to perform standard customs checks on these goods upon arrival to their final destination inside the Union after transit without stops outside the territory Customs Union (find out more here)

More information on the UCC here.


PROMARITIME was created in 1993 & is headed by Eric LELIEVRE (founder and shareholder). It had a turnover of 25M€ in 2015.




PROMARITIME International and his skilled staff is offering tailor made logistics solutions in a wide range of services:

  • Liner services :
    Weekly services to Morocco (containers) and Finland / Russia (multimodal including overgauged). Bi-monthly RORO services to West Africa, MEA and India.
  • Shipping agency & chartering :
    Established as shipping agent in Normandy in the ports of Rouen, Dieppe & Le Havre. Chartering service for heavy lifts and conventional vessels.
  • Handling & port operations :
    Specialized in port operations , including the coordination of port operations for heavy lifts and offshore wind fields.
  • Agri Agro department :
    Managing and transporting food products: warehousing & consolidation shipments, solutions for full dry or reefer containers, bulk chartering...
  • Forwarding, customs & consolidation :
    Full range of services for import and export cargoes (FCL/ LCL). Customs department capable of clearing food and all kind of goods.
  • Project management & supply chain :
    Chartering of different kinds of commodities and offers complete project logistics services, especially in oil and gas activities.
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