In the context of the SAFEMED IV and Black and Caspian Sea projects, both funded by the EU, eleven participants from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia have undergone the training for the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) Integrated Maritime Services (IMS) Operators. The activity was hosted at EMSA premises, in Lisbon, from 20 to 21 February 2018 and open only to those countries which had previously signed the Condition of Use for ENI IMS services provided by EMSA.
The aim of the Year is to promote the tourism sector and increase the flow of visitors on both sides. This ties in with DESTINATIONS’ efforts to promote the six project locations – all tourist islands – as being potential holiday destinations for Chinese tourists.
No one likes being misled by airlines, not on price, or where their luggage ends up. But fliers face a new risk: being misled on how sustainable their flights are. In a few years, fliers could be told that some of their ticket price is being used to prevent deforestation when in reality those forests had been cut down years ago. That’s because in 2016 countries meeting at the UN’s aviation agency (ICAO) agreed to establish a scheme to offset aviation emissions above 2020 levels, but left it uncertain as to whether they would deliver on this promise. The scheme, known as the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), means airlines won’t have to cut their CO2 emissions but instead pay other actors (the “offsetting” bit) to reduce theirs.
The two project officers for the SAFEMED IV and Black and Caspian Sea projects, both funded by the EU, met with senior faculty members of the World Maritime University (WMU), in Malmö Sweden. WMU is a postgraduate maritime university founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
The Transport Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest transport conference. Five CIVITAS projects took part in a session during this year’s edition in in Washington, D.C., USA, which gathered over 13,000 participants from all over the world.
EU-funded researchers have assisted in the development of China’s first commercial passenger plane by applying data mining concepts that overcome the challenge of working with limited and incomplete information.
During a high-level meeting on tourism taking place in Sofia on 13 February 2018, representatives from 30 EU and Balkan countries will discuss the sustainable development of the tourism sector and its role as a driver for economic growth. The focus of three panel discussions will be the EU tourism regulations, security and the possibilities for boosting cooperation between Europe and China.
Moves to close a loophole in enforcement of the cap on high-sulphur marine fuel, which comes into effect in January 2020, have been welcomed by the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC). Ships will be banned at that time from burning any marine fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5%, but the ban does not prevent ships from carrying fuel exceeding the 0.5% limit. This opens up the possibility of massive avoidance by unscrupulous operators when operating out of sight on the high seas.