The European Investment Bank (EIB) and ING today signed an agreement to support green investments for the European shipping market for a total value of EUR 300m. ING and EIB will each contribute EUR 150m to the facility. This agreement will ensure that sponsors of green and sustainable projects in the maritime transport sector can benefit from advantageous financial terms.
The agenda includes an item on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has today launched the second version of the free DOPA Explorer, the most advanced global information system characterising the world’s protected areas.
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 underlying motive of the meeting on 06 March is that the EU water policy is subjected, in particular since October 2017, to a fundamental revision and evolution. As we all know, its key legislation, the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is actually the main focus of the discussion. We may expect further initiatives in the sector of drinking water as well as of water reuse.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus used to affirm in his timeless thinking Panta Rhei, “everything changes and nothing remains still”. This is what happens every day to all marine structures and one of the biggest challenges they face is corrosion. EMFF funded NeSSIE project might have found the response to this problem.
SOCLIMPACT is a new Horizon 2020 project, which joined the portfolio of those working on decarbonisation. It aims at modelling downscaled climate change effects and their socioeconomic impacts in European islands for 2030–2100. In the context of the EU Blue Economy sectors, it will assess corresponding decarbonisation and adaptation pathways. Furthermore, it will complement current available projections for Europe and nourish actual economic models with non-market assessment.
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.
The agenda is now available.
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