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Economic Operators' Registration and Identification system
The EORI system is established in order to implement the security measures introduced by Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92, as amended by Regulation (EC) No 648/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council
EU Customs legislation
NIEM is a set of building blocks that are used as a consistent baseline for creating information exchanges
With roots in state and local government, NIEM is a community-driven, government-wide, standards-based approach to exchanging information. It started with a group of 20 states that joined forces to overcome the challenges of exchanging information across state and city government boundaries. This grassroots effort, called the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, set into motion the creation of a seamless, interoperable model for data exchange that could solve a range of information-sharing challenges across a variety of government agencies. After a two-year effort, the first pre-release of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) was announced in April 2003. Parallel to the GJXDM effort was the stand up of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The mention of metadata in the president’s strategy for homeland security in the summer of 2002 galvanized the homeland security community to begin working towards standardization
World Ports Climate Initiative Onshore Power Supplies
This independent non-profit website was first released in spring 2010 by the working group on Onshore Power Supply (OPS) established by the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI). In summer 2013 an update of the website was released.
Onshore Power Supply website
This independent non-profit website was first released in spring 2010 by the working group on Onshore Power Supply (OPS) established by the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI). In summer 2013 an update of the website was released.
European Commission - Security research and industry
The Security Research & Industry programme’s primary goal is to protect Europe’s citizens and society from harm, while enabling its economy to recover from man-made or natural disasters.
German Research Programme for Civil Security
The purpose of the Federal Government's security research programme is to develop innovative solutions that increase civil security while maintaining a good balance between security and freedom. What makes the security research programme special is that it is not just a technology programme, but also includes innovative organizational concepts and strategies for action.
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA
TIACA is a global not-for-profit trade association representing all the major segments of the air cargo and air logistics industry – combination and all-cargo airlines, forwarders, airports, ground handlers, road carriers, customs brokers, logistics companies, shippers, IT companies, aircraft and equipment manufacturers, trade press, and educational institutions.
USPS Mail Security Center
AAPA Seaports Magazine
AAPA Seaports Magazine is AAPA's Editorial Feature Magazine for the Entire Port Industry.
IATA Cargo Security Task Force (CSTF)
The objective of the Cargo Security Task Force (CSTF) is to provide aviation security regulators with access to, and input from, a globally balanced group of cargo industry experts to ensure that the experiences and constraints of the airline industry are considered in the development of effective security regulations
CONTAIN Knoweledge
CONTAIN project library
PostEurop is the association which represents the interest of European public postal operators. Committed to supporting and developing a sustainable and competitive European postal communication market accessible to all customers and ensuring a modern and affordable universal service, PostEurop promotes cooperation and innovation bringing added value to the European postal industry. Established in 1993, PostEurop today has 52 members represent 2.1 million employees across Europe and serve to 800 million customers daily through over 175,000 counters.
CANADA Post Security
Protection of the mail, information, personnel and assets of Canada Post
MEDICI - Mails Electronic Data Interchange and Customs Integration
International Post Corporation IPC
The International Post Corporation is the postal industry’s partner company that provides leadership by driving service quality, interoperability and business-critical intelligence, and gives its members an authoritative, independent and collective voice IPC provides operational and IT based services to the postal industry and undertakes wider industry initiatives to help our members meet challenging issues that cut across the postal sector. Monitoring and improving the quality of service performance has been one of IPC’s core activities since its inception. IPC deploys a number of technology infrastructures and systems that provide posts with substantial benefits, such as transparency in international mail movements, provision of full operational information and data for calculating intercompany payments, detailed enquiry processing and quality of service performance results. IPC also focuses on key areas for the postal sector like sustainability, e-commerce, intercompany pricing and training programmes
UPU - Postal Security
The UPU recognizes that the safety and security of the postal sector is critical to supporting worldwide commerce and communication. To facilitate the development of a standard of security and best practices among Posts, the UPU has established the Postal Security Group (PSG) charged with the development of global and regional security strategies to assist the world’s Posts in their security missions. Through training initiatives, consultation missions and prevention programmes, the PSG strives to protect the employees and assets of Posts, and to safeguard mails from fraud, theft and misuse.
RISE (biometrics and security ethics)
project website
Lloyd’s List
Sustainable Shipping
Port Technology
Port Strategy
The World Bank
Supply Chain Security Guide - n 2005 the World Bank decided to carry out a review entitled: “Review of the Cost of Compliance with the New International Freight Transport Security Requirements”. The final report was published in February 2008. This report investigated the financial consequences of the introduction of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code of the International Maritime Organization on the costs of cargo handling in ports.
RFID Journal -
RFID Journal provides up to date news and information on RFID technology and its applications in many business sectors
Swedish Defence Agency (FOI)
- a world leader in defence and security issues - and develops smart solutions ranging from data gathering to innovative presentation systems. decisions
Frontex helps border authorities from different EU countries work together. Frontex’s full title is the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union. The agency was set up in 2004 to reinforce and streamline cooperation between national border authorities.
European Commission's General Directorate on Transport and Energy
European Commissions's Transport Portal covering aspects such as strategies, sustainability, secuirty, intelligent and clean transport, maritime and inland waterways
EU security research and development
The Security Research & Innovation programme’s primary goal is to protect Europe’s citizens and society from harm, while enabling its economy to recover from man-made or natural
PEPPOL EU Public Procurement
As the Pan-European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) project nears successful completion, with the PEPPOL specifications being implemented across Europe, the OpenPEPPOL Association, comprised of public and private members of the PEPPOL community, is taking over responsibilities for PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and services and promoting implementation across Europe.
European Union Joint Research Centre - Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC)
The IPSC provides scientific and technical support to EU policies concerned with global security and crisis management through developing, testing and applying integrated, multi-disciplinary approaches and solutions to help to understand, mitigate and respond to potential risks and impacts.
European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) Newsletter
Newsletter which provides updates on the activities of the EBTP
Using the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) to move goods across the EU and EFTA countries
The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is a system of electronic declaration and processing that enables traders tosubmit Community Transit declarations electronically.
HMRC International trade developments
detailed information on HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) plans for future developments in international trade, including consultation arrangements.
UNECE List of Trade Facilitation Recommendations
Within the United Nations framework of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) serves as the focal point for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards, covering both commercial and government business processes that can foster growth in international trade and related services. In this context, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) was established, as a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the UNECE Committee on Trade, mandated to develop a programme of work of global relevance to achieve improved worldwide coordination and cooperation in these areas.
Directive 2010/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States and repealing Directive 2002/6/EC
1. The purpose of this Directive is to simplify and harmonise the administrative procedures applied to maritime transport by making the electronic transmission of information standard and by rationalising reporting formalities.
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)
The Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code were adopted on 25 June 2010, marking a major revision of the STCW Convention and Code. The 2010 amendments entered into force on 1 January 2012 Monitoring certificates of competency
Tanker management and self assessment (TMSA)
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), through its best-practice guide Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA), has challenged tanker owners and operators to evaluate their approach to the ISM Code, to improve their management systems and to demonstrate a strong commitment to safety and environmental excellence. OCIMF has detailed 12 self-assessment elements that companies can follow to demonstrate their commitment to continuous improvement in safety and environmental excellence within the tanker industry.
Maersk shipping glossary
European Federation for Transport and Environment
The main focus is on European transport and environmental policy
Risk Management - DG Taxation and Customs
Single European Railway Area
Single European Sky
C-TPAT: Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
Container Security Initiative
American National Standards Institute
DG Home Affairs
Department of Homeland Security
US Customs and Border Protection
Seafarers International Research Centre
SIRC was established in 1995 with a view to conducting research on seafarers. The Centre has a particular emphasis on issues of occupational health and safety. It is the only international research facility of its kind and has built up unparalleled experience of research in this field.
The Maritime Security Market 2010-2020: Piracy, Shipping & Seaports
The Maritime Security Market 2010-2020: Piracy, Shipping & Seaports report provides detailed sales forecasts for the global maritime security market and regional markets; a SWOT analysis; discussions of commercial and technological trends; and assessments of commercial drivers and restraints. This report also includes five in-depth original interviews with industry experts
UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2011
The Review of Maritime Transport, an annual publication prepared by the Division on Technology and Logistics of the UNCTAD secretariat, is an important source of information on the port sector
The PortEconomics Initiative
PortEconomics is a web-based initiative aiming to advance knowledge exchange on seaport studies. Established by maritime economists affiliated to academic institutions in Belgium, Greece and the Netherlands. It provides freely accessible research, education, information, and network-building material on critical issues of port economics, management and policies
Inland Navigation Europe
via donau
danube region
Oresund Bridge
Inland waterways in Italy
port of Venice
Hellenic Shipping News
Hellenic Shipping News Online Daily Newspaper on Hellenic and International Shipping
www.hellenic Shipping News
Lloyd's List
Lloyd's List is the leading daily newspaper for the maritime industry covering all sectors of the shipping world including Tankers, Containers, Ports and Dry Bulk
Baird Maritime
Global Marine Industry News, Magazines and Events
Launched in 2004, SmartWay® is an EPA program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency
west med corridors
mos4mos project
Port Strategy
Future Internet enabled Optimization of Transport and Logistics Business Networks
retrack project
amore project
smart-cm project
bestlog project
capoeira project
chinos project
embarc project
aspasia project
komoda project
freightvision project
rising project
newopera project
asset-eu project
reorient project
bestufs II project
bestufs I project
trend project
ETIS plus
EU transport GHG
airdev project
slimport project
dryport project
repid project
cream project
agora project
hinterport project
supergreen project
smartfreight project
iCargo project
efreight project
contain project
Cordis Website
cofret project
Intelligent Cargo Forum
Intelligent Cargo Forum is a community aiming to improve the logistics industry competitiveness and sustainability by means of innovative technologies focusing on the cargo and its interaction with vehicles, users and the environment
UIRR International Union of Combined Road-Rail Transport Companies
Created in 1970, initially in the form of a de facto association, the International Union of Combined Road-Rail Transport Companies, abbreviated as UIRR, took on the form of a co-operative limited company (s.c.r.l.) under Belgian law in 1991. It has 18 member companies
New Neighbourhood Transport Action Plan
Vice-President Kallas said: "Freedom of movement is something we all tend to take for granted in Europe, but it shouldn't stop at the border. Today if we are serious about a relationship with our neighbours we need to provide the infrastructure which is essential for flows of goods and people across borders and cut away the bureaucracy and bottlenecks." Commissioner Füle said: "In the new and ambitious European Neighbourhood Policy launched on 25 May of this year, we offer a deeper economic integration to our neighbours in the East and South. This action plan proposes the concrete transport measures that we aim to put in place for the benefit of citizens and companies both in the neighbourhood and in Europe.''
EU Customs strategy
•The Council approved the Commission Communication (ECOFIN Council Conclusions of 14 May 2008), including the strategic framework •The European Parliament adopted, on the basis of the Commission Communication, a Resolution on 40th anniversary of the Customs Union in June 2008 •On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the European Customs Union, a Declaration on the future role of customs was adopted on 4 July 2008, in Paris
Customs 2013
Customs 2013 is a programme which gives the national customs administrations of the EU, together with the European Commission, the opportunity to co-operate in areas of common and high interest. Over the six years' lifespan of the programme the budget is 324 million euro
Project website
port of Genoa
seaports information, market places, maps
EU strategy to improve maritime governance in the Mediterranean Sea
The European Commission presented on 11 September 2009, a strategy aimed at countering the various maritime challenges in the Mediterranean Sea basin. The improved governance of maritime affairs would be an important driver for more sustainable growth in the region, while at the same addressing common issues of concern.
IHO S-100 Standards
Information on S-100 standards, ECDIS, ENC.
EU seafarers and related policies
Having competent staff is not only to uphold maritime safety and safeguard the marine environment, but is also essential to support the growth and the prosperity of the maritime industry in Europe. The European maritime industry suffers from an increasing lack of European seafarers, in particular officers. Such shortage is likely to increase in the coming years to the detriment of the maritime industry which needs maritime expertise and experience. The main objective of the European maritime policy in this field is to prevent abusive practices on board of ships calling at EU ports, improve social guarantees for seafarers on board EU-flagged ships and make the maritime profession more attractive
World oil predictions
Prediction studies in MD 2000s
Oil prices
Oil prices and related articles
There are a growing number of solar powered boats and boat events In Europe - Solartis, Solarboats builder in Besançon, France ZHolar, new solarboat on Zurich lake, Switzerland Projet Lestrheol France MWline à Yvonand Switzerland Institute of Electrical Energy Technology Germany KOPF-Solardesign GmbH & Co. KG, Germany. Solar Storm England Solar passengers boat "Sonnenschein" Austria Ecocats builder of solar boats England Solar Narrow Boat Company England
EPA Emmissions Control Shipping
July 18, 2011: Emission Control Area designated for U.S. Caribbean waters Large ships such as container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, cruise ships, and Lakers are significant contributors to air pollution in many of our nation’s cities and ports. There are two types of diesel engines used on large ships: main propulsion and auxiliary engines. The main propulsion engines on most large ships are "Category 3" marine diesel engines, which can stand over three stories tall and run the length of two school buses. Auxiliary engines on large ships typically range in size from small portable generators to locomotive-size engines. This page provides general and technical information on EPA’s coordinated strategy to address emissions from large ships, including ocean vessels and Lakers, flagged in the United States and in other countries. EPA’s coordinated strategy includes: EPA domestic actions under the Clean Air Act; and U.S. Government action through the International Maritime Organization, including: Designation of Emission Control Areas for U.S. coastal waters; and Adoption of new international standards for all ships in global waters. Combined, these actions make a comprehensive program that is expected to significantly improve U.S. air quality and public health.
Corporate Responsibility Information
CR principles, practices and developments
CLECAT's Sustainable Logistics Guide
The Logistics Best Practice Guide is a compilation that is meant to be inspirational: it will guarantee interaction with a wide range of companies and publicity in exchange for information
it is time that the maritime shipping industry began to adopt a formal and standardised approach to CSR. The good news is that this is already starting to happen. NYK, for example,have a laudable policy on social responsibility that includes a formal and published approach to issues such as corporate governance, IMO compliance,safety, social and environmental activities. Wallenius Wilhelmsen were the first to convert their ships to low-sulphur dioxide fuels and achieve a 1.5% average sulphur level. Associated British Ports has a strong CSR framework that invites input from important stakeholder groups and publishes a CSR report that addresses the gamut of CSR-related issues
CSR Forum
STCW Information
source of information on STCW for mariners by a consortium of maritime trainers.
Established in 1993, EuroCommerce represents the retail, wholesale and international trade sectors in Europe. EuroCommerce has long been committed to CSR as the commerce sector has an established tradition of initiating and developing a broad spectrum of responsible practices
ESC European Shippers' Council
The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) represents the freight transport interests (import and export and intra-continental, by all modes of transport) of business in Europe, whether manufacturers, retailers or wholesalers – collectively referred to as shippers.Members are drawn from national transport user organisations/shippers’ councils, a number of key European commodity trade associations and corporate members.
CLECAT reply to the Commission's public consultation on the upcoming Strategic Transport Technology Plan (STTP).
CLECAT supports SSTP if it creates the conditions for a well thought out, interoperable and harmonised introduction of innovative terchnologies in logistics
CLECAT'S cooments
CLECAT has published its comprehensive comments on the Commission’s Transport White Paper (COM/2011/0144). In this 19 page document CLECAT comments on the general principles of the White Paper, but also undertakes a detailed assessment of all the 40 actions that are relevant for CLECAT members.
Emissions control measures status July 11
the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping. The agreement - which was not based on consensus - represents the first ever mandatory global GHG reduction regime for an international industry sector. The amendments to MARPOL Annex VI add a new chapter 4 to make the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) mandatory for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships. Other amendments to Annex VI add new definitions and requirements for survey and certification, including the format for the International Energy Efficiency Certificate. EU Position
Port Performance Measurement – ESPO PPRISM Project
At the end of 2011 the PPRISM projectwill deliver a Port Sector Performance Dashboard that will measure performance trends in the European port sector. With the project, which is supported by the European Commission, ESPO intends to create a culture of performance measurement and reporting in the sector which today is far from being general practice. As such, PPRISM is not looking at the performance of individual ports and terminals, but focuses mainly on the performance of the port system as a whole.
ESO Policy response papers
Response from ESPO to the European Commission’s Vision and Road Map to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a Competitive and Resource Efficient Transport System – COM (2011) 144 final - 6 July 2011.
2011 ESPO Conference - Limassol
The 8th edition of the annual ESPO Conference was held in Limassol, Cyprus, on 5 and 6 May. Almost 200 delegates attended the event which addressed both practice and policy by combining the theme of port performance with a review of the EU policy framework for ports. In addition, a special interest seminar was held on the maritime impact of the changes in the East Mediterranean and a session on the economic outlook for ports and shipping.
Freight Ferry
Booking for all major UK and European Freight Ferry crossings and Freight services
Container market
Volumes shipped and world container port throughput Container traffic handled in European seaports Consolidation in the container industry Container terminal capacity in Europe: a growing mismatch between supply and demand
Contaner information
Containerisation is a system of intermodal freight transport cargo transport using standard ISO containers (known as shipping containers or isotainers) that can be loaded and sealed intact onto container ships, railroad cars, aircraft, and trucks. Containerisation also refers to determining the best carton, box or pallet to be used to ship a single item or number of items.
How to assess modal shift for MoS applications
StratMos Tools for MoS Applications
The core aim and idea of the StratMoS project is to promote and facilitate shift of cargo from road to seabased intermodal transport, and improve accessibility within the North Sea Region by supporting the implementation of Motorway of the Sea (MoS) and related transport networks in an integrated logistical chain.
Maritime London
Maritime London is a not for profit promotional body for UK based companies which provide professional services to the international shipping industry. Funded by around 100 companies and organisations from a wide range of disciplines, Maritime London is here to help ensure that the UK remains a world beating location to base a maritime related business.
Shipping and CO2
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is leading the representation of shipowners in the current negotiations at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with regard to achieving the best and most effective means of further reducing the shipping industry’s emissions of CO2. The shipping industry fully accepts that the CO2 emission reduction which ships must aim to achieve should be at least as ambitious as the CO2 emission reduction agreed under any new United Nations Climate Change Convention.
EMSA Classifications Societies Assessment
Maritime Executive
Strategies and solutions through case studies, interviews and articles that address critical issues in the maritime industry today.
The European Green Cars Initiative
The European Green Cars Initiative is one of the three Public Private Partnerships (PPP) of the European Economic Recovery Plan announced by the President of the European Commission on the 26th of November 2008. The objective of the initiative is to support R&D on technologies and infrastructures that are essential for achieving breakthroughs in the use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources, safety and traffic fluidity. Despite its name the Green Cars Initiative is not only for passenger cars. Under the Green Cars Initiative, the topics include research on trucks, internal combustion engines, bio-methane use, and logistics. However a main focus is on the electrification of mobility and road transport
Cassadra Project
Port Operations Research and Technology Centre at Imperial College London
The Port Operations Research and Technology Centre at Imperial College London was established in 2005 as a research centre serving the port sector and associated industries on operational, strategic, economic, and technology issues
Rutgers Laboratory for Port Security
In a global marketplace, safe, secure, and uninterrupted operation of our ports is vital to a robust and stable economy. LPS seeks to improve port safety and security through modeling the complexities of cargo vessel traffic and container inspection processes, developing workable solutions, and supporting their implementation. LPS is a cooperative venture between Rutgers’ CAIT and DIMACS.
EUROPA Maritime security: Ship and port facility security
The main objective of this regulation is to implement European Union (EU) measures aimed at enhancing the security of ships and port facilities in the face of threats of intentional unlawful acts.EU countries are required to communicate to the IMO, the Commission and the other EU countries the information requested and the special measures adopted to enhance maritime security under the SOLAS Convention. Alongside this, each EU country must draw up the list of port facilities concerned on the basis of the port facility security assessments carried out and establish the scope of the measures taken to enhance maritime security. This list must be communicated to the other EU countries and to the Commission by 1 July 2004 at the latest.
Marco Polo News
Port Technology International
Informaion on port developments including customs and security
Maritime Protective Services, Inc
Transport security information
Protecting passengers and goods transport in Europe
Eupean Comission videao for sea and air port security
Port of London Security Strategy
As the statutory harbour authority for the Port of London, the PLA has also been designated a “strategic authority” by the UK Government, in respect of the requirements of the ISPS Code, and as a Category 2 Responder under the Civil Contingencies Act. This role includes responsibilities in respect of security matters in the wider port environment and impacts directly on the PLA’s internal security culture and arrangements, as well as those of the organisations it may be called to support. The PLA, with the Metropolitan Police Service, is a founder member of the Thames Counter Terrorism Partnership.
The ISPS Code is implemented through chapter XI-2 Special measures to enhance maritime security in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974. The Code has two parts, one mandatory and one recommendatory.
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)
One of the main elements of the security amendment of the Community Customs Code ( Regulation (EC) 648/2005)Member States can grant the AEO status to any economic operator meeting the following common criteria: customs compliance, appropriate record-keeping, financial solvency and, where relevant, security and safety standards.
European Customs Information Portal
This website has been created by the European Commission's DG for Taxation and Customs Union, in close collaboration with representatives from national customs administrations and trade. It aims to clearly communicate information for traders on the safety and security amendment to the Community Customs Code. It is a forerunner to the comprehensive European Customs Information Portal foreseen at a later stage.
EMEC The European Marine Equipment Council
Objectives Strategy Structure EMEC and EU initiatives Intellectual Property The GreenShip Technology Book EMEC Partnerships Who's who The European Marine Equipment Council (EMEC), which represents around 1300 companies all over Europe and consists of 13 European trade associations. EMEC optimises the interaction between the member associations and the European institutions and drives the involvement of companies in all EU programmes for increasing the quality of marine technology and the competitiveness and prosperity of the whole industry.
ERFA, the “European Rail Freight Association”,
ERFA, the “European Rail Freight Association”, was founded in July 2002 by a handful of rail freight companies from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and the UK. Today, the association represents 17 countries in wider Europe. The mission of ERFA is to promote European rail freight transport and its stakeholders active in that area through the complete liberalisation of that market.
CLECAT European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistic and Customs Services
CLECAT was founded in 1958. Today it represents the vast majority of national organisations of freight forwarders and customs agents both in the European Union and on a continental level. The most recent internal enquiry showed that CLECAT represents about 19,000 companies that employ over 1,000,000 people.
ECSA European Community Shipowners' Associations
ECSA, formed in 1965 under the name of the Comité des Associations d'Armateurs des Communautés Européennes (CAACE) and taking its present name in 1990, comprises the national shipowner associations of the EU and Norway. ECSA works through a permanent secretariat in Brussels and a Board of Directors, as well as a number of specialised committees. Its aim is to promote the interests of European shipping so that the industry can best serve European and international trade and commerce in a competitive free enterprise environment to the benefit of shippers and consumers.
Maritime UK
Maritime UK brings together the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors in the UK to speak with a single voice on key strategic and practical issues of joint interest. Its intention is to create “joined-up” industry positions between these sectors so that the maritime message can be heard clearly and with greater weight by legislators and other audiences.
Oil & Gas Journal Online - Latest News
Oil & Gas Journal Online - Current Issue
Oil & Gas Journal Online - General News
Oil & Gas Journal Online - Transportation News
The carbonpositive team has been involved in air emissions regulation and compliance from its very beginnings 30 years ago. In an ever-tightening cloak of emissions regulations worldwide, we are the ‘go-to’ company for enterprises looking to: Quantify their greenhouse-gas emissions, energy use and environmental liabilities Source the right technological and operational solutions to cut emissions, Manage regulatory compliance risks, and Realise the emissions-trading benefits arising out of market-based regulation.
White paper 2011
The European Commission adopted a roadmap of 40 concrete initiatives for the next decade to build a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment.
Access to markets for SMEs
A Single Market for goods and services is one of the main drivers of Europe's economy. It relies largely on the opportunities available for businesses to market goods and to provide or access services in the EU. It is the EU's central mission to secure an increased market integration and to remove obstacles to the free movement of goods, services and capital and to the freedom of establishment.Studies demonstrate a direct link between internationalisation and company's competitiveness. The EU is helping SMEs to develop and promote their international activities and facilitating the access to international markets.Internationalisation also means awareness of standards and compliance certification processes. Actions are carried out to improve the participation of SMEs in the European standardisation process as well as to promote the use of standards facilitating access to the Single Market.
Port Strategy
Engineering Capacity
Maritime Journal
News from Logistics and Transport
In this fast-changing global market, Port Strategy offers executives informed reporting and insightful opinion from industry specialists.
ISO/PAS 28005-2:2009
Security management systems for the supply chain -- Electronic port clearance (EPC) -- Part 2: Core data elements ISO/PAS 28005-2:2009 contains technical specifications that facilitate efficient exchange of electronic information between ships and shore for coastal transit or port calls. It is intended to cover safety and security information requirements related mainly to the relationships between the ship and the port and coastal state authorities as defined below. ISO/PAS 28005-2:2009 contains the definition of core data elements for use in electronic port clearance (EPC) messages. It contains definitions of core data elements for electronic messaging between ships and shore in the areas of safety, security and marine operations. It does not define any structuring of messages or provide any guidance on what information is required for a particular purpose; it is rather a general data dictionary for safety, security or operation-related maritime information. It is intended for use in XML messages and will for that reason differ somewhat from the similar trade data elements directory (TDED) International Standard (ISO 7372). The core data elements defined in ISO/PAS 28005-2:2009 are specified so that their meaning and interpretation in general shall be independent of the context they are used in. ISO/PAS 28005-2:2009 does not define the message formats required to exchange information. ISO/PAS 28005-2:2009 contains definitions of core data elements for electronic port clearance. These elements cover all requirements for ship-to-shore and shore-to-ship reporting as defined in the following. 1.All FAL standard declarations (FAL 1 to 7) as defined in the FAL Convention. 2.ISPS reporting requirements as defined in ISPS and MSC 1130. 3.All general ship reporting requirements as defined in IMO A.851] 4.Recommended reporting on ship generated waste as defined in MEPC 644 (mandatory within the European Union, as described in EU/2000/59). 5.Required reporting as defined in the bulk loading and unloading code IMO A.862. 6.ETA reporting to pilot station as defined in IMO A.960. ISO/PAS 28005-2:2009 can also be used for information exchanges between the ship and the ship agent, the port as well as ship operator or manager. It will not necessarily cover issues such as customs clearance of imported or exported goods or transport service provisions to goods owners.
Logius- Single Window; with a view to the near future
On November 10th, Logius organized a conference on National Single Window concerning import and export traffic, based on the data model of the World Customs Organisation. The conference was attended by a great number of government parties and private organizations. Purpose of the conference was to identify ongoing initiatives with all stakeholders in this field and jointly examine whether more coordination is necessary and desirable. During the first part of the conference, international speakers outlined the developments and experiences in countries like Singapore and France. This input then led to lively discussions about how the Netherlands should proceed with this matter. It became clear that much has been done and much that can be built.
Customs Temporary Storage
Non-Community goods brought into the customs territory of the Community cannot be released from the customs office or other approved place (Article 38 Community Customs Code - CCC) at which they are presented until they are assigned to a customs-approved treatment or use. In the meantime, the goods must remain under customs supervision and are held in 'temporary storage' (Articles 50 - 53 CC), either at the customs office of presentation or at any other place designated, approved and controlled by that office. The goods must (in accordance with Article 49 CC) be assigned a customs-approved treatment or use within: •45 days from the date on which the summary declaration is lodged in the case of goods carried by sea; •20 days from the date on which the summary declaration is lodged in the case of goods carried otherwise than by sea.
DG Energy
DG Climate Action
DG Development
DG Health and Consumers
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
DG Enterprise and Industry
DG Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN)
Plurel Project 6th Framework
Pact 7th Framework
Gilded 7th Framework
Point 7th Framework
Works 6th Framework
Response 6th Framework
Ingineus 7th Framework
Eurodite 6th Framework
INFU 7th Framework
Micro-Dyn 6th Framework Programme
OECD Sustainable Development
UK Govt Sustainable Development
EUROSTAT Sustainable Development Indicators
European Commission - Environment
Sustainable Development - Europa
BARCLAYS Private Equity (Infrastructure Fund)
Norges Bank Investment Management
Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) manages the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global.
Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
The Seafarers International Research Centre is part of the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. SIRC was established in 1995 with a view to conducting research on seafarers. The Centre has a particular emphasis on issues of occupational health and safety. It is the only international research facility of its kind and has built up unparalleled experience of research in this field.
WCO - The World Customs Organization
The World Customs Organization (WCO) is the only intergovernmental organisation exclusively focused on Customs matters. With its worldwide membership, the WCO is now recognised as the voice of the global Customs community. It is particularly noted for its work in areas covering the development of global standards, the simplification and harmonisation of Customs procedures, trade supply chain security, the facilitation of international trade, the enhancement of Customs enforcement and compliance activities, anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives, public-private partnerships, integrity promotion, and sustainable global Customs capacity building programmes. The WCO also maintains the international Harmonized System goods nomenclature, and administers the technical aspects of the WTO Agreements on Customs Valuation and Rules of Origin
Tools for transport forecasting and scenario testing
International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF)
The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) are three intergovernmental organisations (the 1971 Fund, the 1992 Fund and the Supplementary Fund) which provide compensation for oil pollution damage resulting from spills of persistent oil from tankers. Provides information of ongoing incidents.
Formal Safety Assessment One way of ensuring that action is taken before a disaster occurs is the use a process known as formal safety assessment. This has been described as "a rational and systematic process for assessing the risks associated with shipping activity and for evaluating the costs and benefits of IMO's options for reducing these risks."
Supply Chain Digest
Supply Chain Digest is a weekly, on-line newsletter with lively information, news and commentary that summarizes and synthesizes important information for busy supply chain and logistics professionals.
IACS International Association of Classification Societies
Dedicated to safe ships and clean seas, IACS makes a unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development. More than 90% of the world's cargo carrying tonnage is covered by the classification design, construction and through-life compliance Rules and standards set by the eleven Member Societies of IACS
Industry Governance Institute (IGI)
The Industry Governance Institute (IGI) is an international association that provides a forum for debate and dialogue between practitioners, regulators and legislators, focusing on a range of industry governance issues at national and global levels, thereby promoting best practice across industry.
TPR Department of Transport and Regional Economics - Uni of Antwerp
The research activities unfold within the framework of programmes instigated by the university and the authorities (regional, federal and European) as well as specific assignments from the public and private sectors. The topics covered relate to: Freight transport: mode choice the organization, choice and planning of commodity flows land transport: intermodal operations, rail, road haulage, inland navigation and pipelines air transport and airports transport and logistics The port and maritime sector: competition and cooperation in the maritime and port sector ports as nodes in the logistics chain productivity of terminals maritime transport costs port policy strategic planning in seaports traffic forecasting
ETC proceedings 93 environmental-impact-calculation-of-transport
Paper on calcuting environmental impact in transport
Marine Environment Committee
UNECE Transport - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
facilitate the international movement of persons and goods by inland transport modes and improve competitiveness, safety, energy efficiency and security in the transport sector taking into account environmental protection to levels that reduce adverse environmental impact of transport activities and contribute effectively to sustainable development. Topics: Transport Facilitation and Security Intelligent Transport Systems Climate Change and transport Transport, Health, Environment (THE PEP) Trans-European Rail and Motorways Transport Infrastructure Development Road Traffic Safety Gender and transport Transport Economics Capacity Building
Information on maritime operation by Capt. P Deseck
Europe 2020
Europe 2020: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
European Transport Registry
Beginning January 1st, 2010, the European Transport Registry centralises and standardises data relating to transport companies for goods and persons of the 27 Member States of the European Union.
CLOSER website
CLOSER project information
EU webpage for e-Maritime
Information regardinmg progress with the EU e-Maritime programme
SafeSeaNet (SSN)
The European Commission, in response to its maritime safety legislation (Directive 2002/59) launched the development of a SafeSeaNet (SSN) to provide a European Platform for Maritime Data Exchange between the EU maritime Administrations promoting co-operation in preventing maritime pollution and accidents at sea.
Pacific Noth Coast Integrated Management Arae Initiative
integrated marine use planning in the PNCIMA region to achieve the shared goals of maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems and sustaining local marine economies
Japan International Transport Institute, Washington DC
DG Environment
Logistics World
Logistics World is a directory of logistics resources on the internet. Find logistics companies, logistics providers, supply chain consultants, supply chain management, freight forwarders, freight companies, trucking companies, moving companies, movers, shipping companies, air freight, air carriers, ocean freight, ship lines, rail freight, third party logistics providers, warehouses, freight transportation and more.
Freight Transport Association FTA
Freight Transport Association represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air. FTA members operate over 200,000 goods vehicles - almost half the UK fleet. In addition, they consign over 90 per cent of the freight moved by rail and over 70 per cent of sea and air freight. FTA is dedicated to its members, helping ensure their compliance and advancing their performance.
IMO Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation
information of NAV sessions
ISO / TC 204 for intelligent transport systems (ITS)
Standardization of information, communication and control systems in the field of urban and rural surface transportation, including intermodal and multimodal aspects thereof, traveller information, traffic management, public transport, commercial transport, emergency services and commercial services in the intelligent transport systems (ITS) field.
World Bank Transport
In May 2008, World Bank announced Transport Business Strategy for 2008-2012 that defines the strategic direction and process adjustments for the sector. Improving monitoring and evaluation is one of the top priorities in the strategic direction. In this context, Rural Access Index (RAI) and Logistics Performance Index (LPI) have been introduced to measure transport intervention in achieving poverty reduction and economic growth. However there is a great challenge for data collection projects to improve data quality and availability since demands for comparison and benchmarking is rapidly growing.
GFP - Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade
The UN Trade Facilitation Network - a collaborative tool for practitioners and policy makers involved in trade facilitation and transport facilitation (TTF).
Single Administrative Document (SAD)
The single administrative document, SAD, provides the documentary basis for customs declarations in the EU and in Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. The SAD is aimed at ensuring openness in national administrative requirements, rationalize and reduce administrative documentation, reduce the amount of requested information and standardize and harmonize data. The document covers the placement of any goods under any customs procedure (Export, import, transit where the new computerised transit system (NCTS) is not yet used, warehouses, temporary import, inward and outward processing, etc.) whatever the mode of transport used.
Innovation Processes in Surface Transport
Innovation Processes in Surface Transport
Shortsea XML is a message standard for exchange of data between parties in a shortsea transport chain. Its aim is to reduce administration work and costs and therefore encourage more freight to transfer from road to shortsea shipping. Shortsea XML is based on UN CEFACT and build on UN Core Components. It is an open standard and is freely available to all parties. A range of European maritime associations, shippers, lines, agents, ports and IT suppliers are supporting the standard.
Freightwise Framework
web report on the Freightwise Framework
web report on the Freightwise Framework
Freightwise Framework: web navigation on models and entitiies
The European Intermodal Association
The European Intermodal Association is the first European association open to all transport modes: rail, road, waterborne, air. Its aim is to improve the co-operation of the different modes of transport as the logistics' chain still has lots of shortcomings in infrastructural, technical, organisational and legal respect.
EIRAC : the European Intermodal Resarch Advisory Council
the European Intermodal Resarch Advisory Council set up to guide public and private investments on current Research Framework Programme in the European Union, and in Member or Accession States. Active since 2005, it developed a joint research strategy through a new and common vision for innovation and change, which consequently turned into a Strategic Intermodal Research Agenda for year 2020, and the relevant Implementation Plan.
EIA - European Intermodal Association
The European Intermodal Association is the first European association open to all transport modes: rail, road, waterborne, air. Its aim is to improve the co-operation of the different modes of transport as the logistics' chain still has lots of shortcomings in infrastructural, technical, organisational and legal respect.
ITAIDE Project : e-Customs
ITAIDE research spans the levels of technology, processes and networks related to e-Customs
Freightwise project
FREIGHTWISE is an integrated project within the EU's 6th Framework Programme that aims at bringing together three different sectors: Transport Management : Shippers, Forwarders. Operators and Agents; Traffic and Infrastructure Management : Rail, Road, Sea, Inland waterways; Administration : Customs, Border Crossing, Hazardous Cargo, Safety and Security The FREIGHTWISE project will support the co-operation of these sectors in order to develop and demonstrate suitable intermodal transport solutions in a range of business cases. The project shall support the complex service integration into integrated transport chains.
Valencia port PCS
the Port Authority of Valencia, through the Port Community System valenciaportpcs.net (previously known as SIC), has extended the concept of a single window to utilisation by the private sector in the entire port community in order to simplify trade transactions and coordinate the container transport operations performed in a port. The single windows created for use by the private sector are: - Single window for overland container transport management. The parties involved (freight forwarders, container shippers, terminals, empty container depots and road and rail hauliers) present the documentation required electronically. These documents are then distributed to the rest of stakeholders in accordance with previously established business rules. This pioneer system in the Spanish port network at present covers practically all containerised freight movements (imports, exports and transit), leading to large savings in terms of the documentation that must be handled by the parties concerned, and is complemented by the fact that imported containers are released by border police without any documents being required (tax receipt). - Single window for presenting orders to load or unload containers onto or off a vessel. Container shippers and terminals only have one point of entry to issue and receive this type of information electronically. The information transmitted can be consulted by Customs, border police and the Port Authority of Valencia to carry out the controls they deem relevant and is checked against the information available on Customs dispatches to increase the control of operations. - Single window for contracting maritime services. One place for freight forwarders to send freight bookings and loading instructions to container shippers once an agreement has been reached with ocean carrier global platforms. Furthermore, the Port Community System valenciaportpcs.net is configured to be used by the Port of Valencia Hallmark to monitor the quality of port services and activities related to freight through a series of tools (such as overland transport closing time procedures) and reports that allow both the Hallmark authority and the parties responsible for the shipments to monitor and trace the operations undertaken using this system. In fact, all the companies that have been awarded the Port of Valencia Guarantee Seal must use the Port Community System valenciaportpcs.net.
The Finnish Maritime Administration is the host of the PortNet system that is used nationwide for vessel traffic in Finland. Each and every ship calling at a Finnish port has to provide information regarding its timetable, route, cargo, any hazardous cargo and maritime fees. It is also possible to give security announcements according to ISPC -instructions. The best way to submit this information is the PortNet system.
Portbase was created by a merger between Rotterdam’s Port infolink (est. 2002) and Amsterdam’s PortNET (est. 2000). The new organisation was set up in 2009 by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Port of Amsterdam and enjoys wide support amongst the port business community. Its aim is to make the logistics chains of the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam as attractive as possible by offering a one-stop-shop for logistic information exchange. Portbase hopes to become the national Port Community System within the foreseeable future. It also wants to play a key role in port-related logistics networks both in the Netherlands and abroad. To this end, the organisation combines knowledge of the ports with ICT know-how in an atmosphere of personal co-operation.
Electronic customs
The proposal for a Decision promoting electronic customs contains actions and deadlines for making Member States' electronic customs systems compatible with each other and creating a single, shared computer portal. This would facilitate communications between traders and customs and would allow for faster and better exchange of information between European customs authorities. Electronic declarations would become compulsory, with paper-based declarations becoming the exception. The proposal also suggests the setting up of an electronic "Single Window" whereby traders of proven trustworthiness ("authorised importers") would only have to deal with one body instead of several frontier control authorities as happens at present. Customs and other policy-related information relating to any given import consignment would then only have to be sent once. The goods would then be controlled by customs and other authorities (e.g. police, border guards, veterinary and environmental authorities) at the same time and at the same place under a 'One Stop Shop' arrangement.
GS1- Logistics Interoperability Model (LIM)
The objective of the Logistics Interoperability Model (LIM) is to gain benefits for global supply chains by increasing the business interoperability and visibility of operations. The LIM achieves this by harmonizing the interpretation of the business processes, as well as standardizing the structure and content of the data interchanges.
Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), EU
Institute of Sustainability Science (ISS), Kyoto University
Institute for Sustainability Study, Reykjavik
EUROPE direct
Questions about Europe?
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Port Industry Statistics
AAPA continuously receives requests on how ports rank nationally and internationally. The question is ambiguous, however, since ports can be compared in many different ways - by volume or value of trade, number of cruise passengers, revenues, and storage capacity, as examples.
Motorways of the Sea: HELP Desk
Bremer Landesbank
HSH Nordbank, AG
Danish Ship Finance
Sustainable Performance Group, Switzerland
Dutch Infrastructure Fund
Calvert Social Index
GS1 Logistics Interoperability Model (LIM)
The objective of the Logistics Interoperability Model (LIM) is to gain benefits for global supply chains by increasing the business interoperability and visibility of operations. The LIM achieves this by harmonizing the interpretation of the business processes, as well as standardizing the structure and content of the data interchanges. The work was agreed to be done in two parts: Develop Logistics Interoperability Model (LIM), a report which describes the business processes and data interchanges between trading partners and Logistics Service providers. Download the Logistics Interoperability Model (LIM) Report. Develop data exchange standards based on GS1 eCom (addressing both EANCOM® and GS1 XML). This work is being carried out by the Logistics eCom standards work group. For further information contact Jean-Luc Champion at jeanluc.champion@gs1.org.
Europlatforms- European association of freight villages
Europlatforms, established in 1991, is the European association of freight villages. Our members include some 60 companies that have set up and manage freight villages all over Europe, in which over 1.200 transport and logistics companies operate.
FUTURE of TRANSPORT - European strategies
United Nations
Danske Bank
It is a Danish Bank.
Nordea Bank
IATA e-Freight
The IATA e-freight project aims to take the paper out of air cargo. Facilitated by IATA, the project is an industry-wide initiative involving carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers and customs authorities. Each air cargo shipment carries with it as many as 30 paper documents – enough to fill 80 Boeing 747 freighters every year. IATA e-freight replaces 13 of these documents with electronic messages. That will increase to 16 in 2009, and 20 in 2010.
Daiichi Tanker Co. Ltd
Mitsubishi Corporation
Centre for Sustainable Transportation - Canada
Transport Canada Annual Reports
International Electrotechnical Commission
The IEC is the world's leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. The IEC also manages conformity assessment systems that certify that equipment, systems or components conform to its International Standards.
International Standards Organisation
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 162 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.
International Hydrographic Organisation
The International Hydrographic Organization is an intergovernmental consultative and technical organization that was established in 1921 to support the safety in navigation and the protection of the marine environment. The object of the Organization is to bring about: The coordination of the activities of national hydrographic offices; The greatest possible uniformity in nautical charts and documents; The adoption of reliable and efficient methods of carrying out and exploiting hydrographic surveys; The development of the sciences in the field of hydrography and the techniques employed in descriptive oceanography.
International Telecommunications Union
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has its headquarters in Geneva and is a specialised agency of the United Nations within which governments and the Private Sector co-ordinate global telecommunication networks and services. The ITU is the leading publisher of communication technology, regulatory and standard information in the form of ITU Recommendations, to guarantee the interoperability of communication systems. It concerns both Telecommunications (ITU-T) and Radio communications (ITU-R).
Internatonal Association of Lighthouse Authorities
The purpose of IALA is to ensure that seafarers are provided with effective and harmonised marine Aids to Navigation services worldwide to assist in safe navigation of shipping and protection of the environment
SIKA - Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis
SIKA is an agency that is responsible to the Ministry of Enterprise. SIKA was established in 1995 and has three main areas of responsibility in the transport and communications sector: 1)To carry out studies for the Government. 2)To develop forecasts and planning methods 3)To be the responsible authority for official statistics
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Its key tasks are to present proposals for environmental policy and legislation to the Swedish Government and ensure that environmental policy decisions are implemented.
Finish Environmental Institute (SYKE)
SYKE's research programmes assess environmental issues from a multi-disciplinary standpoint, integrating socio-economic considerations into scientific research
Official Journal of the European Union, September 23, 2002
UK Department of Transport
Logistics perspectyive - case studies
MIT CEEPR - Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
Focuses on Electricity Restructuring, Emissions Trading, Climate Change, Human Welfare and the Environment, Investment, Finance & Risk Management.
Pew Center on Climate Change
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change brings together business leaders, policy makers, scientists, and other experts. It produces analyses of key climate issues, works to keep policy makers informed, engages the business community in the search for solutions and provides educational material for key audiences.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
It is responsible throughout the UK for implementing the Government’s maritime safety policy - Safer Lives, Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas. It accounts many publications and undrtakes research programmes.
Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Primarily about ship classification activities, provides consulting and technical publications on shipping.
Scientific American
It is an internationally acknowledged publication on science, including shipping technology and the marine environment.
INTERTANKO is the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners.
IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international research organization. It conducts inter-disciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological, and social issues in the context of human dimensions of global change.
IVL - Swedish Environmental Research Institute
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is an independent research body that has been involved since 1966 in the development of solutions to environmental problems on behalf of the business sector and the community. IVL deals with environmental issues from a holistic perspective with the aim of contributing to sustainable growth.
Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS)
The Alliance for Global Sustainability (the AGS) is an international partnership between four of the world’s leading science and technology universities – ETH Zurich, MIT, The University of Tokyo, Chalmers University of Technology – and their associated partners.
The National Research Council
The National Research Council (NRC) functions under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). It is a a private, nonprofit institution that provides science, technology and health policy advice in the US.
IMO - The GEF/UNDP/IMO Global Ballast Water Management Programme (GloBallast)
This is a major elecrtonic source for ballast water; it inludes treatment and technology, research and development, legislation, databases and directories and educational material.
MIT Sea Grant Center for coastal resources - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This link covers general information on marine and aquatic invasions listed under geographic locations in the US and by topic.
IMO - Anti-fouling systems and relevant regulation
Ships travel faster through water and consume less fuel when their hulls are clean and smooth - free from fouling organisms, such as barnacles, algae or molluscs.By the 1970s, most seagoing vessels had TBT painted on their hulls. However, it soon became clear there was a price to pay for the efficient anti-fouling paints containing TBT. Environmental studies provided evidence that organotin compounds persist in the water and in sediments, killing sealife other than that attached to the hulls of ships and possibly entering the food chain. Specifically, TBT was shown to cause shell deformations in oysters; sex changes (imposex) in whelks; and immune response, neurotoxic and genetic affects in other marine species. This document from IMO goes through the various anti-fouling systems and relevant regulation.
EUROPA - summaries of legislation
CMI: Comite Maritime International
The CMI is an international non-Governmental organisation which promotes the unification of maritime law worldwide. Founded in 1897, the CMI was responsible for the drafting of numerous international conventions including the Hague Rules (International Convention on Bills of Lading), the Visby Amendments (amending the Hague Rules) and the Salvage Convention. In addition to its continuing work on maritime conventions, the CMI is involved in the formation and maintenance of codes of maritime and related commercial practice. In 1990 the CMI adopted uniform rules for Seawaybills and Electronic Bills of Lading. The CMI is also responsible for the revision and updating of the York-Antwerp Rules for adjustment of general average in insurance matters. While many of the functions of the CMI have been absorbed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the CMI continues to operate in an advisory capacity and has drafted conventions for consideration and adoption for the IMO and UNCTAD.
OSPAR Commission
The OSPAR Commission monitors the implementation of the OSPAR Convention (Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic) 1992. The OSPAR Convention influences international cooperation on the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. The OSPAR Commission is made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 Contracting Parties and the European Commission. The scope of the OSPAR Convention extends to the prevention and elimination of pollution from land-based sources, by dumping or incineration, and from offshore sources, and on the assessment of the quality of the marine environment. A new Annex V was prepared in 2000, on the protection and conservation of the ecosystems and biological diversity of the maritime area of the North-East Atlantic.
Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)
HELCOM is a regional body located in the Baltic which was set up to monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment in the Baltic Sea Area - Helsinki Convention (1974). One of the most important duties of HELCOM is to make Recommendations on measures to address certain pollution sources or areas of concern. HELCOM has adopted some 200 Recommendations for the protection of the Baltic Sea. These Recommendations are to be implemented by the Contracting Parties to the Convention through their national legislation. Another important duty of HELCOM is to follow up the implementation of the Convention and the HELCOM Recommendations.
Barcelona Commission
The Barcelona Commission monitors the implementation of the Barcelona Convention - (Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution and the Protocol for the prevention of the pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by dumping from ships and aircraft 1976 as amended), and the Protocols drawn up in line with this Convention. The Convention and Protocols aim to reduce pollution in the Mediterranean Sea and protect and improve the marine environment in the Mediterranean Sea area, thereby contributing to its sustainable development. Contracting Parties are all countries with a Mediterranean shoreline as well as the European Union.
UNDOALOS: United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
The UN is actively engaged in encouraging and guiding the development and adoption of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS). It monitors developments as they relate to the Convention and provides assistance to States in either the ratification or the implementation process. UNDOALOS helps to coordinate the UN’s activities and programmes in the area of marine affairs. It is active in assisting and advising States in the integration of the marine sector in their development planning. It also responds to requests for information and advice on the legal, economic and political aspects of the Convention and its implications for States. Such information is used by States during the ratification process, in the management of the marine sector of their economies and in the development of a national sea-use policy.
UNCITRAL: United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
UNCITRAL is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly of the United Nations with the general mandate to further the progressive harmonisation and unification of the law of international trade. UNCITRAL has prepared a wide range of conventions, model laws and other instruments dealing with the substantive law that governs trade transactions or other aspects of business law which have an impact on international trade. Examples are the model law on electronic signatures, and the use of electronic negotiable documents. UNCITRAL deals with the laws applicable to private parties in international transactions and is not involved with "state-to-state" issues. Membership of UNCITRAL is structured so as to be representative of the world's various geographic regions and its principal economic and legal systems.
ILO: International Labour Organisation
The ILO, as part of the UN, is an international multi-lateral organisation with a tripartite governing structure — representing governments, employers and workers. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. The ILO is responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. ILO Conventions and Recommendations cover a broad range of subjects concerning work, employment, social security, social policy and related human rights. The ILO drafted the Maritime Labour Convention in 2006. This Convention sets out seafarers’ rights to decent conditions of work and helps to create conditions of fair competition for shipowners. It is intended to be globally applicable, easily understandable, readily updatable and uniformly enforced. The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 has been designed to become a global legal instrument that, once it enters into force, will be the “fourth pillar” of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (SOLAS), the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, 1978, as amended (STCW) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 73/78 (MARPOL).
Rusal Aughinish
Rusal Aughinish is the largest alumina refinery in Europe. At full production the terminal has a total throughput of approximately 6.5 million tonnes / year, composed of bauxite, alumina, caustic soda, acid and heavy fuel oil. It is located in the Shannon Estuary in the South West of Ireland.
EUROPA Third_maritime_safety_package
Europa website
World Bank - Ports and Waterborne Transport
The Port Reform Toolkit is aimed to provide policymakers and practitioners with effective decision support in undertaking sustainable and well-considered reforms of public institutions that provide, direct, and regulate port services in developing countries. In particular the purpose of the Toolkit is to provide public officials with support in: Understanding the needs, challenges, and risks for sector reform and institutional redesign that are emerging from the changing business environment surrounding port operations. Choosing among options for private sector participation and analyzing their implications for redefining interdependent operational, regulatory, and legal relationships between public and private parties. Preparing legislation, contracts, and institutional charters to govern private sector participation. Managing the transition to increased private sector involvement.
EU Transport infrastructure
Transport infrastructure is fundamental for the mobility of the persons and goods and for the territorial cohesion of the European Union. The EU 27 dispose of 5.000.000 km of paved roads, out of which 61.600 km are motorways, 215.400 km of rail lines, out of which 107.400 km electrified, and 41.000 km of navigable inland waterways. Total investment on Transport infrastructure on the period 2000-2006 was € 859 billion
Dublin Port
Dublin Port Company is a self-financing, private limited company wholly-owned by the State, whose business is to manage Dublin Port, Ireland’s premier port. Established as a corporate entity in 1997, Dublin Port Company is responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the port. Dublin Port Company provides world-class facilities, services, accommodation and lands in the harbour for ships, goods and passengers. The company currently employs 161 staff. Located in the heart of Dublin City, at the hub of the national road and rail network Dublin Port is a key strategic access point for Ireland and in particular the Dublin area. Dublin Port handles over two-thirds of containerised trade to and from Ireland and 50% of all Ireland’s imports and exports, making it a significant facilitator of Ireland’s economy. Dublin Port also handles over 1.3 million tourists through the ferry companies operating at the port and through the cruise vessels calling to the port.
Carrers in international shipping
Why work at sea Qualifications Traning There are different opportunities and the work involved is always varied. In addition to navigation or engineering skills using the latest information technology, considerable leadership and managerial skills are essential to ensure the safety and well being of the community of people living and working together at sea. Following progression to more senior grades – and in many cases eventually shore based management - wide-ranging commercial skills are also acquired.
DG Fisheries and Maritime
Tanker Operator
News on tanker market
Marine Accident Investigation
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK ships worldwide, and other ships in UK territorial waters. The sole objective of MAIB accident investigations is to determine the circumstances and causes of the accident with a view to preserve life and avoid accidents in the future, not to apportion blame or liability.
Maritime Accident case book
library of accidents
IMO - Search and Rescue
The 1979 Convention, adopted at a Conference in Hamburg, was aimed at developing an international SAR plan, so that, no matter where an accident occurs, the rescue of persons in distress at sea will be co-ordinated by a SAR organization and, when necessary, by co-operation between neighbouring SAR organizations.
IMO - Responding to oil spills
The International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC), which was adopted in November 1990, is designed to help Governments combat major oil pollution incidents. The Convention became international law in May 1995. The Convention is designed to facilitate international co-operation and mutual assistance in preparing for and responding to a major oil pollution incident and to encourage States to develop and maintain an adequate capability to deal with oil pollution emergencies. In 2000, IMO adopted the Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, 2000 (HNS Protocol) which follows the principles of the OPRC Convention for hazardous and noxious substances other than oil.
International shipping news
SCMP – Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Membership association. On-site educational resources, research, country-specific analyses, and insight into real-world best practices
Copenhagen Malmo Port - CMP
CMP has become a hub for import and handling of new cars in the Baltic Sea Region. Development has been made possible by: Central location in the Øresund Region with almost four millions consumers Central location for in the Baltic Sea Region. Denmark, Sweden and Norway can be reached without further transshipment Frequent calls of feeder ships and transocean car carriers All types of services for the automotive industry offered Modern facilities with water depth up to 10 m Investment of more than 35 million euros in new quays, terminals and infrastructure Well-trained and dedicated staff
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is the professional body for everyone in the logistics, passenger transport, transport planning and related industries and is dedicated to supporting, developing and representing all specialisms at all stages of career development. Membership of CILT is represented in more than 30 countries across the world, providing news and information as well as comprehensive opportunities for continuous professional development.
husdal.com is a gateway to journal articles, research papers, books, websites and other resources in Supply Chain Risk and Business Continuity, personally collected and reviewed by Jan Husdal, a Researcher, Consultant, PhD-student, and Professor in spe from Norway
DG Competition
DG Competition websiteCompetition policy aims to ensure transport markets operate efficiently. This is especially important when newly competitive markets are emerging as a result of liberalisation policies. The current review process of the maritime consortia block exemption regulation will bring the modernization of antitrust legislation in the transport sector over recent years to an end.
American libraries - history of merchant shipping
History 1816 1877
Baltic on line
The Baltic Exchange is the world's leading international shipping market. Two-thirds of all the world's open market bulk cargo movement is at some stage handled by Baltic members. The five main dry bulk commodities are: iron ore, grain, coal, bauxite/alumina and phosphate rock. Other cargoes include sugar, forest products, ores and minerals, fertilisers, some manufactured commodities and various agricultural products. The wet bulk market comprises crude oil as well as refined products such as petrol, kerosene and chemicals.
Shipping markets
Shipping-markets.com provides you with an independent and up-to-date information resource on tanker and dry bulk markets. Information is continually gathered on the latest fixtures, ship sales, newbuildings and market background stories and provided to you in a unique, integrated system which includes full access to our online database of over 72,000 vessels
Port Strategy
With unique best-practice articles, case studies, and industry-led views and features, Port Strategy provides a unique reference point for the operations and maintenance of major ports and terminals
IFW -International Freighting Weekly
IFW is Europe’s leading multimodal newspaper for professionals involved in international freight transport and logistics.
ACCIONA is one of the foremost Spanish business corporations, leader in the development and management of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services. Acciona Transmediterannea is the biggest operator of maritime transport for passengers and cargo in Spain and one of the largest in Europe.
EU greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme
Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC
USA Allowance Trading
EPA’s Clean Air Markets Programs use a market-based regulatory program called Cap and Trade to reduce emissions. This type of approach is one of several different market-based mechanisms that use a variety of economic incentives and disincentives, such as tax credits, emissions fees, and emissions trading.
The New Zealand emissions trading scheme
Questions and answers about the New Zealand emissions trading scheme
FTSE4Good Index Series
The FTSE4Good Index Series has been designed to measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards, and to facilitate investment in those companies
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Based on the cooperation of Dow Jones Indexes, STOXX Limited and SAM they provide asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios.
International institute for Sustainable Development
IISD champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Sustainability reports based on the GRI framework can be used to benchmark organizational performance with respect to laws, norms, codes, performance standards and voluntary initiatives; demonstrate organizational commitment to sustainable development; and compare organizational performance over time.
National Strategies for Sustainable Development
This web site provides tools to assist in promoting dialogues on national strategies for sustainable development and providing necessary background information and reference material in support of these dialogues. Overall objectives are to: improve international understanding of the key challenges and modalities for developing and implementing effective nssds. elaborate good practices for donors in assisting developing countries with the formulation and implementation of nssds. inform bilateral donor response to developing country requests for support of nssd processes.
SustainableShipping.com is an online news and information resource dedicated to marine transportation and the environment. News stories are published daily, five days a week.
European Sustainable Development Strategy
Information on EU policies for sustainable development and reviews of progress
UN Commission for Sustainable Development
The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit.
statistics on transport, which cover EU traffic (in vehicle-kilometres or VKM) and EU transport (passenger-kilometres (PKM) or tonne-kilometres (TKM)) by the individual modes: road, rail, pipeline, inland waterway, sea and air.
International Transport Forum
Canada Transportation Act Review
Versions of research reports commissioned by the Canada Transportation Act Review Panel are available on this website.
Transport Canada Regulations
Regulatory Initiatives Transport Canada is committed to developing any new regulations in close consultation with all stakeholders.
PROMIT project
Safety Performance Indicators
SafetyNet project

OECD Environment Directorate
The Environment Directorate provides governments with the analytical basis to develop policies that are effective and economically efficient.
exiopol project
Exiopol project website
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay
Lloyd's Register - Fairplay publishes a range of shipping magazines, which appeal to audiences across the maritime community from shipowners and ship managers to port authorities and port operators. Fairplay is the weekly publication;covers operational and commercial themes. It combines news analysis, technical and commercial features and an extensive markets round-up in every issue. Fairplay Solutions, launched in 1996, is a monthly magazine that sets out to assess technical developments as solutions to commercial problems. It is distributed to the same circulation as Fairplay, but is written for superintendents and other technical managers.
MarineTalk has been in operation since 1998 and has since earned the respect and trust of the maritime industry by developing and operating the leading Internet portal for the technical sector of this industry. The Company was founded by a team of marine professionals who recognized the need for easier and faster access to quality information.
The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change
The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is the new home to climate-change and environment research at LSE.
Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, UK
The Centre is chaired by Professor Lord Stern of Brentford and directed by Professor Judith Rees at the London School of Economics and Political Science and by Professor Andy Gouldson at the University of Leeds. It also draws on targeted contributions from internationally recognised researchers at other institutions.
Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC)
The Transport Research Knowledge Centre (TRKC) gives you an overview of research activities at European and national level. For in-depth information, consult the Centre's programme and project profiles. For a wider view, look at the thematic reports and policy brochures.
the International Council on Combustion engines. Promote exchange of scientific and technical information via its Congresses and CIMAC Circles; Improve understanding between engine manufacturers and users; Improve understanding between manufacturers and suppliers.
The project shall contribute to providing that the new digital communication systems and innovative mobile network applications that are now being implemented on land also can be used in maritime operations.
Inmarsat has stood at the forefront of mobile satellite services for nearly 30 years and provides the only satellite network that meets GMDSS requirements.
National Institute for Land&Infrastructure Managem
Industry projects, company profiles for the cruise and shipbuilding industry
Sumitomo Metal Industries
JFE Steel Corporation
Nippon Coke&Engineering Company Ltd (Formerly Mitsui Mining Company Ltd)
The Corporate Name was changed to "Nippon Coke & Engineering Company, Limited" (Formerly Mitsui Mining Company, Limited) on 1st April 2009
Nippon Steel Corporation
PROPS Project
Promotion of Short Sea Shipping
SSS New Zealand
Pacifica Shipping in promoting the benefits of Short Sea Shipping to improve New Zealand's transport efficiency, environmental health and economic prospects.
IMTC Shortsea Shipping Study
Irish Lights
Frequently asked questions about AIS
SSS 14 Actions
Progress with SSS action programme
EMSA - EU Maritime Safety Agency
EMSA's main objective is to provide technical and scientific assistance to the European Commission and Member States in the proper development and implementation of EU legislation on maritime safety, pollution by ships and security on board ships. To do this, one of EMSA's most important supporting tasks is to improve cooperation with, and between, Member States in all key areas. In addition, the Agency has operational tasks in oil pollution preparedness, detection and response.
A Nautical Institute project, sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust, to improve the awareness of the human element in the maritime industry.
Lloyds List
Since its birth in Edward Lloyd’s London coffee shop in 1734, Lloyd’s List has been informing and guiding the thinking of business leaders and decision-makers the world over. Two and a half centuries later, the culture that spawned the provision of expert, authoritative coverage of the global shipping markets is as strong as ever. Lloyd’s List is not solely about shipping. On the internet site and in the pages of the daily newspaper there is coverage of marine insurance, offshore energy, logistics, global trade and law.
BIMCO is an independent international shipping association, with a membership composed of ship owners, managers, brokers, agents and many other stakeholders with vested interests in the shipping industry. The association acts on behalf of its global membership to promote higher standards and greater harmony in regulatory matters.
Environmental Benefits Calculator, DfT UK
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Developing a sustainable transport system
FTSE Group
Transport Research Knowledge Centre
World Integrated Trade Solutions
The World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) is software developed by the World Bank in close collabaration with UNCTAD. It gives an access to the major trade and tariffs data compilation by WTO, UNCTAD and UN Statistics Division.
UNCTAD Statistical Data Online
Transport Statistical Data
European Environment Agency
Environment Canada
Transport Canada
Debate Europe
Activities of the European Union
It provides summaries of all EU legislation.
Nordic Investment Bank (NIB)
NIB finances projects that strengthen competitiveness and enhance the environment in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
China Development Bank
Private Participation in Infrastructure Database
EU Seventh Framework Programme
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
TEN-T Executive Agency
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
European Investment Bank
Regional Policy (EU)
Europe Aid
Galileo is Europe's initiative for a state-of-the-art global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, global positioning service under civilian control. While providing autonomous navigation and positioning services, Galileo will at the same time be interoperable with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems. The fully deployed Galileo system will consist of 30 satellites and the associated ground infrastructure
The Navigation Center (NAVCEN) is the United States Coast Guard's Navigation Center of Excellence.
Trinity House
The Corporation of Trinity House The safety of shipping, and the well being of seafarers, have been our prime concerns since Trinity House was granted a Charter by Henry VIII in 1514. Today we have three distinct functions: First, we are the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, responsible for a range of general aids to navigation, 'signs of the sea', from lighthouses to radar beacons. Second, we are a charitable organisation dedicated to the safety, welfare and training of mariners. Third, we are a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority providing expert navigators for ships trading in Northern European waters.
Dryport intereg project
Dryport is an EU funded Project through Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme. Partners in the project are looking at monitoring carbon dioxide effects and the integration of dryports into the EU’s Motorways of the Sea concept.
ISF - International Shipping Federation
Information about careers at sea. Education and training courses leading to careers as ships' officers. National career contacts
International Chamber of Shipping
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the international trade association for merchant ship operators. The aim of ICS is to act as an advocate for the industry on issues of maritime affairs, shipping policy, legal and technical matters, including ship construction, operation, safety and management, and to develop best practice in the industry.
European Community Shipowners Association
ECSA formed in 1965 is aimed at promoting the interests of European shipping so that the industry can best serve European and international trade in a competitive free enterprise environment to the benefit of shippers and consumers
ESPO EU Sea Ports Organisation
ESPO represents the seaports of the Member States of the European Union and has observer members from several other European countries. ESPO’s mission is to influence public policy in the EU in order to achieve a safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable European port sector
Motorways of the Sea
The “motorways of the sea” concept aims at introducing new intermodal maritime-based logistics chains in Europe
Marco Polo Programme
Marco Polo is the European Union's funding programme for projects which shift freight transport from the road to sea, rail and inland waterways.
Executive Agency for Competitiveness & Innovation
(EACI) was set up to manage on behalf of the EC: Intelligent Energy – Europe; Enterprise Europe Network; Marco Polo and Eco-innovation
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Transport. EU transport policies aim at fostering clean, safe and efficient travel throughout Europe, underpinning the internal market of goods and the right of citizens to travel freely throughout the EU.
Digital ship
Established in August 2000, Digital Ship publishes a monthly magazine, an online newsletter and networking service and organises six large conference / exhibitions every year in Hong Kong / Singapore, Dubai, Oslo, the USA, Cyprus and Athens, and runs a series of one day sector-specific events.
MarNIS project -Maritime Navigation and Informatio
MarNIS has essentially addressed the maritime transport ‘reporting’ issue both from the point of view of improved efficiency of the ship reporting processes and from the way the information is used by authorities in enhanced safety and environmental risk management.
The European Commission has an active policy to promote Short Sea Shipping. This form of transport mode is highly efficient in terms of environmental performance and energy efficiency. It has the potential to solve road congestion problems affecting many parts of the European continent.
The European FP-6 DG Research Integrated Project "Effective Operations in Ports (EFFORTS)" aims to improve the competitiveness of European port operations and the quality of the ports labour conditions and market, being a prominent one in coastal regions. Start 1st May 2006 - 42 months
ESN - European Shortsea Network
The European Shortsea Network is a co-operation between all national shortsea promotion centres. The European Shortsea Network Internet site gives neutral information on the possibilities of shortsea shipping in Europe
IMO- International Maritime Organisation
A specialized agency of the United Nations with 168 Member States and three Associate Members, IMO is based in the United Kingdom with around 300 international staff. IMO's main task has been to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit today includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.
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