The European Fee printed yesterday its communication on a brand new strategy for a sustainable blue economic system within the EU. This communication highlights the necessary position of all of the sectors associated to oceans, together with shipping, to spice up the inexperienced and digital transition of the blue economic system.
ECSA welcomes the publication of the communication on a brand new strategy for a sustainable blue economic system within the EU. The communication highlights the significance of the contribution of the blue economic system to attain carbon neutrality, by creating offshore renewable vitality and by greening maritime transport and ports.
Moreover, the Fee goals at selling using EU funds to inexperienced maritime transport by rising the uptake of short-sea shipping as an alternative of utilizing extra polluting modes, in addition to renovating the EU’s maritime fleet, akin to passenger ships and provide vessels for offshore installations, to enhance their vitality effectivity.
As well as, the communication underlines the significance of Maritime Spatial Planning to succeed in a extra sustainable blue economic system. ECSA assume that guaranteeing a good and accountable co-existence between the ocean customers, together with shipping, is important. ECSA thus welcomes the Fee’s introduced goal to organize proposals to facilitate cross-border cooperation and encourage Member States to combine offshore renewable vitality growth of their nationwide spatial plans.
“The communication rightly highlights the essential position of shipping within the sustainable blue economic system, particularly the position of brief sea shipping and of the offshore section,” stated Martin Dorsman – ECSA Secretary-Basic. As highlighted in ECSA’s place paper on the EU “Technique to harness the potential of offshore renewable vitality for a local weather impartial future” European shipowners play a constructive position in advancing the ocean vitality supply in Europe and all over the world. A sustainable blue economic system must be constructed on a robust maritime spatial planning, to make sure that the best stage of security is assured for all the ocean customers, together with shipping.
Nevertheless, ECSA is deeply involved that the Fee appears to be decided to increase the scope of the Ship Recycling Regulation earlier than a correct analysis of the prevailing laws and an affect evaluation takes place. Such an announcement doesn’t appear to be proof based mostly, goes towards the Fee’s higher regulation precept, and creates uncertainty for operators.