Policy and Politics

U.S. Ports Update: Building for the Future

US port executives are calling upon the Trump administration to make good on campaign promises to invest in infrastructure
U.S. Ports Update: Building for the Future

When the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) convened in New Orleans for their annual convention late last year, the buzz was understandably about presidential campaign promises to invest in infrastructure. And while both candidates promised to make this a priority, President-elect Donald Trump was especially adamant about getting started post-haste in 2017. Now say, port executives, it’s time to “put up or shut up.” “Mr. Trump has put forth an ambitious goal of investing up to $1 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure, for which freight transportation and ports are vital components,” says AAPA president and CEO Kurt Nagle. “An enhanced focus on freight transportation and ports would certainly help achieve the new administration’s goal of building a better economic future for America.”

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Rotterdam challenges IMO over emissions ‘roadmap’

Rotterdam challenges IMO over emissions 'roadmap'

Top European port Rotterdam has come out against the recently agreed IMO timetable for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, claiming that it is not sufficiently ambitious.

In so doing, the port has crossed swords with the shipping industry and even European ports body ESPO, which has backed the IMO timetable, arguing that only an IMO-led global response to shipping emissions reduction can work, given the global nature of the shipping market.

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Danish Shipowners Warn European Parliament Shipping Emissions Puts Shipping in Jeopardy

Danish Shipowners Warn European Parliament Shipping Emissions Puts Shipping in Jeopardy

PRESS RELEASE – DECEMBER 15, 2016

Today, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee decided to call for the inclusion of maritime transport into the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The vote went against the advice of the European Parliament’s Industry Committee, which voted to keep shipping out, only a month ago. The Danish Shipowners’ Association regrets that MEPs chose regionalism over global progress.

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US Federal Maritime Commission approves THE Alliance

US Federal Maritime Commission approves THE Alliance

PRESS RELEASE

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has concluded its review of the proposed “THE Alliance” agreement (FMC Agreement No. 012439), allowing it to become effective on December 19, 2016.

The Commission voted to allow the agreement to become effective following a period of substantive and constructive discussion with the parties.

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European Parliament Gives Green Light to Port Regulation

European Parliament Gives Green Light to Port Regulation

The European Parliament adopted today a report on the Regulation establishing a framework for the organisation of port services and financial transparency of ports presented by the rapporteur MEP Knut Fleckenstein.

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