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December 21, 2018

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WSC, ECSA, ICS and ASA ask the extension of Regolamento EU of exemption for category for the consortia of containerized companies

Platten: it is essential also in order to allow with the marine industry to achieve the objectives of reduction of the gas emissions greenhouse

In the last hours yesterday, maturity date for the presentation of observations in the within of the procedure of public consultation on European Regolamento of exemption for category for the consortia of navigation companies that operate line services that were started three months ago from the EU commission(on 27 September 2018), the four international shipowning organizations World Shipping Council (WSC), European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) have introduced their appraisals and have exhorted the Commission to extend the application of Regolamento for others five years after the current expiration date that has been fixed in order on April 25, 2020.

Introducing their comments, WSC, ECSA, ICS and ASA they have evidenced that the Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA), the operating agreements with which the navigation companies agree modality of use and division of the cargo spaces on the portacontainer of the respective fleets, "they constitute a fundamental part of the structure of the total Network of marine transport of line" and that "the consortia Block Exemption Regulation (TO DRINK) have offered operated international for services marine transparent and practical guidelines legal of line in Vessel Sharing Agreement that they are realized by and for the ports of the European Union".

The four shipowning organizations have emphasized moreover that, "in spite of the recent fusions in the field of the transport of line, the continuous section to being to low rate strongly competitive concentration and, with hires - they have remembered WSC, ECSA, ICS and ASA - whose value is the half regarding the level of twenty years ago".

WSC, ECSA, ICS and ASA have found also that, "besides to support an operating efficiency and a wider offer than services, DRINKING contributes to help the carriers to reduce the emissions in the atmosphere and the gases to greenhouse effect through the best one I use of the cargo spaces of the ship".

"The truth - she has asserted the president and managing director of the World Shipping Council, John Butler - is that DRINKING at least 25 years have operated much good in order, establishing clear rules that can be applied practically without the need of a wide legal analysis. This means that the companies can be focused on the search of more efficient solutions of transport without having to tackle to the costs and the delays generated from an independent legal appraisal of these operating agreements routine".

The general secretary of the shipowning association European ECSA, Martin Dorsman, has stopped on the aspect of the competition, having answered implicitly the critics second which these agreements between navigation companies would have determined a decrease of the competition between the marine carriers to the detriment of their customers: "in last the five years - it has observed - many things are changed in our field, but the fact is that a strong competition between the carriers still exists. The pure operating agreements covered DRINKING - Dorsman has said beating again to the critics - encourage the competition winding down the barriers to the income on the markets allowing with the carriers to compete more on broken marine".

Guy Platten, general secretary of the ICS, has evidenced that these agreements are fundamental also in consideration of the new norms on the limitation of the gas emissions to greenhouse effect produced from the ships that are agreed near the International Maritime Organization (IMO), reached agreement the slid spring that previews that within the 2050 shipping it will have to at least reduce of 50% own emissions regarding the levels of 2008(on 13 April 2018), and it has emphasized that this is an important reason in more in order being extended five-year-old the application of Regolamento. "A new factor in the picture of this review of DRINKING - it has explained - is the fact that now the IMO has fixed concrete objectives for the reduction of the gas emissions greenhouse by international the marine industry. We will need - it has specified Platten - to use all the instruments available in order to increase the efficiency and DRINKING they support that the vessel sharing it is an essential instrument so that the field of the marine transport of line reduces the fuel burnup and, therefore, reduces its emissions".

The general secretary of the Asian Shipowners' Association, Ang Chin Eng, has put in evidence as the decision that will be assumed by the EU commission on the extension or less of the duration of Regolamento it will have repercussions also on the operativity of the marine transport in Asia: "many Asian nations and economies - it has remembered - have legal regimes that relatively to the topic of the competition deal the marine consortia of line in the same way of the European Union. It is in the interest of international the commercial exchanges that political and you read totally are aligned to the two ends of the commercial routes and that they clearly offer a guideline for international the marine transport".

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