The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) is the trade association representing shipowners from the EU and Norway, covering all segments of the shipping industry. In aggregate figures, ECSA members represent a fleet of almost 15.000 vessels and 223 million gross tons (GT). Since its establishment in 1965, ECSA has been the primary interlocutor of the European institutions on all maritime-related policy issues. ECSA strives to ensure that the interests of its members are well represented and that the voice of EU shipowners is heard during the EU legislative process.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, and various industry business partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members. CLIA’s Associate Member and Executive Partner programs include the industry’s leading providers of supplies and services that help cruise lines provide a safe, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable holiday vacation experience for millions of passengers every year. Click on the CLIA logo for more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies.
The aim of the Commission is to promote a mobility that is efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly and to create the conditions for a competitive industry generating growth and jobs. The issues and challenges connected to this require action at European or even international level. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport works in concert with the European Union Member States, European industry, citizens and stakeholders. As part of it, the EU maritime transport policy aiming at promoting the quality and the competitiveness of European maritime transport, including ports; developing policy priorities and promoting investment in sustainable waterborne transport; improving qualifications and working conditions for crew and workers on EU flagged vessels and in ports and inland waterways by promoting both a level playing field on the basis of EU and international standards.
The European Boatmen’s Association (EBA) was founded in 1977 as a non-profit association. The association represents boatmen active in European ports. Its principal activity is to foster the professional development of boatmen and to promote their interests and objectives at European and international level.
The European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ECASBA) is the European Committee of FONASBA, the international representative body for the shipbroking and ship agency professions. Membership of ECASBA comprises the national associations in twenty two EU, EEA and applicant member states. ECASBA promotes and protects the interests of its members through dialogue and interaction with European Union institutions and other relevant bodies.
The European Dredging Association (“EuDA”) was founded in 1993 as a non-profit industry organisation for European dredging companies and related organisations to interface with the various European Union Institutions and also some International Organizations (such as IMO, HELCOM or ILO). European dredging companies, members of EuDA, are world market leaders with about 80% share of the global open dredging market. They employ approximately 25,000 European employees directly on land and on board the vessels and more than 48,300 people indirectly (through the suppliers and services companies). The combined fleet of EuDA’s members counts approximately 750 seaworthy EU-flagged vessels.
EMPA is a non-profit organization, created in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1963 by pilots of the newborn European Community. Nowadays EMPA regroups member countries associations of maritime pilots from the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Pilotage is a mandatory public service, strictly regulated by the States, related to maritime safety and protection of the environment. The task of the pilots is to assist the captains of vessels in ports and their approaches by bringing them not only knowledge of the local maritime conditions and operational practices but also their daily extensive experience of navigating ships in restricted waters.
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is a new pan-European trade union organisation which embraces transport trade unions from the European Union, the European Economic Area and Central and Eastern European countries.
Working within an overall framework of global solidarity, the ETF will operate both as the European region of the ITF and as the transport federation of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). Its principal activity is to represent and defend the interests of transport workers throughout Europe.
Founded in 1963 the European Tugowners Association is the sole interest group in Europe with the principal aim of promoting the interests of the European towage industry. Based in Brussels as a non-governmental organization, its membership is drawn from 21 European countries and comprises 81 companies, from the largest to small(er) in the sector, operating some 700 tugs in the ports and coastal areas of Europe.
Interferry is the only shipping association representing the ferry industry world-wide. There are currently 225 members from 38 countries. Interferry serves to research and collect information on developments within and affecting the ferry industry, to provide a forum for people to share experiences and learn from others and to represent the industry regarding regulatory matters. To fulfill this latter role, Interferry actively participates at the International Maritime Organization.
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) rotates among the EU Member States every six months and the country holding the Presidency drives forward the Council’s work. The EU Council is an essential decision maker which together with the European Parliament (EP) adopts legislation and coordinates EU policies.
Presidency is an opportunity for each Member State, regardless of its size or the length of the membership, to influence the EU agenda and guide the EU endeavours. Malta for the first time is assuming this task from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2017.
Shipping Innovation is an independent joint venture company that brings together two of the most experienced, creative, energetic and well-connected media companies in the maritime, transport and energy industries, Elaborate Communications Ltd and Petrospot Ltd.
The World Shipping Council, with offices in Brussels and Washington, D.C. represents the interests of the international liner shipping industry in public policy and regulatory matters. World Shipping Council members operate approximately 90 per cent of the global liner ship capacity, providing approximately 400 regularly scheduled services linking the continents of the world. Collectively, these services transport about 60 per cent of the value of global seaborne trade, and more than US$ 4 trillion worth of goods annually.