Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association launches “Economic Impact Study on the Belgian shipping cluster”

On the occasion of the World Maritime Day, the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association (RBSA) launches the latest update of its study that examines the economic importance of shipping to Belgium. Using key economic figures up until 2020, this 7th edition of the “Economic Impact StudyRead More…

Maritime Lady Helga Van Noten

The following interview was published in Seatalk (4th Edition, 2022). Helga Van Noten used to stay regularly with her grandparents, in a flat on the Scheldt quays. The ships stirred the little girl’s curiosity. What is their destination, who are the people on board…? NoRead More…

Zero-Emission Shipping is An Opportunity

The following interview was published in Seatalk (3rd Edition, 2022). SeaTalk visited Wilfried Lemmens, director of the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association (KBRV – Koninklijke Belgische Redersvereniging), just as Putin invaded Ukraine. Because so many Ukrainians work on board Belgian ships, the phone was ringing offRead More…

#SeaYou at the Tall Ships Races in Antwerp, 22-24 July

The Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association, the Antwerp Maritime Academy and CMB.TECH cordially invites you to their activity tent during the Tall Ships Races in Antwerp from 22-24 July. What are the Tall Ships Races? More than 40 largest sailing ships in the world will gatherRead More…

#SeafarerJourney: Interview with Ukrainian seafarers

On this Day of the Seafarer, we’ve asked some of Ukrainian seafarers to share their stories with the world. Earlier in May, Belgian shipowners set up a shelter for Ukrainian seafarers who are unable to return home after their mission, to reunite with their familyRead More…

Belgian Shipowners Applaud Parliament’s Approval of the IMO HNS Convention

It was a huge victory for the environment today when the Belgian Federal Parliament voted for the implementation of the “International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea“. Known simply as the HNSRead More…

Shipping decarbonisation goal can be achieved with financial incentives like Contracts For Difference

At the closed-door public-private event yesterday co-organised by the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association and the Getting to Zero Coalition, participants discussed how the EU could drive shipping’s transition to zero emission in Europe and globally through a dedicated Ocean Fund, Contracts for Difference, and GreenRead More…

Will Shipping’s Zeal Seal the Green Deal?

A closed-door public-private discussion on the decarbonisation of shipping, followed by networking drinks. Tueday 31 May 2022 13:00 – 16:00 CEST Radisson RED, Brussels Guest Speakers Kasper Søgaard, Managing Director and Head of Institutional Strategy and Development, Global Maritime Forum (Moderator) Wilfried Lemmens, Managing Director, RoyalRead More…

Belgian Shipping features daily nominee to celebrate first International Day of Women in Maritime

To celebrate the first international day of women in maritime on 18 May as decided by the IMO last year, the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association has featured a woman nominee each day since 13 May also to mark the 10th anniversary of WISTA Belgium. “BothRead More…

Belgian shipowners reunite Ukrainian seafarers with their families

The Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association has opened a temporary shelter where Ukrainian seafarers can reunite with their families who are fleeing the war-torn country after it has been invaded by Russia. Located in Hoboken, south of the city of Antwerp, the empty office building wasRead More…

Shipowners’ associations stand behind EU sanction package

The Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association has signed a statement together with other leading shipowning associations condemning the attack on Ukraine: Statement signed by leading Shipping Associations: We, as leading shipping associations, condemn in the strongest terms Russia’s on-going war and invasion of the sovereign stateRead More…

Is the EU ‘Environmental Liability Directive’ effective against environmental damages caused by international shipping?

Elle De Soomer, Head of legal affairs, shipping policy & security at the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association takes a critical look at the EU Directive 2004/35/CE on Environmental Liability (ELD) regarding environmental damage from shipping accidents, which are exempt at this moment. While it canRead More…

Without Ukrainian and Russian Seafarers, Chaos Looms At Sea

After months of being trapped at sea due to the pandemic, the current war in Ukraine is holding hundreds of thousands of seafarers hostage from the global merchant fleet. There are indeed many seafarers of both Ukrainian and Russian nationalities working on board ships. ManyRead More…

EU Ship Recycling Rules Need “Major Surgery” Not A “Band-Aid”

The EU Ship Recycling Regulation needs “major surgery”, but the current proposals offer little more than a sticking plaster, says Gudrun Janssens Head of Environmental & Technical Affairs, Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association on the latest GMS Podcast. Ms Janssens believes the European Commission has “lostRead More…

The world’s only purpose-built charity hospital ship to set sail from Antwerp

After a six-month stay in the Port of Antwerp since 12 September, where she received the final outfitting of its medical and IT facilities, the Global Mercy – the world’s only purpose-built, civilian-funded charity hospital ship – will soon depart at the end of FebruaryRead More…

The Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association supports Ocean Fund proposal

Shipping is prepared to play its part in achieving the ambitious goals laid out in the European Green Deal. To do so, it needs effective policy instruments in place to simultaneously stimulate research and investments in alternative fuels and encourage emission reduction measures. To thisRead More…

Piracy has decreased in 2021 but the threat remains

According to the annual piracy report published recently by the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), piracy and armed robbery at sea last year has reached an all-time low since 1994. But the threat remains. The report shows that in 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre recordedRead More…

Belgium begins booster vaccine campaign for seafarers

Following the inoculation of foreign and Belgian seafarers since June, Belgium is once again spearheading a booster vaccine campaign for these maritime workers starting 7 December. “The booster vaccine campaign is important because seafarers spend long days at sea in closed groups. A COVID-19 outbreakRead More…

Belgian shipowners fully support Belgium’s candidacy for IMO Council

Next week, the IMO Assembly from 6-15 December will vote for the members of the executive body of the UN organisation for maritime. Belgium is standing for re-election in the IMO Council in Category C (States with special interests in maritime transport or navigation). AsRead More…

Belgian shipping: MEPC 77 needs to deliver concrete actions

This week, as the 77th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) takes place after an intensive discussion at the recent COP26 that led to the Glasgow Climate Pact, Belgian shipping reiterates how crucial it is for the MEPC 77 to deliver concreteRead More…