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…

Webinar on alternative fuels in support of Belgian candidacy to IMO Council

With Belgium standing for re-election to the IMO Council in category C (special interests in maritime transport or navigation), Belgian shipowners voice their strong support for the country’s candidacy. As the beating heart of maritime Europe, Belgium is uniquely placed to connect both Europe andRead More…

Is the proposed FuelEU Maritime Regulation fit for purpose, or will it hamper shipping’s path to decarbonisation?

Last Saturday at the world’s largest gathering of shipping companies, regulators and policymakers at the ICS Conference on Shaping the Future of Shipping at COP26 in Glasgow, the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association joined in the discussions on how to move forward together in making sureRead More…

Waterborne Transport Innovation delivering on the European Green Deal

The Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association is part of the Waterborne Technology Platform, which welcomes the applicability of the EU Innovation fund to deploy highly innovative technologies that can bring significant emission reductions in the waterborne transport sector. On 26 October, the European Commission launched theRead More…

Interview with Catrien Scheers, Chairwoman of Fast Group

Below is an interview with Catrien Scheers, chairwoman of Belgian shipping company Fast Group, about her recent participation in the AGM of WISTA International in Hamburg. In the overwhelmingly male environment of shipping, Catrien has often been nicknamed ‘the leading lady of breakbulk’ for her well-knownRead More…

World Maritime Day: Belgian shipping looks back at milestones achieved

As a proud and long-established maritime nation, Belgium and its shipping industry have been spearheading many of the innovations and developments in recent years. This World Maritime Day, Belgian shipping looks back at some of the recent milestones achieved as Belgium presents its candidature toRead More…

Belgian shipping applauds the first European Maritime Transport Environmental Report

The Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association says the EMTER report provides a useful overview on the current status quo for the sector to move forward towards Europe’s carbon neutrality ambition. Launched on 1 September by the EEA and EMSA, the EMTER report acknowledges that maritime transportRead More…

Belgium now inoculates foreign seafarers via roving vaccination teams on board ships

Following the successful COVID-19 vaccination of Belgian seafarers that started on 2 June, Belgium is going boldly beyond by moving a level up with a proposal by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the North Sea, Mr Vincent van Quickenborne, the Royal Belgian Shipowners’Read More…

Belgian shipping honours seafarers

For 25 June, Day of the Seafarer, the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association has produced a series of interview videos to honour seafarers for the vital role that they play in sustaining the global supply chain.