On course towards administrative simplification for shipping

RBSA welcomes the adoption of a General Approach on the proposal for a European Maritime Single Window environment by Transport Ministers yesterday. European co-legislators have been working intensively to reduce the administrative burden shipping faces. This burden stems from today’s unharmonised and inefficient reporting obligations andRead More…

RBSA satisfied with retention deadline stricter sulfur limit

“Attempts to mitigate the stricter sulfur limit and to postpone the deadline for implementation have failed. We are happy about that, “says Ludovic Laffineur, the sustainability specialist at the RBSA. This week, the Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) came upRead More…

RBSA on board of aircraft with sniffer sensor measuring emissions from ships

Wilfried Lemmens, Managing Director of RBSA, had the chance to fly aboard an aircraft equipped with a sniffer sensor to detect emissions from ships. The sniffer sensor is capable of measuring sulphur (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the exhaust plumes from ships.The supply ofRead More…

CMB wins the Port of Antwerp Sustainability Award

CMB has won the Port of Antwerp Sustainability Award. With this award the organisers of the contest wish to highlight sustainable initiatives undertaken by port users and stimulate sustainable economic practices. CMB received the award for their hydrogen powered passenger vessel, Hydroville. The Hydroville isRead More…

MIDC paving the way to the most promising alternative fuels for shipping

The Maritime Industry Decarbonisation Council (MIDC) held a brainstorm session (engineers only :-)) hosted by the Belgian dreding company DEME. The main subjects of discussion were electrification, hybridization and alternative fuels for shippping. There was an intensive and fruitful debate on the pros and consRead More…

Belgium in the top as flag state

Just as in the latest inventories, Belgium scored the maximum points in the annual statement “Flag State Performance Table 2017/2018” by the International Shipping Federation International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) publishes. Only 10 flag States have achieved the best possible rating. Maritime safety, working conditions, environmentalRead More…

Economic Impact Study Belgian Shipping Cluster: Update 2017

Every three years, the RBSA updates the initial study from 2001 monitoring the maritime cluster and focusing on three subsectors, i.e. the merchant navy, towing and hydraulic engineering. The present edition also delves into the economic impact of the renewable energy sector.

Yemen conflict forces new security recommendations

In response to the threats arising from the conflict in Yemen, BIMCO, ICS and INTERTANKO have published interim guidance on maritime security in the southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb. Shipowners and operators should be aware of new threat patterns in the area.

Exmar wins a newbuilding contract for 79,500 m³ LPG Carriers

EXMAR has entered into an agreement with Statoil ASA from Norway on 2 environment-friendly Newbuilding 79,500 m³ gas carriers to transport LPG in a sustainable manner basis a long-term commitment. Both vessels are to be delivered within 2020 and will be compliant with the mostRead More…

Euronav and Gener8 announce merger agreement

Euronav  and Gener8 announced that they have reached an agreement on a stock-for-stock merger for the entire issued and outstanding share capital of Gener8, which would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Euronav. The combined company will have a fleet of 75 crude tankers, including 44 VLCCsRead More…

Belgium has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization

RBSA is very pleased that Belgium has been re-elected as a member of the IMO Council. Belgium is the world’s 17th largest register of shipping and has a tonnage controlled fleet of 23,5 billion TDW or 1.23% of the world total in 2017. Therefore itRead More…

Antwerp maritime group CMB pioneers environmentally friendly shipping: The Hydroville is hydrogen-powered

There was enormous interest in the official presentation of the Hydroville on November 30, at a traditional christening ceremony conducted by Bishop Johan Bonny, with Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters, Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois and State Secretary Philippe De Backer in attendance. Somewhat less traditionalRead More…

The IMO Assembly welcomes the RBSA to present the Maritime Industry Decarbonisation Council

VISION The MIDC bridges the gap between shipowners, charterers, shippers, equipment suppliers, ship builders, the research community, banks, classification societies and oil majors to ensure the development of an evidence-based policy on GHGs. The platform will enable the sector to reduce its CO2 emissions inRead More…

Belgium establishes a partnership with the Marshall and Solomon Islands on the fight against climate change

The Secretary of State for the North Sea Philippe De Backer (Open Vld), together with the Marshall and Solomon Islands and the International Maritime Organization, fights against the global greenhouse gas emissions in navigation. “Everybody has to contribute to this fight against climate change. IRead More…

20 years for “Pirate King”

Mohamed Abdi Hassan, dubbed the Somali pirate king, has been sentenced to twenty years in prison in his absence. Mohamed Abdi Hassan has been convicted for his role in connection with the piracy on board of the Belgian ship Pompeï in 2009. Fellow Somalian MohamedRead More…

CO2 emissions reductions of the shipping – European Shipowners discussing the impact of improved machinery, propulsion, operation and design

In the European Shipowners’ seminar on CO2 reductions in the shipping industry one message was clear: in order to achieve CO2 reductions across the world merchant fleet, a combination of different measures is needed. “In the seminar this week, they discussed with stakeholders and EuropeanRead More…

Antwerp Maritime Academy participates in the prestigious Monaco Solar Boat Challenge

From the 13th until the 15th of July the Antwerp Maritime Academy will be participating in the prestigious Monaco Solar Boat Challenge. Since 2008 students and teachers from the Marine Engineering department of the Antwerp Maritime Academy (HZS) are working on the development of aRead More…

Joint industry launches latest industry guidelines on cyber security

The second edition of The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships has been released. The latest practical advice has been compiled by the joint industry group, which is led by BIMCO and now includes new members OCIMF and IUMI, as well as the original contributorsRead More…

Annual Report 2016

2016 proved to be another challenging year for Belgian shipowners, faced with the sluggish growth of world trade, as well as a continuing unbalance between supply and demand in most shipping industry segments. Entrepreneurship and creativity are still very much required to ride out theseRead More…

A glimpse of our Annual General Meeting

On July 14th, the Royal Belgian Shipowners’Association hosted in accordance with traditional practice, a reception followed by a lunch on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting taking place in the Royal Belgian Yacht Club. This year, we had the honour to welcome  Belgian MinisterRead More…

Belgian frigate Louise Marie joins Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean

On Sunday, the 18th of June, the Belgian frigate Louise-Marie has joined EUNAVFOR MED and she will continue to support the operations until the 22nd of July. This deployment is the third time the Belgian Navy provides an asset to support Operation Sophia. The commanding officerRead More…

The RBSA creates the ‘Maritime Industry Decarbonisation Council’: the first international think tank for carbon-free shipping

Decarbonisation is an issue that calls for urgent action: increased efficiency, technological innovation, access to finance, clear regulations are topics that should be tackled through a dedicated platform. In 2016 the RBSA took the initiative to set up a platform where all stakeholders involved can orient around steps in the decarbonisation pathway.