In this issue of the newsletter we are covering the bunker surcharge introduced by the liner carriers in maritime transport, recent developments of the Mobility Package legislation, and emissions reduction initiatives.
We must say that shippers are not happy with the introduction of the bunker emergency surcharge by carriers and are questioning the legacy of this new rule.
As for the Mobility Package, there have been positive and negative developments. Several issues have been voted for by the Transport Committee in the European Parliament; the others have been discussed at the level of the Council of Transport Ministers. You can read more detailed information about the results in the articles below.
As the attention to the environment protection is growing, we are happy to share the progress of the continuing LEARN project that focuses on the methodologies how to calculate and report emissions in logistics. We are also pleased to inform you about a new initiative, the Vessel Technology Assessment System (VTAS) project that is looking into energy saving technologies in maritime. They are looking for support from shippers as key motivators of maritime shipping companies.