|Message from the Secretary General|
In February SEA Europe was active on several fronts of importance for the European maritime technology industry (IPR, Trade, China, Defence, LNG, just to name a few). The SEA RDI and SEA TEC met in Brussels this month to discuss a variety of topics linked to both Framework Programme 9 and IMO developments. A dedicated SEA Correspondence Group on China was established and kicked off its activities. Finally, I am glad to announce that thanks to a joint effort from SEA Europe, DG RTD, DG MOVE and WTB TP a number of high ranking speakers from the Waterborne community now feature in the 2018 TRA (Transport Research Arena) Programme.
|INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: SEA EUROPE WELCOMES COMMISSION’S NEW IPR PROTECTION PACKAGE|
SEA Europe issued a Position Paper welcoming the European Commission’s new package of measures for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection which was published on 29 November 2017. SEA Europe highlighted the need to reinforce efforts against counterfeiting of products as a key step to encourage European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity, and put forward several considerations regarding the maritime technology sector. For more information please visit our webpage (“position papers”) or contact the SEA Europe Secretariat.
|TRADE: GLOBAL SHIPBUILDING AGREEMENT – SEA EUROPE ISSUES POSITION PAPER IN VIEW OF ONGOING DISCUSSIONS|
The OECD WP6 agreed on a “roadmap” for a possible relaunch of new negotiations for an international agreement, including major non-OECD shipbuilding economies like China, aimed at establishing level playing field in world shipbuilding. At EU level the European Commission initiated some preliminary “scoping” discussions with the EU Member States with the aim of selecting key items for future discussions. Within JECKU, the shipbuilding industry representatives (including SEA Europe) explored the possibility to agree on a common, global industry position to advise Governments on the best way forward but no consensus could so far be established on the scope. SEA Europe issued a Position Paper outlining the European maritime technology industry’s views and recommendations. The need for a global discipline for shipbuilding was also raised at the February meeting of the EU Market Access Advisory Committee, an important platform which gathers together the European Commission, the EU Member States and industry representatives including SEA Europe. For more information, please contact the SEA Europe Secretariat or visit our webpage (“position papers”).
CHINA: SEA EUROPE ESTABLISHES DEDICATED CORRESPONDENCE GROUP
SEA Europe set up a dedicated Correspondence Group (CG) on China consisting of interested Member associations and companies. The task of the Group is to share information on relevant market, policy and regulatory developments as well as barriers experienced by European maritime technology companies in China. The objective is to enhance SEA Europe’s ability to react against unfair treatment or new market restrictions and strengthen its advocacy efforts on level playing field and better business conditions. The CG is established within the SEA Market Monitoring and Trade Working Group, and acts under the instructions, supervision and policy advice of the latter. It will closely liaise with the EU Chamber of Commerce in China which is creating an internal group on Shipbuilding and Marine equipment. If you are interested in the CG activities, please feel free to contact the SEA Europe Secretariat.
EU – ASIA CONNECTIVITY: SEA EUROPE ATTENDS MEETING TO PREPARE FUTURE EU STRATEGY
In February SEA Europe Secretary General Christophe Tytgat participated in an informal stakeholder meeting organized by the Commission’s services (DG MOVE) to discuss the contents of the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy which the European External Action Service is expected to adopt this year. The Strategy is foreseen to feed into the deliverables for the Asia-Europe Meeting, which will be taking place in the autumn of 2018. SEA Europe stressed the need for Market access, level playing field, reciprocity and transparency to be addressed in the context of the future Strategy, notably in relation to major initiatives like the “Belt and Road project”, as key drivers to foster win-win results and business opportunities for European maritime technology companies. The SEA Europe China Correspondence Group is preparing a more detailed position paper in view of the preparation of the future EU Strategy.
SEA NAVAL GATHERS CONSORTIUM IN VIEW OF EDA CALL ON ITS STRATEGIC RESEARCH AGENDA
The SEA Naval Working Group gathered a consortium to commonly answer the European Defence Agency (EDA) call for tender to update its strategic research agenda. If awarded with the tender, the SEA Naval WG will provide the EDA with its expertise and the background of its experts. The proposal was submitted on the 26th of January. The Kick-off Meeting is supposed to be organised during the next Maritime CapTech, end of March.
|TRA PROGRAMME COMMITTEE MEETING– BRUSSELS, 19 FEBRUARY|
The TRA (Transport Research Arena) Programme Committee finalised last 19 February in Brussels the Conference list of sessions (Plenary, Strategic and Invited) as well as the key speakers. A number of high ranking speakers from the Waterborne community have been invited, thanks to a joint effort from SEA Europe, DG RTD, DG MOVE and WTB TP. Of special relevance the fact that Mr. Bernard Meyer will be among the so called “Industry Leaders” speaking in the Introductory session of the Conference and that several SEA Europe’s representatives (member, associated members, directors) will be addressing Research and Innovation policy matters in their speeches. It is reminded that TRA (“THE” European research and technology biennial conference on transport and mobility) will take place in Vienna from 16 to 19 April 2018 (details on http://www.traconference.eu/
). Digitalisation and decarbonisation are high on the agenda of TRA 2018 and will be reflected throughout the conference, as the key dimensions expected to overhaul the transport system for all stakeholders. An important aim of TRA 2018 will be to imagine, sketch and investigate scenarios where ground-breaking digital and low-carbon technologies are deployed and the impacts on people, the transport system and the environment will be discussed.
|SEA EUROPE ATTENDS ESSF LNG SubGroup – Brussels, 27 February|
At the meeting, attended by SEA Europe as a regular member, EMSA presented the first version of the Guidelines for bunkering LNG ships. A very comprehensive document developed mainly for Port Authorities which greatly benefitted from contributions from all the Sub Group members among which particularly active Class (IACS), shipowners (EMSA, CLIA, Royal Belgian Shipowners) and several Member States. The guidelines, a first round of comments within the Sub Group will be accepted until 16 march leading to a second version, is of potential interest to SEA Europe Members for the large amount of relevant information it contains.
BLUE INVEST – SAVE THE DATE: 17 MAY 2018, BRUSSELS
In February the European Commission announced its ‘Blue Invest 2018’, the first match-making event in Europe between companies and investors in the Blue Economy. The event, scheduled on 18 May in Brussels, will be centred around the topics of how companies can take advantage of the projected global maritime growth potential and how technology and creativity can meet finance. During the event, selected entrepreneurs (incl. from start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs) will have the exclusive opportunity to pitch their projects to a panel of investors, set up bilateral meetings during the day and build new networks. More details about the event can be found here
SEA RDI discussed the latest developments in the relaunched Waterborne Technology Platform and agreed to prepare a short vision note based on the key points that had been identified by the technology platform during its General Assembly in January. This short vision document should assist both SEA Europe and the Waterborne Technology Platform to start lobbying the relevant European Institutions on Framework Programme 9.
SEA TEC discussed the outcome of recent IMO working group meetings, such as SDC5 and PPR5. At the same time, SEA TEC also discussed the CESA submission for a comprehensive GHG Strategy; which will be one of the key topics at IMO MEPC 72. SEA TEC also agreed to organise another annual joint workshop with EMSA in Lisbon on 19 October.
12 March SEA Europe Market Monitoring and Trade meeting, Brussels
13 March SEA Europe Board, Brussels
20 March SEA Market Forecast meeting, Brussels
4 April SEA Finance meeting, Rotterdam
10 April, SEA Human Capital meeting, Brussels
11 April, Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee, Brussels
12 April, SEA IPR meeting, Brussels
16-19 April, TRA 2018, Vienna
26 April, SEA TEC meeting, Brussels