Seminar: Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Ocean – Supportive Technologies and Future Trends

The World Maritime University (WMU) and the University of Nantes, will jointly hold a scientific seminar on the theme: Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Ocean – Supportive Technologies and Future Trends. The two-day seminar will include presentations and discussions on Marine Spatial Planning & Blue Growth, Safety Aspects of Exploitation Activities,  and issues surrounding Shipping in the Era of Digitalisation including a session on Autonomous Vessels. The seminar is open to professionals and students working in the field of sustainable ocean management, marine spatial planning and maritime technologies. Simultaneous interpretation into French and English will be available. The event takes place at the WMU in Malmö, Sweden, from 29-30 August 2018. The program is available here.

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Japan: Third Basic Plan on Ocean Policy approved

The Government of Japan has approved (15 May 2018) a new Basic Plan on Ocean Policy. Since its first adoption in 2008 (English version here), the ocean policy has been reviewed every five years. In this third stage of the document, reference is made for the first time to an Arctic policy and targets are defined for Japan to become “a new oceanic state”. The “Maritime Domain Awareness” capacity is strengthened and this item receives an independent treatment. In the item “Comprehensive Maritime Security”, the document refers to the strengthening of the “Coast Guard System”. The document also highlights other goals, such as methane hydrate development, the establishment of rules on the use of maritime zones and the improvement of the accuracy of resource evaluation. The official announcement of the approval of this document may be found here (video in Japanese). All the relevant documents of the approval process are here (in Japanese). The outline of the plan is here (in English).

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Conference: High seas – what’s at stake?

The High Seas Alliance and its partners shall host a conference, entitled, La Haute Mer: Quels Enjeux?/High Seas: What’s at Stake?, 21 June 2018, at the Maison des Océans (Paris, France). The event will have simultaneous translation in French and English.

For the programme and registration, see here.

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EU: Commission approves Portuguese tonnage tax and seafarer scheme

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a Portuguese tonnage tax scheme. Under this scheme, maritime transport companies will pay taxes on the basis of the net tonnage (i.e. the size of the shipping fleet) operated in maritime transport activities rather than on the basis of their taxable profits. In addition, for certain more environmentally-friendly ships, companies can achieve an additional reduction of 10% to 20% of the tax base under the tonnage tax scheme. Moreover, a seafarer scheme exempts seafarers employed on vessels that are eligible under the tonnage tax scheme from paying personal income tax. It also allows them to pay reduced rates of contribution for social insurance. Both the tonnage tax and seafarer schemes will remain in force for ten years. More information is available here. The proposal of the scheme (Proposta de Lei 111/XIII) may be found here (in Portuguese).

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Conference: Presente e futuro delle aree oltre la giurisdizione nazionale – aspetti sostanziali e procedurali

The Interest Group on the Law of the Sea of the Italian Society of International Law and European Union Law (SIDI) shall host a panel discussion, entitled, Presente e futuro delle aree oltre la giurisdizione nazionale: aspetti sostanziali e procedurali, 6 June 2018, at the University of Ferrara (Ferrara, Italy).

For more information, see the programme.

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Norway: emissions from cruise ships and ferries in World Heritage fjords to be halted

The Norwegian Parliament (Storting) has called on the government to implement requirements and regulations for emissions from cruise ships and other maritime traffic in tourist resorts as well as other suitable means to ensure phasing-in of low-and-zero emissions solutions in the shipping industry by 2030. This includes introducing a zero emissions threshold for ferry ships and ferries in the World Heritage fjords as soon as it is technically feasible, and no later than 2026. The decision is part of a broader set of recommendations from the Energy and Environment Committee on the climate strategy for 2030 to cut Norwegian greenhouse gas emissions. Those recommendations (3 May 2018) may be found here (in Norwegian).

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Book Launch: Maritime Boundary Delimitation – The Case Law – Is it Consistent and Predictable?

The K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS), Peace Palace Library and Le Club de Droit International shall host a book launch, entitled, Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Case Law; Is it Consistent and Predictable?, 17 May 2018, at the Peace Palace Library (The Hague, The Netherlands). The Panel discussion will include Alex Oude Elferink and Yoshifumi Tanaka.

For more information and registration, see here.

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