News – ECG Maritime & Ports WG meeting in the Port of Piraeus – July 10, 2019
On June 27-28, the latest ECG Maritime & Ports Working Group (Association of European Vehicle Logistics) was held in Piraeus, hosted by local Neptune Lines and the Piraeus Port Authority SA. More than 40 members of the ECG Maritime & Ports Working Group gathered in Athens for a networking dinner and an interesting meeting that took place in the PPA headquarters.
PPA Deputy Manager, Strategic Planning & Marketing opened the meeting with an overview of PPA’s ownership structure, assets, activities and investment plans.
Neptune Lines presentation, jointly delivered by our Chief Operating Officer and our Technical Manager, focused on an in-depth technical description of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (ECGS) and Open Loop Scrubbers.
The Senior Policy Advisor for Port Governance, Intermodal Transport and Logistics, Statistics and Social Dialogue of the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) delivered an overview of the port sector’s priorities towards the new European Commission and Parliament for the 2019 – 2024 legislative period, elaborating also on the recent report, ‘The infrastructure investment needs and financing challenge of European ports’, as well as the ongoing sectoral campaign called “More EU budget for transport”.
Finally, there was a specific focus on the EU’s Port Services Regulation 2017/352 which came into force in March this year and contains several relevant obligations for ports with regards to market access and financial transparency, including obligatory consultations with port users and their representatives or associations as well as the provision of an effective and independent complaint mechanism.
Established in 1997, ECG is the Association of European Vehicle Logistics and represents the interests of almost 100 member companies, from family owned SMEs to multi-nationals, and is the major champion of the European vehicle logistics sector. ECG Members provide transport, distribution, storage, preparation and post-production services to manufacturers, importers, car rental companies and vehicle leasing operators in the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey and beyond.
Today, ECG members have an aggregate direct turnover of around 23 billion euros. More than 145,000 Europeans are employed directly by the vehicle logistics industry and an additional 300,000 are indirectly employed in the sector. They own or operate 460 car-carrying ships, 13,600 purpose-built railway wagons, 19 river barges and around 26,000 specialist road transporters. (Source: ECG Survey of Vehicle Logistics in Europe 2018/19).
The Maritime & Ports Working Group was created at the beginning of 2008. It is composed of ECG member companies active in the maritime sector, and it also aims to be a platform for discussion open to all actors of the sector (shipping lines, port operators, port authorities, barge operators, OEMs and other associations such as ECSA). The objective of the group is to focus on issues that are specific to this area of operations and jointly identify non-commercial activities that would benefit all ECG members and the industry as a whole in terms of efficiency improvement.
PortSEurope Note: Piraeus Port Authority is operated by China’s COSCO Shipping Ports Limited.