Deirdre Clune, member of the European European People’s Party in the European Parliament, visited the Port of Rotterdam. Ms Clune is the rapporteur on behalf of the European Parliament on the European Maritime Single Window Environment (EMSWe) Regulation and, because of the possible impact of this file on ports, an important stakeholder for the Port of Rotterdam.
The impact of the Brexit on the Port of Rotterdam was mentioned several times during the visit. We have indicated that preparation remains key, regardless of the negotiation outcomes.
After a presentation by Iwan van der Wolf, Managing Director of Portbase, about the functioning and added value of port community systems, an in-depth discussion took place about the EMSWe dossier in the presence of Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO). All parties at the table agreed that flexibility in the EMSWe proposal is key in order not to hamper developments in larger European ports and also helping smaller ports in Europe to advance through digitization. The rapporteur’s expectation is that the European Parliament will agree to keep the reporting route open via the PCS in the Single Window Regulation. This route seemed to be under pressure because European policymakers at first wanted to have in place one notification entry for shipping at the national level. In the past months, the Port of Rotterdam has advocated to keep the (optional) reporting route via Portbase open for the shipping industry.