Peer to Peer Support - The Implementation of the EU Legislation on Marine Litter
23th November, 2022
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - In July 2019, the EU adopted the Single-Use Plastic Directive (EU)2019/904 to address the problem of pollution from both land and sea-based sources of marine litter. DG MARE organised a one-day event to promote peer to peer support on the implementation of the EU legislation on marine litter.
Discussion were taken on the measures regarding:
- Fishing gear containing plastics.
- Requirement for the Member States to set up extended producer responsibility schemes.
- National minimum collection targets and the monitoring and reporting obligations.
- How to explore synergies with the new Port Reception Facilities Directive, which creates incentives for ships to deliver all their waste, including fishing gear, back to shore.
Based on different models existing or experimental level in several countries, the participants expressed a desire to have a consolidated EU approach. Eurocord is very well placed in this perspective.
Happy to assess at least a Eurocord member was present.
Eurocord at Metstrade 2022
20th November 2022
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - On 16th and 17th November The Secretariat attented the Metstrade in Amsterdam. Metstrade is a trade show in leisure marine industry with around 1,300 exhibitors and thousands of visitors. The sector appears strong and relatively less affected by the crisis.
EXMAR acquires 100% OF BEXCO
10th November, 2022
ANTWERP, Belgium - EXMAR, which was the main shareholder of BEXCO, has now taken over full ownership in BEXCO by acquiring the shares. BEXCO is a European manufacturer of precision-engineered synthetic mooring, towing and lifting ropes for offshore, marine and industrial applications. BEXCO serves energy companies as well as ship and tug owners by designing and producing made-to-measure fiber rope at its Belgian main factory in Hamme and in Antwerp at its quayside manufacturing facility. EXMAR and BEXCO are both active worldwide in the commercial maritime and offshore energy markets.
Avient Completes Acquisition of DSM Protective Materials (Dyneema®)
1st September 2022
CLEVELAND, USA - Avient Corporation, a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, has completed its purchase of the protective materials business of DSM (including the Dyneema® brand), which will now be called Avient Protective Materials and reported within the company's Specialty Engineered Materials segment.
ISO Excellence Award
23th January, 2019
Congratulations to our Technical Director, Antonio Freitas who has just received the ISO Excellence award. His hard work has been appreciated by the ISO community for years and its expertise has finally been rewarded.
The award was given on January 23rd in Brussels during one of many ISO meetings that Antonio has taken the time to attend in person.
We want to warmly thank him for everything he has done for EUROCORD. Once again, congratulations!
Wilhemsen’s Smart Rope stole the show at SMM
6th September, 2018
Visitors at this year’s SMM trade show in Hamburg, Germany, have been challenged to walk a mile in seafarers shoes and test out Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s smart rope system. The rope was put on display at the company’s stand and visitors were invited pull the rope and see what they are made of as the system provides real-time pull load results.
Svitzer A/S Adopts Samson Fusion-12™ Lines for Midsize Tugs
11st May, 2018
Svitzer A/S has done so to overcome the challenge of traditional fiber ropes which are usually heavy, large and difficult to handle. Moreover, the weight problem becomes greater when the rope is wet. Hence, the company was looking for a rope that could withstand the strain of standard operations encountered by midsize tugs, eliminating the headaches of undetected damage that can lead to early failure, but without the investment in high-performance, all-HMPE (high-modulus polyethylene) ropes. This is when Samson offered a great solution: Samson’s Fusion-12. As a hybrid rope, it blends the strength and performance of Dyneema® HMPE with polyester fiber into a single-braid construction that is significantly stronger than other polyester ropes, yet lighter, more flexible, and easier to handle.
2nd International Circular Ocean Conference - Norway
19th April 2018
The Secretariat attented an inspiring conference on circular ocean. Many interesting projects have been presented to tackle the issue of marine waste by recycling and reusing the ropes and nets that are dumped into the oceans. It has been shown that it can be very profitable and that there are many opportunities in this circular economy.
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Samson Presence in European Market
12nd April, 2018
The worldwide leader in high-performance rope and market leader in commercial and recreational marine applications Samson has announced a expanded presence in the European market through Spain and its surrounding areas.
"We’re very pleased to see this new level of commitment to commercial and recreational marine customers in this region of Europe. Baitra has been a partner of ours in these industries since 2015, and we’re looking forward to extending Samson’s relationship with them long into the future.” says Samson Marketing Strategy Manager, Gavin McWilliams.