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Fisheries: EU reaches provisional agreement on reducing fishing fleet in the Baltic with support from EU funds

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 4 ottobre 2020

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a provisional agreement on legislation that would allow fishermen and -women affected by the dire condition of certain fish stocks in the Baltic Sea to leave the fishing sector with the financial support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), received under specific conditions. The agreement concerns specifically vessel owners in affected Member States wishing to permanently decommission their vessels that used to target eastern cod or that are active in the western cod and herring fishery. The difficult situation of the two Baltic cod fisheries and the western Baltic herring fishery has resulted in substantial reductions of fishing opportunities and the full closure of targeted eastern Baltic cod fishery since July 2019 and the Commission has proposed further reductions of fishing opportunities for 2021.While these decisions were necessary to give the fisheries a chance to recover, they could also potentially result in severe and unavoidable economic hardship for the fishing communities and fleets traditionally targeting those stocks. At the Council meeting of 14-15 October 2019, the Commission and fisheries ministers and agreed to help the fishermen and -women most affected by this economically difficult situation. In October 2019, the Commission swiftly adopted a proposal to modify the relevant legislation. The agreement reached yesterday will address the potentially severe economic impact of these necessary measures. It comes only a few days before the Our Baltic conference, which will tackle the environmental factors affecting the Baltic Sea, such as biodiversity loss and climate change, eutrophication, overfishing and pollution. The European Parliament and the Council both need to confirm this agreement in the coming weeks.

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Fleet Complete Finalizes Investment Partnership with Ontario Teachers’

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 marzo 2019

Fleet Complete®, one of the fastest growing tech companies in the connected vehicle space, has finalized its previously announced investment partnership agreement with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (“Ontario Teachers’”).In November 2018, Ontario Teachers’, Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan, agreed to acquire equity in Fleet Complete from existing investors, including funds managed by Madison Dearborn Partners (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago. With the support of Ontario Teachers’ and ongoing partnership with MDP, Fleet Complete’s management team will continue to execute on the company’s global growth ambitions. MDP remains a significant investor in Fleet Complete.Established in the technology industry for twenty years, Fleet Complete has one of the leading and most comprehensive connected vehicle platforms globally, helping small to medium-sized businesses and large enterprises improve their daily operations. Serving approximately 500,000 subscribers around the world, Fleet Complete harnesses state-of-the-art technology and partnerships with leading global OEMs to provide some of the most innovative solutions for clients.Lazard and Barclays acted as financial advisors to Fleet Complete. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Dentons Canada LLP served as legal counsel to Fleet Complete and MDP. Torys LLP served as legal counsel to Ontario Teachers’.

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Record high profits for EU fleet shows economic benefits of sustainable fishing methods

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

The 2018 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet shows record-peak levels in economic performance of the EU fishing fleet in 2016 and closely links this achievement to the use of sustainable fishing methods.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, said: “It is encouraging to see an ongoing positive trend, which has led to higher profits for the fishing sector and more value added for the EU’s fishing and coastal communities. This clearly demonstrates that our joint commitment towards sustainability pays off. The Ministerial Declaration just signed in Malta between EU member states and third countries from the Mediterranean and Black Sea offers a 10-year Action Plan so that their small-scale coastal fleets can also benefit from this positive trend.”
The 2018 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet points to a significantly improved economic performance of the EU fishing fleet from 2009 onwards. The EU fleet registered record-high net profits of EUR 1.3 billion in 2016, a 68% increase compared to 2015. Moreover, forecasts for 2017 and 2018 are looking positive. Continued improvements into 2016 were mainly a result of low fuel prices and higher average fish prices (more value for less quantity landed). The positive economic development of the EU fishing fleet is also closely linked to the sustainable exploitation of fish stocks. The report indicates that economic performance stagnates where fleets depend on stocks that are still overfished or overexploited. Fleets that fish sustainably, ever growing in numbers, have seen clear improvements in their profitability.
In 2016, the EU fleet’s gross added value, (i.e. the contribution of the fishing sector to the economy through wages and gross profit) amounted to EUR 4.3 billion, a 15% increase compared to 2015. This has led to an increase in the average salaries of the EU fleet employees. Since the large majority of vessels operate in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way, fuel consumption has decreased.The 2018 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet is based on data provided by national authorities and the result of combined work by economic experts from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee of Fisheries (STECF) and the European Commission.

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Fleet and Cog Partner to Secure Satellite-Connected Internet of Things

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 giugno 2018

Cog, maker of the world’s most secure IoT security solutions, today announced that Fleet, an Australian Internet of Things startup, has partnered with the company to advance the security of satellite-connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Fleet will deploy Cog’s D4 Secure platform on trial projects around the world. The companies will also co-present as part of the Innovation Review of IoT Sensors on June 28, at the Sensors Expo to be held at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.With its focus on satellite-enabled massive IoT devices, Fleet connects hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of industrial devices in areas with no cellular or public low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) coverage. Fleet’s solution is especially effective for remote industrial agriculture, maritime logistics, mining and environmental applications.“We were drawn to Cog’s D4 Secure platform because of its ability to use modularity to isolate critical functions on cutting-edge IoT devices like ours,” said Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO of Fleet. “They are the perfect partner to increase device security as we focus on building the technology that will become the digital nervous system for our planet.”The companies will install Cog’s D4 Secure platform to provide proactive kernel protection, radio isolation for satellite communications, and a VPN tunnel to ensure secure data transport for Fleet devices. As a final step, Cog will isolate other sensors so they only draw battery power when a specific event is executed.“Fleet has taken satellite IoT and made it incredibly simple for organizations around the world,” said Carl Nerup, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Cog. “At Cog, we recognize that any remote device connected by satellite needs an extra layer of security. Our focus is on optimizing the devices for performance and reduced latency, while adding defense-grade security. It is a distinct honor that Fleet selected Cog as their security partner.”

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Fleet Motor Day

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 marzo 2017

fleet motorRoma presso l’autodromo di Vallelunga il prossimo 5 aprile torna l’appuntamento con il Fleet Motor Day, l’evento annuale dedicato ai gestori delle flotte aziendali dove sono attesi oltre 200 fleet manager. E’ giunto alla terza edizione e vedrà la partecipazione di 31 brand automobilistici. I lavori del 5 aprile saranno aperti alle ore 9, presso il Centro Congressi, dalla presentazione dei principali risultati emersi da uno studio nato da un’idea dell’Osservatorio Top Thousand che ha approfondito la relazione tra i Fleet e Mobility Manager e le società di noleggio, stabilendo il grado di soddisfazione nei confronti del servizio.Dopo l’appuntamento dello scorso anno che ha visto 442 partecipanti, 215 fleet e mobility manager coinvolti, 26 brand automobilistici protagonisti con 1.650 test drive effettuati su cinque diversi circuiti, la nuova edizione del Fleet Motor Day proporrà un approfondimento sulle tematiche di principale interesse per il mondo delle flotte aziendali, consentendo ai gestori dei parchi auto di visionare e provare decine di modelli che potrebbero rientrare nelle loro car list. (foto: fleet motor)

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Automotive Tyre e-Commerce Gains Market Share in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 settembre 2015

frost sullivanFinds Frost & Sullivanutomotive tyre manufacturers in Europe are focussing on electronic retailing (eRetail) to serve increasing customer preference for convenience and low prices. Currently, tyre eRetail accounts for nearly eight percent of the total tyre aftermarket in Europe. This figure will continue to rise as tyre manufacturers recognise the potential to access global markets through eRetail and invest in online sales and marketing tools to meet their growth objectives. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Opportunity Analysis of eRetailing for Automotive Tyres in Europe (, finds that the market earned revenues of €2.90 billion in 2014 and estimates this to nearly double to €5.47 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.46 percent. Fleets and fleet leasing companies, which account for almost a quarter of total vehicles in operation in Europe, will be key end users of online tyre retailing. “Stable currencies, safe payment systems and strong legislations supporting cross-border eCommerce are lending impetus to the eRetail trend in Europe,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Research Analyst Oindrila Bhar. “Strict policies for tyre labelling also instil customers with the confidence to buy online.” Although Europe is a mature eCommerce market, varying levels of Internet penetration, diverse buyer expectations, and different languages remain a challenge for tyre manufacturers seeking to expand their eRetail operations across countries. Moreover, the intensely competitive landscape pushes traditional suppliers looking to be more active in the eRetail space to offer discounts in order to draw customers, thus affecting profitability. Hence, achieving economies of scale will be crucial for eRetailing participants in Europe. Providing new services such as mobile fitting or enhanced delivery and payment options will enable tyre manufacturers to stand out in the eRetail market. “Tyre eRetailers must forge symbiotic relationships with garages and tyre dealerships to multiply business opportunities,” suggested Bhar. “Building partnerships with original equipment manufacturers that are looking to retain their share of the aftermarket will help tyre eRetailers appeal to a wider customer base.” As original equipment manufacturers, dealers and eRetailers leverage each other’s scale and knowledge, an integrated, omni-channel strategy will become the new industry standard in the automotive tyre aftermarket.

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Success stories for the fish stocks in northern waters and Bluefin Tuna

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2015

fishThe recovery of fish stocks in many EU waters has seen ‘significant progress’ over the past year, with a majority of stocks in the Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic on track for long-term sustainability. At the same time, Bluefin Tuna good management and sacrifices from the fishing operators have borne fruit and resulted in a progressive recovery of the stock and a 20% increase of the quota for EU fish fleet, comparing to previous years.

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Drive Now Flexible London Carsharing Expand Fleet with 30 EVs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 Maggio 2015

london-centralLondon, UK Today saw the launch of 30 BMW i3’s into London’s DriveNow carsharing service, the BMW / Sixt joint venture offering one-way flexible carsharing in the North London boroughs of Islington, Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest. Following their launch in December 2014, this takes their growing fleet total to 270 vehicles being used across the boroughs, offering residents and businesses a viable alternative to use of private cars with it’s on demand, pay per use model.
Today’s announcement means that over 11 percent of the fleet are full electric vehicles, as part of the exclusively BMW / Mini fleet of vehicles, making it London’s largest fleet of shared electric vehicles in a car club. Using the i3 will be a great move for the London carsharing customer, not least because of the emission free driving, but also the chance to test the new technology. The i3 is widely regarded as one of the most innovative EV’s on the market today, built with urban mobility at the heart of its development, and could become a truly important London carsharing vehicle as DriveNow grows. There are already over 10,000 members of the service in London alone, who will be given the opportunity to use the vehicles at competitive prices, in turn promoting the benefits of EVs to an increasing member base and local residents. There are several reasons that DriveNow have chosen to use the i3 in the carsharing fleet. As well as to improve the customer offer, with the new technology and highly acclaimed vehicles, which are also exempt from congestion charge (allowing more use cases), it is an opportunity to increase the marketing of the service, and gain operational insight into the use of EVs in their carsharing fleet. The marketing potential is not just related to the zero emissions from the vehicles and leveraging the new BMW model, but also to promote the benefits and potential application of electric vehicles to their customers of tomorrow. As more DriveNow customers understand how to use an EV in London, the more likely they will be to go and purchase one when they need their own private vehicle, is the theory, which may be more likely to be a BMW vehicle. It also educates Londoners on how to use the vehicles, a necessary intervention to drive behaviour change in cities to overcome range anxiety in particular, as well as operational concerns such as how to use the charging infrastructure. Given free driving credit will be offered to customers in return for charging the vehicles at the end of a rental, there is a good incentive to do so. Finally but importantly, it provides the opportunity to DriveNow to fully understand the operational pros and cons of using EVs in their flexible carsharing fleet. It is well documented that EVs currently cost more than the average combustion engine vehicle. Indeed, the list price of an entry level i3 vehicle at the time of writing is £30,980, compared to ~£20,000 for a BMW 1 series or £16,000 for a Mini Cooper (the other vehicles that make up the majority of the DriveNow fleet). Whilst this makes the business case more challenging, the main concern in London at present exists around the charging infrastructure. Of course, taking 4-6 hours to recharge wipes out a considerable proportion potential utilisation, but more importantly complications with the maintenance and contractual obligations in the transfer from TfL to private operator IER has led to as much as 35 percent of the charging stations unavailable due to faults. Given the fact that IER also operate carsharing firms in France, each London carsharing operator including DriveNow will be seeking clarifications from the local authorities as to the access and payment model to ensure a fair playing field is achieved. What is clear though from this announcement and the continuation of EV carsharing schemes around the globe, is that EV carsharing offers carsharing providers and particularly OEMs a great opportunity to leverage zero emission vehicles in high frequency urban use, and gives the city policy makers the potential to begin a shift from combustion engine to EV fleets by educating a wide pool of customers (carsharing members) with a small fleet of vehicles. Only a few months after launch, DriveNow have over 37 members to each of their vehicles, and exceed 100 members to vehicles in their developed market of Germany, thus using the opportunity to showcase their new EV to as many potential future EV customers as possible. With over 13 percent of global carsharing vehicles being electric already, Frost & Sullivan expect this to exceed 30 percent of carsharing fleets by 2020 given an increased entry from OEMs and support from city authorities to deliver EVs in carsharing fleets, such as parking/charging infrastructure incentives for example.

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Tuna fleet setting nets on dolphins not qualified for Friend of the Sea certification

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 aprile 2015

Friend-of-the-seaFriend of the Sea has received requests for certification from two major Latin America tuna shipowners whose vessels set nets on dolphins to catch tuna. Audit was not authorized because one of the requirements for Friend of the Sea certification is that the tuna company be also certified Dolphin-Safe by the Earth Island Institute.“Setting nets on Dolphins is a practice which implies use of explosives or paint bombs and speedboats to harass and encircle dolphins,” explains Dr Paolo Bray. “Dolphin mortality is unfortunately still allowed by some nations as part of tuna fishing activity in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. This fishing method has lead to a decimation of dolphins populations. No dolphin-killing fleet will ever be certified Friend of the Sea sustainable.”“While Friend of the Sea has denied certification to these fisheries, other programs seem to consider this practice potentially sustainable and worth evaluation,” concludes Dr Bray “Certification of such a dolphin targeting fishery as sustainable would be misleading for consumers. The certifying eco-label will be associated to a cruel and wasteful fishing practice which has killed millions of dolphins over the years.” Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 400 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins. Audits, based on best and most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies.

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