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Safety Warranty Prevails: US Supreme Court Rules that Owners can Rely on Absolute Warranty in Frequently Used Safe Berth Clauses

BIMCO, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO welcome the ruling by the highest court in the United States on 30 March 2020 concluding that the plain meaning of the safe-berth clause in the Athos I dispute includes an unambiguous warranty of safety.

New publication offers updated maritime security guidance for mariners operating off West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea

Industry organisations, supported by government and military organisations, have worked together to produce a new publication that will help mariners detect, deter and delay external threats to their safety. Best Management Practices to Enhance Maritime Security for Vessels & Mariners Operating Off the Coast of West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea (BMP WA) consolidates and enhances existing guidance for specific threats in this region.

BIMCO publishes COVID-19 guidelines for office workspaces

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak started as a locally circulating infection associated with Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market but has since developed into the current pandemic. To assist the shoreside of the maritime industry in taking appropriate protective measures at office workplaces, BIMCO is issuing guidelines intended to help shipping companies avoid spreading of the disease at offices and office buildings.

BIMCO answers top 5 questions on contracts and COVID-19

In this short video Grant Hunter talks to BIMCO’s head of Support & Advice, Merete Greisen, about answers they give members to the five most frequently asked questions.

BIMCO publishes Q&A on Infectious Diseases Clause

As part of its effort to openly share COVID-19 information and advice with the industry BIMCO has published a Q&A on its Infectious Diseases Clauses.

BIMCO makes all COVID-19-related content free

In view of this extraordinary crisis, BIMCO has made all COVID-19 related content on its website open and free for everyone.

Round Table looks at industry challenges

The Chairpersons of the Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) met in Rome in February to discuss current issues and coordinate efforts going into the new decade, widely billed to become one of the most important in shipping’s history.

BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO launch survey to identify fuel oil issues

The IMO 2020 global sulphur limit for marine fuel oil has now been in force for over one month. BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO are calling on fleet- and vessel managers, as well as technical superintendents, to share their insight and experiences with the new IMO 2020 compliant fuels.

BIMCO has joined Japan to regulate carbon intensity of existing ships

Panama, Norway, Greece and other influential actors are co-sponsoring a proposal originally tabled by Japan to curb the carbon intensity of existing ships through use of an Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), much like the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) which is mandatory for new ships.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Tokyo and Indian Port State Control Regimes issue guidance

The Tokyo and Indian MOU have issued press releases providing guidance on how extensions can be granted in relation to port state control inspection carried out on ships. 

BIMCO shares guidance from OCIMF on inspection practices in relation to COVID-19

With the aim to keep our members updated on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BIMCO has reached out to Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) to obtain the guidance they provide to inspectors of the Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) and  Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID). 

BIMCO guidance on COVID-19 implications for ships’ certificates

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some ships are experiencing operational challenges, such as shipyards or dry docks closing down. In addition, surveys and audits can in some cases not be conducted because surveyors are unable to attend the ships due to travel restrictions or quarantines.

Industry Releasable Threat Assessment

This document provides updated information on a potential threat from unmanned skiffs, which could affect merchant ships in the Red Sea, off Yemen.

Weekly piracy reports and analysis

Read the latest digest of maritime security incidents and the weather forecast for piracy threat areas for the week to come.

Round Table to organise joint meeting on Gulf of Guinea piracy

The Chairpersons of the Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) met in Rome in February to discuss current issues including piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

COVID-19 restrictions are updated

The BIMCO secretariat makes a continuous effort to provide information on the most recent restrictions.

COVID-19 restrictions are updated

The BIMCO secretariat makes a continuous effort to provide information on the most recent restrictions.

Italian ports are fully operational despite COVID-19: Italian Ports Association

BIMCO has received a letter from the Italian Ports Association, underlining that Italian Ports are fully operational and ensuring the safety of cargo and crew members. 

BIMCO IMSBC Code webinar highlighting shipowners' difficulties with transport of solid bulk cargoes

View the latest IMSBC Code webinar presenting the general difficulties on shipment of solid bulk cargoes, together with some BIMCO recommendations to improve the situation. 

BIMCO prepares members ahead with the new IMSBC Code !

The International Maritime Organization (IMO)  has published the latest International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code, incorporating Amendment 05-19, 2020 edition. BIMCO informs members what these new amendments are and how they can access the information on the BIMCO Cargo database section.

BIMCO to offer insight on coronavirus impact on shipping markets

Amid massive market uncertainty, BIMCO has analysed the potential implications of a pandemic for the commercial shipping markets and Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand, will deliver the insights in a string of webinars in the coming weeks. 

The shipping industry is not immune to a pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus a pandemic. There is little doubt that this will have significant implications for the shipping industry. But to what extent?

BIMCO revises 2020 forecast for main shipping markets

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting global shipping demand for 2020 negatively.

Fake invoices

BIMCO has been advised of yet another attempted fraud against one of our members.

Fake invoices - COVID-19

BIMCO has been advised of yet another attempted fraud against one of our members.

Fake invoices

BIMCO has been advised of yet another attempted fraud against one of our members.

Tanker owner gets valuable crew insights from Shipping KPI

The Italian tanker owner, Fratelli d’Amico Armatori, reached a new level of insight on its crew retention and crew management after their company began comparing their fleet using BIMCO’s Shipping KPIs.

What is BIMCO thinking about 2020?

Every year, BIMCO considers what is in store for the shipping industry and for BIMCO in the coming years, while also reflecting on the year gone by. We put all the thoughts in a magazine. This year is no different, and a range of BIMCO people have written their opinions on what the new year will bring.

BIMCO’s call for harmonized data supported at IMO

BIMCO’s continued call for the establishment of a harmonized data model to facilitate exchange of electronic data between ship and shore last week took a big step forward, as the initiative was met with support during an expert meeting at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

BIMCO submits proposals to IMO to enhance exchange and harmonization of data

BIMCO has submitted two proposals to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to pave the way for easy exchange of port logistic operational data and allow for real-time updates (notifications) between ship and shore.