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May 2020

First global standard for ship hull cleaning essential for marine ecosystems

BIMCO, the world’s largest shipping association, has moved a step closer to finishing a global set of guidelines needed to protect the marine environment from invasive species and reduce CO2 emissions. Currently, there is no common global standard for cleaning ships’ hulls to avoid transferring invasive aquatic species, nor for the potentially damaging debris washed off in the process.

BIMCO seeks participants for inventory of hazardous materials survey

In an effort to understand the situation that members are facing, BIMCO is launching a survey regarding the European Union’s Ship Recycling Regulations’ (EUSRR) requirement of Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) that most cargo ships must comply with from 31 December 2020.

The International Maritime Organization in the shadow of COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has postponed all meetings since March 2020. BIMCO is adapting to the new schedule, and this article provides an overview of the IMO-related work that BIMCO members need to know about, despite the pandemic.

April 2020

COVID-19 affecting new inventory of hazardous materials requirements in December

From 31 December 2020, all ships of 500 GT and above – regardless of the flag they are flying – will be required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) when calling a port or anchorage of a country that is a member of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA). Failure to do so may result in penalisation.

Remember to complete the fuel oil quality and safety survey before 6 May

The IMO 2020 global sulphur regulation for marine fuel oil has now been in force for over three months. 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.

New bunker alert service available for BIMCO members

Bunker fuel is a key element in the running of ships, and problems related to bunkers can massively impact daily operations. Information about bunker quality issues is of high value and BIMCO has therefore entered into a new cooperation with Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) who publishes regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples.

BIMCO supports improved procedures for reporting of containers lost at sea

BIMCO has, together with a number of European countries and international organizations, submitted a document to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), offering support for new output on the mandatory reporting of containers lost at sea.

March 2020

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.

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.

February 2020

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.

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