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April 2019

EU ship recycling rules look like protectionism

Only nine shipyards, out of 26, on the EU list of approved recycling facilities are realistically open for ship recycling, and only three of the 26 could recycle a large ship (Panamax size or larger), a study commissioned by BIMCO shows. 

EU ship recycling rules can affect non-EU flags

Since the beginning of 2019, the EU has had its own set of rules for ship recycling. The rules may even influence shipowners not using an EU flag.

Action at IMO to stop fraudulent shipping

Fraudulent registration of ships and fraudulent registries, which have been used as a cover for criminal activities, was high on the agenda of the 106th session of the IMO Legal Committee, taking place in London from 27 to 29 March.

Prestige incident moving towards its conclusion

The International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Funds met in London on 1 – 2 April to review incidents involving the Funds and with BIMCO represented as an observer.

March 2019

BIMCO joins GloFouling project’s first meeting at the IMO

BIMCO has participated in the first meeting (Inception workshop) of the GloFouling partnership project at the IMO headquarters in London, held from 18 to 20 March 2019.

February 2019

BIMCO says caution needed on “cold ironing”

BIMCO welcomes the development of IMO guidelines on safe operation of on-shore power supply service in port (cold ironing), but believes caution must be taken when considering cold ironing to be a sustainable technical solution.

IMO Sub-committee seeks further studies of open loop scrubbers

The sixth meeting of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6) has concluded that further studies of the impact from discharge of washwater from open loop scrubbers are needed and has invited member states and international organisations to submit further information.

BIMCO says FONAR guideline is good news, fuel sampling issues need more work

BIMCO has at the latest meeting at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) called for clarification and guidelines for shipowners and flag states in cases when ships cannot buy compliant fuel in a port from 1 January 2020.

BIMCO demands 4th IMO GHG Study based on realistic economic growth

BIMCO has proposed that the Fourth International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Study does not include unrealistically high gross domestic product (GDP) growth projections to predict future transport demand - and thereby emissions - of the shipping industry. The proposal has been made to the expert workshop preparing for the study, which is meeting in London 12-14 March.

January 2019

China adopts 0.50% sulphur limit to match IMO regulation

Chinese regulators have tightened its domestic emission control area regulation (DECA) which came into force on 1 January 2019.