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October 2019

US expands Iranian Sanctions and issues shipping advisory

The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has expanded sanctions against Iran and issued an advisory to the shipping community. 

US encourages ballast water best management practices after finding coral disease

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed voluntary best management practices for ballast water discharges for ships in order to mitigate the risk of transferring Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.

September 2019

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - new season new rules

For the new season beginning September 2019, New Zealand, Australia and Chile have introduced tougher rules to combat increasing spread of  Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMST) coming from targeted "BMST" countries.

Douala, Cameroon - army security for vessels on arrival

Vessels heading for Douala, Cameroon now will have protection in the form of  army security team provided by the port authorities for their safety.

August 2019

Strait talking: Security against the backdrop of Grace 1 and Stena Impero

Join BIMCO's Jakob Larsen, INTERTANKO's Philip Belcher, UK Chamber of Shipping's David Balston, and Tatham Law's Stephen Askins for a candid discussion and clear advice on present and future tanker safety, security and commercial issues in the Straits of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman.

Corrupt practices in Ukraine – latest news and survey reminder

BIMCO has received a further update on developments in Ukraine which are provided below together with a renewed call to respond to the survey.

Marsden Point, New Zealand, Tops new BIMCO terminal vetting report

Marsden Point, New Zealand came out as the highest rated bulk terminal in BIMCOs Terminal Vetting Scheme. With 161 ships from 132 companies involved in the scheme, the report now covers 419 terminals globally. Just under 95% of the reports were rated average or better, which gave an average rating of 3.6 (out of five), suggesting positive trends for the future.

BIMCO has updated its port information database

BIMCO has updated and restructured its port information database which provides the maritime industry with reliable information about port facilities, working hours and national holidays.

US and Canada issue Bulletin to combat Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) invasion

Due to high population levels of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) and more AGM detections at US and Canadian ports as a result, a joint-bulletin is now issued by these authorities for vessel operators to take action in order to avoid such delays.

July 2019

A full ban on open-loop scrubbers in China’s DECA

On 22 July 2019 China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued the “Implementation Scheme of the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap”. 

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