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January 2019

Polish Szczecin is top bulk terminal in new BIMCO report

The best performing port, in BIMCO’s Dry Bulk Terminals Vetting Report 2018, is Szczecin in Poland. The report collected input from 144 ships covering 381 terminals. A total of 97% of the reports were rated as average or better, which gave an average rating of 3.6 (out of five). The result is a marginal better than last year’s results.

EU, China and the U.S. needs to support counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Guinea – BIMCO

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is an unacceptable burden to seafarers and shipping companies. Around 40 ships have been attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in the past 12 months. Most recently, six seafarers were kidnapped from the MSC Mandy, which was on the way to Lagos, Nigeria. BIMCO asks, on behalf of its members, that maritime powers increase their presence and expand their collaboration with local states to curb piracy. 

China has not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers

Chinese regulators have updated part of its domestic emission control area (DECA) regulations with effect from 1 January 2019 but has not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers as reported widely.

December 2018

Newbuilding contracts should require use of Shipdex

BIMCO and MAN Energy Solutions hosted a conference for software suppliers delivering Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) to expand the use of Shipdex. Shipdex is the standard protocol for exchanging technical data - such as manuals – electronically between supplier and ships directly, cutting the need for huge stacks of - often outdated - paper manuals.

BIMCO publishes two 2020 sulphur clauses

BIMCO has published two sulphur content related bunker clauses which are now available on the BIMCO website and on SmartCon, BIMCO’s contract editing solution.

Industry publishes improved cyber guidelines

The third edition of the industry cyber risk management guidelines, Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, addresses the requirement to incorporate cyber risks in the ship’s safety management system (SMS). It also reflects a deeper experience with risk assessments of operational technology (OT) - such as navigational systems and engine controls - and provides more guidance for dealing with the cyber risks to the ship arising from parties in the supply chain.

November 2018

The new digital BIMCO Bulletin is out

The new BIMCO magazine the “Bulletin” is out with articles covering the effect of the US-China trade war, the 2020 sulphur limit and the challenges of ship recycling and ballast water management. “The shipping industry is taking major steps and making huge investments to be ready for (2020) compliance. It is only fair that the nation states party to Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention live up to their end of the agreement,” BIMCO’s Secretary General, Angus Frew, points out in his foreword. Also, read the latest market analysis by Peter Sand and read why now is the wrong time to do business as usual as the trade war rages on.

BIMCO aims to publish cyber security clause in spring 2019

BIMCO is developing a clause dealing with cyber security risks and incidents that might affect the ability of one of the parties to perform their contractual obligations.

Eyes on Asia as BIMCO develops new gas contracts

BIMCO will begin work on two gas-related contracts in early 2019, an LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) Bunker Purchase Contract and a LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) voyage charter party.

BIMCO standard ship repair contracts overhauled

BIMCO has revised and updated its two standard ship repair contracts: REPAIRCON, which is for major work at a repair yard; and MINREPCON, which is for minor repair work that can be done by contractors when a ship is in port.

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