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April 2019

Cyber risk and autonomous ships

BIMCO has submitted four papers to the Maritime Safety Committee. The papers discuss how autonomous ships should be tried before they are allowed to operate, and that cyber risk management should be part of the ship’s Safety Management System.

March 2019

New MSCHOA contact details as per 29 March 11:00 UTC

Brexit causes change of MSCHOA contact details.

Somali Piracy: Indian Ocean High Risk Area revision effective 1 May 2019

The Round Table of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced, with new advice issued to merchant ship operators.

January 2019

Wildlife transport taskforce intelligence bulletin

Please find attached the 15 January 2019 United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Intelliegence Bulletin, concerning Johor, Malaysia as a Key Transit Hub for Illicit Ivory and Rhino Horn Trafficking.

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. 

December 2018

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.

Wildlife transport taskforce intelligence bulletin

Please find attached the 1 December 2018 United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Intelliegence Bulletin, concerning stone (Rough Stone, Quartz, and Jade) used as a Concealment Method for Illicit Ivory and Rhino Horn.

November 2018

Martial law in parts of Ukraine

All Ukrainian ports are working normally. No additional restrictions relating to martial law have been introduced in the ports.

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.

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