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Jakob P. Larsen joined BIMCO on 1 June 2018 to become Head of Security. Within Jakob’s scope are all matters related to maritime security including piracy, drug smuggling, war, terrorism, stowaways, mixed mass migration and cyber security. In addition to maintaining a close dialogue with governments and international organizations, his role includes assisting members with all aspects of maritime security. In 2010, holding the rank of Commander, Jakob left the Danish Navy to become Maritime Security Officer in BIMCO. In 2013, after three successful years in BIMCO, Jakob changed over to Nordic Tankers where he expanded his responsibilities over time to become Head of HSSEQ. In 2015 Jakob went to Maersk Line to become Global Security & Marine QA Manager. During his time in Nordic Tankers and Maersk Line, he managed a number of security challenge all over the World, including operating small tankers and container ships in and out of the Niger Delta, pirate attacks, kidnaps, assassinations, evacuations, drug smuggling and stowaways.
BIMCO has appointed Philip Tinsley as its new Head of Maritime Security.
Strict South African laws prevent disembarkation of stowaways in South African ports. Many stowaways in South African ports originate in Tanzania and are repeat offenders. Their objective for stowing away repeatedly appears to be the travel money paid by shipowners – typically in the order of few hundred dollars – to ensure the stowaway’s cooperation and peaceful repatriation. BIMCO recently discussed these issues in a conference hosted by the South African government.
2016 continues where 2015 ended, with all eyes on China. This is mainly because of uncertainty surrounding the development of the world’s second-largest economy. When the first day of the Shanghai Stock Exchange of 2016 closed prematurely, the trading results echoed around the world. It warned us that we are in for a rough ride in 2016.
Preventing pest container contamination was one of the many items discussed at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 98). Cyber risk management, autonomous ships, security and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments were also on the agenda.
BIMCO continues to receive enquiries about mill scale, in particular, on how this solid bulk cargo is classified and how it should be carried under the requirements of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code. This article explains what is mill scale, its properties and characteristics and how its carriage requirements under the IMSBC Code have changed over the years and informs members of the present mandatory carriage requirements for this cargo under the IMSBC Code.
Revised emergency response procedures for ships carrying dangerous goods was one of the many items discussed at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 99). Autonomous ships, security and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments were also on the agenda.