04 October 2018
With the majority of ship operators expected to choose low-sulphur fuel over scrubbers to comply with the new IMO sulphur cap regulation, all eyes are on fuel suppliers and whether they can provide what the industry needs.
12 September 2016
With the completion of the VTS system and the related Data Handling System, the Port Management now has one of the world's most advanced safety systems for the control of shipping. However, it is always open to improvement.
The Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) is in operation for the approaches to Europoort and the New Waterway; it covers an area from 45 miles West of Noorderhoofd up to 2 miles East of the van Brienenoord Bridge and 4 miles East of the Spijkenisse Bridge in the Oude Maas river, including all adjacent harbour basins.
The area is divided into three regions, each having its own Traffic Centre to communicate with the shipping (VHF 13).
The three regions are sub-divided into 12 sectors, each having a traffic attendant and a seperate VHF-channel.
Traffic centre Hook of Holland:
Maas Approach VHF 1
Pilot Maas VHF 2
Maas Entrance VHF 3
Waterweg VHF 65
Europoort VHF 66
Traffic centre Botlek:
Maassluis VHF 80
Botlek VHF 61
Oude Maas VHF 62
Traffic centre City:
Eemhaven VHF 63
Waalhaven VHF 60
Maasbruggen VHF 81
Brienenoord VHF 21
20 November 2018
To say its been tough for Venezuela in recent years would very much be an understatement. The economy has shrunk more than half since 2013, almost 10% of their 30 million population have fled and their oil output – which accounts for 90% of their exports – has plummeted to levels not seen since 1940’s. A chronic lack of investment in the vital oil infrastructure, years of mismanagement and hyperinflation has sent the country’s oil production into ‘free fall’.
The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.
18 March 2019
Argus Bunker Fuels will discuss the availability of different fuel options, changing demand, refinery economics, the importance of shipowners' fuel management programmes, fuel testing, and the latest innovations in technology solutions available for shipowners, operators and managers.
15 March 2019
BIMCO's head of maritime technology & regulation, Aron Soerensen will give a presentation on the Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, which provide practical recommendations on maritime cyber risk management aimed at management ashore and on board.
07 March 2018
The USCG Ballast Water Management regulations entered into force in June 2012 and is now close to being fully implemented so any ship calling US ports have to be in compliance with the relevant regulations and requirements. It should also be noted that a number of US individual States have implemented their own requirements beyond the USCG regulations so liaison with a local agent is recommended.
21 December 2018
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.
26 September 2017
BIMCO has launched a practical guide for shipmasters managing new ballast water management systems. It coincides with the entry into force of the IMO's Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.
10 September 2018
The new BIMCO magazine the “Bulletin” is out and zooming in on challenges and questions asked ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap. “Sulphur cap consequences will draw focus for two years,” BIMCO’s Secretary General, Angus Frew, points out in his foreword. Also, read the latest market analysis by Peter Sand and read why shipowners urgently need a fuel-management plan.
07 December 2018
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.