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Industry publishes improved cyber guidelines

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.

The new digital BIMCO Bulletin is out

26 November 2018

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.

Newbuilding contracts should require use of Shipdex

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- such as manuals – electronically between supplier and ships directly, cutting the need for huge stacks of - often outdated - paper manuals.

Vessel Traffic Separation

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

Arrest Clause for Voyage Charter Parties 2019

07 February 2019

Arrest clauses in charter parties are frequently one-sided with charterers having the right to terminate the charter party if the ship is not released within two or three days of an arrest. To provide a fairer allocation of risk and responsibility in the event of ship arrest BIMCO has developed two new standard clauses for time and voyage charter parties. Risk allocation is based on the “sphere of responsibilities” approach taken by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in the "Global Santosh" judgment . Under this approach, a distinction is drawn between issues such as the management of the ship and its crew, which fall within the owners’ sphere of responsibility, and employment for use of the ship which falls within the charterers’ sphere of responsibility. This clause was published on 14 June 2019.

Arrest Clause for Time Charter Parties 2019

07 February 2019

Arrest clauses in charter parties are frequently one-sided with charterers having the right to terminate the charter party if the ship is not released within two or three days of an arrest. To provide a fairer allocation of risk and responsibility in the event of ship arrest BIMCO has developed two new standard clauses for time and voyage charter parties. Risk allocation is based on the “sphere of responsibilities” approach taken by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in the "Global Santosh" judgment . Under this approach, a distinction is drawn between issues such as the management of the ship and its crew, which fall within the owners’ sphere of responsibility, and employment for use of the ship which falls within the charterers’ sphere of responsibility. This clause was published on 14 June 2019.

Søren Larsen

22 January 2018

Following his graduation from Copenhagen University and the Institute of Maritime Law, Søren Larsen joined BIMCO in August 1985. He was appointed Head of Department for Documentary and Legal Affairs in 1993 and became Deputy Secretary General, with primary responsibility for BIMCO’s documentary affairs, in 1999. From 2005 to 2009, Søren Larsen assumed particular overview of the Documentary, Security & International Affairs, and Services Departments at BIMCO and is currently primarily responsible for BIMCO’s Contracts & Clauses and Support & Advice departments. In addition, he represents BIMCO’s and shipowners’ interests in various international fora, such as the IMO, UNCITRAL, ICC and CMI and works closely with the Secretary General in the management of the BIMCO Secretariat. He has represented BIMCO at meetings with various government bodies in the United States.

Richard Neylon

02 August 2019

Richard Neylon is Partner at HFW in London. Richard specialises in shipping and crisis response. He acts for a range of shipowners, charterers and insurers, in wet and dry shipping disputes. A large proportion of Richard's work involves resolving disputes arising from marine casualties and he has been involved in many of the recent high profile incidents. He has particular experience of collisions, fires/explosions, salvage, piracy, capture/seizure, groundings and unsafe port claims – often involving complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration. Whilst he works in the Admiralty & Crisis Management department, the complexity of modern marine casualties necessarily involves him in a mix of wet and dry work.