BIMCO Shipping KPIs

What is BIMCO Shipping KPI?

The BIMCO Shipping KPI System is a global shipping industry tool for defining, measuring and reporting information on operational performance. The Shipping KPI System is used by shipping companies to:

  • compare their ships performance against the industry standard and potentially identify where efficiency improvements could be made
  • communicate their ship operational performance, both internally and externally
  • gain specific and accurate comparison of both own and other users’ ships or groups of ships
  • utilise filtering of benchmarking results in terms of: age of ships, Class, DWT, flag, ship status, ship type, etc.


The Shipping KPI Standard is built up hierarchical with 3 different levels: 

  • Key Performance Indicators groups (KPI groups)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Performance Indicators (PIs)

There is a mathematical relation between the last two levels. In basic terms, Key Performance Indicators are calculated from Performance Indicators (lowest level) using a KPI formula.

On the lowest level you find the PIs, 63 in number, which are based on data capture (measurements or counters) directly from a ship or from the shipping management. Data is collected once and re-used within the Shipping KPI Standard in order to reduce the amount of data.

Data security is paramount, and the reported data is not only anonymous but also only used in an aggregated average for benchmarking. The benchmarking rule is based on not less than 3 other KPI users and a minimum of 10 ships. BIMCO does not have access to any reported performance data.

It is a system for the industry – developed, maintained and operated by the industry.

What is the History?

  • 2006: Shipping KPI was developed by a cross-industry group
  • 2011:Shipping KPI was launched to the public at IMO
  • 2015: BIMCO took ownership of the Shipping KPI
  • 2018: BIMCO launched Shipping KPI version 3.0
  • 2020: BIMCO Launched Shipping KPI version 4.0
  • 2020 BIMCO Launched a new Shipping KPI Group on Cost 
  • 2021 BIMCO launched improve user report generation functionality
  • 2022 The BIMCO Shipping KPI Group on Cost have until further notice been taken down 

What are the key advantages and functions?

  • across industry performance benchmarking
  • all functions and formulas are fully transparent
  • filtered internal & external benchmarking 
  • graphical overview of ship/fleet status and KPI performance
  • easy generation of status KPI and benchmarking ranking reports 
  • increases transparency within the shipping industry
  • measures ships’ performance data
  • monitoring of internal performance improvement 
  • online platform (no download required)
  • only using aggregated data for benchmarking 
  • performance Indicators being accumulated into KPI’s
  • quarterly reporting as recommended minimum interval 
  • secure and anonymous for all users
  • size of data pool equals data quality (crowd sourcing) 

How does it work?

The Shipping KPI offers shipping organisations the ability to produce a visual representation of how a ship or group of ships performs during a specific time period. It uses a unique standard of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the Ship Attributes that allows users to filter information according to different type and sector of ships. This will allow the user to produce ship reports and benchmark ships across different types and sectors.

KPI Groups:

  • Environmental
  • Health and Safety
  • HR Management
  • Navigational Safety
  • Operational
  • Security
  • Technical
  • Port State Control

For further information please refer to the documentation available online. In the left hand frame, select the correct version (4) and KPI profile.

Finally, please note that the KPI Cost group is not a fiscal standard nor an accountancy tool for handling companies’ nor ships’ budgets and revenues. 

For more information please click here

How do you sign up?

BIMCO members - free annual user fee

For all registered owner member companies of BIMCO who would like to use the KPI System, a one-time setup fee will be charged.

For non-member companies an annual subscription fee and set-up fee will be charged.

BIMCO member
up to 9 ships

BIMCO member
10 ships and above

Non-BIMCO member

EUR 475
setup fee
EUR 975
setup fee
EUR 1,175
setup fee
annual fee
annual fee
EUR 1,975
annual fee

Sign up process

If you are already a BIMCO member, your ship and company registration details will be added automatically when you enter your BIMCO membership company registration number.


Got a Shipping KPI question?

Contact the Shipping KPI team


The Shipping KPI System is a global shipping industry tool for defining, measuring and reporting information on operational performance. It uses a unique standard of 64 different performance indicators to allow the most specific and accurate comparison of ships - across different types and sectors - that is currently available.

The data collected is anonymised and aggregated, so it does not compromise commercially sensitive information.

To find out more about the system, please use the below links:

For further information please visit the KPI standard page