Why join BIMCO?

Overview

BIMCO’s mission is to be at the forefront of global developments in shipping, providing expert knowledge and practical advice to safeguard and add value to our members’ businesses.

We have over 110 years’ experience supporting shipping businesses and we are ready to help yours too.

We have summarised our different membership categories and information on BIMCO member benefits. Your membership type depends on the nature of your business. BIMCO is ready to help you on which type applies to you - and any other query you might have about joining us.

Contact: Erik Jensby, Head of Business development at BIMCO on membership@bimco.org or +45 4436 6831

Owners

Owner membership


Owner membership is open for companies who own, manage or operate ships on time charter. Owner members have full access to all BIMCO services. We provide owners with assistance and guidance on problems encountered in daily activities of a shipping company. These include:

Direct, expert advice from a skilled member of BIMCO staff on:

  • contractual & commercial issues, such as charter parties or bills of lading
  • environment, safety, security and navigation issues related to the operation of your ship
  • company information - BIMCO can check out your potential business partner
  • Debt recovery – we help members recover several million USD of undisputed debt every year.

 Comprehensive information – always available online:

  • information on 600+ ports around the world including holidays
  • updates on security warning and war risk including piracy and drug smuggling
  • latest shipping market analysis
  • access to the BIMCO members’ directory.

Substantial discounts on BIMCO Training and key products such as IDEA, our online contract and clause editor.

Find out prices and more about joining BIMCO as an owner member (PDF)
Download the full membership benefits for owners (PDF)

Brokers and Agents

Broker/Agency membership


BIMCO's Broker/Agency membership is open to companies operating as shipbrokers, ship agents or chartering agents. Applicants who own, manage or operate ships on time charter must register as owner members. These include:

Direct, expert advice from a skilled member of BIMCO staff on:

  • contractual & commercial issues, such as charter parties or bills of lading
  • environment, safety, security and navigation issues related to the operation of your ship
  • company information - BIMCO can check out your potential business partner
  • Debt recovery – we help members recover several million USD of undisputed debt every year.

 Comprehensive information – always available online:

  • information on 600+ ports around the world including holidays
  • updates on security warning and war risk including piracy and drug smuggling
  • latest shipping market analysis
  • access to the BIMCO members’ directory.
Substantial discounts on BIMCO Training and key products such as IDEA, our online contract and clause editor.

Brokers

Agents

Club members joining BIMCO

Club membership


Club membership is open to protection and indemnity associations; freight, demurrage and defence associations; shipping federations, associations of shipowners and other combinations of shipowners, and shipbrokers’ associations. Benefits include:

Direct, expert advice from a skilled member of BIMCO staff on:

  • contractual & commercial issues, such as charter parties or bills of lading
  • environment, safety, security and navigation issues related to the operation of your ship.

 Comprehensive information – always available online:

  • information on 600+ ports around the world including holidays
  • updates on security warning and war risk including piracy and drug smuggling
  • latest shipping market analysis
  • access to the BIMCO members’ directory.

Substantial discounts on BIMCO Training and key products such as IDEA, our online contract and clause editor.

Find out prices and more about joining BIMCO as a club member (PDF)
Download the full membership benefits for clubs (PDF)

Associates

Associate membership


BIMCO associate membership is similar to the membership of a club that spans all segments of the shipping industry and is recognised as a sign of trust and credibility in the market place. There are a range of options for associate membership:

Find out prices and more about joining BIMCO as an associate member (PDF)

Group 1
Group 1 Associate membership benefits (PDF)

Group 2
Group 2 Associate membership benefits (PDF)

Group 3
Group 3 Associate membership benefits (PDF)

Educational Institutions
Associate membership for educational institutions

PMSCs
Associate membership  for private maritime security companies - PMSCS (PDF)