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.

Owner membership

Owner membership is open for companies who own, manage or operate ships on time charter.

  • Full access to all BIMCO services
  • Assistance and guidance on problems encountered in daily activities of a shipping company
  • Direct, expert advice from a skilled member of BIMCO staff
  • Comprehensive information – always available online
  • Substantial discounts on BIMCO Training and key products such as IDEA.
  • See the full benefit of owner membership

Broker membership

Broker membership is open to companies operating as shipbrokers or chartering agents.

  • Full access to all BIMCO services
  • Assistance and guidance on problems encountered in daily activities of a shipping company
  • Direct, expert advice from a skilled member of BIMCO staff
  • Comprehensive information – always available online
  • Substantial discounts on BIMCO Training and key products such as IDEA.
  • See the full benefit of broker membership

Agent membership

Agent membership is open to companies operating as ship agents. 

  • Full access to all BIMCO services
  • Assistance and guidance on problems encountered in daily activities of a shipping company
  • Direct, expert advice from a skilled member of BIMCO staff
  • Comprehensive information – always available online

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.

  • Direct, expert advice from a skilled member of BIMCO staff
  • Comprehensive information – always available online
  • Substantial discounts on BIMCO Training and key products such as IDEA
  • See the full benefit of club membership

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.

Need more information?

Erik Jensby

Erik Jensby, Head of Business development can help you with any questions about membership options.