Owner membership


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

Find out prices and more about joining BIMCO as an owner member

BIMCO’s Owner membership is open for companies who own, manage (technically/commercially), operate or charter ships. Owner members have full access to all BIMCO services. We provide owner members with assistance and guidance on problems encountered in your daily work.

BIMCO’s work is centered around supporting its owner members. See more about BIMCO’s key role in shipping on the “About us” page. The owner members of BIMCO have access to all services and benefits in BIMCO. The benefits include among others:

Direct advice from our in-house experts 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 1,800+ ports around the world including holidays
  • updates on security warnings and war risk including piracy and drug smuggling
  • latest shipping market analysis and reports
  • access to the BIMCO members’ directory.

Substantial discounts on BIMCO products such as training, publications, shipping KPI system and SmartCon, our contract editing tool.

See full membership benefits for owners

Pricing 2021

The entrance fee for BIMCO owner membership is EUR 800.

The annual contribution fee for BIMCO owner members is based on the total deadweight tonnage owned, chartered, operated or managed.

Full membership contribution fee

Deadweight tonnage EUR
0-10,000  1,680
10,001-25,000 2,775
25,001-50,000 4,550
50,001-150,000 6,625
150,001-250,000 7,275
250,001-500,000 7,525
500,001-750,000 7,875
750,001-1,000,000 8,700
1,000,001-2,500,000 9,700
2,500,001-5,000,000 10,200
5,000,001-7,500,000 12,425
7,500,001-10,000,000 14,150
10,000,001-15,000,000 17,675
 15,000,001-25,000,000 20,400
 25,000,001-50,000,000 25,500
 50,000,001-75,000,000 30,600
75,000,001-100,000,000 35,700
100,000,000-more 40,800

Corporate membership, branch office contribution fee

Number of offices, price per office EUR
1-5 1,680
6-10 1,480
11-more 1,120

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Our vision

To be the chosen partner trusted to provide leadership to the global shipping industry.

Our mission

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.

Our values

  • Trusted
  • Knowledgeable     
  • Relevant
  • Proactive
  • Caring

Strategy 2021

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Our core service areas

BIMCO’s four core service areas provide value and support to our members:

  1. Products: BIMCO’s standard contracts and clauses for the shipping industry and our contract editor SmartCon is a key offering to our members. We also run the BIMCO Shipping KPI System which can be used to benchmark ships’ operational performance.
  2. Regulation: BIMCO takes an active role on behalf of shipowners during discussions and decisions with global and regional regulators and have consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation. We work towards a level playing field for shipping – including fair trade and open access to markets.
  3. Information and advice: we deal with 10,000 member queries every year via phone or email and see over three million page views on our website each year. Our staff share their expert knowledge on contractual, regulatory and technical matters with members.
  4. Training: BIMCO conducts face-to-face courses, webinars and tailor-made courses for companies on a variety of shipping related topics.