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October 2021

Cargo Alert - Loading of iron ore fines in Sierra Leone

BIMCO alert members about liquefaction concerns seen with loading of iron ore fines in Sierra Leone.

BIMCO supports IMO development of global remote inspection guidelines

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the shipping industry has faced challenges when it comes to conducting surveys and inspections physically on board ships. As a result of social distancing requirements during the pandemic, remote surveys and inspections for the certification of materials and components have been successfully used and have proven to be a helpful alternative to on-site surveys. Now, global guidelines are needed.

August 2021

Container cargo industry guidelines for seed cakes transport to mitigate fire incidents onboard ships

Seed cakes transported in containers continue to provide a risk in terms of causing container fires onboard and BIMCO urges the use of joint-industry guidelines to BIMCO members to improve safety for ship and crew. 

June 2021

BIMCO welcomes updated IMO Compendium to advance electronic data

Standardising and harmonising electronic ship to shore communication for reporting purposes was high on the agenda at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) virtual Facilitation Committee (FAL) meeting held from 1-7 June 2021 (FAL 45).

UN 3077 EHS Solid Bulk Cargoes - how to comply with carriage requirements under the IMSBC Code

The carriage requirements of UN 3077 environmentally hazardous solid bulk cargoes under the IMSBC Code.  This article has been updated. Please see " UN 3077 Environmentally hazardous Solid Bulk Cargoes Update" issued on 3 June 2021

UN 3077 Environmentally Hazardous Solid Bulk cargoes Update

Based on information provided by a BIMCO owner member, BIMCO updates the information on UN 3077 environmentally hazardous solid bulk cargoes and its relation with the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code.

May 2021

UN 3077 solid bulk cargoes - how are they handled in the IMSBC Code?

BIMCO explains the carriage requirements of UN 3077 environmentally hazardous solid bulk cargoes under the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes ( IMSBC) Code.

BIMCO supports new IMO water level alarms for cargo holds

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 103) meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was held remotely from 5 to 14 May. A very comprehensive list of issues were discussed at the meeting, one of which was new requirements for water level detectors on non-bulk cargo ships. The new requirement was up for adoption.

IMO agrees on new measures to detect and report containers lost at sea

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 103) meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was held remotely from 5 to 14 May. One of the issues discussed at the meeting - among a very comprehensive list on the agenda, was new measures to mitigate for containers lost at sea.

BIMCO improves solid cargo section with HME substances and MARPOL Annex V

BIMCO providing easy-to-understand information about HME substances and its relation to MARPOL Annex V and the IMSBC Code.