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November 2018

US heading for changes to ballast water management bill

The US Senate has approved changes to the VIDA Bill (formerly known as Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, CVIDA), creating a new approach for regulating ballast water discharges from vessels while recognizing special regional situations.

BIMCO adopts 2020 bunker clauses

BIMCO has developed two 2020 bunker clauses that deal with general compliance and the transitional period for an early December release.

BIMCO launches survey to highlight biofouling management

Biofouling is getting increasing attention and pressure for biofouling management is mounting. Therefore, BIMCO is launching a survey to gain insight into how shipowners are managing the topic.

IOPC Funds meeting October 2018

BIMCO was represented at the recent meeting which coincided with the fortieth anniversary of the Funds. Agenda issues included the importance of maintaining legislation in line with treaty law provisions, difficulties occasionally encountered with non-International Group insurers, the Funds’ current compensation cases and a report on developments with the HNS Convention.

2020 Transitional Fuel Clause imminent

BIMCO’s 2020 Bunker Clause working group is pushing hard to finish work on two key clauses addressing the global switch to 0.5% sulphur content fuel on 1 January 2020.

BIMCO encourages shipowners to facilitate reporting of energy efficient data

BIMCO is encouraging shipowners to authorise their respective flag state administrations or recognised organisations to report their Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) values for all applicable new ships in their fleet to the The International Maritime Organization (IMO).

October 2018

BIMCO supports IMO action plan to combat plastic litter

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a resolution on an action plan which will be completed by 2025 to address marine plastic litter from ships.

BIMCO very satisfied with carriage ban and fuel quality reporting compromise

BIMCO was very satisfied with several developments at the meeting of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee at the International Maritime Organization 22-26 October. 

Tripartite Forum: Shipping Industry prepares for major changes

The shipping industry is on the verge of major changes requiring  strong collaboration between ship builders, ship owners and classification societies, agreed the 70 plus participants of the 2018 Tripartite Forum held in Seoul, South Korea on 11 and 12 October.

Shipowners urged to check coverage as reissuance of Vessel General Permit is delayed

The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the awaited third Vessel General Permit (VGP 3.0) will be delayed, putting pressure on shipowners and operators to make sure they are covered prior to the December 18 deadline.