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February 2019

BIMCO demands 4th IMO GHG Study based on realistic economic growth

BIMCO has proposed that the Fourth International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Study does not include unrealistically high gross domestic product (GDP) growth projections to predict future transport demand - and thereby emissions - of the shipping industry. The proposal has been made to the expert workshop preparing for the study, which is meeting in London 12-14 March.

January 2019

China adopts 0.50% sulphur limit to match IMO regulation

Chinese regulators have tightened its domestic emission control area regulation (DECA) which came into force on 1 January 2019.

China has not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers

Chinese regulators have updated part of its domestic emission control area (DECA) regulations with effect from 1 January 2019 but has not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers as reported widely.

China issues new data collection system with immediate effect

China has adopted new regulations concerning the reporting of fuel consumption and energy efficiency with effect from 1 January 2019.

December 2018

EU-flagged newbuildings to carry IHM

Starting 31 December 2018, EU-flagged newbuildings must carry out an inventory of hazardous materials on board and carry relevant certification.

IMO increases focus on 2020 fuel safety

The IMO has agreed to back a proposal submitted by BIMCO and fellow industry associations to have the Marine Safety Committee (MSC) take a more robust stance when it comes to expected safety implications of compliant fuel ahead of the IMO 0.50% sulphur limit coming into force on 1 January 2020. 

BIMCO publishes two 2020 sulphur clauses

BIMCO has published two sulphur content related bunker clauses which are now available on the BIMCO website and on SmartCon, BIMCO’s contract editing solution.

US 2013 VGP remain in force beyond its expiration date

US have changed its law in relation to discharges from ships incidental to its normal operation. A new law, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) establishes a new legal framework for the regulation of such discharges from ships in US waters.

BIMCO applauds the landmark announcement by Maersk

BIMCO applauds the landmark announcement by Maersk of its ambition to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. 

November 2018

BIMCO to highlight autonomous ships and 2020 fuel challenges at IMO

BIMCO and industry partners will contribute to constructive discussions of a number of important topics such as guidelines for autonomous ships and 2020 fuel challenges at the 100th session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 100) in London on 3 – 7 December 2018.

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