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