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.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has decided to prohibit the use of open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems within its port limits, as of 1 January 2020.
MPA chief executive, Andrew Tan, announced the new regulation, which is already part of current legislation, in his opening address at the Singapore Registry of Ships Forum.
The Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) has passed a new domestic emission control area regulation from 1 January 2019 in their territorial waters.
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.