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January 2020

Novel Coronavirus - implementation measures taken by various countries

BIMCO is monitoring this novel coronavirus outbreak closely and will attempt to provide members with the latest information relating to measures implemented by various countries to combat this global and serious outbreak which could impact sea transport.

Suez Canal has banned discharge of wash water from open-loop scrubbers

At the end of 2019, the Suez Canal Authority issued a circular (no. 8/2019) related to the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation, in which it also placed a ban on the discharge of wash water from open-loop scrubbers while transiting the Canal.

New Virus outbreaks in China, Japan, Republic of Korea - WHO advises

A new virus "Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)" has been detected, causing serious outbreaks in China, Japan and Republic of Korea. WHO issues advice for international  travel and trade.

US Coast Guard introduces new examinations for foreign ships calling US ports

BIMCO has received information about changes made by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to its Port State Control (PSC) boarding matrix. 

December 2019

BIMCO makes Holiday Calendar improvements and change to distribution

As holidays are not static, but constantly changing, BIMCO’s Holiday Calendar is an invaluable tool for many in the industry. Starting with the 2020 edition, BIMCO has made improvements and changes to the accessibility and distribution of the calendar.

November 2019

BIMCO improves its Port Information database

BIMCO has a proud tradition for providing the maritime industry with reliable information on port facilities, working hours and national holidays. In order to provide the best solution, BIMCO’s port information database has been restructured and updated.

BIMCO Ice Information section - complete update

Check out our BIMCO Ice Information section which has been completely updated.

October 2019

US expands Iranian Sanctions and issues shipping advisory

The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has expanded sanctions against Iran and issued an advisory to the shipping community. 

US encourages ballast water best management practices after finding coral disease

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed voluntary best management practices for ballast water discharges for ships in order to mitigate the risk of transferring Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.

September 2019

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - new season new rules

For the new season beginning September 2019, New Zealand, Australia and Chile have introduced tougher rules to combat increasing spread of  Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMST) coming from targeted "BMST" countries.

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