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June 2020

General port information access to be limited to members

Since March, when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the BIMCO port information database has been publicly open and free to use. However, as the virus gradually retreats and a new normal is expected, the general port information – including holiday information – will once again be limited to BIMCO members.

BIMCO applauds Hong Kong for pragmatic approach to crew change

Following several discussions with the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, the administration in Hong Kong is opening for conditional but unrestricted crew change in Hong Kong.

Singapore Maritime and Ports Authority issues guidelines for crew change

Following a significant number of enquiries related to the recent relaxation of restrictions on crew change, the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) in Singapore has issued a guideline and FAQ with the aim to facilitate crew change.

BIMCO Ice Reporting for season 2019/2020 ends this week

Informing members of the closure of BIMCO Ice Reporting Season for 2019/2020.

May 2020

US issues guidance to address illicit shipping and sanctions evasion practices

On 14 May 2020, the U.S. Departments of State and Treasury, and the U.S. Coast Guard, issued a global advisory to alert multiple industry sectors, including the maritime industry, to deceptive shipping practices used to evade sanctions imposed on Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

BIMCO assists ICS in gathering information on crew challenges

The information provided will be of great value in the work done to facilitate crew changes.

BIMCO offers detailed overview of Covid-19 implementations

BIMCO continues to utilise publicly available sources to provide the shipping industry with a complete and updated overview of the impact from Covid-19.

Industry survey: Impact of COVID-19 on corruption faced by the shipping industry

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has launched a survey to obtain a better understanding of the possible link between the COVID-19 outbreak and corrupt demands faced by the shipping industry, and how such demands are affecting seafarers and vessel operations. BIMCO supports MACN’s efforts to fight corruption in shipping and is therefore encouraging members to respond to the survey.

How Covid-19 can add significant costs in holidays

In response to Covid-19, many countries have undertaken precautious measures such as curfew, lock down and state of emergency. For a few cases, the appropriate precautious measure was deemed to be general holidays.

BIMCO shares WPSP COVID19 information

WPSP are measuring the impact of COVID19 in weekly surveys for port operators.