The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has expanded sanctions against Iran and issued an advisory to the shipping community.
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.
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.
Vessels heading for Douala, Cameroon now will have protection in the form of army security team provided by the port authorities for their safety.
Join BIMCO's Jakob Larsen, INTERTANKO's Philip Belcher, UK Chamber of Shipping's David Balston, and Tatham Law's Stephen Askins for a candid discussion and clear advice on present and future tanker safety, security and commercial issues in the Straits of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman.
BIMCO has received a further update on developments in Ukraine which are provided below together with a renewed call to respond to the survey.
Marsden Point, New Zealand came out as the highest rated bulk terminal in BIMCOs Terminal Vetting Scheme. With 161 ships from 132 companies involved in the scheme, the report now covers 419 terminals globally. Just under 95% of the reports were rated average or better, which gave an average rating of 3.6 (out of five), suggesting positive trends for the future.
BIMCO has updated and restructured its port information database which provides the maritime industry with reliable information about port facilities, working hours and national holidays.
Due to high population levels of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) and more AGM detections at US and Canadian ports as a result, a joint-bulletin is now issued by these authorities for vessel operators to take action in order to avoid such delays.
On 22 July 2019 China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued the “Implementation Scheme of the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap”.