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September 2018

IMO: Non hazardous ammonium Nitrate-based fertilisers discussion split into two schedules

Progress was made at the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 5) largely due to contributions made by various delegations providing information and data on the different types of ammonium nitrate based fertilsers (ANBF) that are carried as non-hazardous, a Group C classification in the IMSBC Code.

Marine Safety Advisory From the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Incidents and accidents related to Entry into Enclosed Spaces on board – still a major problem after decades of developing guidance and regulations.

August 2018

Maritime authorities kick off a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on air pollution

The Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control starts a inspection campaign on MARPOL Annex VI (Air pollution) from 1 Sept to 30 Nov 2018 – Checklist and Guidance provided.

Updated guide on managing maintenance of the ISM Code

IACS has revised Recommendation 74 "Guide to managing maintenance in accordance with the requirements of the ISM Code" in August 2018

USCG – Vessel Response Plan – Salvage and Marine Firefighting Geographic Specific Appendices (GSAs)

This is an extract of a report supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. The full CSA report is also provided. 

Updated guidance on bulk cargo loading and discharging

IACS has revised Recommendation 46 "BULK CARRIERS– Guidance and Information on Bulk Cargo Loading and Discharging to Reduce the Likelihood of Over-stressing the Hull Structure" in July 2018.

July 2018

Differential Global Positioning System (GPS) survey

BIMCO would like to raise awareness of the General Lighthouse Authorities’ (GLA’s) survey into the current and future users’ requirements for differential GPS service.

June 2018

Cargoes that liquefy – better understanding of dynamic separation and free slurry effect and how master and crew can take action

ClassNK and Rio Tinto issue important information on safe shipment of solid bulk cargoes relating to dynamic separation and resulting free slurry surface effect.

BIMCO urges IMO to harmonise digital data reporting

In 2019 the new mandatory requirements on Electronic Data Interchange require public authorities to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information to assist ship clearance processes.

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BIMCO’s news on safety is primarily related to regulation and IMO-work to improve safety on ships. Example topics includes fuel safety, dangerous cargoes, entry into closed spaces and fire.