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June 2017

Preventing pest container contamination

Preventing pest container contamination was one of the many items discussed at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 98). Cyber risk management, autonomous ships, security and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments were also on the agenda.

New improved ECDIS software

It is time to replace software on ECDIS systems on board because by 31 August 2017, the new Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) software will make the previous versions redundant.

MSC 98 will consider the future for unmanned shipping

For the first time, IMO will discuss the maritime autonomous ships. The use of autonomous ships – or so-called unmanned ships - will create the need for a regulatory framework for such ships and their interaction and co-existence with manned ships.

May 2017

Crewless ships, cyber security and ballast water issues top agenda for Marine Committee

A broad range of “hot” industry issues kept BIMCO’s Marine Committee busy at its recent meeting at BIMCO House.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the April update!

This is the latest in a series of reports 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. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members.  The full CSA April report is also provided. 

Launch of watertight doors awareness campaign

Watertight doors are crucial for reducing ship vulnerability in cases of flooding, and due to re-occurring deficiencies during surveys, and accidents leading to injuries and fatalities, GARD and DNV GL have joined forces to launch an awareness campaign on watertight doors. 

April 2017

BIMCO welcomes first peek through the Maritime Single Window

From 2019 new mandatory requirements on electronic exchange of information will require public authorities to establish systems to assist ship clearance processes.

March 2017

BIMCO looking at the Maritime Single Window at FAL 41

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

BIMCO encourages proposals to stop injuries caused by free fall boats

New regulations for lifting appliances and lifesaving appliances are approaching. BIMCO co-sponsors a paper to stop accidents caused by free fall lifeboats during drills.

Smooth e-Navigation at NCSR 4

Over 90 papers were discussed at the recent 4th session of IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) and many important decisions finalised. 

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