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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.

May 2018

Revised emergency response procedures for ships carrying dangerous goods

Revised emergency response procedures for ships carrying dangerous goods was one of the many items discussed at IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 99). Autonomous ships, security and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments were also on the agenda.

IMO pave the way for future autonomous 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.

April 2018

BIMCO project shows 80% admin-workload reduction for masters

The Maritime Reporting Model (MRM), developed by BIMCO and partners, can reduce the administrative workload for ship masters by 80% in connection with port calls, which can enhance the masters focus on safely navigating the ship.

March 2018

New lifeboat ventilation requirements of survival crafts enhances the safety and survivability of the seafarer

The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 5) agreed on measures improving the microclimate in totally enclosed lifeboats

Lifeboat safety and lifting appliances tops the agenda at this week’s IMO meeting

The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 5) meeting will concentrate on saving seafarers’ lives by improving regulation on lifesaving appliances. Further new regulations on lifting appliances and anchor handling winches, cold ironing and watertight doors will be discussed in detail.

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