The Chairpersons of the Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) met in Rome in February to discuss current issues including piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
If drugs are found on a ship in Mexico, the crew risk being detained even though there is no evidence of crew involvement.
After the killing of General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone in early January 2020, and the following retaliation by Iran, BIMCO is publishing its view of the escalated tension in the Persian Gulf, as well as advice regarding the new sanctions clauses, and encourages owners, operators and charterers to follow the operational and contractual guidance set out in this article.
Every year, BIMCO considers what is in store for the shipping industry and for BIMCO in the coming years, while also reflecting on the year gone by. We put all the thoughts in a magazine. This year is no different, and a range of BIMCO people have written their opinions on what the new year will bring.
After a period of uncertainty about the fate of the Sea carrier initiative Agreement (SCIA), United States Customs & Border Protection has now confirmed, that SCIA is no longer operational.
BIMCO’s committee structure will change to reflect the increased importance of the environment while maintaining a thorough debate on safety. The BIMCO Board of Directors agreed to the change at a meeting in December.
BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have published a new cyber security workbook meant to serve as a guide for the master and officers on board ships and thereby help them prepare for a potential cyber incident.
Ships operating in the Gulf of Guinea can benefit studying the new website run by the UK/French security reporting centre MDAT-GoG (Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade for the Gulf of Guinea). It is also highly recommended to report ship's movements, suspicious observations and security incidents immediately as they occur.
Vessels heading for Douala, Cameroon now will have protection in the form of army security team provided by the port authorities for their safety.
Safety at Sea and BIMCO have published a white paper containing advice based on results and findings from Cyber Security Surveys produced over the last four years, as well as on feedback and knowledge from experts at roundtable events.