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Autonomous ships

05 May 2020

In recent years, the prospect of autonomous ships has become a hot topic for commercial shipping. The same fast-paced advances in technology that have led to projects to automate vehicles in every other sector of the transportation industry have also found their way to the shipping industry. Advances in camera technology, sensors, electromechanical actuators, and satellite technology appear to promise a world in which ships will traverse the oceans without a human on board.

Shipowners encouraged to take part in ship generated waste survey

03 August 2020

The EU is carrying out an online survey which is relevant to all shipowners irrespective if they operate ships on EU-flag or not. The outcome of the survey will be used to establish criteria for determining that a ship produces reduced quantities of waste and manages its waste in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner. The outcome could result in reduced fees for delivering waste to a port reception facility, and BIMCO encourages all shipowners to take part in the survey.

First ever standard contract for autonomous ship operation underway

06 November 2020

BIMCO is adapting the currently used SHIPMAN 2009 agreement for use with autonomous ships, but the lack of actual autonomous ships currently in operation will mean ongoing adjustments as the industry forges ahead with its pioneering projects. Publication of the first version is expected in 2021.

Are autonomous ships on the horizon?

23 March 2021

Millions of dollars are invested into the research and trials of systems needed to expand autonomous shipping. The question is: will it pay off?

SHIPLEASE

24 September 2020

SHIPLEASE is a standardised term sheet intended for use in ship sale and leaseback transactions. The term sheet has been principally developed for sale and leaseback transactions involving second-hand ships, but it can be readily adapted to fit structures involving newbuildings or vessels that are undergoing major refit. It is suitable for use for both operating and finance leases, although it may need to be adjusted as appropriate. The latest edition of this contract is SHIPLEASE, issued in 2020.

Cyber risk and autonomous ships

30 April 2019

BIMCO has submitted four papers to the Maritime Safety Committee. The papers discuss how autonomous ships should be tried before they are allowed to operate, and that cyber risk management should be part of the ship’s Safety Management System.

IMO pave the way for future autonomous shipping

15 May 2018

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.

IMO starts work to identify Autonomous Ships regulation

19 June 2019

The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) considered the ongoing scoping exercise to identify affected IMO regulations by Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) at its 101st session in which the Maritime Technology & Regulation and Security departments represented BIMCO.

BIMCO to highlight autonomous ships and 2020 fuel challenges at IMO

30 November 2018

BIMCO and industry partners will contribute to constructive discussions of a number of important topics such as guidelines for autonomous ships and 2020 fuel challenges at the 100th session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 100) in London on 3 – 7 December 2018.