10 August 2021
At its meeting held from 26 to 30 July 2021, the Legal Committee (LEG) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed on a unified interpretation of the test for breaking a shipowner’s right to limit liability under certain IMO conventions. The committee also considered several other issues relating to the abandonment of seafarers, to Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) and to the committee’s future work programme.
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?
02 March 2021
Get the latest insight and interviews in the new edition of BIMCO’s Bulletin magazine.
05 February 2021
BIMCO has taken the decision to revise and update SHIPMAN 2009 and CREWMAN A and B 2009 - the ship management sector's "go to" standard agreements.
04 December 2020
The Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed on a new item for its future work programme relating to fair treatment of seafarers detained on suspicion of committing maritime crimes. At the Committee’s meeting on 27 November and 1-2 December, it also agreed on the development of guidelines for flag and port state authorities regarding how to deal with seafarer abandonment cases.
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.
13 May 2020
16 months after publishing the 3rd version of The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, the guidelines are again up for review.
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.
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.
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.