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How Covid-19 can add significant costs in holidays

20 May 2020

In response to Covid-19, many countries have undertaken precautious measures such as curfew, lock down and state of emergency. For a few cases, the appropriate precautious measure was deemed to be general holidays.

COVID-19; Implications on statutory ship certificates, surveys, inspections and audits

22 September 2020

BIMCO has collected statements from a number of flag states, port states and recognised organisations/classification societies (RO) and produced a regulatory analysis concerning COVID-19 and its possible implications on statutory ship certificates, surveys, inspections or audits under relevant International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) instruments.

IMO issues guidance for delays in newbuild vessel deliveries due to COVID-19

03 April 2020

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released guidance for cases when COVID-19 results in unforeseen delays in the delivery of newbuild bulk carriers and oil tankers originally scheduled to be delivered before 1 July 2020. The guidance is particularly relevant to shipbuilders, equipment suppliers, shipowners, surveyors and service engineers.

The contractual implications of COVID-19 on crew changes and port restrictions

01 November 2021

At times of port restrictions and situations where a crew may be infected or fall ill with COVID-19, it has become apparent that the obligations and rights of contracting parties need to be clarified. The main takeaway from the situation is that parties to a contract should communicate and cooperate when problems arise. Pandemic restrictions are a reality and must be complied with.

COVID-19 implementation measures for sea transport

29 November 2021

Providing members with the latest information on measures taken by various countries to combat this Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that could impact sea transport. The page might be updated several times per day, so please check back for the most recent information. BIMCO is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation on a global basis and will attempt to keep members updated on measures implemented by various countries to combat this outbreak which could impact sea transport. Feedback or a question about this information? Contact

Suez Canal ship transits rise amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

16 June 2020

Transits through the Suez Canal, the beating heart of the Egyptian economy, have stayed remarkably resilient to the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic if judging by total transits of the three commercial shipping sectors which are up 8% year-on-year.