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First global standard for ship hull cleaning essential for marine ecosystems

26 May 2020

BIMCO, the world’s largest shipping association, has moved a step closer to finishing a global set of guidelines needed to protect the marine environment from invasive species and reduce CO2 emissions. Currently, there is no common global standard for cleaning ships’ hulls to avoid transferring invasive aquatic species, nor for the potentially damaging debris washed off in the process.

Is on board fuel blending allowed?

20 December 2019

The fuel oil carriage ban from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that will come into force on 1 March 2020 has prompted questions regarding the possibility of blending fuel on board ships to achieve compliance. Here, BIMCO offers its view on the regulatory aspects of whether on board blending can be considered compliant.  

CIMAC guideline: marine fuel handling in connection to stability and compatibility

06 November 2019

This guideline helps the reader understand stability and compatibility issues. Furthermore, it explains the different test methods, both for onboard evaluation and for tests performed in laboratories. It compliments and expands on the information given in ISO/PAS 23263:2019 and supports the ISO standard 8217:2017 on specifications of marine fuels.

Why 1 March is your real deadline

07 October 2019

The carriage ban that comes into force on 1 March 2020 will quickly make the challenges of the 1 January 2020 sulphur limit fade, according to BIMCO’s Deputy Secretary General, Lars Robert Pedersen. When the ban kicks in, covering the basics or reaching for the Fuel Oil Non-availability Report (FONAR) will no longer be enough.