16 July 2021
AIS manipulation is one tool used by parties to evade sanctions. This clause addresses this issue and is part of the BIMCO suite of sanctions clauses. It is intended to be part of a company’s sanctions compliance due diligence programme.
Although the continuous operation of a ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) is mandatory under SOLAS, there are circumstances where it may be legitimately be switched off. The purpose of the clause is to ensure that when this is done legitimately, it does not give rise to termination rights and ensures a balance of the rights and responsibilities between owners and charterers in preventing AIS manipulation to evade sanctions.
17 June 2021
Standardising and harmonising electronic ship to shore communication for reporting purposes was high on the agenda at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) virtual Facilitation Committee (FAL) meeting held from 1-7 June 2021 (FAL 45).
03 May 2021
During a 10-day operation called “Jangkar Haram”, Malaysia clamped down on illegal anchoring in its waters. The ships involved have either been warned and ordered to leave or detained and fined. BIMCO recommends Masters to take extra precaution and obtain prior permission from relevant authorities before anchoring.
09 April 2021
As part of COVID-19 safety the US has introduced new safety requirements in the maritime transportation system. This requires all persons, including crew members on board ships proceeding to and trading within the waters under US jurisdiction to wear a face mark while boarding, disembarking and for the duration of the travel. Crew members and port facility personnel may be exempt from wearing a mask only when actively performing a task that would create a health or safety risk if performed wearing a mask and should immediately wear a mask when the task is complete. This exemption does not apply to passengers.
03 March 2021
TOWCON is an ocean towage agreement on a lump sum basis. It is not intended for use in port towing. The latest edition of this contract is TOWCON 2021.
Copyright in TOWCON 2021 is held by BIMCO.
03 March 2021
TOWHIRE is an ocean towage agreement on a daily hire basis. It is not intended for use in port towing. The latest edition of this contract is TOWHIRE 2021.
Copyright in TOWHIRE 2021 is held by BIMCO.
05 January 2021
BIMCO provides a summary of the significant changes brought about by Amendment 40-20 to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.