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  • BIMCO submits proposal to IMO to extend BWM experience-building phase

    BIMCO has submitted a proposal to the upcoming Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 77 with the aim to extend the experience-building phase (EBP) associated with the International convention for the control and management of Ships’ ballast water and sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention). The extension is deemed necessary due to slow progress of the data collection phase.

  • BIMCO and CIRM software log is now ISO standard 24060

    BIMCO and CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime) have taken the concept of the onboard software log to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to automate and modernise it. As a result, the ISO has published a new standard on a ship software logging system to be used for operational technology onboard ships.

  • IMO Legal Committee agrees unified interpretation on limitation of liability

    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.

  • New BIMCO/ICS Seafarer Workforce Report warns of serious potential officer shortage

    Launched today, the new Seafarer Workforce Report from BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping warns that the industry must significantly increase training and recruitment levels if it is to avoid a serious shortage in the total supply of officers by 2026. Given the growing demand for STCW certified officers, the Report predicts that there will be a need for an additional 89,510 officers by 2026 to operate the world merchant fleet. The report estimates that 1.89 million seafarers currently serve the world merchant fleet, operating over 74,000 vessels around the globe.

 

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Shipping KPI System

The BIMCO Shipping KPI System is a global shipping industry tool for defining, measuring and reporting information on operational performance and is used by shipping companies to:

  • compare their business performance against the industry standard and identify where efficiency improvements could be made
  • clearly communicate their ship operational performance, both internally and externally.

 

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