Baltic And International Maritime Council News

24 Dec 2018

BIMCO Pushes for Shipdex

Photo: The “Shipdex Executive Members” Group

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and MAN Energy Solutions hosted a conference for software suppliers delivering Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) to expand the use of Shipdex.Shipdex is the standard protocol for exchanging technical data - such as manuals – electronically between supplier and ships directly, cutting the need for huge stacks of - often outdated - paper manuals.“Honestly, we would have liked to see more suppliers for the conference.

23 Dec 2018

BIMCO Adopts STM-Clause

Image: STM Validation

The the international shipping associations representing shipowners Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) adopted a Sea Traffic Management (STM) Clause-clause for standard contracts.STM Clause is the nine industry actors launched a new common governance initiative, the first shore centre outside a project joined the STM community. "We received positive response from many of the around 200 active test ships and most of the 500 bridge officers who manned the simulator bridges during the STM test scenarios.…

19 Nov 2018

BIMCO Eyes Asia with New Gas Contracts

File Photo: BIMCO

Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) will begin work on two gas-related contracts in early 2019, an LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) Bunker Purchase Contract and a LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) voyage charter party.A press release from the largest of the international shipping associations representing shipowners said that it is planning to develop the new contracts in Asia in an effort to further increase the involvement of its Asian members. Both projects will be developed mainly by experts from the region and managed by BIMCO’s Shanghai office…

13 Nov 2018

BIMCO Develops 2020 Bunker Clauses

Pic: BIMCO

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has developed two bunker clauses to support the implementation of International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) sulphur 2020 regulations, which come into force on January 1, 2020.The largest of the international shipping associations representing shipowners poited out that the  Global Marine Fuel Sulphur Clause for Time Charter Parties was approved by the Documentary Committee at its meeting in Copenhagen on 13 November.“It is…

28 Oct 2018

BIMCO Hails Carriage Ban

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has been a proponent for a carriage ban of non-compliant fuel (unless the ship has a scrubber) and is pleased to see it adopted with a start date of 1 March 2020, said a release from the international shipping association.“A carriage ban on non-compliant fuel is critical in order for the member states to be able to enforce the sulphur regulation,” Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General.Two key developments were the…

03 Jun 2018

Marshall Islands to Address Shipping Safety Concerns

Photo: Theo Xenakoudis, Director, Worldwide Business Operations, International Registries

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has submitted a paper to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Intersessional Working Group (ISWG) on the consistent implementation of the 2020 global fuel oil sulphur standard under MARPOL Annex VI. The submission, which was co-sponsored by the Republic of Liberia, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO)…

24 Feb 2017

IBIA in Attack Mode

Bunker fuel company staff supervising supply operations at port [Photo: ©2016 Patrick King Photo for GAC]

The IMO’s MEPC 70 proposals for a marine fuels sulfur cap of 0.5% to be in place by 2020 have attracted severe criticism from several major stakeholders in the maritime sector, including the International Bunker Industry Association, the organization that defends the interests of bunker fuel suppliers. The IBIA has stated that several unknowns remain about the proposed limit and has asked whether assumed global capacity will translate into actual marine market supply in 2020: “Will refiners produce suitable fuels, and what will these fuels look like?

05 Jan 2017

All Eyes on 2020

(Photo: © scphoto48 / Adobe Stock)

The International Maritime Organization’s proposals to reduce sulfur levels in marine fuels to a maximum of 0.5 percent m/m (mass/mass) by 2020 may prove to be controversial, having met with various responses from major shipping organisations and other bodies. The decision to implement the proposals by 2020 was taken by IMO, the regulatory authority for international shipping, during its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) meeting, which was held in London, UK in October 2016, and represents a significant reduction from the 3.5 percent m/m global limit currently in place.

23 Dec 2016

Fleet Growth Squeezes Crude Oil Tanker Market

© Evren Kalinbacak / Adobe Stock

From January 2014 - October 2016 the crude oil tanker segment composing of VLCC, suexmax and aframax ships, had a net-fleet growth of 7.3 percent, which is equal to 24.3 million (m) DWT. The VLCC segment, with 20.7m DWT or a net fleet growth rate of 11 percent took the lion’s share, followed by the suezmax segment with 4.4m DWT or 5.5 percent. Whereas the aframax segment decreased by -0.8m DWT or 1 percent, in relation to the fleet size of the specific ship segment. The Baltic and International Maritime Council’s (BIMCO) Chief Shipping Analyst Peter Sand said…

21 Dec 2016

Big Slowdown for US Coal Exports -BIMCO

Source: BIMCO, EIA

Since Q1 2013, the significance of U.S. coal exports has seen a considerable setback, with 2016 achieving the same levels as 2009. This is due to the long-haul routes carrying coking coal from the U.S. East Coast and U.S. Gulf Coast to East Asia, are not operating to the same extent and the EU is demanding less thermal coal, says shipping organization Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). When BIMCO first published its story concerning U.S. coal in 2013, U.S. coal exports had the most significant coal trade in the world, measured by metric-ton-miles.

10 Oct 2016

Plunging UK Coal Imports Starts ‘Concerning Trend’ -BIMCO

Image: BIMCO

The main exporters of thermal coal for coal-fired power plants to the U.K. have experienced a heavy decline in seaborne cargo volumes in 2016. This comes as a result of the U.K. starting a concerning trend for the dry bulk shipping industry, by close to doubling its Carbon Price Floor (CPF), says the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). Russia, Colombia and the U.S. have been the top coal exporters to the U.K. for the previous three years. The long hauls from the U.S.

19 Sep 2016

MPA Launches Videotel's Training for Safe Navigation in Singapore Strait

Safe Passage in The Singapore Strait

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has released a training programme, produced by Videotel, a KVH company, to encourage safe navigation in the Singapore Strait. Carrying an estimated one third of the world’s traded goods, the Singapore Strait is one of  world’s busiest shipping lanes  the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Recent projections show that maritime traffic is set to increase significantly along this narrow waterway, which, together with the Malacca Strait, stretches for more than 400 miles, connecting the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

20 Feb 2015

BIMCO's New Charter Contract for LNG Shipping

Image: BIMCO Headquarters

With the amount of LNG traded on the spot market continuing to grow, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) is developing a new contract for the transportation of LNG under voyage charter terms. This will add additional flexibility to the spot market and give parties alternative means to manage their risks and control costs. Due to the nature of LNG cargo and its common use as propulsive fuel, it creates a number of challenges when carried under conventional voyage charter party terms.

20 Feb 2015

Container Ships: 2014 Saw High and Low Scrapping

Image courtesy: The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

Container vessels have been a hot segment on the demolition market in recent years. The 1.1 million TEU scrapped the last three years alone covers half of the total sum since 1996. "2014 turned out to be a very hectic year for the demolition market and it became clear just how volatile the market really can be. Previous experiences tells us the end of the year is usually one of the busiest moments for scrapyards, however in 2014 this effect was washed out by declining demolition prices.

11 Mar 2015

Long Beach Mayor, Port Leaders in Europe

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is leading a Port of Long Beach delegation on a weeklong business development trip this week to meet with executives at the European home offices of the world’s three largest shipping lines. The group will update Port customers on the impact of the recent labor negotiations and steps being taken to improve congestion and make the Port more efficient. Delegation members include Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond, Commission Vice President Rich Dines, Commissioner Lou Anne Bynum and Harbor Department Chief Executive Jon Slangerup.

10 Nov 2010

Former NOL Group CEO Passes Away

“NOL is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Lua Cheng Eng. Mr. Lua was the CEO of NOL Group for 20 years from 1979 through 1999. He built up NOL from a small shipping line to a major carrier with 120 ships. NOL Chairman Cheng Wai Keung said: “Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of Mr. Lua. The NOL Group is today the fifth-largest container shipping company in the world. We could not have achieved this position without Mr. Lua’s bold vision and years of contributions to the enterprise. Group CEO Ron Widdows recalled Mr. Lua as a highly respected shipping leader. “Among many other affiliations, he was the President of the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and the Singapore Shipping Association…

24 Apr 2015

Strong Tanker Market Extends Peak Season High Earnings

Tanker earnings for crude oil tankers have climbed to new strong levels in the first quarter of 2015, with averages not seen since 2008, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) reported. The demand for crude oil tankers remains high even though the winter months are far behind us. Following the winter peak season of 2013/14, crude oil tanker earnings collapsed and remained low during spring, before rebounding over the summer. In the winter peak of 2014/15, this has not been the case.

11 May 2015

Busiest Capesize Demolition Market Ever

Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO

The activity on the demolition market is off to a good start in 2015 when looking at dry bulk tonnage, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). The dry bulk market has long suffered from weak freight rates stemming from falling demand and an oversupply of ships. However, despite worsening freight market conditions, the demolition of dry bulk tonnage has not been adapting fully to this trend as could be expected, at least until now.

20 Apr 2016

Maritime Industry Gathers to Address Cyber Security Threats

Pic: Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Shipping Association has co-organised the inaugural Cyber Security Seminar in conjunction with the Singapore Maritime Week 2016. Teo Chin Hock, Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), delivered the keynote address. In his speech, Mr Teo outlined the concerns of cyber incidents leading to disruption and highlighted the broad mitigating strategies. Other cyber security thought leaders sharing their expertise and experience at the seminar included Mr Philip Tinsley…

11 Jun 2015

BIMCO Contributes to Piracy Status Report

Photo: Oceans Beyond Piracy

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) informs it has continued its support for the Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) “The State of Maritime Piracy” report, which addresses how piracy is affecting the shipping industry – and beyond. BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand and Chief Maritime Security Officer, Giles Noakes provided OBP expert audit and shipping industry expertise to the report content. In addition Giles Noakes, will provide his expertise in global industry security practices during the panel of the launch event on June 10, 2015.

16 Sep 2013

Heavyweights ITF Back Action on Container Weighing

The ITF is calling on governments and industry bodies to back a proposed amendment that will tackle the dangers posed by unweighed or mis-declared shipping containers. The amendment – to the existing Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) – will be tabled at the present meeting of the IMO (International Maritime Organization) sub–committee on dangerous goods, solid cargoes and containers.The meeting will decide if the weighing of packed shipping containers will be made mandatory. The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has been lobbying for nearly a decade for a compulsory international system of container weighing to be introduced in ports. Currently there is a reliance on self regulation by shippers.

13 Sep 2016

Newbuild Contracts at Lowest Level in 20 Years -BIMCO

(Photo: Robert Kunkel)

Shipyards have become the next victim of the deteriorating conditions in the dry bulk, container and offshore markets as 2016 looks to set the record for the lowest newbuilding contracts in more than 20 years, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). After a decline from 2010 to 2012, shipbuilding had a rebound in 2013 and was expected to level out over the next few years. The reality was a slight decline in 2014 and 2015, but still high levels of contracting measured by compensated gross tonnage (CGT).

06 Mar 2014

China’s Growth Plans are Positive for Global Shipping

Source: BIMCO, HSBC/Markit, Li & Fung Group

China’s aim of 7.5% GDP growth for 2014 is positive news for the shipping market – in particular, dry bulk, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) said in a report published today. Despite being a little down on the 2013 GDP growth of 7.7%, BIMCO said the growth target of 7.5% set by China’s Premier Li Keqiang at his first appearance at China’s annual parliamentary session bodes well for shipping, trade and commodity demand in 2014. In 2013, Chinese seaborne imports surpassed the 2 billion metric tons, mark according to CRSL.

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