Without shipping, life would be different. We would have limited access to a lot of the food we consume, pharmaceuticals, clothes, and consumer goods, as around 90 percent of world trade is transported by ship.
Global, sector-focused law firm HFW is helping the shipping association BIMCO draft the industry’s first standard contract for the operation of autonomous vessels.
BIMCO is adapting the currently used SHIPMAN 2009 agreement for use with autonomous ships, but the lack of actual autonomous ships currently in operation will mean ongoing adjustments as the industry forges ahead with its pioneering projects.
IMEC and the ITF have set up quarantine and testing facilities in Manila to facilitate crew changes and address concerns about quarantine quality and fake COVID-19 tests.
BIMCO urges the EU to work with the international community at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to get a global market-based measure established.
With an increasing focus on force majeure due to the COVID-19 outbreak, BIMCO has gathered a drafting team to develop a free-standing force majeure clause for use in a variety of contracts.
Between February and May 2020 BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO conducted The Fuel Oil Quality and Safety Survey with the aim to get a greater understanding of the quality of the new fuel oils and possible safety implications of the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation.
With the future of crewing high on the agenda, BIMCO and ICS are preparing for the launch of the latest Seafarer Workforce Report, the industry standard resource for ship operators, agencies and governments.
BIMCO is joining ICS in a call to encourage shipping companies or masters to fill in a Crew Change Report Form launched by ICS and thereby help encouraging Governments to facilitate crew change throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.