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BIMCO NEWS November 2018 BIMCO news BIMCO adopts 2020 bunker clauses BIMCO has developed two 2020 bunker clauses that deal with general compliance and the transitional period. They are expected to be released on the BIMCO website in early December. 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 very important that the new sulphur clauses are ready well in advance to allow the parties to prepare ahead of 1 January 2020, says Peter Eckhardt, chairperson of the drafting committee and Head of Chartering and Operations at Reederei F. Laeisz. BIMCO very satisfied with carriage ban and fuel-quality reporting compromise BIMCO was very satisfied with several developments at the meeting of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee at the International Maritime Organization, 22-26 October. Two key developments were the adoption of the ban, from 1 March 2020, on carriage of noncompliant fuel and the compromise reached on collecting data from the world fleet on fuel oil nonavailability and quality without any delay in the implementation of the 2020 sulphur rules. We are overall very satisfied with the outcome of MEPC 73. The industry retains a fixed implementation date, which is important, while we at the same time address the safety concerns, said Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General. MEPC 73 (IMO at BIMCO to host Shanghai conference in february BIMCO is hoping to repeat the success of the 2016 conference when we host an event with unique shipping insight and networking possibilities in Shanghai on 28 February 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and interact with leading global shipping CEOs on crucial topics such as the challenges of the 2020 sulphur cap, market challenges including the trade war and key contractual issues facing shipping today. BIMCO Shanghai conference 2016 The event will include three Power Panels addressing these topics and will be followed by a reception and awards dinner. BIMCO helps EPA catch bad bunker suppliers Based on a request from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), BIMCO has been carrying out a bad bunker survey. BIMCO has asked members for their experiences with bad bunkers and will be passing on the data to EPA for potential use as evidence in cases against rogue suppliers. The survey is in response to reports that more than 100 ships were supplied with contaminated fuels in the first half of 2018. In all cases, the samples passed the standard analysis when compared to the ISO 8217 standard, but were contaminated with products that should not be in the fuel supply chain, namely phenolic compounds and long-chain fatty acids. Underwater cleaning standard in 2019 In response to growing concerns over the impact of hull biofouling on the marine environment, BIMCO and a group of industry partners have set out to create an internationally recognised hull cleaning standard. The working group consists of eight organisations, including paint manufacturers, shipowners and cleaning companies. The aim is to take a holistic approach to establishing an international standard that will work in practice. The standard is expected to be finalised by autumn 2019. BIMCO kicked off first Asian advisory panel BIMCO hosted an advisory panel in Singapore in October with the aim of continuing to strengthen the shipping voice of members across Asia and establish a new platform for dialogue and involvement. The Singapore event was the first in a series of panels for Asia members that will be held every year. The next advisory panels are planned to be held in other major Asian shipping centres. Asian owner members of BIMCO are at the very heart of our business today and in the future, says BIMCOs Secretary General and Chief Executive, Angus Frew, who chaired the event. Plastic waste needs proper handling A too common problem for ships, which have been adhering to waste disposal rules, is the lack of correct handling of waste when it is delivered in port. BIMCO, along with the International Chamber of Shipping, Intertanko and the World Shipping Council, has proposed to IMO that the industry needs a new action plan that adequately addresses the entire process of plastic waste handling and ensures that landed rubbish is managed in a sustainable manner once ashore. Connect with BIMCO Facebook Twitter Linkedin YouTube