BIMCO and IBIA Launch Electronic Guide to Bunkering
BIMCO, in partnership with the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), has launched a new bunkering guide designed primarily for use by ships’ crew.
Ian Adams explained to delegates, “In today’s market, the bunkering of ships is an intensive, highly regulated and quality-based operation which demands ships’ crew to be highly focused on quality assurance and environmental risk. This guide will help those involved in the bunkering process to act in compliance with industry regulations and best practice.”
BIMCO and IBIA first visited the idea of a guide in 2009, when they identified a gap in available resources to address best practice and industry compliance. The BIMCO and IBIA Bunkering Guide is an accumulation of BIMCO’s and IBIA’s combined experience, industry standing, and status as Non-Governmental Organisations at IMO.
Speaking at the launch of the guide, Thomas Timlen said, “We are delighted that we have put together a comprehensive reference for all ships’ personnel involved in bunkering. We hope that making this guide available to the industry will not only benefit onboard crew but will also provide shore staff with access to information which could prove helpful in some shoreside operations.”
BIMCO and IBIA recognise that detailed guidelines, instructions and procedures are readily available in ships’ Safety Management Systems (SMS), the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) and/or the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP). But they are confident that this new guide will enhance and support the general knowledge of ship personnel.
The BIMCO and IBIA Bunkering Guide will be available on the BIMCO and IBIA websites to download and print. IBIA members will also receive a hard copy of the guide. For more information, please visit www.bimco.org or www.ibia.net