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BIMCO offers free information on ports

01 Apr 2020

International Shipping Association BIMCO on Monday (20 March) said it would offer free information on ports on its website to assist the shipping industry during the COVID-19 outbreak. The following notice published by BIMCO offers an insight into the information that will be available on its website:

The port information section on its website consists of information obtained through publicly available sources, intelligence provided by local members as well as information purchased from IHS Markit.

By using various sources, BIMCO’s website can provide a detailed picture of the operative practicalities of individual ports, regions, states and countries. It notes that modules included in the port information database depend on the administrative level:

At national and regional/state level, the most frequently used modules are:

  • Taxes and tariffs
  • Restrictions and sanctions
  • Environment

At port level, the most frequently used modules are:

  • Information
  • Access and navigation
  • Facilities

Users will find the relevant holidays at all levels, which are frequently updated according to the latest available information. It is not unusual that charterers and owners agree to be guided by the BIMCO Holiday Calendar in order to avoid doubt over what is considered a holiday under the charter party. 

Where differences occur between what is stated in the Holiday Calendar and actual experience, either regarding holidays or working hours, we will always recommend seeking information on the BIMCO website which is continually updated. This may initially explain a discrepancy. Should further investigation be required, members can contact for further advice and guidance.

To access the port information, go to the Ships, ports and voyage planning section and use the orange search bar to find the country, region or port you are enquiring about.

Photo credit: Ronan Furuta on Unsplash
Published: 1 April, 2020


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