Monday, 30th March 2020

Preliminary list of recommendations for Governments on the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic

The IMO Secretary-General has today circulated a Preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant national authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic, as proposed by a broad cross section of global industry associations with consultative status at the IMO, including the International Group, and that represent the maritime transportation sector.  The recommendations are issued in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and IMO Member States and international organizations are invited, as appropriate, to make use of the annexed recommendations contained in the following download.

Maritime transport carries around 90% of world trade, so it is vital that Governments facilitate the continuing operation of shipping and ports under their jurisdiction. This in turn permits the marine transport of cargoes so that supply chains are not disrupted and allows the global economy, and society as a whole, to continue to function throughout the pandemic.  It is hoped that these recommendations, as fully supported by the International Group, assist Governments and their relevant national authorities to take a pragmatic and practical approach to the facilitation of shipping and port operations at this difficult time.

Download IMO_Circular_Letter_No.4204-Add.6.pdf
18 Jun 2020

Updated Industry Guidelines on the Carriage of Seed Cake in Containers

The carriage of Seed Cake cargoes continues to cause confusion and the potential for mis-declaration remains high - with the consequent risk of fire on board container ships. Seed Cake is the term used for pulp, cake, pellets, expellers or other cargo where oil has been removed from oil-bearing seeds, cereals or commodities with similar properties, including all such types of seed meal. It is principally used as an ingredient in animal feeds.
22 May 2020

International Group clubs respond to the US Government sanctions guidance for maritime and related industries.

On 14 May 2020 the US issued a Global Maritime Advisory (“Guidance”) aimed at a range of industry sectors including marine insurers such as P&I clubs, shipowners and charterers.