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Proposal to IMO calls for reporting harmonisation

BIMCO, Liberia, the Marshall Islands and Turkey have submitted a proposal requesting the IMO to push for greater harmonisation of data ahead of the April 2019 deadline when new mandatory requirements come into force for automated ship reporting.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Next year’s deadline will see new mandatory requirements added for electronic exchange of information from ships to relevant onshore parties when approaching a port, and will require public authorities to have systems in place to assist ship clearance processes.

These processes were discussed at the 42nd session of the IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) in London in early June, alongside debate as to how the IMO e-Navigation framework can be strengthened.

“Electronic and automatic ship reporting plays an important role in facilitating efficient shipping. Automated and standardised ship reporting will greatly reduce the administrative burden of both the crew on board and the authorities ashore,” said BIMCO manager maritime technology and regulation, Jeppe Skovbakke Juhl.

“The proposal was very well received by the IMO during this process of preparation. Preparation and implementation of processes that work well for all parties involved will pave the way for automated ship reporting, and help avoid potential chaos of systems for electronic exchange of information created at the last minute.”

The standardised ship reporting measures consist of two integrated parts. The first part is the automatic collection of data on board the ship, which must be submitted in the correct format for transmission to a single window application ashore, the Maritime Single Window.

The second part relates to the distribution of that collected data to relevant shore parties, such as maritime authorities, customs, police and defence via the Maritime Single Window system.

BIMCO says it has also made an additional proposal to the IMO to establish a maritime register (a type of database) to facilitate co-operation and direct exchange of information between the parties involved.{/mprestriction}

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