Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has offered insights on the implementation of automated ship reporting by the shipping industry, which is expected to become effective from April next year.

Following the implementation of the new regulation, public authorities will be required to put into place a ship clearance system, allowing electronic exchange of information from ships to the relevant onshore parties when approaching a port.

In order to ensure the progress and preparation of the regulation, BIMCO, in collaboration with Liberia, Marshall Islands and Turkey has submitted a proposal requesting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to harmonise the relevant data even further.

BIMCO Maritime Technology and Regulation manager Jeppe Skovbakke Juhl said: “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.”

BIMCO has launched a proposal to the IMO for the creation of a maritime register to ease the co-operation and direct exchange of information between the parties involved.

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“Automated and standardised ship reporting will greatly reduce the administrative burden of both the crew on-board and the authorities ashore.”

Juhl further added: “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.”

The upcoming automated ship reporting system will comprise two integrated parts, which will include the automatic collection of data onboard the ship.

Ships will have to submit the data in the correct format for transmission to a single window application onshore called the Maritime Single Window.

The collected data from the ships will be distributed to the relevant shore parties such as maritime authorities, customs, police and defence through the Maritime Single Window solution in the second part.