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New survey aims to drive improvements at dry bulk terminals

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BIMCO has launched a survey for shipping companies in order to collect information about facilities and services at dry bulk terminals. It is hoped that this new vetting system will encourage improvements to be implemented at the sites.

The data will enable BIMCO to release information about the quality of facilities and services at terminals around the world. Dry bulk terminals will be allotted a star rating and overview of their performance based on the following five categories:

  1. Handling of loading/unloading.
  2. Mooring and berthing arrangements.
  3. Information exchange between the terminal and the ship.
  4. Quality and availability of equipment.
  5. Other relevant services.

In addition, BIMCO will publish reports that will provide guidance to shipping companies when planning terminal usage, e.g. seeing if there is a trend for ship damage or surges at certain terminals.

The survey is quick to complete and can be submitted online or saved offline to be sent later. The names of all ships and shipping companies completing the survey will remain confidential and will not be included in BIMCO’s reports.

“With the launch of this vetting scheme, we want to provide shipping companies with some valuable information about dry bulk terminals that they can use for better planning and efficiency,” explained Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General at BIMCO. “Even better, sharing the feedback of the equipment and services of terminals will highlight which ones are performing the best – or the least – which we expect to help drive improvement where the need is clear.”

“The more data we receive the better results we will get – so we’re calling on shipping companies to spend 5 minutes taking the survey when they leave terminals – so they can benefit from the resulting data,” he added.

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