• 22nd February 2019

What does 2019 look like for the Maritime industry?

There are several changes happening in the Maritime industry within the next few years, including a cyber security clause and sulphur cap. So, what does this mean for the Maritime industry?

Cyber Security Clause

Last year the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) announced that a clause is being drafted by one of their teams.

Once published, the aim of the clause is to raise awareness of cyber risks among owners, brokers and charterers. It is also designed to be used in contracts to ensure parties implement procedures and systems that will minimise the risk of a cyber attack, as well as reduce the impact of an incident by responding quickly and efficiently.

The cyber security clause is expected to be published in Spring 2019.

IMO’s 2020 Global Sulphur Cap

With the imminent global sulphur cap coming into force as of 1st January 2020, this year will be used to implement relevant training for staff and prepare for the new sulphur cap.

IMO’s new global limit will ensure fuel oil used onboard ships has no more than 0.50% m/m (mass by mass) sulphur; the current limit is set at 3.5% m/m and has been in effect since 1st January 2012.

Due to the new sulphur cap, ships will be required to use low-sulphur compliant fuel oil. There will be new controls that will take place once the sulphur cap comes into effect, such as, the requirement for ships to obtain a bunker delivery note for any fuel oil taken for use onboard. The delivery note must state the sulphur content of the fuel oil and samples can be requested to evidence the percentage. A ship’s Flag State must also issue an International Air Pollution (IAPP) Certificate.

World Maritime Day

In 2018, International Maritime Organisation (IMO) celebrated 70 years since the convention that formally established IMO, was adopted at a UN conference in Geneva. The theme of 2018’s World Maritime Day was “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future”.

This year the theme is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, as well as highlight how important women’s contribution is to the Maritime industry.

IMO will be holding a series of events related to Empowering Women in the Maritime Community and can be viewed here.

Navis Consulting

Navis Consulting has had a great start to 2019, and our success only looks set to continue!

During the latter part of 2018, Recruitment Consultant Joe Marsh used his specialist knowledge to branch Navis Consulting into Oil and Gas, developing our contract capability in the sector and growing our specialist team. Now only 7 weeks into 2019, Joe has already increased our Contractors and has taken on another Recruitment Consultant.

If you are currently recruiting for Oil and Gas specialists, and would like to benefit from our services, or are looking for a new job role, contact Joe Marsh on +44 (0)23 9231 5072.



  1. https://www.bimco.org/news/priority-news/20181121-cyber-security-clause
  2. https://safety4sea.com/bimco-to-launch-cyber-security-clause-in-spring-2019/
  3. https://safety4sea.com/cm-osm-maritime-raising-awareness-on-cyber-risks-is-the-first-step/
  4. https://safety4sea.com/cm-abs-measuring-cyber-risk-in-shipping/
  5. https://safety4sea.com/category/smart-parent/cyber-security/page/2/
  6. https://safety4sea.com/maritime-industry-updates-guidelines-for-cyber-security-on-ships/
  7. http://www.imo.org/en/mediacentre/hottopics/ghg/documents/faq_2020_english.pdf
  8. http://www.imo.org/en/About/HistoryOfIMO/Pages/Default.aspx
  9. http://www.imo.org/en/About/Events/WorldMaritimeDay/Pages/WMD-2018.aspx
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