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2020 Monthly updates of Secretariat activities

– April 2020-

Dear Members of INTERCARGO,


With March behind us,

a brief review follows of our Association’s activities last month and of what is upcoming:

Membership; Coronavirus pandemic; Calendar of events / our Association’s next semi-annual meetings;  

Media Releases; Publications-papers; Members’ Reporting & Surveys;

Regular Circulars; Updates under our Working Programme;

Membership Logos & Certificates; Other updates.

In more detail:


Membership update

New members in March:

– LISCR (Associate)



New 2020/Q1 Members are listed here.


Our Membership stats as of 01.04.2020 – you may also view here:

– Full members – 146 Full Members from 30 countries and 80 Associate Members

– Registered ships – #2,387 ships (with a total tonnage of 223 mil. dwt)

(i.e. about 21% basis numbers and about 26% basis dwt of the global dry bulk carrier fleet)


Coronavirus pandemic

The whole world and our industry are going through unprecedented and very challenging times facing the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Our circular “0330 – COVID-19: Preliminary list of recommendations” also available here provided the latest update:

“a Preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant national authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic

Issued under IMO Circular Letter No.4204/Add.6, after a proposal made by INTERCARGO along with many other industry associations.

  • You may find also all our previous updates on the Coronavirus front here
  • You may refer to updates on IMO’s website here

Calendar of events / our Association’s next semi-annual meetings

  • Please refer to the INTERCARGO calendar (latest update as of March 30) attached to this webpage
  • our Association’s “autumn” semi-annual meetings are currently planned to take place in London on 8-9 October 2020
  • our Association’s “spring” semi-annual meetings (which had  been  planned  to  take  place  in Singapore on  9-10  March) have  been  rescheduled  for a  later  date (not  before  end  of April / new dates would be communicated with at least one month’s earlier notice – relevant updates to be also posted here).

Media Releases

– Media Release “Coronavirus poses major challenges for seafarers on merchant ships from increasing restrictions imposed by port states” (March 17) – please see here

– Joint Media Release “Safety Warranty Prevails: US Supreme Court Rules that Owners can Rely on Absolute Warranty in Frequently Used Safe Berth Clauses” (March 30) – please see here

– Joint Media Release “New publication offers updated maritime security guidance for mariners operating off West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea” (March 30) – please see here

– Joint Media Release “Implementation Challenges of 2020 Sulphur Cap” (March 9) – please see here

– Joint Media Release “Industry Challenges (COVID-19, GHG & IMRB)” (March 9) – please see here

– Joint Media Release “Gulf of Guinea Security” (March 9) – please see here


Publications & papers

– Regional and Global Counter Piracy Guidelines – please see here

– INTERCARGO Submissions to IMO in 2020 – please see here

INTERCARGO – The First 40 Years – please see here

INTERCARGO Annual Review 2018/2019 – please see here

– for all publications please see here


Members’ Surveys & Reporting

IMPORTANT TOPICS IN 2020 Full Members’ survey results – please see here

For our ongoing Surveys & Reporting, including the below, please refer for details here

Terminal Reporting

– Safe Loading/Unloading at Anchorage

BWTS Survey

Global Sulphur Cap Survey

– Crew injury frequency and lost time


Regular Circulars

Selected News Headlines (weekly, also posted here)

Dry bulk trade and fleet update (monthly, also posted here)

– the present update of Secretariat activities & upcoming ones (monthly, also posted here).


Updates under our Working Programme in January

Design & Construction, Machinery & Operations – please see here

Life Saving – please see here

Piracy – please see here

Cyber Risks – please see here

Emissions (Sulphur)– please see here

Ports & Terminals – please see here

Training, Manpower & Human Element – please see here

International Maritime Organization (IMO) – please see here

Misc. Issues – please see here


Membership Logos & Certificates

– 2020 Membership logos, Company and Vessel Certificates are provided upon renewal of Membership

(if not received, you may contact the Secretariat at


Other updates

Please also refer to the respective emailed circulars and consult the articles on our website

The latest updates are posted on the Homepage under IN FOCUS, LATEST ARTICLES, and MEMBER NEWS;

also navigate the MENU (top of page) for TOPICS, NEWS, and other categories of updates.


For any question or clarification, do not hesitate to contact me.


Best wishes to all of you, your families, and our Seafarers for staying healthy and safe,




Kostas G. GKONIS, PhD

Secretary General


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