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2020 Monthly updates of Secretariat activities

– November 2020-


Dear Members of INTERCARGO,


Wishing you all a good month of November,

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

Membership; our Association’s meetings on October 8-9;

Coronavirus pandemic; Media Releases; Calendar of events;  

Updates under our Working Programme; Publications-reports-papers;

Regular Circulars; Members’ Reporting & Surveys; Membership Logos & Certificates; Other updates.

In more detail:


Membership update

Our Membership stats as of 01.11.2020 – you may also view here:

– Full members – 143 Full Members from 30 countries and 80 Associate Members

– Registered ships – #2,346 ships (with a total tonnage of 221 mil. dwt)

(i.e. about 20% basis numbers and about 25% basis dwt of the global dry bulk carrier fleet)


New 2020/Q3 Members are listed here ; Members that joined earlier in 2020 are listed here.


our Association’s meetings on October 8-9

Our Association held virtually and with large participation and success its semi-annual meetings.

  • Annual General Meeting minutes and related material can be found here (for All Members; login required)
  • A compilation of promotional material contributed by Members participating in the Annual General Meeting can be found here
  • Executive Committee material can be found here (the minutes to be circulated and added) (for Full Members only; login required)
  • Technical Committee material can be found here (for Full Members only; login required)
  • n overview of all Meetings with links to each of the above can be found here  


Coronavirus pandemic

Our Association, in close cooperation with our industry partners, has continued engaging in a number of initiatives in response to the COVID-19 impact on seafarers and our sector.

  • Regular industry COVID-19 Co-ordination and Task Force meetings since April (as also cited in the attached calendar)
  • You may refer to our relevant updates here
  • INTERCARGO’s relevant Media Releases:
    • “INTERCARGO: Charterers preventing crew change must be held to account (Nov. 2) – please see here
    • “INTERCARGO Meetings Address Key Industry Issues (Oct. 12) – please see here
    • “World Maritime Day 2020: Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet” (Sep. 24) – please see here
    • “Crew change: Drastic measures needed now” (July 27) – please see here
    • “Day of the Seafarer: Slow Response from Governments Pushing Seafarers to their Limits” (June 24) – please see here
    • Urgent video message: “Crew Change – time is running out” (June 12) – please see here
    • Crew Change for ‘Key Workers’ at Sea Must be Top of the Industry’s Agenda” (April 28) – please see here
    • Coronavirus poses major challenges for seafarers on merchant ships from increasing restrictions imposed by port states” (March 17) – please see here


Media Releases (in October)

– “INTERCARGO Meetings Address Key Industry Issues (Oct. 12) – please see here


Calendar of events

– Please refer to the INTERCARGO calendar (latest update as of Oct. 30, attached to this webpage)


Updates under our Working Programme

Cargoes – please see here

Piracy – please see here

Incidents & Casualties – please see here

Life saving – please see here

Emissions (GHG) – please see here

Ports & Terminals – please see here

Training, Manpower & Human Element – please see here

IMO – please see here

Other Legislation – please see here


Publications, reports & papers

INTERCARGO Annual Review 2019/2020 – please see here (new edition)

A Guide to Bulk Carrier Operations – please see here

Fuel Quality Survey report– please see here

– (video) “Dry Bulk Shipping: Sustainably serving the world’s essential needs” – please see here

2020 BWMS Operational Survey Report – please see here

– INTERCARGO Submissions to IMO in 2020 – please see here

INTERCARGO Benchmarking Bulk Carriers report 2018-19  – please see here

INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Casualty Report 2019 please see here

INTERCARGO – The First 40 Years – please see here

– for all publications please see here


Regular Circulars / web-updates

Selected News Headlines (weekly, also posted here)

INTERCARGO in the News (please see here)

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

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


Members’ Surveys & Reporting

For our 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

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


Membership Logos & Certificates

– 2020 Membership logos, Company and Vessel Certificates: if not received, please 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:


LATEST ARTICLES (Noticeboard, Association News, Media Releases)

– and MEMBER NEWS (includes access to industry events);

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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