Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)

Naval Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Industry Response

Ongoing activity
  • As a shipping association providing a wide range of services to its global membership of stakeholders, BIMCO works closely with industry to respond to piracy.
  • In association with NATO Shipping Centre, International Chamber of Shipping, Intertanko, and Intercargo, BIMCO and taking into account the operation of the Martime Trade Information Sharing Centre for the Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG), released updated Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for protection against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region.
  • Specialist Piracy Clauses setting out party rights and obligations in response to piracy risks were first issued by BIMCO in 2009. In 2013 BIMCO provided updated clauses to reflect changes in industry practices as well as the law.
  • BIMCO works on enhancing proficiency and qualifications within the industry through its educational programmes.
  • In 2013, BIMCO drafted guidelines for the use of GUARDCON that would apply specifically to West Africa. The new guidelines were released in February 2014. This document lays out guidance for the contracting of private security in West Africa (link)

Plight of Seafarers

Activity implemented
  • BIMCO participated in IMO’s 2010 Year of the Seafarer, highlighting concern about issues facing seafarers, including fair treatment in the event of piracy.

Messaging and Advocacy

Ongoing activity
  • BIMCO publishes information and news on piracy for its members in the News and Education sections of its website.
  • In 2013, BIMCO and ReCAAP designed a Prevent Piracy poster for its members, with the purpose of reminding crews about the importance of actively preventing acts of piracy against their ship.

Regional Capacity

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Rule of Law

Ongoing activity
  • Through its efforts in facilitating commercial operations of its membership by means of developing standard contracts and clauses, BIMCO promotes the rule of law by creating stability and certainty in the industry response to piracy.


Ongoing activity
  • Because it provides a wide range of services to stakeholders who have vested interests in the shipping industry, BIMCO works in coordination with industry to respond to piracy.
  • BIMCO maintains connections with various international organizations, national and regional bodies, maritime associations and companies. A list of these can be found here