IMO ISSUING GUIDANCE FOR DELAYS IN DELIVERIES OF NEW VESSELS DUE TO COVID-19
Apr 08, 2020 09:26 AM

The guide is particularly relevant to shipbuilders, equipment suppliers, shipowners, surveyors, and service engineers. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published a guide for cases where COVID-19 causes unforeseen delays in the delivery of new bulk carriers and oil tankers originally scheduled to be delivered before July 1, 2020. The guide is particularly relevant to shipbuilders, equipment suppliers, shipowners, surveyors, and service engineers.

The coronavirus infection epidemic has been largely unexpected, and its impact is beyond the control of shipbuilders and shipbuilders.

As a consequence, shipbuilders and their associated supply chains may encounter difficulties in resuming normal production of ships under construction and as a result may lose timely delivery under the contract.

Boats originally scheduled to be delivered before July 1, 2020 may be delayed, and the consequence could be that some of these ships were not designed and built in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS rule II-1 / 3-10 ( Goal-based shipbuilding) standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers).

These requirements take effect on July 1, 2020. IMO guidance focuses on tankers and bulk carriers 150 m or longer, which were to be delivered before July 1, 2020 but, due to COVID-19, are delayed and delivered on or after July 1, 2020 . The guide urges the flag administration to carefully consider requests on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the particular circumstances. In doing so, a formal report from the authorities of the country in which the ship was built should indicate that the delay was due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the builder and owner. In addition, certificates should have footnotes to indicate that the flag administration accepts the ship in accordance with the interpretation set out in the IMO guide.