As decided by the BIMCO Board of Directors in December, the Association will have a Marine Environment Committee and a Maritime Safety and Security Committee.

The existing committee structure included the safety and environment agendas which were covered by the Marine Committee. The new structure will include shipping's trends, as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, biofouling management and ballast water management.

In addition, the safety and security agenda will include topics such as: piracy, drug smuggling, container fires and cyber risk management.

Angus Frew, BIMCO Secretary General & CEO commented that

The new setup reflects the meeting structure at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and will facilitate a better handling of the many important topics on the environment, safety and security agendas.

Also, the two committees will have up to 15 members, excluding the Chair. The people in the committees are recruited from BIMCO’s member-companies drawn from small, medium sized and large shipowners.

BIMCO has a lean committee structure. The three main committees, Documentary, Marine Environment and Maritime Safety and Security meet twice per year.