RightShip joined forces with INTERCARGO launching a new quality standard for the dry bulk sector which aims to improve the safety within the sector.
Accordingly, the two partners, with the support of BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping, launched the DryBMS, which exists as a simple set of best practices and key performance indicators, and raise the bar on safety, environmental and operational excellence.
It is reported that the standard will be governed by a new NGO to be established later this year and will support the improvement of safety in the dry bulk segment.
RightShip and INTERCARGO expressed their gratefulness to the joint secretaries, project managers, the industry experts as well as the observers from ICS and BIMCO, for their great support leading up to this important milestone.
In a press statement, Dimitrios Fafalios, Chairman of INTERCARGO, commented that
We cannot achieve the best possible result without input from a broad range of maritime organizations. Each viewpoint helps us gain a comprehensive insight into the needs and wants of our industry.
In addition, RightShip’s CEO Steen Lund stated that the standard is a project of extensive collaboration with many stakeholders within the dry bulk sector. “We believe that this ensures the program will be supported and adopted across the industry as a whole. The rapid delivery of the initial consultation document means that we are a step closer to providing consistent, meaningful safety expectations for the dry bulk industry,” added Mr. Lund.
From December 2020, Mr. Steen Lund is the new CEO of RightShip, succeeding Martin Crawford-Brunt. In a recent interview, Mr Lund shared his top priorities on the agenda, emphasizing on the benefits of standardisation in inspections and vetting. Last year, RightShip announced the launch of a new dry bulk management standard, the so-called DBMS, to enhance safety in the dry bulk sector.
Supporting the new DryBMS, David Loosley, Secretary General & CEO of BIMCO highlighted that although safety of people, environment and assets is the primary focus of this new standard, the anticipated cascading effect is operational excellence which will benefit all stakeholders. In addition, Guy Platten, Secretary General of International Chamber of Shipping noted that the introduction of DryBMS is yet another example of the industries continued efforts to raise the bar on safety, environmental impact and operational excellence.