BIM’s commitment for the future

A new year begins, and it is time to reflect; on lessons learned and the exciting opportunities that lay ahead of us. Alongside our traditional services, BIM would like to develop and provide new modern solutions to the challenges that our evolving market is facing:

The global sulphur cap

In 2020 the global 0.50% sulphur cap IMO regulation will come into effect in a bid to reduce ships’ air emissions. Many ship owners are already preparing for this new regulation by converting their ships to allow the use of alternative fuels such as LNG.

Since 2017, BIM has organized regular STCW compliant training sessions to prepare seafarers to sail on LNG fuelled ships, in Belgium as well as on location at the customer’s request in China, Italy and the Netherlands, in order for them to comply with the IGF code. Please visit our course calendar to see the upcoming scheduled sessions, or contact us for a dedicated training at your premises!

The growing focus on personal safety

The maritime sector is very focused on compliance, which can sometimes overshadow the most important outcome of training: learning something useful and being able to put this knowledge into daily practice. At BIM, we consider the safety awareness of personnel as the most important asset of successful ship operations. The fact remains that our certifications attest to our quality. But rather than solely highlighting the certificate obtained at the end of the course, we will stand out by focusing on raising awareness and learning retention.


As in all industries, interactive learning in the maritime sector is essential. It is proven that it keeps trainees focused and engaged in the course. We at BIM believe digital methods can add value to the training of your crew, but cannot fully replace classroom and practical training. We’ve been very busy defining and preparing our digital training approach to create the perfect balance. We will soon implement the use of  virtual scenario walkthroughs to prepare trainees to board our training barge. By means of 360 photos, our students will take a virtual tour of our training barge before ever stepping foot on it, thus preparing in advance for the safety hazards on board and minimising risk.

A sneak preview is presented below. Share us your thoughts!

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