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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Our LNG bunkering simulator training prepares your crew for handling the fuel of the future

As previously announced, BIM now offers IGF training which allows seafarers to comply with Regulation V/3 of the STCW Convention, ‘Mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters, ratings and other personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code’. The IGF Code aims to minimize the risks related to handling gas on board.

We are proud to complete our LNG course portfolio with an IGF simulator training recognized by the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate.

Besides the Basic and Advanced training for ships subject to the IGF Code, BIM also organizes 1 day LNG bunkering simulator trainings. This course is specifically aimed at Advanced IGF trainees and focuses on ensuring safe and efficient bunkering operations on an LNG carrier. The training replaces two of the three bunkering operations required to obtain an endorsement of the training certificate (Certificate of Proficiency) by the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate.

Our IGF Combined and LNG simulator courses have successfully been completed at the DEME headquarters in Antwerp. Feel free to contact us if you would like to organize similar sessions at your premises or in our training center.

Challenging crew change offshore La Réunion successfully completed

Last December, BIM was in charge of an impressive crew change operation for FPSO Egina, an offshore unit owned by Total E&P Nigeria and built by Samsung Heavy Industries in the shipyard of Geoje, South Korea.

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600 Sonasurf employees trained to be compliant with new STCW regulations

In view of the STCW Manila Amendments that came into force 1st of January 2017, our Angolan customer Sonasurf, requested us to provide the mandatory training and international certification for their personnel.

During the past few months, our Pointe Noire training centre welcomed 600 trainees from Sonasurf. They are now fully certified and ready to fulfil their onboard duties.

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Emergency Breathing System (EBS) included in our BOSIET-HUET training course

We are constantly on the lookout for improvements of our courses. In this respect, our HUET course includes, as from now on, training in Compressed Air-Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) equipment​.

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IGF Training mandatory for crew on vessels subject to the IGF Code

The use of gas, such as LNG, and other low-flashpoint fuels such as ships’ fuel has increased in recent years and poses particular safety challenges. To manage these properly the IMO adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) in 2015 and has added related aspects to STCW. The IGF training allows seafarers to comply with Regulation V/3 of the STCW Convention, ‘Mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters, ratings and other personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code’, which came into force in January 2017.

Thanks to our recent joint venture with EXMAR Academy, we are proud to offer the IGF Training, recognized by the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate.

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BIM and EXMAR join forces

We are proud to announce that BIM has incorporated EXMAR Academy, a branch of EXMAR Ship Management. EXMAR Ship Management manages and operates specialized assets such as a large fleet of gas carriers and floating liquefaction, storage and regasification units.

EXMAR Academy’s expertise lies in the gas industry with a specialty in new fuel types. Throughout the years, BIM’s activities centred on the maritime and oil sector training. Together with EXMAR Academy, BIM has now diversified its training services in all aspects of the maritime and offshore sectors.

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