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Joint Statement on Current Situation in the Strait of Hormuz

2nd August 2019

Following the seizure of the oil tanker ‘Stena Impero’ on 19 July, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) jointly urge immediate action by the international community to stop the escalation of tensions and fully respect international law.   All countries should ensure the safe […]

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International Chamber of Shipping Expresses Concern Over Developing Situation in the Strait of Hormuz

22nd July 2019

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is receiving reports that a British registered vessel – Stena Impero – has been diverted from its original course in the Strait of Hormuz while sailing in international waters. Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping said: We are extremely concerned about this latest development in […]

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Six Months to go to the ‘Global Sulphur Cap’

1st July 2019

With six months to go until the implementation of the ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued updated guidance to help shipowners comply with new UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations. Taking full effect on 1 January 2020 the legal framework will require merchant ships worldwide to use fuel with a […]

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ICS to pusch for rapid action on further CO2 reduction by international shipping

18th June 2019

ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal. Speaking from the Faroe Islands, ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson said: ‘It is imperative that IMO Member States adopt a new global regulation to mandate […]

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Shipowners’ Global Trade Association Launches Annual Review

3rd June 2019

In advance of its AGM in the Faroe Islands next week, the global trade association for shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has launched its Annual Review 2019, providing in-depth insight into the most pressing issues confronting shipping, which moves about 90% of global trade. ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson, explains: “The immediate focus of […]

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ICS Launches Definitive Guidelines on MLC Convention

30th May 2019

Responding to changing regulations the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched of the third edition of its essential Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, the only fully up to date guide to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for all involved with the employment of seafarers. Focused on today’s MLC, the […]

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New survey from ICS and ECSA paints positive picture for seafarer internet access

15th May 2019

A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) reveals that not only is internet access for seafarers for personal use on board ships more widespread and available than previously imagined, but also that the positive benefits associated with this access outweigh the feared safety concerns around […]

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Shipping Industry Expresses Concern Over Recent Trade Developments – Major shipowners’ associations also give full support to the World Trade Organization

14th May 2019

A delegation from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has, at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, expressed concern over recent increases in protectionist measures. Presenting two position papers to the WTO, the shipping sector has “fully committed to the preservation and […]

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Industry Supports the IMO’s New Anti-Corruption Agenda

15th April 2019

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to address maritime corruption by including this important issue in its work programme for the Facilitation Committee. The decision to include an anti-corruption agenda came at the latest meeting of the IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) in response to a submission from Liberia, Marshall Islands, Norway, United Kingdom, United […]

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Major Shipowners Associations agree to enhance Cooperation

8th April 2019

Today in Singapore, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) signed a joint memorandum of understanding. This new MOU codifies the extensive level of co-operation that already exists between these important international trade associations and provides a framework for their closer co-operation.  The three […]

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Oversupply Still Major Challenge Warns ICS

3rd April 2019

Speaking in Istanbul, Simon Bennett, Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warned today that avoiding overcapacity and unsustainably low freight rates is still a major challenge ten years after the massive downturn of 2008. Mr Bennett said: “In that time shipping companies needed to show restraint when ordering new ships, to […]

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ICS Deeply Concerned by Mediterranean Migrant Rescue Incident

28th March 2019

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents the global shipping industry, is very concerned by reports that a merchant ship, the Palau-flagged tanker ‘Elhiblu 1’, had been taken over by migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, reportedly because the ship was going to return the some 100 rescued persons to Libya. ICS is still […]

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ICS Updates Flag State Performance Table

20th March 2019

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published the latest update of its Flag State Performance Table, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. The annual update, which is also supported by the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), provides an indication of the performance of […]

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Vigilance Essential Despite Reduction to Piracy High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean

8th March 2019

The Round Table of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF, representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced, with new advice issued to merchant ship operators. The High Risk Area reflects the area where the threat […]

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ICS remains concerned that new Canadian Legislation will interfere with International Maritime Trade

26th February 2019

The Canadian Senate is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British Columbia (Bill C-48: An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along […]

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FONARS are “not a free pass” to use Non-Compliant Low Sulphur Fuel, warns ICS

26th February 2019

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the decision in principle by the UN IMO that safety or operational concerns about the quality of low sulphur fuels may, in exceptional circumstances, be a valid reason for shipowners to be issued with a Fuel Oil Non Availability Report (FONAR) when the IMO global sulphur cap, […]

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Sulphur and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Priority for ICS

11th February 2019

“The 2020 global sulphur cap will be the regulatory game changer of the decade with profound implications for the economics of shipping” believes Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson. “But there are even more profound changes to come.  We are rapidly moving into a multi-fuel future to be followed we hope, […]

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Shipping Industry Urges European Commission to Extend the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

20th December 2018

Four trade associations representing the international liner shipping industry today submitted comments to the European Commission supporting extension of the EU consortia block exemption regulation (“BER”) for an additional five years beyond its current 2020 expiration date. The papers were submitted in the public consultation being held by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) […]

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ICS welcomes IMO progress on environment issues and constructive role of China in GHG debate

26th November 2018

At the conclusion of this week’s critical meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), ICS has welcomed the significant progress made on some key environmental issues. Action Plan for GHG reduction ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson commented “While attention was rightly focused on preparations for the 2020 sulphur cap, IMO also made very good […]

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Agreement on Minimum Wage for Seafarers Announced

21st November 2018

Geneva – 19-20 November 2018:  The social partners, namely the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), convened in Geneva at the Joint Maritime Commission Subcommittee on Seafarers Wages to review the ILO Minimum Wage for an Able Seafarer (AB) provided for in Code B of the Maritime Labour Convention, […]

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ICS Chairman Voices Concern about Serious Threats to Global Trade

13th November 2018

Speaking in Tokyo on behalf of the global trade association for shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), its Chairman, Esben Poulsson, highlighted serious concerns about the challenge presented by the United States ‘to the proven benefits of multilateralism and the existing global trading order underpinned by a system of international rules and norms which […]

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ICS Chairman Calls for Comprehensive Revision of STCW Seafarer Training Regime

6th November 2018

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has called for a comprehensive revision of the IMO STCW Convention which governs global standards for the training and certification of around two million merchant seafarers. STCW was reviewed in 2010 with the adoption of the ‘Manila amendments’ but the previous […]

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ICS and ITF Publish New Guidelines on Welfare Aspects of the ILO MLC

22nd October 2018

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have jointly released new ‘Guidelines for implementing the Welfare aspects of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)’. Adopted by the International Labour Organization in 2006, the MLC aims to ensure comprehensive worldwide protection and enforcement of the rights of seafarers, and to establish […]

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Separating Fact from Fiction: ICS Releases New Study on Seafarers and Digitalisation

16th October 2018

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new study conducted by the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on behalf of ICS, regarding the potential effects of autonomous ships on the role of seafarers and the global shipping industry. In light of growing media interest and the diversity of expert opinions on the […]

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ICS publishes New Edition of Industry Guidance on Garbage Management Plans

10th October 2018

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has recently published a new edition of its ‘Guidance for the Preparation and Implementation of Garbage Management Plans as Required by MARPOL Annex V’. This second edition is intended to help shipping companies comply with the latest requirements of the IMO regulation regarding treatment and disposal of garbage from […]

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ICS Announces New Edition of Best Practice Safety Guide for Gas Carrier Operators

24th September 2018

The global trade association for ship operators, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has announced that it will soon be publishing a new edition of the ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas). The ‘ICS Gas Guide’ is the definitive industry best practice guidance for gas carrier operators, and is a carriage requirement under the national […]

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ICS Launches Free Guidance on Preparing for 2020 Sulphur Cap

17th September 2018

To assist shipping companies prepare for implementation of the UN IMO global sulphur cap for ships’ fuel oil, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has produced – free of charge – some comprehensive guidance on implementation planning, to help ensure compliance across the shipping industry with this regulatory game changer. The free ICS guidance has […]

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‘Ships Are Not Operating in a Regulatory Vacuum’ Says ICS Chairman, At Start of Major UN Negotiation on Future Ocean Governance

5th September 2018

At the United Nations in New York, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing shipowners at the start of a major negotiation to agree a new legal instrument for the protection of the ocean under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) – which will apply to ‘high seas’ areas ‘beyond […]

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ICS Encouraged by IMO Progress on 2020 Global Sulphur Cap Implementation Issues

17th July 2018

In a statement today, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says it is encouraged by efforts made by IMO Member States to resolve some pressing practical challenges ahead of the global implementation of the 0.5% sulphur in fuel cap on 1 January 2020. Speaking after an important IMO working group meeting last week, to which […]

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Reducing CO2 Emissions to Zero – ICS Publishes New Insight into the ‘Paris Agreement for Shipping’

2nd July 2018

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched a new publication to endorse the recent adoption by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) of its ambitious strategy for phasing-out CO2 emissions from the international shipping sector – a historic agreement which the global industry, as represented by ICS, fully supports. “Reducing CO2 Emissions to Zero” […]

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Shipping Industry increasingly worried about EU Member STates’ Policy on Migrants rescued at Sea

26th June 2018

The global trade association for ship operators – the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – is increasingly concerned about the new policy of the Italian Government to close its ports to migrants rescued by ships at sea. In the interest of protecting safety of life at sea, ICS is calling on all EU heads of […]

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IMO Members States must progress on Key Sulphur Cap Issues at Critical Meeting in July

18th June 2018

IMO MEMBER STATES MUST PROGRESS ON KEY SULPHUR CAP ISSUES AT CRITICAL MEETING IN JULY The shipping industry – as represented by its international trade associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and WSC) – calls on the Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to make progress on key challenges around the global sulphur cap […]

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Bahamas all Green – ICS 2018 Flag State Performance Table

15th March 2018

It is with great pride the BSA notes that the Bahamas Flag has been marked as all green in the latest edition of the ICS Flag State Performance Table just published by the ICS. This is very much down to the hard work from all of our members and their crews. It is also a […]

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ICS Appoints Guy Platten as New Secretary General

8th February 2018

Following an extensive and rigorous selection procedure, the Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Guy Platten to the role of Secretary General. Esben Poulsson, ICS Chairman said: “This proved a difficult decision for us, as we interviewed several strong candidates. However, the decision to appoint Guy […]

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The Bahamas is re-elected to the IMO Council

1st December 2017

In a nerve-wracking vote to Category C of the IMO Council late on Friday afternoon, December 1 2017, the Bahamas was re-elected to the IMO Council for the coming two-year term. It was greatly relieved team, lead by the Bahamas Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon Frankie Alfred Campbell, and accompanied by senior […]

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Bunker Suppliers must prepare for the Death of Fossile Fuels in Shipping

30th November 2017

Marine bunker suppliers should anticipate that there may no longer be significant demand for fossil fuels from shipping within as little as 25 years, if not sooner, and that the sector is now on an inevitable trajectory towards a future of zero CO2 emissions. This was the message that the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) […]

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Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum Agrees on Major Industry Goals

27th November 2017

Carbon emissions, safety and cyber security were at the top of the agenda at the annual Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum which attracted more than 100 delegates. At the end of two days of debate it was agreed that the industry needs to design ships differently and be more technologically innovative to reach world climate goals and […]

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Shipping must be Economically Sustainable if it is to deliver on Environmental Sustainability, ICS tells OECD

20th November 2017

Addressing government trade negotiators in the OECD Working Party on Shipbuilding, at a workshop on ‘green growth’ in Paris today, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) asserted that the shipping industry could only be environmentally sustainable if it is economically sustainable too. ‘The perennial challenge facing shipowners is overcapacity, aided and abetted by government subsidies […]

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ICS and CMI update Campaign on Maritime Treaty Ratification

13th November 2017

A copy of the new brochure can be downloaded from the ICS website. http://www.ics-shipping.org/free-resources/ratification-campaign The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – whose member national shipowner associations represent over 80% of the world merchant fleet, and the Comité Maritime International (CMI) – the international association for maritime lawyers, have released an updated brochure to promote the […]

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ICS Encouraged by EU Faith in UN IMO to Further Reduce Shipping’s Carbon Emissions

9th November 2017

Speaking from the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, ICS Director of Policy, Simon Bennett, has commented on the provisional decision by the European Union not to include shipping within the full scope of the regional EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). “We think that this demonstrates confidence within the EU institutions in the current progress […]

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UN Climate Conference – ICS has Vision for Zero Carbon Shipping Future

6th November 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and over 80 percent of the world merchant fleet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn this week. ICS will emphasise how the shipping industry is supporting the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) to develop an ambitious CO2 […]

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Shipping Industry ‘broadly satisfied’ with IMO progress on CO2 strategy – but much work still to be done

27th October 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO represented the global shipping industry throughout this week’s intensive discussions at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), which continued the development of a comprehensive CO2 reduction strategy for the international shipping sector. The international shipping industry associations say they are ‘broadly satisfied’ with the progress […]

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ICS ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Canadian Legislation that will Interfere with International Maritime Trade

18th October 2017

The Canadian Parliament is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British Columbia (Bill C-48: An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along […]

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ICS Chairman’s Message for IMO World Maritime Day: Shipping Industry Focused on Serious CO2 Emission Reduction

26th September 2017

“The world has great expectations for IMO delivering an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction strategy for the international shipping sector.  We are confident that this initial IMO strategy, once adopted next year, will match the goals and philosophy of the Paris Agreement on climate change, while also fully recognising that the sustainable development of the world […]

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ICS Appoints New Marine Committee Chairman

19th September 2017

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has appointed Mr Martin Cresswell, Technical Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, as the new Chairman of the ICS Marine Committee. He succeeds Peter Bond (Cyprus Shipping Chamber) who recently stood down following four years of service as Chairman of ICS’s principal technical […]

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ICS Chairman calls on all Parties to ensure successful Implementation of Ballast Water Convention

6th September 2017

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017. “The industry may collectively need to spend around 100 billion U.S. dollars in order to install the new ballast water treatment systems that will be required by law.  We therefore have to get this right.” asserted Esben […]

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ICS publishes new Personal Training and Service Record Book for Seafarers

7th August 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a new edition of its widely used Personal Training and Service Record Book, to help qualified seafarers and their employers maintain a comprehensive record of training and seagoing service. “Good record keeping of training and seagoing experience is essential to support a seafarer’s career at sea, and […]

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High Seas Governance Must Take Account of Existing IMO Framework

13th July 2017

At the United Nations in New York, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing shipowners at a UN Preparatory Committee which is developing a new legal instrument, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which will apply to ‘high seas’ areas beyond national jurisdiction. The principal aim of this […]

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ICS pleased with IMO Progress on Environmental Issues

10th July 2017

Commenting on the outcome of last week’s meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents the world’s national shipowners’ associations – says it is pleased with the progress made by IMO Member States on a number of critical environmental regulatory issues that […]

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Joint Industry launches latest Industry Guidelines on Cyber Security

5th July 2017

The second edition of The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships has been released.  The latest practical advice has been compiled by the joint industry group, which is led by BIMCO and now includes new members OCIMF and IUMI, as well as the original contributors CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO. The second edition includes information […]

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Shipping Industry unites to Propose Ambitious CO2 Reduction Objectives to Global Regulator

22nd June 2017

Four major international trade associations – BIMCO, INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO – have made a joint proposal to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning ambitious CO2 reductions by the international shipping sector, which is responsible for transporting about 90% of global trade and 2.2% of the world’s annual man-made CO2 […]

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IMO needs to finalise Ballast Water Implementation Dates

19th June 2017

The global shipping industry – as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – has urged its global regulator, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to back a carefully crafted proposal, from a broad coalition of governments, concerning the implementation dates for installing complicated new ballast water treatment systems. “If this pragmatic proposal is agreed, […]

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Shipowners encourage EU-China Leadership in shaping IMO CO2 Strategy

7th June 2017

Following the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) encourage the intention of the European Union and the People’s Republic of China to intensify cooperation in achieving a global climate deal for shipping. Indications of such cooperation […]

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‘Shipping committed to Green Growth’ – ICS to tell UN Ocean Conference

5th June 2017

The high level United Nations Ocean Conference (5-9 June), organised by the UN General Assembly, opens today in New York. On Tuesday 6 June, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will explain that the global shipping industry is fully committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goal for the protection of the Ocean. ICS says that […]

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ICS commits Shipping to ambitious CO2 reduction Objectives

15th May 2017

At its AGM in Istanbul, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has agreed to urge the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to adopt some dramatic CO2 reduction objectives – on behalf of the international shipping sector as a whole – in order to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement on climate change. In a submission […]

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Major upgrade to ISF Watchkeeper simplifies work hour record keeping

9th May 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and IT Energy have announced the launch of the latest release of their acclaimed ISF Watchkeeper software – ISF Watchkeeper 3.5 – developed for maintaining records of individual seafarers’ work hour records, as required by IMO and ILO regulations, and to help prevent crew fatigue and to avoid issues […]

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ICS Chairman sets out Plan for CO2 Reduction by Shipping Sector

24th February 2017

The Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Esben Poulsson, has set out what the industry would like the International Maritime Organization to achieve as part of its CO2 reduction strategy for the shipping sector. Speaking in Indonesia today at The Economist magazine’s World Ocean Summit, Mr Poulsson feared that unless IMO makes significant progress […]

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ICS releases latest Flag State Performance Table

21st February 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest Flag State Performance Table which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website.  See www.ics-shipping.org/docs/flag-state-performance-table The ICS Table provides an annual overview of the performance of the world’s flag states against a number of criteria such as port state control records, ratification of […]

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EU Member States must reject European Parliament’s Proposal to include Global Shipping into Regional CO2 Trading System

15th February 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents over 80% of the world merchant fleet – says it is ‘disappointed but not surprised’ by today’s vote in the European Parliament to propose that international shipping (including non-EU flag ships) should be incorporated into the EU Emissions Trading System from 2023. “This vote for a […]

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