The aim of ICS is to promote the interests of shipowners and operators in all matters of shipping policy and ship operations.
To that end ICS will:
Encourage high standards of operation and the provision of high quality and efficient shipping services.
Strive for a regulatory environment which supports safe shipping operations, protection of the environment and adherence to internationally adopted standards and procedures.
Promote properly considered international regulation of shipping and oppose unilateral and regional action by governments.
Press for recognition of the commercial realities of shipping and the need for quality to be rewarded by a proper commercial return.
Remain committed to the promotion of industry guidance on best operating practices.
Co-operate with other organisations, both intergovernmental and nongovernmental, in the pursuit of these objectives.
Anticipate whenever possible and respond whenever appropriate to policies and actions which conflict with the above.