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Reducing CO2 Emissions to Zero: The ‘Paris Agreement for Shipping’

This booklet on reduction of CO2 Emissions in international shipping sheds light on the implementation process of the Initial Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships, as adopted by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) in April 2018.

Treaty Ratification Campaign 2017

This brochure on ‘Promoting Maritime Treaty Ratification’ was developed by ICS and the Comité Maritime International (CMI), as part of an ongoing joint campaign highlighting the need for governments to ratify and implement maritime conventions adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other United Nations bodies that impact on shipping.

ICS Guidance on Implementation of 2020 Global Sulphur Cap - January 2019

To help shipping companies prepare for implementation of the UN IMO global sulphur cap for ships’ fuel oil, ICS with the support of the Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), 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 ICS guidance has been prepared for the vast majority of ships that will comply with the global sulphur cap immediately after 1 January 2020 using fuel oils with a sulphur content of 0.50% m/m or less.

Welfare guide

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have jointly published these guidelines to assist governments, welfare agencies and other relevant parties in drafting their own guidelines for implementing the welfare provisions of the MLC.

ICS Position Paper on Arctic Shipping

As reported changes to the world’s climate appear to be increasing the accessibility of the Arctic to international shipping, this ICS position paper is intended to establish some key principles with respect to the governance of maritime activity in the Arctic and the regulation of ships navigating Arctic waters.

ICS Study on Seafarers and Digital Disruption

In light of growing media interest and the diversity of expert opinions on the subject, this study conducted by the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on behalf of ICS, seeks to assess and determine the potential effects of autonomous ships on the role of seafarers and the global shipping industry.

Annual Review 2018

The 2018 ICS Annual Review is intended as a comprehensive overview of all the major issues faced by the global shipping industry, and in which ICS is engaged on behalf of its member national shipowners’ associations. The Annual Review will be of interest to anyone involved with international shipping, including shipping companies, maritime administrations and policy makers.

ICS Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table 2017/18

The ICS Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table brings together data available in the public domain regarding the performance of flag states in terms of, inter alia, Port State Control records, ratification of international Conventions, and IMO meeting attendance. It is intended to encourage shipowners to maintain a dialogue with their flag administrations to help bring about any improvements that might be necessary in the interests of safety, the environment and decent working conditions.

Ballast Water Management - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention) entered into force on 8 September 2017. These FAQs are intended to raise awareness regarding key aspects of the BWM Convention (as well as relevant United States requirements) and assist in achieving compliance.

ICS Guidance on EU MRV

The European MRV Regulation entered into force in 2015, the first reporting period starts 1 January 2018. Companies operating ships of over 5000GT which carry passengers or cargo for commercial purposes to or from European ports, regardless of the flag they fly, must submit their monitoring plans to an accredited verifier by 31 August 2017. This guidance is intended to raise awareness of the requirements of the Regulation and to remind members of some of the key requirements. The guidance includes a link to the European Commission website where a range of further guidance and links to the regulatory documents and FAQs can be found.

Guidance to assist with preparation for the CIC on Safety of Navigation 2017

The Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU will conduct a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation from 1 September to 30 November 2017. Other regional PSC regimes may also conduct CICs on “Safety of Navigation” in 2017, using the same or similar standard questionnaire. ICS has therefore developed guidance on the CIC on Safety of Navigation, which was distributed to ICS Members on 1 August and is now publically available.

Shipping Industry Guidelines on Transitional Measures for Shipowners Selling Ships for Recycling

2nd Edition

The purpose of the new Transitional Measures for Shipowners Selling Ships for Recycling – developed by an inter-industry working group led by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – is to help shipowners ensure to the greatest extent possible that their end of life ships will be recycled at facilities that are compliant with the standards enshrined in the IMO Hong Kong Convention, in advance of the global regime entering into legal force. The Transitional Measures set out detailed advice on the preparation and maintenance of inventories of hazardous materials, as required by the IMO Convention and a separate new EU Regulation which has already entered in force and which has implications for non-EU ships calling at EU ports. The Guidelines also address measures which shipping companies are strongly recommended to take now when selling end of life ships for recycling.

Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships

3rd Edition

The aim of this updated document, supported by ICS, BIMCO, InterManager, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, IUMI, OCIMF and WSC is to offer guidance to Companies on how to implement effective cyber risk management onboard ships. The updated Guidelines include a new annex 2 developed by ICS on the incorporation of cyber risk management into safety management systems as required by IMO resolution MSC.428(98).

Cyber Security Onboard Ships Awareness Poster

ICS, BIMCO and Singapore MPA Cyber Security Onboard Ships Awareness Poster developed to complement the industry Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships. The poster is designed to raise awareness amongst onboard personnel regarding the basic steps that can be taken to contribute to effective maritime cyber risk management and the implementation of protection measures by Companies.

Brochure for UN Ocean Conference on Sustainable Development Goals

ICS has produced a brochure for the high-level UN Ocean Conference highlighting the industry’s support for UN Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 14 which concerns the protection of the Ocean. The brochure also highlights a commitment made to the UN Conference regarding the reduction of CO2 emissions from international shipping. The ICS commitment to the UN Ocean Conference can be seen here:

Large Scale Rescue Operations At Sea

2nd Edition

This shipping industry Guidance was initially published in 2014 by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in response to the large number of migrants attempting to get to Europe and requiring rescue by merchant ships in the Mediterranean.1 This second edition has been updated to take account of the recent experience of shipping companies, Masters and crews. It is also is also supported by the following industry organisations: ASF, ECSA, ETF, ITF, CLIA, Intercargo, Intermanager, Intertanko and IPTA.

Manpower Report 2015 Executive Summary

The BIMCO and ICS Manpower Updates are regarded as the most comprehensive assessment of global supply of and demand for seafarers. The 2015 report builds on updates conducted in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. This report has two main purposes: to describe the current worldwide supply and demand situation for seafarers; and to make predictions about the likely position in 5-10 years time, to help the industry anticipate developments and take appropriate action.

Delivering CO2 Emission Reductions: International Shipping is Part of the Solution (COP21)

Maritime trade is a driver for green growth and is already by far the most carbon efficient mode of commercial transport. But the shipping industry is committed to delivering further dramatic CO2 reductions. This brochure highlights dramatic progress already made by the international shipping industry in reducing its carbon footprint and outlines the industry's commitment to further reductions going forward.

ICS/ITF Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment & Bullying

All seafarers have the right to work without suffering harassment and bullying. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have together produced this guidance for shipping companies, seafarers and seafarers’ organisations and other parties on what they can do to eliminate harassment and bullying.

Shipping, World Trade and the Reduction of CO2 Emissions

The international shipping industry is firmly committed to playing its part in reducing emissions of CO2 and other Green House Gases. This brochure, produced by ICS to coincide with the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP 20), explains the issues involved and the progress being made by the industry and its global regulator - the IMO - to reduce ships’ CO2 emissions.

IMO UNHCR ICS Rescue at Sea Guide to Principles and Practice as Applied to Refugees and Migrants

This leaflet has been prepared jointly by ICS, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The leaflet provides guidance on relevant legal provisions, and on practical procedures to ensure the prompt disembarkation of survivors of rescue operations, and measures to meet their specific needs, particularly in the case of refugees and asylum-seekers.

Recovery of Persons from the Water: Guidelines for the Development of Plans and Procedures

From July 2014, all ships are required by new IMO regulations (SOLAS Regulation III/I7-1) to have ship-specific plans and procedures for the recovery of persons from the water. These ICS Guidelines have been developed to assist companies when preparing to comply with the new regulations and should be used together with the IMO Guidelines for the Development of Plans and Procedures for the Recovery of Persons from the Water (MSC.1/Circ.1447), the Guide to Recovery Techniques (MSC.1/Circ.1182) and the Guide for Cold Water Survival (MSC.1/Circ.1185/Rev.1).

ISWAN - Arrested and Detained Vessels, and Abandoned Seafarers

This booklet has been prepared as a guide to the voluntary societies involved in port-based welfare globally. It is intended to outline the responsibilities of the authorities and other organisations that might become involved when problems are identified aboard a vessel whilst in port. The guidance has been produced to assist port welfare committee members and welfare agencies, to review best practice following incidents of seafarers being abandoned, and vessels being arrested or detained. It is hoped that this booklet will provide some practical advice as to actions which should be taken and signposting to organisations who may be able to offer further assistance. This guidance is intended to be adapted by national welfare boards to suit their particular circumstances.

IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation - IMO World Maritime Day 2014

This brochure sets out ICS support for the IMO’s selected theme for World Maritime Day 2014 - "IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation". Produced to coincide with the event, the brochure outlines the role that ICS plays in the effective implementation of IMO regulations. This includes the ICS’s contribution to the development of IMO instruments, the ICS/CMI ratification campaign, ICS liaison with Port State Control MoUs and the ICS Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table.

The ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Guidance for Ship Operators on Port State Control as from 20 August 2013

ICS led shipowner representation in the negotiations for the text of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). This brochure explains the measures which port state control officers are entitled to take following the entry into force of the MLC on 20 August 2013, and offers advice to shipowners to help them pre-empt port state control problems.

Implementing an Effective Safety Culture: Basic Advice for Shipping Companies and Seafarers

This brochure, published by ICS to coincide with the IMO Symposium on the Future of Ship Safety, provides basic advice to companies on the successful implementation of an effective ‘safety culture’ as well as guidance on risk assessment and risk management.

Promoting Maritime Treaty Ratification

For many years ICS and ISF have been conducting a global campaign to stress the vital necessity for governments to ratify and implement maritime Conventions adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other United Nations bodies that impact on shipping. The Comité Maritime International (CMI) has now joined forces with ICS and ISF to assist those countries where there has been limited ratification of the major Conventions.

Best Management Practices for Protection against Somali Based Piracy

This document, which has been developed by ICS and other shipping industry organisations, in cooperation with military navies, provides Best Management Practices (BMPs) to help companies and ships avoid becoming victims of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, off the Coast of Somalia and in the Western Indian Ocean. It offers specific, practical advice for companies in order to avoid, deter, or delay pirate attacks, and it is strongly supported by a broad coalition of industry and intergovernmental organisations.

'Manila Amendments' to the STCW Convention: A Quick Guide for Seafarers

The competence of seafarers is the most critical factor in the safe and efficient operation of ships, and has a direct impact on the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. New wide-ranging amendments to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) rules, agreed by governments in Manila in 2010, are intended to ensure that STCW standards stay relevant, so that seafarers can continue to develop and maintain their professional skills. This short brochure summarises what seafarers can expect from the updated STCW Convention, which entered into force on 1 January 2012.

Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements

This brochure, published by the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) and ICS/ISF, aims to remind shipping companies and seafarers of the vital need to ensure that ladders used for pilot transfers are always rigged correctly. The brochure is also supported by the International Group of P&I Clubs, BIMCO, CLIA, Intercargo, IPTA, Intertanko, OCIMF, SIGTTO, ITF, IFSMA and the Nautical Institute.

Shipping, World Trade and the Reduction of CO2 Emissions

The international shipping industry is firmly committed to playing its part in reducing emissions of CO2 and other Green House Gases. This brochure, produced by ICS to coincide with the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP 20), explains the issues involved and the progress being made by the industry and its global regulator - the IMO - to reduce ships’ CO2 emissions.

Shipping Industry Guidance on the Use of Oily Water Separators

The international shipping industry (represented by BIMCO, Intercargo, ICS, ISF, Intertanko and OCIMF produced this basic guidance for management and crews, concerning the use of oily water separators, which emphasises the vital importance of strict adherence to International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements.

Shipping Industry Guidance on Environmental Compliance

This guidance has been prepared by ICS and ISF as a template for the review of company compliance programmes adopted in accordance with existing regulatory requirements, such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) International Safety Management (ISM) Code. This framework is also supported by BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko, OCIMF and SIGTTO.

Safe Transport of Containers by Sea

ICS and the World Shipping Council (WSC) published this industry guidance for shippers and container stuffers concerning the safe transport of containers by sea. Significantly, the guidance is supported by the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF). The Guidance is extracted from ‘Safe Transport of Containers by Sea – Guidelines on Best Practices’ – which was published by ICS and WSC in 2009.

Industry Recommendations for ECDIS Training

Being aware that the implementation of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) has given rise to confusion in regard to ECDIS training, an industry group, organised and coordinated by The Nautical Institute and comprising leading international shipping industry organisations, held a series of meetings in order to produce this guidance on issues of training and competency for ECDIS.

Sustainable Development: IMO World Maritime Day 2013

Produced to coincide with IMO World Maritime Day, this brochure sets out how shipping contributes to the United Nations sustainable development agenda and argues that the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic – should be given equal priority. ICS suggests that all future environmental regulation adopted by IMO should meet existing IMO criteria for demonstrating ‘compelling need’ and be subject to a full and proper cost benefit analysis and impact assessment, including the availability of any required new technology.

Focus on English Language

The use of English language is increasingly becoming a mandatory requirement for many categories of seafarer. In addition to the emphasis on English language training in the STCW Convention there are various other IMO requirements which stipulate the need for seafarers to communicate in a common language. This leaflet explains developments concerning the use of English by seafarers internationally and provides information on the ISF Marlins English Language Test and the complementary Test of Spoken English (TOSE).

ICS/ISF Publications Catalogue 2013

In addition to representing the interests of ship operators at bodies such as the International Maritime Organization and the International Labour Organization, the production and revision of maritime publications is one of the most important tasks that ICS undertakes for the shipping industry. These activities are co-ordinated under the banner of Marisec Publications. Many of the industry guides produced by ICS are an essential complement to government regulations, and are required reading by companies and seafarers involved in maritime operations.

Document A - Guidance for the CIC on 'Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry'

Document B - Guidance on Enclosed Space Entry and Rescue (Based on ICS Tanker Safety Guide - Chemicals)

Guidance on the training requirements for applicable personnel on ships operating in polar waters

Infographics related to the new special training requirements for personnel on ships operating in polar waters (STCW Regulation V-4)

Guidance on the training requirements for applicable personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code

Infographics related to the new special training requirements for personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code (STCW Regulation V-3)





Global Counter-Piracy Guidance BMP_High_18-07-18

Global Counter-Piracy Guidance BMP_High_18-07-18

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