Safety and Operations

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

From July 20141, 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).

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.

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.

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.

Rescue at Sea: A Guide to Principles and Practice as Applied to Migrants and Refugees

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.

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.

Manpower 2010 Update: The Worldwide Demand for and Supply of Seafarers

The ISF/BIMCO Manpower Updates are regarded as the most comprehensive assessment of global supply of and demand for seafarers. The 2010 report built on updates conducted in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005. This 2010 Update had 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.

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).

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