Press Releases

International Shipping on Track to Meet 2030 CO2 Reduction Target Following Critical UN IMO Meeting

International Shipping on Track to Meet 2030 CO2 Reduction Target Following Critical UN IMO Meeting

17 May, 2019

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

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

15 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 the technology.

Shipping Industry Expresses Concern Over Recent Trade Developments

Shipping Industry Expresses Concern Over Recent Trade Developments

14 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 promotion of free trade policies and principles around the world.”

Industry supports the IMOs new anti-corruption agenda

Industry supports the IMOs new anti-corruption agenda

15 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 States and Vanuatu. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) co-sponsored the submission along with a number of other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

ICS Chairman Esben Poulsson speaks to Bloomberg TV

ICS Chairman Esben Poulsson speaks to Bloomberg TV

11 April, 2019

In an interview with Bloomberg TV ICS Chairman Esben Poulsson said that "Shipping is a very resilient industry and I am optimistic".

Major Shipowner Trade Associations Agree to Enhance Cooperation

Major Shipowner Trade Associations Agree to Enhance Cooperation

08 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 that codifies the extensive level of co-operation that already exists between these important international trade associations.

Oversupply Still Major Challenge Warns ICS

Oversupply Still Major Challenge Warns ICS

03 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.

ICS Deeply Concerned by Mediterranean Migrant Rescue Incident

ICS Deeply Concerned by Mediterranean Migrant Rescue Incident

28 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 Updates Flag State Performance Table

ICS Updates Flag State Performance Table

20 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.

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

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

08 March, 2019

The Round Table of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced 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.

FONARS Are ‘Not A Free Pass’ To Use Non-Compliant Low Sulphur Fuel

FONARS Are ‘Not A Free Pass’ To Use Non-Compliant Low Sulphur Fuel

26 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, requiring fuels to have a sulphur content of 0.5% or less, comes into full effect on 1 January 2020.

ICS Remains Concerned that New Canadian Legislation Will Interfere with International Maritime Trade

ICS Remains Concerned that New Canadian Legislation Will Interfere with International Maritime Trade

26 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.

Sulphur and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Priority for ICS

Sulphur and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Priority for ICS

11 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.

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

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

20 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.

Agreement on Minimum Wage for Seafarers Announced

Agreement on Minimum Wage for Seafarers Announced

21 November, 2018

The decision, following two days of negotiations, was to update the minimum wage for an able seafarer by 27 USD over the next 3 years. The wages will provide an overall increase of 4.5% on the current rate of 614 USD, with an increase of 4 USD as of 1 July 2019, followed by an increase of 7 USD as of 1 January 2020 and a final increase of 16 USD as of 1 January 2021.

ICS Chairman Voices Concern about Serious Threats to Global Trade

ICS Chairman Voices Concern about Serious Threats to Global Trade

13 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 has brought peace and prosperity since World War Two’.

ICS Chairman Calls for Comprehensive Revision of STCW Seafarer Training Regime

ICS Chairman Calls for Comprehensive Revision of STCW Seafarer Training Regime

06 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.

ICS WELCOMES IMO PROGRESS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE OF CHINA IN GHG DEBATE

ICS WELCOMES IMO PROGRESS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE OF CHINA IN GHG DEBATE

26 October, 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.

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

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

22 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)’.

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

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

16 October, 2018

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.

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