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ICS Publishes New Personal Training and Service Record Book for Seafarers

ICS Publishes New Personal Training and Service Record Book for Seafarers

07 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.

What is Top of Your Agenda? ICS Addresses Key Issues at its International Shipping Conference 2017

What is Top of Your Agenda? ICS Addresses Key Issues at its International Shipping Conference 2017

20 July, 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will address some of the biggest concerns in modern shipping at its annual conference this year, to be held during London International Shipping Week (LISW). Secretary-General to the IMO, Kitack Lim, and ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson, will be spearheading discussions, following what will have been be an eventful two months in the industry’s legislative calendar.

High Seas Governance Must Take Account of Existing IMO Framework

High Seas Governance Must Take Account of Existing IMO Framework

12 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.

ICS Pleased with IMO Progress on Environmental Issues

ICS Pleased with IMO Progress on Environmental Issues

12 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 will have a profound impact on the future structure of the global shipping industry.

Joint Industry Launches Latest Industry Guidelines on Cyber Security

Joint Industry Launches Latest Industry Guidelines on Cyber Security

06 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.

Shipping Industry Unites to Propose Ambitious Co2 Reduction Objectives to Global Regulator

Shipping Industry Unites to Propose Ambitious Co2 Reduction Objectives to Global Regulator

22 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 emissions.

IMO Needs to Finalise Ballast Water Implementation Dates

IMO Needs to Finalise Ballast Water Implementation Dates

19 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.

Shipowners Encourage EU-China Leadership in Shaping IMO CO2 Strategy

Shipowners Encourage EU-China Leadership in Shaping IMO CO2 Strategy

07 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.

'Shipping Committed to Green Growth' ICS to Tell UN Ocean Conference

'Shipping Committed to Green Growth' ICS to Tell UN Ocean Conference

05 June, 2017

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

ICS Commits Shipping to Ambitious CO2 Reduction Objectives

ICS Commits Shipping to Ambitious CO2 Reduction Objectives

15 May, 2017

At its AGM in Istanbul, 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.

Major Upgrade to ISF Watchkeeper Simplifies Work Hour Record Keeping

Major Upgrade to ISF Watchkeeper Simplifies Work Hour Record Keeping

10 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 with Port State Control.

All You Need to Know About Shipping but Were Afraid to Ask: ICS Launches 2017 Annual Review

All You Need to Know About Shipping but Were Afraid to Ask: ICS Launches 2017 Annual Review

03 May, 2017

The International Chamber of Shipping has launched its latest Annual Review, ahead of the ICS Annual General Meeting in Istanbul next week. The ICS Annual Review 2017 can be accessed free of charge via the ICS website.

ICS Chairman Sets out Plan for CO2 Reduction by Shipping Sector

ICS Chairman Sets out Plan for CO2 Reduction by Shipping Sector

24 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.

ICS Releases Latest Flag State Performance Table

ICS Releases Latest Flag State Performance Table

21 February, 2017

ICS has published its latest Flag State Performance Table which can be downloaded free of charge.

The 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 international maritime Conventions and attendance at IMO meetings.

EU Member States Must Reject European Parliament’s Proposal to Include Global Shipping into Regional CO2 Trading System

EU Member States Must Reject European Parliament’s Proposal to Include Global Shipping into Regional CO2 Trading System

15 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.

Global Shipping Industry Slams European Parliament Proposal to Impose Regional Emissions Trading System

Global Shipping Industry Slams European Parliament Proposal to Impose Regional Emissions Trading System

16 December, 2016

The global trade association for shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), says that a unilateral decision by the European Union to incorporate international shipping into its regional Emissions Trading System (ETS) will polarise and impede current discussions on additional CO2 reduction measures at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Extension of Eunavfor Mandate is Necessary and Welcome to Counter Continuing Piracy Threat

Extension of Eunavfor Mandate is Necessary and Welcome to Counter Continuing Piracy Threat

05 December, 2016

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the extension of EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta, following a decision by the EU Council, which will continue to see military forces deployed for counter piracy operations in the Western Indian Ocean until December 2018.

‘Spot The Hazard’ Safety Posters Issued Throughout the Industry in Drive to Promote Hazard Awareness

‘Spot The Hazard’ Safety Posters Issued Throughout the Industry in Drive to Promote Hazard Awareness

21 November, 2016

As part of a major initiative to promote hazard awareness throughout the shipping industry, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and The Standard Club have issued free safety posters to shipping companies worldwide. The release of the posters marks the final stage of a campaign by the two organisations to promote hazard awareness with a ‘Spot the Hazard’ competition for seafarers.

Use Training to Direct the Future of Shipping says ICS Chairman

Use Training to Direct the Future of Shipping says ICS Chairman

15 November, 2016

Manila 15 November 2016: Training acts not only as a career enhancer, but also plays an essential role in the modernisation of the shipping industry as a whole, said Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) today, as he delivered the keynote speech at this year’s Crew Connect Global Conference in Manila.

ICS Tells UN Climate Conference that IMO Needs to Agree Ambitious CO2 Commitments for Shipping by 2018

ICS Tells UN Climate Conference that IMO Needs to Agree Ambitious CO2 Commitments for Shipping by 2018

08 November, 2016

At the UNFCCC Climate Conference (COP 22), in Marrakesh, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said that the recent International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement on a CO2 Road Map for shipping is a significant decision giving further impetus to the substantial CO2 reductions that are already being delivered by the global industry.

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