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EU Mediterranean Crisis Summit 'Appears to Fall Short',  Says Merchant Shipping Industry

EU Mediterranean Crisis Summit 'Appears to Fall Short', Says Merchant Shipping Industry

24 April, 2015

ICS and ECSA support commitments of EU Member States to increase FRONTEX resources but remain skeptical regarding the effectiveness of their decision.

Shipping Industry Calls on EU Leaders to be Decisive and Immediately Increase Mediterranean Search and Rescue Resources

Shipping Industry Calls on EU Leaders to be Decisive and Immediately Increase Mediterranean Search and Rescue Resources

22 April, 2015

In advance of the emergency EU Council Summit tomorrow (Thursday 23 April) to address the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, the European and global shipping industries insist that the urgent priority is for EU Member States to immediately launch a proper EU Search and Rescue operation with sufficient resources to prevent the further loss of thousands more lives.

Mediterranean Crisis – Shipping Industry Comments on EU 10 Point Plan

Mediterranean Crisis – Shipping Industry Comments on EU 10 Point Plan

21 April, 2015

Merchant shipping industry repeats call for urgent and immediate collective action by EU member states.

ICS Chairman Warns of Chaos Caused by Regional Shipping Regulation

ICS Chairman Warns of Chaos Caused by Regional Shipping Regulation

20 April, 2015

Addressing members of the Singapore Shipping Association today (Monday 20 April) the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Masamichi Morooka, warned about the dangers of regional maritime regulation being adopted by governments at variance to the global maritime Conventions adopted by IMO.

Thousands of Lives Will Be Lost in the Mediterranean Unless EU Governments Take Urgent Action, Say Shipowner Groups and Seafarer Unions

Thousands of Lives Will Be Lost in the Mediterranean Unless EU Governments Take Urgent Action, Say Shipowner Groups and Seafarer Unions

08 April, 2015

European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.

ICS Highlights Ocean Governance Issues at Important United Nations Meeting

ICS Highlights Ocean Governance Issues at Important United Nations Meeting

07 April, 2015

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) represented global shipowners at an important United Nations meeting, having been invited to speak as a panellist as part of the UN Inter Consultative Process on the Law of Sea.

BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015: Preliminary Results of New Seafarer Survey Shows Majority are Content with Life at Sea

BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015: Preliminary Results of New Seafarer Survey Shows Majority are Content with Life at Sea

06 April, 2015

A new survey being carried out as part of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015 is directly engaging seafarers in order to understand their views on life at sea and outlook for the industry’s manpower in the years ahead. Preliminary results of the new survey indicate that the majority of respondents are content with life at sea.

Shipping Industry Confident about Environmental Performance, ICS tells Arctic Summit

Shipping Industry Confident about Environmental Performance, ICS tells Arctic Summit

12 March, 2015

At a high-level Arctic Summit, organised by The Economist magazine in Oslo on 12 March, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the global trade association for merchant ship operators – highlighted important issues associated with the growth of Arctic shipping and expressed confidence in the industry’s environmental performance.

Crisis in the Mediterranean: EU Governments Must Act Before Thousands More Lives Lost, Shipowners to Tell UN Summit

Crisis in the Mediterranean: EU Governments Must Act Before Thousands More Lives Lost, Shipowners to Tell UN Summit

03 March, 2015

The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea is spiralling out of control. EU Member States must act urgently to prevent the loss of thousands more lives, as hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees seek to escape to Europe in boats that are unfit for purpose and which are largely operated by people smugglers.

ICS Updates Flag State Performance Table

ICS Updates Flag State Performance Table

11 February, 2015

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website.

ICS Hopes for Progress on Facilitation of Shore Leave and Movement of Seafarers

ICS Hopes for Progress on Facilitation of Shore Leave and Movement of Seafarers

09 February, 2015

ICS is hopeful progress can now be made towards improving the facilitation of shore leave and crew transfers for the world’s 1.5 million merchant seafarers, who collectively transport about 90% of world trade. This follows important recommendations by an International Labour Organization (ILO) tripartite meeting of employers, seafarers’ unions and governments in Geneva last week, at which ICS co-ordinated the shipowners’ representation.

Shipping Industry Should Be Prepared for Global Sulphur Cap in 2020, Says ICS

Shipping Industry Should Be Prepared for Global Sulphur Cap in 2020, Says ICS

05 February, 2015

ICS has agreed that the shipping and bunker refining industries should work to the possibility that the global 0.5% sulphur in fuel cap, required by the IMO, is more likely to be implemented worldwide from 2020, rather than 2025.

ICS Changes Position on Ratification by Governments of IMO Ballast Water Management Convention

ICS Changes Position on Ratification by Governments of IMO Ballast Water Management Convention

17 December, 2014

ICS has modified its stance towards the ratification by governments of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

Shipping Industry Calls on Governments to Address Migrants at Sea Crisis

Shipping Industry Calls on Governments to Address Migrants at Sea Crisis

12 December, 2014

Speaking at a high level Dialogue on Protection at Sea, hosted by the UNHCR in Geneva, ICS has called on governments to address the growing refugee and migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

ICS Responds to Migrant Crisis with Guidelines for Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea

ICS Responds to Migrant Crisis with Guidelines for Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea

09 December, 2014

In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website.

ICS Publishes New Chemical Tanker Safety Guide

ICS Publishes New Chemical Tanker Safety Guide

08 December, 2014

A fully updated edition of the definitive industry guidance on the safe operation of chemical tankers has just been published by the shipping industry’s global trade association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Ships Must Be Prepared for Strict Implementation of IMO Sulphur Rules, Says ICS, But Radical Alternative Fuels Should Also Be Explored

Ships Must Be Prepared for Strict Implementation of IMO Sulphur Rules, Says ICS, But Radical Alternative Fuels Should Also Be Explored

01 December, 2014

The shipping industry is fully committed to total compliance with the 0.1% sulphur in fuel requirements, in Emission Control Areas, from January 2015. And there is no reason to suggest that there will not be full compliance, says the industry’s global trade association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Shipping Industry Sets Out Progress on CO2 Reduction on Eve of UN Climate Conference, But Stresses Industry is Not a 'Cash Cow'

Shipping Industry Sets Out Progress on CO2 Reduction on Eve of UN Climate Conference, But Stresses Industry is Not a 'Cash Cow'

28 November, 2014

In advance of the United Nations Climate Conference in Lima (1-12 December), ICS says that the industry is on track to reduce its emissions by more than 20% by 2020 (compared to 2005) with further reductions going forward.

EU Regulation on CO2 Reporting by Ships May Complicate Global Agreement, Says ICS

EU Regulation on CO2 Reporting by Ships May Complicate Global Agreement, Says ICS

27 November, 2014

ICS is disappointed and concerned that the European Union is about to pre-empt negotiations taking place at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the collection of data on CO2 emissions from ships.

ICS Addresses OECD Shipbuilding Working Party

ICS Addresses OECD Shipbuilding Working Party

25 November, 2014

The OECD should be cautious about becoming involved in the question of what constitutes an ‘eco-ship’, was the message delivered to governments in Paris today by ICS.

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