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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.

ICS publishes New Edition of Industry Guidance on Garbage Management Plans

ICS publishes New Edition of Industry Guidance on Garbage Management Plans

10 October, 2018

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has recently published a new edition of its ‘Guidance for the Preparation and Implementation of Garbage Management Plans as Required by MARPOL Annex V’. This second edition is intended to help shipping companies comply with the latest requirements of the IMO regulation regarding treatment and disposal of garbage from ships.

ICS Announces New Edition of Best Practice Safety Guide for Gas Carrier Operators

ICS Announces New Edition of Best Practice Safety Guide for Gas Carrier Operators

24 September, 2018

The global trade association for ship operators, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has announced that it will soon be publishing a new edition of the ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas).

ICS Launches Free Guidance on Preparing for 2020 Sulphur Cap

ICS Launches Free Guidance on Preparing for 2020 Sulphur Cap

17 September, 2018

To assist 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.

Start of Major UN Negotiation on Future Ocean Governance

Start of Major UN Negotiation on Future Ocean Governance

05 September, 2018

At the United Nations in New York, ICS is representing shipowners at the start of a major negotiation to agree a new legal instrument for the protection of the ocean under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) – which will apply to ‘high seas’ areas ‘beyond national jurisdiction’.

ICS Encouraged by IMO Progress on 2020 Global Sulphur Cap Implementation Issues

ICS Encouraged by IMO Progress on 2020 Global Sulphur Cap Implementation Issues

17 July, 2018

ICS is encouraged by efforts made by IMO Member States to resolve some pressing practical challenges ahead of the global implementation of the 0.5% sulphur in fuel cap on 1 January 2020.

Reducing CO2 Emissions to Zero: ICS Publishes New Insight into the ‘Paris Agreement for Shipping’

Reducing CO2 Emissions to Zero: ICS Publishes New Insight into the ‘Paris Agreement for Shipping’

02 July, 2018

ICS has launched a new publication to endorse the recent adoption by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) of its ambitious strategy for phasing-out CO2 emissions from the international shipping sector – a historic agreement which the global industry, as represented by ICS, fully supports.

Shipping Industry Launches New Security Resources for World Fleet

Shipping Industry Launches New Security Resources for World Fleet

28 June, 2018

International shipping industry organisations, with military support, have launched a new website dedicated to providing comprehensive maritime security guidance to companies and mariners. Launched today, the new website www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org provides security-related guidance produced by the industry as well as links to other useful maritime and military security resources.

Shipping Industry Increasingly Worried About EU Member States’ Policy on Migrants Rescued at Sea

Shipping Industry Increasingly Worried About EU Member States’ Policy on Migrants Rescued at Sea

26 June, 2018

The global trade association for ship operators – the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – is increasingly concerned about the new policy of the Italian Government to close its ports to migrants rescued by ships at sea.

IMO Member States must Progress on Key Sulphur Cap Issues at Critical Meeting in July

IMO Member States must Progress on Key Sulphur Cap Issues at Critical Meeting in July

18 June, 2018

The shipping industry - as represented by its international trade associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and WSC) - calls on the Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to make progress on key challenges around the global sulphur cap to avoid compromising safety or unfairly penalising individual ships.

Shipping industry very concerned about Italian policy on migrants rescued at sea

Shipping industry very concerned about Italian policy on migrants rescued at sea

11 June, 2018

ICS is deeply concerned about the apparent new policy of the Italian Government to close its ports to migrants rescued by vessels operated by humanitarian NGOs.

Meeting of Global Shipowners’ Associations reaffirms commitment to IMO Hong Kong Convention

Meeting of Global Shipowners’ Associations reaffirms commitment to IMO Hong Kong Convention

25 May, 2018

A group of leading international shipowners’ associations met in Hong Kong on 14th May to consider the next steps to take in bringing the IMO Hong Kong on ship recycling into force.

Carbon Targets for Shipping Can Only Be Met With ‘Zero CO2’ Fuels

Carbon Targets for Shipping Can Only Be Met With ‘Zero CO2’ Fuels

25 May, 2018

The ambitious CO2 reduction targets set by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the year 2050 can only be delivered with the global rollout of zero CO2 fuels and propulsion systems, says ICS.

'Sulphur Cap Chaos in 2020' Warn World’s Shipowners

'Sulphur Cap Chaos in 2020' Warn World’s Shipowners

21 May, 2018

ICS fears ‘chaos and confusion’ unless the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) urgently resolves some serious issues concerning the successful implementation of the 0.5 percent sulphur in marine fuel cap, which is scheduled to come into effect globally overnight on 1 January 2020.

“Time is fast running out” for Global Sulphur Cap says ICS Chairman

“Time is fast running out” for Global Sulphur Cap says ICS Chairman

08 May, 2018

“Time is fast running out” for implementation by IMO Member States of the 0.5% global sulphur in fuel cap by 1 January 2020, say Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

50 Percent CO2 cut by 2050 – Governments Must Acknowledge Enormity of What IMO has agreed

50 Percent CO2 cut by 2050 – Governments Must Acknowledge Enormity of What IMO has agreed

26 April, 2018

Speaking today (26 April) at Singapore Maritime Week, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, said the adoption by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) of a comprehensive strategy to phase-out shipping’s greenhouse gases “should be more than sufficient to discourage those who mistakenly advocate regional measures which would greatly damage global trade and would not be effective in helping shipping to further reduce its total CO2 emissions.”

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