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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.

2014 Tripartite Meeting Discussions

2014 Tripartite Meeting Discussions

19 November, 2014

The annual Tripartite meeting between shipowners, shipbuilders and classification societies was held in Shanghai on 30 and 31 October 2014.

Rescue of Migrants at Sea is a Legal and Humanitarian Obligation, Says Shipowners' Global Trade Association

Rescue of Migrants at Sea is a Legal and Humanitarian Obligation, Says Shipowners' Global Trade Association

29 October, 2014

The rescue of all persons in distress at sea – including illegal migrants – is an obligation under international maritime law, as well as being a long established humanitarian duty, says ICS.

ICS Letter to Financial Times

ICS Letter to Financial Times

24 October, 2014

Sir, I have just read your interesting Special Report on supply chains (The Connected Business, October 22). However, there seemed to be no mention of maritime transport, which moves about 90 per cent of global trade by volume.

ICS Welcomes Dramatic IMO Progress on Ballast Water Issues

ICS Welcomes Dramatic IMO Progress on Ballast Water Issues

20 October, 2014

Governments attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) this week have made real progress towards agreeing solutions to major issues that have previously impeded ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, says ICS, the global trade association for ship operators.

ICS Concern about Serious Threat to Maritime Oil Pollution Compensation Regime

ICS Concern about Serious Threat to Maritime Oil Pollution Compensation Regime

13 October, 2014

The smooth running of the well-established global regime for compensation from oil pollution from ships may be under serious threat, due to a decision by governments to wind up the 1971 International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF), says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners.

Final Shipping Industry Lobbying for Ballast Convention Solution before Next Week’s Crucial IMO Meeting

Final Shipping Industry Lobbying for Ballast Convention Solution before Next Week’s Crucial IMO Meeting

09 October, 2014

The global shipping industry is expected to have to invest around $US100 Billion in new ballast water treatment systems once the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force.

Shipping Industry Releases Updated Anti-Piracy Guidelines on Gulf of Guinea Region

Shipping Industry Releases Updated Anti-Piracy Guidelines on Gulf of Guinea Region

02 October, 2014

The Round Table of international shipping industry associations has released an updated version of ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region’.

Download the Guidelines at ics-shipping.org/docs/GOG-guidelines

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