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Corrigendum: ICS Bridge Procedures Guide, Fifth Edition (Page 91)

Please note that ICS has recently issued a corrigendum related to page 91 of the Bridge Procedures Guide (Fifth edition). For further information click here.


ICS Gas Guide Brochure

The ‘ICS Gas Guide’ is the definitive industry best practice guidance for gas carrier operators, and a carriage requirement under the national regulations of many flag states. It is strongly recommended that a copy of the completely revised Third edition is carried on board every ship engaged in the transportation of liquefied gas by sea.

ICS Bridge Procedures Guide

5th Edition 2016 | £135 with CD

The ICS Bridge Procedures Guide is widely acknowledged as the definitive guidance on safe bridge procedures, and is used by Masters, watchkeeping officers, companies and training institutions worldwide. The Guide is referenced in the footnotes of several IMO Conventions. This fully updated fifth edition embraces internationally agreed standards and recommendations adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Guide also incudes extensive checklists for use by companies, Masters and those officers responsible for developing ship specific checklists for bridge procedures. This edition is accompanied by a CD version of the text with a 'search' function.

Guidelines for the Preparation and Implementation of Garbage Management Plans

2nd Edition 2018 | £65.00 with free poster

The ICS 'Garbage Management Plans' publication is intended to assist shipping companies to comply with the latest requirements of IMO MARPOL Annex V (regarding treatment and disposal of garbage) and applicable ISM requirements. The upcoming second edition provides updated advice on requirements for ships to prepare and implement Garbage Management Plans, in line with some important IMO amendments which entered into force globally 2013, 2017 and in 2018. A copy should be carried on every ship.

ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals)

4th Edition 2014 | £395.00 (plus postage - price on application)

The Fourth Edition of the Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals) published in 2014, following a major review drawing on expertise throughout the industry, takes full account of the latest industry best practice and the adoption of important amendments to the IMO SOLAS Convention in 2014. These amendments to SOLAS include new mandatory requirements for the inerting of chemical tankers. It is strongly recommended that a copy of the latest edition is carried on board every tanker engaged in carriage of chemical cargoes, and that copies are also held with technical departments of shipping companies.

ICS Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention

2nd Edition 2012 | £95.00 with CD

In order to help shipping companies and crews ensure compliance with the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), ICS - which helped negotiate the text of the MLC on behalf of maritime employers - has updated and expanded its comprehensive guide. The ISF guidelines address in detail the obligations o ship operators such as seafarers' contracts, working hours, health and safety, crew accommodation and welfare. It also provides guidance on MLC Certification (including the Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance), as well as comprehensive checklist for compliance with the MLC. This second edition is accompanied by a CD containing the full text of the guide, the MLC text itself, and other useful documentation.

ICS Guidelines on the Application of the IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code

4th Edition 2010 | £105.00 with CD

This latest edition has been updated to take account of IMO amendments and guidance, including those which entered into force in 2010. It includes expanded guidance on Safety Management Systems, environmental management, risk management, safety culture and the role of the Designated Person Ashore (DPA). The guidelines are aimed at operations managers, DPAs, Masters and ship's officers, and it is recommended that a copy of the guidelines is carried on board every ship. This edition is accompanied by a CD which contains a searchable, electronic version of the text in addition to useful reference documents. These include a model Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

On Board Training Record Book for Deck Cadets

3rd Edition 2012 | £30.00 (£20.00 for orders of 5 copies or more)

To help employers ensure compliance, ICS has updated its widely used On Board Training Record Book for Deck Cadets (Trainee Officers), to take account of the amended competence requirements in STCW 2010, which entered into force in January 2012. The revised Book takes full account of the competence standards stipulated by STCW 2010, such as the use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS), application of leadership and team working skills and proactive measures to protect the marine environment. The training tasks included have been developed to ensure that cadets make the best use of their seagoing service, and to help supervising officers make an objective evaluation of whether cadets are competent.

On Board Training Record Book for Engine Cadets

3rd Edition 2013 | £30.00 (£20.00 for orders of 5 copies or more)

To help employers ensure compliance, ICS has updated its widely used On Board Training Record Book for Engine Cadets (Trainee Officer), to take account of the amended competence requirements in STCW 2010, which entered into force in January 2012. The revised Book takes full account of the new competence standards stipulated by STCW 2010, such as the application of leadership and team working skills and proactive measures to protect the marine environment. The training tasks included have been developed to ensure that cadets make the best use of their seagoing service, and to help supervising officers make an objective evaluation of whether cadets are competent.

On Board Training Record Book for Deck Ratings (including New STCW Grade of "Able Seafarer Deck")

2nd Edition 2011 | £25.00 (£18.00 for orders of 5 copies of more)

The 2010 amendments to the IMO STCW Convention, which entered into force in 2012, will make it mandatory for trainee deck ratings to use an approved training record book to provide evidence of structured on board training. To help employers ensure compliance ICS has updated its widely used On Board Training Record Book for Deck Ratings.

On Board Training Record Book for Engine Ratings (including New STCW Grade of "Able Seafarer Engine")

2nd Edition 2012 | £25.00 (£18.00 for orders of 5 copies or more)

The 2010 amendments to the IMO STCW Convention, which entered into force in 2012, will make it mandatory for trainee engine ratings to provide evidence of structured on board training. To help employers ensure compliance, ICS has updated its widely used On Board Training Record Book for Engine Ratings.

Guidelines on the IMO STCW Convention

3rd Edition 2011 | £60.00

This third edition of the Guidelines, which includes detailed advice on company obligations and compliance with the 2010 amendments of the STCW Convention governing seafarers' training, should be read by anyone connected with the employment and training of merchant seafarers'. It has been fully updated to take account of technical developments, new training requirements for leadership and teamwork, enhanced refresher training for qualified seafarers', new competence standards for tanker personnel and for the new grade of Able Seafarer (Deck and Engine), new requirements for maintaining records of ratings' training, and to regulations regarding seafarers' minimum rest hours, applicable since 2012.

ICS Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations

4th Edition 2008 | £120.00 with CD

This edition fourth edition reflects current best practice in the international shipping and aviation industries. The Guide has been fully updated with extended guidance regarding the role and responsibilities of both the ship and helicopter. Full account is also taken of specifications for helicopter performance, the ICAO (aviation) requirements for the safe location/marking of landing and winching areas, new guidance on actions to be taken in the event of helicopter incidents. It is recommended that a copy is carried on board every ship. This edition is accompanied by a CD version of the text with a 'search' function. The CD also includes and electronic template for preparing helicopter landing/operating plans for transmission from the ship to the helicopter operator.

Safe Transport of Containers by Sea

1st Edition 2008 | £50.00 with CD

These new Guidelines have been published, in co-operation with the World Shipping Council, with a view to minimising the dangers to containerships, their crews, and all personnel involved with containers throughout the transport chain. They have been developed by an expert international industry working group in response to recent incidents involving container ships. The Guidelines recognise the safety responsibilities of ship operators, but also discuss the responsibilities of those involved with the correct packing and stuffing of the cargo into containers, the accurate labelling and declaration of the goods by cargo interests, and the weighing of loaded containers. In addition, they address the safe handling and stowage of containers when they are received by a port facility and are loaded on board a ship, and also cover the maintenance and inspection of the containers themselves.

Bimco and ICS Manpower Report 2015

2016 | £142.00

The BIMCO and ICS Manpower Reports are regarded as the most comprehensive assessment of global supply of and demand for merchant seafarers. This latest update has two main purposes: to describe the current worldwide supply and demand situation for seafarers, and to forecast trends for the decade ahead, to help the industry anticipate changes and take appropriate action. The 2015 Report builds upon updates conducted at 5 year intervals since 1990.

Personal Training and Service Record Books

2nd Edition 2017 | £10.00 (£5.00 per copy for orders of 100 or more)

The second edition takes into account the entry into force of the ILO MLC and the STCW 2010 amendments. The book will assist companies maintain documentation and data relevant to seafarers employed on their ships, including their experience, training, medical fitness and competency in assigned duties. Seafarers can use the book to keep their own personal records of seagoing service, experience, qualifications and participation in drills and exercises on board ships. The ICS Personal Training and Service Record Book enables qualified seafarers to maintain records of all STCW related training, and demonstrate competence to Port State Control inspectors or when seeking to re-validate qualifications.

Maritime Security: Guidance for Ship Operators on the IMO International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code

1st Edition 2003 | £40.00

To assist companies to effectively implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and to avoid disruption to their operations due to potential non-compliance, ICS has developed, in a single guide, indispensable and definitive guidance on the ISPS Code.

ICS Model Ship Security Plan

1st Edition 2003 | £90.00 with CD

The ICS Model Ship Security Plan is a guide designed to assist shipping companies in preparing their Ship Security Plans, in line with the provisions of the ISPS Code. The guide, which covers all relevant SOLAS and ISPS Code requirements related to Ship Security Plans (SSP), is accompanied by a CD version of the ICS model plan, that enables companies to adapt it for individual ships and their own security needs. Comprehensive guidance notes on every aspect of ship security are also included within the model plan.

Assessment and Development of Safety Management Systems

1st Edition 1997 (two part pack) | £50.00

This two part pack is designed to be used as a working document to assist companies reviewing their Safety Management System (SMS) to ensure compliance with the ISM Code provisions. The Checklist can also be used as a basis for developing documented methods of assessing the operation of the SMS during regular internal audits, and should provide a helpful reference tool to others involved in checking compliance with the ISM Code.

Shipping and the Environment - A Code of Practice

4th Edition 2008 | £25.00

This Code of Practice is a comprehensive summary of the environmental obligations of shipping companies as required by international regulations and includes a set of clear environmental standards by which shipping companies should operate. The Code also contains general information about the overall environmental performance of the international shipping industry and addresses potential sources of pollution from ships including oil, chemicals, garbage, ballast water and anti-fouling paints, as well as potential sources of atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Ship/Shore Safety Checklist for Bulk Carriers

2000 | £8.00 per pack (£30.00 per pack of 5 checklist pads)

IMO approved ship/shore safety checklist for use by ship and terminal operators, incorporating guidance on completion and an example loading/unloading plan.

Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas)

3rd Edition | New edition coming soon

This upcoming Third Edition will be an essential operating manual for persons engaged in the carriage of liquefied gases by sea. The Second Edition is out of print and the new Third Edition will be published soon.

ISF Marlins Test of Spoken English (TOSE)

1st Edition 2003 | £150.00 (plus UK VAT for UK orders)

Produced on a CD, this ISF Marlins Test of Spoken English provides a standardised interview framework for assessing seafarers' speaking and listening skills, using stimulating on screen visuals in order to provide a general indication of a seafarer's verbal ability. For further information or to place an order, contact info@marlins.co.uk

ICS Publications Catalogue 2018

In addition to representing the interests of shipowners and operators at bodies such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the production and revision of maritime publications is one of the most important tasks that ICS undertakes on behalf of the shipping industry. Most of the publications listed in the catalogue can be ordered directly from Marisec Publications, but they can also be purchased from maritime booksellers worldwide. Many of these industry guides are an essential complement to international regulations, and are required reading by companies and seafarers involved in maritime operations. Some current editions are still published under the ‘International Shipping Federation (ISF)’ brand, although ISF has merged with ICS.

Publications Order Form

This Publications Order Form is to be used when ordering publications directly from Marisec Publications. Alternatively, they can also be purchased from maritime booksellers worldwide.

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