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ICS is the global trade association for shipowners and operators

ICS represents the world’s national shipowner associations, and over 80% of the world merchant fleet

What we do

Representing

ICS represents shipowners with the various intergovernmental bodies that regulate shipping. First is the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), where ICS was the first shipping industry association to be granted consultative status in 1961. ICS has established an excellent network within the shipping community and partners with other trade bodies, always striving for a global regulatory framework.

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Explaining

About 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. Without shipping, the import/export of affordable food and goods would not be possible – half the world would starve and the other half would freeze!

Shipping is a highly complex and global industry, at the forefront of technological innovation and committed to sustainability and the 2050 targets.

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Supporting

ICS is concerned with all technical, legal, employment and trade policy issues that impact on international ship operations. It works towards regulation of shipping at an international level, and opposes unilateral and regional action by governments. ICS also develops best practices and guidance, including a wide range of publications and free resources that are used by ship operators globally.

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ICS develops and promotes shipping industry best practices

ICS also develops best practices and guidance, including a wide range of publications and free resources that are used by ship operators globally.