About ICS

Additional information on ICS
can be found in this brochure.


The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for the shipping industry, representing shipowners and operators in all sectors and trades.

ICS membership comprises national shipowners' associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage.

Established in 1921, ICS is concerned with all technical, legal, employment affairs and policy issues that may affect international shipping.

ICS represents shipowners with the various intergovernmental regulatory bodies that impact on shipping, including the International Maritime Organization

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

Regional Partners 

The Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)are Regional Partners with memberships that overlap with ICS and which also comprise national shipowners’ associations. Our relationship is confirmed under a memorandum of understanding

  • International Chamber of Shipping
  • 38 St Mary Axe, London
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