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The Marine Committee is the principle technical committee reporting to the ICS Board.

The principle areas of responsibility of the Marine Committee are safety, security and environmental issues within the maritime sector plus any other technical matters outside of the key areas.




The Marine Committee’s primary focus is safety, security and environmental matters related to commercial ships, their crews and cargo related to regulatory, technical and operational issues affecting ICS Members interests.

As the principle ICS technical Committee, The Marine Committee is able to;

  • Undertake high level technical discussions on any safety, security and environmental issues.
  • Provide technical support to the ICS Board.
  • Make decisions, unless ICS Board approval is also required.
  • Agree positions for the ICS Secretariat on related issues with external bodies.
  • Request actions of the ICS Marine Department related to the work of the Committee.
  • Receive reports from ICS Sub-Committees and Panels.
  • Delegate tasks to ICS Sub-Committees and Panels.
  • Approve decisions recommended by ICS Sub-Committees and Panels.
  • Approve nominations of Chair for ICS Sub-Committees and Panels.
  • Receive relevant technical information, updates and recommendations from the ICS Secretariat, principally the Marine Department

Input to and outcomes from the Marine Committee are reported to ICS Members accordingly.


IMO Committee and Sub-Committees regarding a range of technical issues

  • IMO MSC (Maritime Safety Committee)
  • IMO MEPC (Marine Environment Protection Committee)
  • IMO FAL (Facilitation Committee)
  • IMO CCC (Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers)
  • IMO HTW (Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping)
  • IMO III (Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments)
  • IMO NCSR (Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue)
  • IMO PPR (Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response)
  • IMO SDC (Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction)
  • IMO SSE (Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment)

The Marine Committee may also have connections to and liaise with other external bodies on a case by case basis as deemed appropriate by the Committee.

Such other bodies may include Governmental, Inter-governmental (IGO), Non-governmental (NGO) or public, private or commercial organisations.