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Current issues in shipping

The role of maritime transport is more important than ever in supporting the resilience of national economies during the current crisis. Below current issues paint a picture of the status quo and how we at ICS are supporting our members and our seafarers, who have been heavily affected by the pandemic, COVID-19 related restrictions leaving 400,000 seafarers stranded at sea.

We have also included efforts to decarbonise shipping, including the ongoing negotiations at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), the radical industry proposal for a USD 5 billion fund to accelerate the R&D of zero-carbon technologies and many more.

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Protectionism in Maritime Economies Study

ICS has commissioned this major Study to provide an assessment of protectionist or restrictive trade policies and measures that are being implemented by governments worldwide, which may be preventing national economies from reaping the full benefits of having access to efficient maritime transport services.

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The COVID-19 pandemic: The crew change crisis

The continuing inability of ship operators to conduct crew changes has been the single greatest operational challenge confronting the global shipping industry since the Second World War.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey and Certification Issues

The ability of flag state authorities to conduct statutory surveys, and for ships (and seafarers) to be issued with required certification to allow them to continue to trade, emerged as a serious issue at the very start of the pandemic.

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Canal Tolls 2020

The Panama and Suez Canals are of great commercial importance to the shipping industry. They are critical to reducing voyage times and fuel costs, as well as the sector’s CO2 emissions.

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Insurance Matters 2020

The ICS Insurance Committee’s raison d’être is to liaise with the London commercial hull insurance and war risks markets.

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OECD Digital Taxation Initiative 2020

In March 2019, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched a major public consultation on the development a multilateral digital taxation framework for global application (i.e. not just by OECD nations).

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Competition Law Developments 2020

Co-operative shipping agreements between liner shipping companies have existed for over a century. The majority of major trading nations continue to acknowledge the importance of containership operators being permitted to share cargo through Vessel Sharing Agreements (VSA), increasing their service offerings and maximising efficiency in terms of frequency, reliability, quality and price.

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A review of the STCW Convention 2020

Shipping is a global industry and therefore requires a global regime for governing the competence standards and certification requirements for the approximately two million seafarers employed throughout the world merchant fleet.

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