Ships often operate in difficult sea conditions which present a high degree of physical risk and despite tremendous improvements to the industry’s safety performance, it has not, yet been possible to eradicate, maritime casualties completely.
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In 2019, a new edition of the ICS Guidelines for Owners and Masters on Prevention of Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse on board ships was published. It has already sold over 12,000 copies, demonstrating how seriously this matter is taken by shipping companies.
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.
The vast majority of ships’ support level ratings are recruited from developing nations, and the shipping industry is probably unique in that, under the auspices of the International Labour Organization (ILO), it has a recommended global minimum wage for seafarers.
In November 2019, ICS formally opened its new ICS (China) Liaison Office, in Hong Kong SAR
Whilst the attention of the world has been diverted by COVID-19, piracy and armed attacks against ships’ crews remain a serious problem, requiring a concerted response by the international community at the highest level
Despite the lack of media attention due to COVID-19, the migrant rescue at sea crisis in the Mediterranean is far from over, with tens of thousands of migrants still attempting to make the dangerous sea crossing from Africa to Europe in overcrowded and unseaworthy craft.
Invasive marine organisms carried in ships’ ballast water can wreak havoc on local ecosystems. New mandatory systems to manage the disposal of this water will drastically cut the risk
The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought unprecedented disruption to the shipping industry, and requires a collective, solution-driven approach
Ambitious IMO targets to cut GHG emissions 50% by 2050 will require a fourth revolution in shipping propulsion, based on new fuels and technology