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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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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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Defending the Global Pollution Liability Regime 2020

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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UN Law of the Sea Implementing Agreement 2020

IMO is a UN Specialized Agency and its authority as shipping’s global regulator is ultimately derived from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which provides the fundamental legal framework for the use and protection of the world’s oceans.

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Developments in Maritime Safety 2020

A significant part of ICS resources is dedicated to representing the global industry on a range of complex technical issues covered by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of IMO’s 174 Member States, and its numerous technical Sub Committees and Correspondence Groups.

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ILO Minimum Wage 2020

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.

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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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Migrants in the Mediterranean 2020

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.

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Engaging with China 2020

In November 2019, ICS formally opened its new ICS (China) Liaison Office, in Hong Kong SAR

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Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea remains the principal security threat faced by the shipping industry. Dozens of seafarers are kidnapped each year, and held for ransom in terrible conditions ashore. ICS believes that piracy can and should be suppressed for the benefit of shipping and the region.

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