• The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) launches ‘Industry principles for establishing effective measures to combat and eliminate harassment and bullying in the maritime sector.’ • The free industry guidance sets out five high level and eight detailed principles to successfully address the issue. • ICS submitted the principles to shipping’s global UN regulators, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ahead of a joint meeting alongside governments, shipowners and unions.
Global shipowners body sets out industry principles to combat harassment and bullying
Shipping industry calls for release of Galaxy Leader crew still held captive
Zero Emission Shipping Fund proposal submitted to UN to deliver on shipping’s net zero targets
ICS publishes highly anticipated Flag State Performance Table
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Monday 19th February 2024 – marks the three-month anniversary since the Houthis seized the Galaxy Leader and its 25 seafarers in the Red Sea. The vessel, a roll-on/roll-off vehicle carrier, was seized on the 19 November. The maritime industry has joined together from around the world to express their concern for the seafarers who have been held hostage, and call on the Houthis to release the crew of the Galaxy Leader.
Global drug activity has gone up by an estimated 23% between 2011 and 2021, with some 296 million users worldwide, per United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Incoming IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez speaks to ICS Leadership Insights about his vision for a more outwardly-facing industry and regulator – and how that can help steer shipping through a period of dramatic change.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance is quickly becoming a differentiator in the maritime job market as young people in particular look for greater social and environmental impact in their work.
The country’s decade-long policy push offers lessons about impending onshore power supply requirements on European ports and the ships serving them.
Uncertainties around key parts of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) have persisted even after the scheme’s entry into force in January, according to industry experts bracing for the new measure.
As the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) negotiated a historic all-industry consensus to transition away from fossil fuels for the first time, shipping met to discuss the practical steps of achieving that zero-carbon future.
• The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the Republic of Liberia submit detailed proposal to UN IMO for a Zero Emission Shipping Fund to accelerate transition to net zero by 2050. • Fund will incentivise accelerated production and uptake of zero GHG marine fuels and technologies and provide billions of dollars to support transition in developing countries. • Governments urged to approve fit-for-purpose proposals to meet their commitment to adopt a maritime GHG emissions pricing mechanism in 2025.
• Updated Flag State Performance Table shows an increase in positive performance indicators amongst smaller Flag States. • Flag States that have a majority of negative indicators highlights the need to encourage shipowners and operators to examine whether a Flag State has sufficient substance before using it. • Ship operators in dialogue with maritime Administrations are recommended to use the Table to identify areas for further improvement over the next twelve months.