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Momentum grows for Clean Energy Marine Hubs with Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation joining the initiative

• The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) joins the Clean Energy Marine Hubs (CEM Hubs) initiative. • The CEM Hubs already has the backing of five countries, the UAE, Canada, Norway, Uruguay and Panama, and the support of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). • The initiative will be formally launched at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Goa in July.

19 June 2023 Press Release

ICS welcomes adoption of the High Seas Treaty at the United Nations

-After decades of work the High Seas Treaty has been adopted at the United Nations today. -The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomes this historic moment having represented the shipping industry in the discussions since 2016. -The agreement takes into account the IMO’s role and is intended to cover gaps in ocean governance to ensure that emerging high seas industries will be as well-regulated as shipping is by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

19 June 2023 Press Release

 ICS welcomes Bangladesh ratification of the Hong Kong Convention

Bangladesh is one of the principal ship recyclers in the world and key to leading the way for safe and sustainable ship recycling practices by ratifying the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention). The Hong Kong Convention aims to ensure that ships when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or the environment. Ship recycling will be of significant importance in meeting net zero emissions by 2050 as the existing fleet is decommissioned in coming years to be replaced by net zero vessels.

13 June 2023 Press Release

Crucial updates to the Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention for the industry

The shipping industry is being urged to take notice of the latest amendments to the International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) detailed in a new publication update from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), to ensure they comply and can operate and trade globally with their vessels. ICS Publications has published the fourth edition of Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, providing crucial updates to the shipping industry on its mandatory employment standards and best practices, to ensure compliance with the Convention and the obligations of maritime employers which the Convention sets out.

1 June 2023 Press Release

Seafarers take centre stage at upcoming summit in Manila

Employers (IMEC), shipowners (ICS) and unions (ITF) unite to bring a seafarer summit in Manila on 26 June 2023 following the Day of the Seafarer. The summit aims to highlight the elements required for a successful transformation of seafarers’ roles to meet the needs of shipping in the future. The Philippines continue to show leadership in matters relating to seafarers as host country to one of the most relevant summits this year, focusing on the requirements for seafarers in 2050

1 June 2023 Press Release

ICS calls on governments to set the course towards a net zero future in July

In July, governments at the UN body the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will set a course towards a net zero future. Shipowners have called on the member states to set a clear direction with increased ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) argues that knowing where you want to go is only one part of the journey, you have to have the tools to reach your destination.

25 May 2023 Press Release

Regulation driving harbour craft fuel changes

Specific regulation is driving the adoption of alternative-fuel harbour craft in some regions— for example, Singapore has banned new fossil fuel harbour craft from 2030, mandating full biofuel or net zero fuel compatibility by the deadline.

19 May 2023 News