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ICS Publications launches second edition of Engine Room Procedures Guide

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has announced the release of the highly-anticipated second edition of its Engine Room Procedures Guide. This comprehensive guide is an essential resource for shipowners, operators, and crew members in the maritime industry.

5 December 2023 Press Release

Training seafarers for a decarbonized future

Maritime Just Transition Task Force collaborative project sets framework to equip seafarers with skills as shipping transitions to zero emissions.  

30 November 2023 Press Release

Countdown commences to flagship maritime event at COP28

In just under three weeks maritime and energy sector leaders will convene with governments and key stakeholders across the supply value chain at COP28 at the Shaping the Future of Shipping: Delivering a Net Zero World Summit in Dubai.

24 November 2023 Press Release

Simplified Global GHG Fuel Standard for marine fuels put forward to help meet net zero target

• The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) have joined forces to submit a proposal for a simplified Global GHG Fuel Standard for the next round of International Maritime Organization (IMO) greenhouse gas negotiations. • The ICS/IBIA proposal provides for a crucial streamlined voluntary “energy pooling compliance mechanism” to address the possibility of fuel producers being unable to supply new fuels in sufficient quantities. • To ensure agreement at IMO by 2025, industry’s simplified approach will minimise administrative burden for governments, especially for developing countries, whose support will be vital to taking the fuel standard forward globally.

20 November 2023 Press Release

New study launched highlighting the positive impacts of turning down the volume

• New study by the University of Southampton, commissioned by the International Chamber of Shipping, highlights synergies between the implementation of energy efficiency measures and reduction of underwater radiated noise (URN). • In July this year the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) endorsed revised non-mandatory International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines on the reduction of URN that applies to new and existing ships. • Shipowners and the environment can co-benefit by reducing underwater radiated noise.

15 November 2023 Press Release

ICS Publications announces updates to the Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas) to ensure alignment with the latest International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT)

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has announced the launch of the Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas), fourth edition. This comprehensive guide is the definitive industry best practice guidance for gas carrier operators and a carriage requirement under the national regulations of many flag States.

16 October 2023 Press Release

ICS continues to grow as it welcomes New Zealand Shipping Federation to full membership

• The New Zealand Shipping Federation (NZSF) has become a full member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). • New Zealand Shipping Federation has been an affiliate member of the ICS since 2021. • This membership will broaden the geographical range of ICS’s community and help to ensure a balanced view to shape the future of shipping.

11 October 2023 Press Release

ICS comment on European Commission decision not to renew Consortia Block Exemption for liner shipping.

Following the announcement on 10 October 2023 by the European Commission (DG COMP) that it intends to let the sector-specific Consortia Block Exemption Regulation for liner shipping expire in April 2024, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which is the global trade association for shipowners and ship operators in all sectors and trades, made the following comment.

11 October 2023 Statement