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Global shipowners body sets out industry principles to combat harassment and bullying

• 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.

21 February 2024 Press Release

Shipping industry calls for release of Galaxy Leader crew still held captive

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.

19 February 2024 Statement

Zero Emission Shipping Fund proposal submitted to UN to deliver on shipping’s net zero targets

• 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.

1 February 2024 Press Release

ICS publishes highly anticipated Flag State Performance Table

• 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.

23 January 2024 Press Release

Joint WSC, BIMCO and ICS statement on Red Sea attacks

The World Shipping Council, the International Chamber of Shipping and BIMCO today expressed their thanks to the 12 nations that have jointly condemned the ongoing illegal attacks on ships in the Red Sea and unlawful detention of vessels and crews there.

3 January 2024 Statement

International Chamber of Shipping Statement on launch of Operation Prosperity Guardian

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomes the announcement from the US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin of the initiation of Operation Prosperity Guardian, to address the security challenges in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden and expresses gratitude for action being taken to safeguard the lives of our seafarers and ships.

19 December 2023 Statement

Largest industry gathering at COP28 set out plans to deliver a net zero future

• At the Shaping the Future of Shipping: Delivering a Net Zero World summit a course was set to deliver on the International Maritime Organization’s net zero strategy. • The industry flagship summit convened over 300 maritime and energy sector leaders and key stakeholders, from 30 countries, across the supply chain along with six governments leaders during COP28 at the iconic Museum of the Future.

11 December 2023 Press Release

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