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Rescue of Migrants at Sea is a Legal and Humanitarian Obligation, Says Shipowners’ Global Trade Association

The rescue of all persons in distress at sea – including illegal migrants – is an obligation under international maritime law, as well as being a long established humanitarian duty, says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). ICS is the global trade association for commercial ship operators, whose ships are currently involved on a daily basis in the rescue of refugees at sea in the Mediterranean.

29 October 2014 Press Release

ICS Welcomes Dramatic IMO Progress on Ballast Water Issues

Governments attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) this week have made real progress towards agreeing solutions to major issues that have previously impeded ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for ship operators.

19 October 2014 Press Release

ICS Concern about Serious Threat to Maritime Oil Pollution Compensation Regime

The smooth running of the well-established global regime for compensation from oil pollution from ships may be under serious threat, due to a decision by governments to wind up the 1971 International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF), says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners.

13 October 2014 Press Release

ICS Marks IMO World Maritime Day

To mark the occasion of IMO World Maritime Day on 25 September, and its theme this year of ‘IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation’, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has produced a special brochure, which is being circulated throughout the industry by its member national shipowners’ associations.

25 September 2014 Press Release

ICS Plea to IMO Member States on Implementation of New Environmental Rules

In advance of a critical intergovernmental meeting next month at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called on IMO Member States to give careful consideration to shipowners’ concerns about the implementation of an avalanche of new environmental regulations, which are about to impact on ship operations at more or less the same time.

11 September 2014 Press Release