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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

ICS launches CII Data Collection System

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) launches its Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) Data Collection System today. The purpose of the ICS CII Data Collection System is to support the International Maritime Organization during the formal review of the CII rating system, due to be completed by 1 January 2026. ICS invites shipowners and relevant stakeholders to utilise the ICS Data Collection System to contribute to a fair and successful CII rating system in the future.

9 October 2023 Press Release

The International Chamber of Shipping opens new Representative Office in Shanghai

Marked at a special ceremony today at the North Bund Forum, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners, has opened a new Representative office in Shanghai. ICS recognises great importance of Chinese shipping industry and looks forward to continuing collaboration with China Shipowners’ Association which is now a Full ICS Member. New ICS office is located in the North Bund area of Hongkou District, Shanghai, a prominent global shipping hub.

22 September 2023 Press Release