The following is a list of forthcoming events at which ICS is participating or endorsing:

09 / 23 September and 14 / 28 October 2020:
ICS Leadership Insights Series



09 September 2020 Shipping 2020 - Analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
23 September 2020 Plotting recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19 - What should business expect next?
14 October 2020 What will be the new norms? Planning for an uncertain future - Investing for the future
28 October 2020 Where does shipping's decarbonisation agenda sit in a post-COVID-19 world?


About ICS Leadership Insights Series

The global economy is under significant stress and the future direction of national policies and corporate strategies will have a fundamental impact on the future of shipping and international trade. To better understand the shifts in the operating environment we have launched the digital ICS Leadership Insights Series.

The programme will bring together industry leaders, policymakers and financiers to discuss the global shifts that have arisen in the wake of the pandemic and chart the path back to economic growth, stability and resilience.

Key issues that will be covered by the series include:

  • Developing resilient and sustainable economies in the wake of COVID-19.
  • New alliances and geopolitical tensions.
  • How to restart trade and travel?
  • Has COVID-19 fundamentally changed global trade?
  • What will the new global supply chains look like?
  • Where does the decarbonisation agenda sit post-COVID?

The Series is chaired by Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping

Series Sponsor DNV GL

09 September 2020: Shipping 2020 – Analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic


10:00-11:00 (BST) 11:00-12:00 (CEST) 17:00-18:00 SGT

This first meeting of the series explores how much COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we do business – both for good and bad; identifies the key challenges that are still facing the shipping industry to resolve the crew change issue and prevent a recurrence; and looks at lessons to be learnt and alliances to be forged for the future.

Key Questions

  • What has COVID-19 fundamentally changed and what will remain the same?
  • What are the key challenges still facing the shipping industry to resolve the crew change issue and prevent a recurrence
  • What are the lessons learnt and what are the alliances we need for the future?
  • What has the COVID-19 experience accelerated and are there any positives to be drawn from the experience?


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23 September 2020: Plotting Recovery In The Aftermath of COVID-19 – What Should Business Expect Next?

10:00-11:00 (BST) 11:00-12:00 (CEST) 17:00-18:00 SGT

Key Questions

  • What will be the long-term effects of COVID 19 on the macroeconomic, digital, collaborative and customer trends?
  • What does recovery look like and how long will it take?
  • Will the legacy of COVID-19 be the decline in globalisation and what will be the impact be for shipping?
  • What will the new global supply chains look like?
  • How will economies integrate and build resilience?
  • Will regionalisation and onshoring replace globalisation or will cost optimisation continue to drive change?
  • What will be the effect of geopolitical factors such as the US-China trade issues? Will these amplify the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?


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14 October 2020: What Will Be The New Norms? Planning For An Uncertain Future – Investing For The Future


10:00-11:00 (BST) 11:00-12:00 (CEST) 17:00-18:00 SGT

Key Questions

  • How to build resilience to withstand waves of disruption and recovery?
  • How to build agility into a global, regulated industry?
  • What form will a successful shipping industry take in the near and medium term?
  • Will we see the rise of digitalisation of global trade?
  • How to finance the new normal?
  • How does shipping skill up for the digital transformation?
  • Where does the future lie for Customs Cross Border Interoperability?

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28 October 2020: Where Does Shipping’s Decarbonisation Agenda Sit In A Post-COVID-19 World?

10:00-11:00 (GMT) 11:00-12:00 (CET) 17:00-18:00 SGT

Key Questions

  • Will decarbonisation be collateral damage from COVID-19 or is it still on the agenda?
  • Will the low oil price, impact the decarbonisation agenda for shipping?
  • What is the effect of the low oil price on the proposed R&D fund?
  • How can companies innovate against a backdrop of global uncertainty and recession?
  • What new financing models will be required to de-risk investments?
  • Will governments shift focus away from climate targets whilst they focus on restarting their economies, or will ‘building back better’ be the route to economic growth?
  • How will governments and regional blocks use policy to catalyse change?

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24 September, World Maritime Day: UN Event on Crew Change Crisis

A special online event on World Maritime Day this Thursday, 24 September 2020, in the opening week of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, specifically on the current worldwide crew change crisis.

ICS organises the event jointly with the IMO, the ILO, the UNGC, and the ITF. The event aims to raise awareness about the crisis and to better inform national decision-makers and the general public on the threats to seafarers, shipping and the global supply chain should the situation continues.

We urge policymakers as well as the whole shipping community to join this high-level event and push for concrete actions to resolve the crisis.

Date: 24 September 2020
Time: 14:00-15:15 CET 

Registration link

Postponed to Summer 2021: ICS Annual General Meeting in Manila, Philippines


National shipowners’ associations from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Americas, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet, will consider pressing international issues of concern to global shipowners and operators at the 2021 ICS Annual General meeting, held in the Summer of 2021 in Manila, Philippines.

ICS is organising the AGM at the kind invitation of the Filipino Shipowners’ Association (FSA), who marked the FSA’s 70th anniversary in 2020. The postponed AGM follows the 2019 Meeting in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, and will take place in conjunction with the ICS board meeting, with an attractive programme for members before and after the official meetings.

All ICS members are invited to attend and contribute to determining the future direction of ICS. Members will receive further information on registration and detailed arrangements soon.

For  more information, please contact the London secretariat.

Previous Events

COP 25 and the Fourth Propulsion Revolution

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), and the Spanish Shipowners’ Association (ANAVE) jointly organised an event dedicated to the decarbonisation of shipping at the COP 25 in Madrid 

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2019 ICS Conference: Powering Global Trade


More than 30 influential speakers from around the world challenged the shipping community to fully explore the options open to the industry and the decisions it faces – decisions which will have implications beyond the sector’s own boardrooms. The packed agenda covered climate science, research and development, finance, policy instruments and the role of the Global Maritime Value Chain.

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UN Climate Conference – ICS has Vision for Zero Carbon Shipping Future


ICS emphasised how the shipping industry is supporting the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) to develop an ambitious CO2 reduction strategy. “ICS has a vision of zero COemissions from shipping in the second half of the century.  We are confident this will be achievable with alternative fuels and new propulsion technologies.”

Reducing CO2 A ‘Paris Agreement for Shipping’, Key Issues 2018

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UN Ocean Conference: 

'Shipping Committed to Green Growth'

The brochure "International Shipping: Protecting the Ocean, Committed to CO2 Reduction" can be downloaded here

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COP 22: We need to agree Ambitious CO2 Commitments for Shipping by 2018


At the UNFCCC Climate Conference (COP 22), in Marrakesh, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said that the recent International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement on a CO2 Road Map for shipping is a significant decision giving further impetus to the substantial CO2 reductions that are already being delivered by the global industry.

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