Press Releases

Industry mourns death of IMO Secretary-General Emeritus William O’Neil

Industry mourns death of IMO Secretary-General Emeritus William O’Neil

30 October, 2020

Mr. William A. O’Neil, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has died in the United Kingdom, aged 93.

ICS welcomes legally binding agreement to significantly improve the carbon efficiency of shipping

ICS welcomes legally binding agreement to significantly improve the carbon efficiency of shipping

23 October, 2020

Measures include a 40% reduction of carbon intensity across the global fleet by 2030, compared to 2008 / Key stepping stone in achieving 100% decarbonisation as soon as possible after 2050

ICS & OCIMF Launch New Emergency Guide for Masters

ICS & OCIMF Launch New Emergency Guide for Masters

21 October, 2020

New practical guide “Peril at Sea and Salvage” supports seafarers and shore-based personnel in their initial response, implementing the emergency response plan, towage and salvage.

International Chamber of Shipping releases 2020 Annual Review

International Chamber of Shipping releases 2020 Annual Review

01 October, 2020

Review covers the impact of COVID-19 and the intensifying crew change crisis plus a broad cross-section of such as efforts to decarbonise shipping and the USD 5 billion industry fund to accelerate the R&D of zero-carbon technologies.

International Chamber of Shipping updates health guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) to reflect latest knowledge

International Chamber of Shipping updates health guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) to reflect latest knowledge

30 September, 2020

Updated introduction reflecting the situation nine months on from the start of the global pandemic / two new annexes on PCR testing and Managing Multiple Cases of COVID-19 On Board Vessels

Esben Poulsson reappointed as ICS Chairman for a new term

Esben Poulsson reappointed as ICS Chairman for a new term

22 September, 2020

Poulsson continues to be at the forefront of the on-going crew change crisis as the leading representative of the world’s shipowners / Under his leadership industry submitted proposal for US$ 5 billion global R&D fund and sector saw switch to low sulphur fuel.

ICS, UNHCR and IOM call on States to end humanitarian crisis onboard ship in the Mediterranean

ICS, UNHCR and IOM call on States to end humanitarian crisis onboard ship in the Mediterranean

07 September, 2020

Call to EU and its Member States for immediate disembarkation of 27 rescued people trapped onboard cargo ship for more than one month / Governments need to live up to their obligations to ensure people in distress are rescued and promptly disembarked in a place of safety.

Unique ICS Leadership Insights Series delivers new perspectives for the shipping industry

Unique ICS Leadership Insights Series delivers new perspectives for the shipping industry

27 August, 2020

Registration now open for four high-level events / Panel on 9 September analyses impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

New protocols offer effective tools to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 onboard ships

New protocols offer effective tools to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 onboard ships

26 August, 2020

Safeguarding the health of seafarers and guarantee the safe operations of maritime trade / Reassuring governments and the general public that seafarers can embark and disembark ships safely

BIMCO and ICS Prepare for New Seafarer Report

BIMCO and ICS Prepare for New Seafarer Report

17 August, 2020

With the future of crewing high on the agenda, BIMCO and ICS are preparing for the launch of the latest Seafarer Workforce Report (previously known as the Manpower Report), the industry standard resource for ship operators, agencies and governments seeking the market intelligence they need to develop crewing and training strategies fit for the future.

IMO report on GHG finds a decoupling between trade and emissions in shipping

IMO report on GHG finds a decoupling between trade and emissions in shipping

07 August, 2020

Findings reflect the industry’s ongoing efforts to decouple trade and emissions growth / Governments must get behind the adoption of the international R&D fund proposal submitted to the IMO last year

Negligence of small minority risks setbacks to crew change progress

Negligence of small minority risks setbacks to crew change progress

23 July, 2020

Alarming reports of ship managers and individuals failing to comply with national crew change guidelines / Failure to adhere to crew change protocols must not be tolerated.

ICS represents global shipowners at ministerial summit on crew change

ICS represents global shipowners at ministerial summit on crew change

09 July, 2020

ICS Secretary General urges national governments to take decisive action and solve the crew change crisis affecting world shipowners, seafarers and supply chains.

ICS launches essential Guidance for Engine Room Safety

ICS launches essential Guidance for Engine Room Safety

02 July, 2020

Engine Room Procedures Guide helps ships’ engineers ensure safe and environmentally responsible engine room operation and maintenance / Supports internationally agreed standards and recommendations adopted by the IMO

Global shipping fleet to sound horns on 8 July to remind governments over need for urgent crew change

Global shipping fleet to sound horns on 8 July to remind governments over need for urgent crew change

30 June, 2020

400,000 seafarers stuck on ships or at ports / Without action numbers will increase, risking functioning of vital supply chains

ICS and OCIMF publish updated edition of International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT)

ICS and OCIMF publish updated edition of International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT)

22 June, 2020

Updated reference guide for safe operation ISGOTT reflects current best practices and legislation and encompasses latest thinking on topics such as enclosed space entry, gas detection, the toxicity of petroleum products.

ICS Publications embraces digitalisation

ICS Publications embraces digitalisation

08 June, 2020

Wide range of essential ICS maritime publications now available as ebooks / New format enables ship operators to build their ICS maritime library reflecting the individual requirements of their fleets and their purchasing profiles

Global shipping body addresses the health concerns of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Global shipping body addresses the health concerns of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic

28 May, 2020

Reports of seafarers being denied medical evacuation or access to ports despite serious medical conditions / New guidance issued by ICS for shipowners and operators to deal with unwell seafarers

UN must persuade governments to adopt crew change protocols or risk ‘humanitarian disaster’

UN must persuade governments to adopt crew change protocols or risk ‘humanitarian disaster’

22 May, 2020

The UN Secretary General has been urged by global industrial and shipping leaders to persuade his 193 member states to act urgently to avoid a “humanitarian crisis”, with over 200,000 tired, mentally-stretched seafarers currently stuck working on vessels across the globe and unable to be relieved of their duties.

New ICS research a ‘ray of light’ amongst the COVID-19 clouds

New ICS research a ‘ray of light’ amongst the COVID-19 clouds

21 May, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant challenges for ship operators and seafarers, but new research from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has highlighted that, for users of its ISF Watchkeeper software, incidents of non-conformities continue to drop to increasingly lower levels over the past year.

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