Press Releases

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.

Keeping Shipping safe from COVID-19

Keeping Shipping safe from COVID-19

11 May, 2020

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued guidance developed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and a coalition of industry associations to ensure a safe shipboard interface between ship and shore-based personnel.

Mexico alert: smuggling of illegal narcotics / risk of ship detention and crew arrest

Mexico alert: smuggling of illegal narcotics / risk of ship detention and crew arrest

10 May, 2020

Members’ attention is drawn the series of recent ship detentions and crew arrests in Mexico and, in the case of the UBC Savannah, the lengthy and continuing detention in custody of the ship’s Master without any formal charges against him, following the discovery of illegal narcotics on board.

Industry and unions set out a 12-step solution for governments to free seafarers from COVID-19 lockdown

Industry and unions set out a 12-step solution for governments to free seafarers from COVID-19 lockdown

06 May, 2020

Comprehensive ‘roadmap’ developed by a supply chain coalition led by industry and unions in cooperation with UN agencies / 12-step plan issued by International Maritime Organization provides a route forward for governments on how to facilitate ship crew change during the pandemic

Global shipping fleet to sound horns on labour day to raise alarm over need for urgent crew change

Global shipping fleet to sound horns on labour day to raise alarm over need for urgent crew change

30 April, 2020

New data finds 150,000 seafarers trapped at sea by Covid-19 / Ships in ports across the world will sound their horns in solidarity and to highlight the need for action by governments

ICS and ITF call on ships to sound horns to support “unsung heroes of global trade” for International Workers’ Day

ICS and ITF call on ships to sound horns to support “unsung heroes of global trade” for International Workers’ Day

24 April, 2020

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and its global network of national member associations and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its 215 seafarers’ unions are calling on seafarers across the world to sound their ships’ horns when in port at 12.00 local time on International Workers’ Day on 1 May 2020.

IATA and ICS: Governments must facilitate ship crew changes

IATA and ICS: Governments must facilitate ship crew changes

15 April, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are jointly calling on governments to take urgent measures to facilitate crew change flights for seafarers.

International Chamber of Shipping welcomes EU moves on COVID-19

International Chamber of Shipping welcomes EU moves on COVID-19

08 April, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping today welcomed European Commission guidance calling on EU member states to designate ports around EU shores for fast-track crew changes.

ICS and ITF call on G20 to support the “Unsung Heroes of Global Trade"

ICS and ITF call on G20 to support the “Unsung Heroes of Global Trade"

07 April, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have issued a joint call on behalf of seafarers to governments to facilitate the essential movement of seafarers and marine personnel.

Joint call for the G20 to support the maritime sector and global supply chains

Joint call for the G20 to support the maritime sector and global supply chains

24 March, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) have joined forces to call on G20 leaders to act quickly to protect global supply chains from the impact of COVID-19.s

International Chamber of Shipping welcomes extension of EU Consortia Block exemption for liner shipping

International Chamber of Shipping welcomes extension of EU Consortia Block exemption for liner shipping

24 March, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents over 80% of the world merchant fleet, has welcomed the confirmation by the European Commission of the extension of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER), without change to the current EU competition regime until at least April 2024.

Joint Open Letter to United Nations agencies from the global maritime transport industry

Joint Open Letter to United Nations agencies from the global maritime transport industry

19 March, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold it is vital that all governments keep maritime trade moving by continuing to allow commercial ships access to ports worldwide and by facilitating the movement and rapid changeover of ships’ crews.

Statement from Guy Platten RE COVID-19

Statement from Guy Platten RE COVID-19

18 March, 2020

In response to media enquiries we have provided the following statement from Guy Platten, Secretary General, ICS

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) issues new Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for shipping industry

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) issues new Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for shipping industry

05 March, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued brand new guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The comprehensive 22-page document has been produced in collaboration with prominent international bodies.

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