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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.

Shipowners and operators could face detention of ships from 1st March under IMO rule

Shipowners and operators could face detention of ships from 1st March under IMO rule

02 March, 2020

Port state control authorities will begin to enforce the IMO’s Sulphur 2020 from 1st March, making it an offense for ships to carry fuel that contains a sulphur content higher than 0.5 percent unless the ship has an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System.

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) meet with World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss impact of COVID-19

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) meet with World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss impact of COVID-19

26 February, 2020

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Secretary General, Guy Platten, will lead a delegation of industry leaders to meet with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

Ships may face more than 30% higher costs under new Panama Canal Authority measures, says International Chamber of Shipping

Ships may face more than 30% higher costs under new Panama Canal Authority measures, says International Chamber of Shipping

13 February, 2020

The Panama Canal Authority has said it will impose a ‘Freshwater Charge’ on ships passing through the canal from 15th February. The charge will be set at $10,000 for any vessel over 125 feet long. There will also be a variable surcharge based on the level of the Gatun Lake at the time of transit. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) calculate this move will increase costs to ships passing through the Panama Canal by up to 15%.

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) expresses concern at increasing attacks on ships crews

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) expresses concern at increasing attacks on ships crews

05 February, 2020

The number of ship’s crewmembers being kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea increased by more than 50% in 2019 and this year has begun with a further escalation of violence, armed robbery and kidnaping. The crisis is deepening - pirates are bolder and taking greater number of hostages. Levels of violence are high, and deaths have occurred both during attacks and during captivity of seafarers and military personnel. This is not business as usual. For example, 20 crewmembers were kidnapped from the MT Duke on 15 December last year with one of those crewmembers dying in captivity - this not acceptable.

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to stage major shipping conference at COP26

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to stage major shipping conference at COP26

05 February, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has confirmed that it will be holding its Annual Conference on Saturday, 14 November 2020 at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. The announcement recognises the importance that the board of ICS places on addressing climate change. Meeting in London, on the same day (4 February) as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte and with celebrated naturalist David Attenborough announced plans for COP26, the ICS board reaffirmed that industries and citizens must work together to create effective and achievable steps to address climate change.

Global Shipping Body (ICS) issues guidance to shipowners in the face of the Corona Virus

Global Shipping Body (ICS) issues guidance to shipowners in the face of the Corona Virus

28 January, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global shipping body representing 80% of the world’s merchant fleet, is advising its membership to take steps that limit the spread of the novel Corona Virus (2019-nCov). The instructions reflect advice given from the World Health Organisation (WHO), who stated that if certain measures are taken, there should be no “unnecessary restrictions of international traffic”, meaning ports and global shipping can continue to operate.

An eve of Sulphur 2020 message from ICS

An eve of Sulphur 2020 message from ICS

20 December, 2019

On the eve of the implementation of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) Global Sulphur Cap – which requires most of the world’s commercial shipping to use fuels with a sulphur content of 0.5 percent or less, Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has issued a message to the shipping industry and its regulators.

Shipping sector proposes USD 5 billion R&D board to cut emissions

Shipping sector proposes USD 5 billion R&D board to cut emissions

18 December, 2019

The global maritime transport industry has submitted a proposal to form the world’s first collaborative shipping R&D programme to help eliminate CO2 emissions from international shipping. The proposal includes core funding from shipping companies across the world of about USD 5 billion over a 10-year period.

Shipping at COP25: Full speed ahead towards full decarbonisation

Shipping at COP25: Full speed ahead towards full decarbonisation

13 December, 2019

Today at COP 25, the UN Climate Change Conference, in Madrid, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), and the Spanish Shipowners’ Association (ANAVE) organised an event dedicated to the decarbonisation of shipping.

UN Climate Conference – ICS embraces 4th Propulsion Revolution

UN Climate Conference – ICS embraces 4th Propulsion Revolution

10 December, 2019

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and over 80 percent of the world merchant fleet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid this week.

Fully revised IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code out now

Fully revised IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code out now

02 December, 2019

ICS's ISM Guidelines provide straightforward and comprehensive guidance on compliance with the ISM Code for anyone involved with developing, implementing and maintaining an SMS.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomes decision by the Government of India to embrace The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC)

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomes decision by the Government of India to embrace The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC)

29 November, 2019

The Indian government has ratified the HKC, significantly increasing the likelihood of its entry into force. Adopted in May 2009, the Convention will ensure that ships are recycled in a safe, environmentally friendly and transparent manner, providing global oversight to an economically and environmentally essential industry.

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