Press Releases

Oversupply Still Major Challenge Warns ICS

Oversupply Still Major Challenge Warns ICS

03 April, 2019

Speaking in Istanbul, Simon Bennett, Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warned today that avoiding overcapacity and unsustainably low freight rates is still a major challenge ten years after the massive downturn of 2008.

ICS Deeply Concerned by Mediterranean Migrant Rescue Incident

ICS Deeply Concerned by Mediterranean Migrant Rescue Incident

28 March, 2019

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents the global shipping industry, is very concerned by reports that a merchant ship, the Palau-flagged tanker ‘Elhiblu 1’, had been taken over by migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, reportedly because the ship was going to return the some 100 rescued persons to Libya.

ICS Updates Flag State Performance Table

ICS Updates Flag State Performance Table

20 March, 2019

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published the latest update of its Flag State Performance Table, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website.

Vigilance Essential Despite Reduction to Piracy High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean

Vigilance Essential Despite Reduction to Piracy High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean

08 March, 2019

The Round Table of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced, with new advice issued to merchant ship operators.

FONARS Are ‘Not A Free Pass’ To Use Non-Compliant Low Sulphur Fuel

FONARS Are ‘Not A Free Pass’ To Use Non-Compliant Low Sulphur Fuel

26 February, 2019

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the decision in principle by the UN IMO that safety or operational concerns about the quality of low sulphur fuels may, in exceptional circumstances, be a valid reason for shipowners to be issued with a Fuel Oil Non Availability Report (FONAR) when the IMO global sulphur cap, requiring fuels to have a sulphur content of 0.5% or less, comes into full effect on 1 January 2020.

ICS Remains Concerned that New Canadian Legislation Will Interfere with International Maritime Trade

ICS Remains Concerned that New Canadian Legislation Will Interfere with International Maritime Trade

26 February, 2019

The Canadian Senate is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British Columbia.

Sulphur and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Priority for ICS

Sulphur and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Priority for ICS

11 February, 2019

“The 2020 global sulphur cap will be the regulatory game changer of the decade with profound implications for the economics of shipping” believes Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson.

Shipping Industry Urges European Commission to Extend the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

Shipping Industry Urges European Commission to Extend the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

20 December, 2018

Four trade associations representing the international liner shipping industry today submitted comments to the European Commission supporting extension of the EU consortia block exemption regulation (“BER”) for an additional five years beyond its current 2020 expiration date.

Agreement on Minimum Wage for Seafarers Announced

Agreement on Minimum Wage for Seafarers Announced

21 November, 2018

The decision, following two days of negotiations, was to update the minimum wage for an able seafarer by 27 USD over the next 3 years. The wages will provide an overall increase of 4.5% on the current rate of 614 USD, with an increase of 4 USD as of 1 July 2019, followed by an increase of 7 USD as of 1 January 2020 and a final increase of 16 USD as of 1 January 2021.

ICS Chairman Voices Concern about Serious Threats to Global Trade

ICS Chairman Voices Concern about Serious Threats to Global Trade

13 November, 2018

Speaking in Tokyo on behalf of the global trade association for shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), its Chairman, Esben Poulsson, highlighted serious concerns about the challenge presented by the United States ‘to the proven benefits of multilateralism and the existing global trading order underpinned by a system of international rules and norms which has brought peace and prosperity since World War Two’.

ICS Chairman Calls for Comprehensive Revision of STCW Seafarer Training Regime

ICS Chairman Calls for Comprehensive Revision of STCW Seafarer Training Regime

06 November, 2018

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has called for a comprehensive revision of the IMO STCW Convention which governs global standards for the training and certification of around two million merchant seafarers.

ICS WELCOMES IMO PROGRESS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE OF CHINA IN GHG DEBATE

ICS WELCOMES IMO PROGRESS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE OF CHINA IN GHG DEBATE

26 October, 2018

At the conclusion of this week’s critical meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), ICS has welcomed the significant progress made on some key environmental issues.

ICS and ITF Publish New Guidelines on Welfare Aspects of the ILO MLC

ICS and ITF Publish New Guidelines on Welfare Aspects of the ILO MLC

22 October, 2018

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have jointly released new ‘Guidelines for implementing the Welfare aspects of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)’.

Separating Fact from Fiction: ICS Releases New Study on Seafarers and Digitalisation

Separating Fact from Fiction: ICS Releases New Study on Seafarers and Digitalisation

16 October, 2018

ICS has released a new study conducted by the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on behalf of ICS, regarding the potential effects of autonomous ships on the role of seafarers and the global shipping industry.

ICS publishes New Edition of Industry Guidance on Garbage Management Plans

ICS publishes New Edition of Industry Guidance on Garbage Management Plans

10 October, 2018

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has recently published a new edition of its ‘Guidance for the Preparation and Implementation of Garbage Management Plans as Required by MARPOL Annex V’. This second edition is intended to help shipping companies comply with the latest requirements of the IMO regulation regarding treatment and disposal of garbage from ships.

ICS Announces New Edition of Best Practice Safety Guide for Gas Carrier Operators

ICS Announces New Edition of Best Practice Safety Guide for Gas Carrier Operators

24 September, 2018

The global trade association for ship operators, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has announced that it will soon be publishing a new edition of the ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas).

ICS Launches Free Guidance on Preparing for 2020 Sulphur Cap

ICS Launches Free Guidance on Preparing for 2020 Sulphur Cap

17 September, 2018

To assist shipping companies prepare for implementation of the UN IMO global sulphur cap for ships’ fuel oil, ICS with the support of the Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), has produced – free of charge – some comprehensive guidance on implementation planning, to help ensure compliance across the shipping industry with this regulatory game changer.

Start of Major UN Negotiation on Future Ocean Governance

Start of Major UN Negotiation on Future Ocean Governance

05 September, 2018

At the United Nations in New York, ICS is representing shipowners at the start of a major negotiation to agree a new legal instrument for the protection of the ocean under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) – which will apply to ‘high seas’ areas ‘beyond national jurisdiction’.

ICS Encouraged by IMO Progress on 2020 Global Sulphur Cap Implementation Issues

ICS Encouraged by IMO Progress on 2020 Global Sulphur Cap Implementation Issues

17 July, 2018

ICS is encouraged by efforts made by IMO Member States to resolve some pressing practical challenges ahead of the global implementation of the 0.5% sulphur in fuel cap on 1 January 2020.

Reducing CO2 Emissions to Zero: ICS Publishes New Insight into the ‘Paris Agreement for Shipping’

Reducing CO2 Emissions to Zero: ICS Publishes New Insight into the ‘Paris Agreement for Shipping’

02 July, 2018

ICS has launched a new publication to endorse the recent adoption by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) of its ambitious strategy for phasing-out CO2 emissions from the international shipping sector – a historic agreement which the global industry, as represented by ICS, fully supports.

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