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ICS develops and promotes shipping industry best practices and guidance through a wide range of publications and free resources that are used by ship operators globally.

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IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation – IMO World Maritime Day 2014

This brochure sets out ICS support for the IMO’s selected theme for World Maritime Day 2014 - "IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation". Produced to coincide with the event, the brochure outlines the role that ICS plays in the effective implementation of IMO regulations. This includes the ICS’s contribution to the development of IMO instruments, the ICS/CMI ratification campaign, ICS liaison with Port State Control MoUs and the ICS Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table.

September 2014 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Recovery of Persons from the Water: Guidelines for the Development of Plans and Procedures

From July 2014, all ships are required by new IMO regulations (SOLAS Regulation III/I7-1) to have ship-specific plans and procedures for the recovery of persons from the water. These ICS Guidelines have been developed to assist companies when preparing to comply with the new regulations and should be used together with the IMO Guidelines for the Development of Plans and Procedures for the Recovery of Persons from the Water (MSC.1/Circ.1447), the Guide to Recovery Techniques (MSC.1/Circ.1182) and the Guide for Cold Water Survival (MSC.1/Circ.1185/Rev.1).

August 2014 Guidelines | Free

Shipping, World Trade and the Reduction of CO2 Emissions

The international shipping industry is firmly committed to playing its part in reducing emissions of CO2 and other Green House Gases. This brochure, produced by ICS to coincide with the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP 20), explains the issues involved and the progress being made by the industry and its global regulator - the IMO - to reduce ships’ CO2 emissions.

February 2014 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Tanker Safety Guide: Chemicals

The latest edition of the Guide takes full account of the adoption by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in May 2014 of important amendments to the SOLAS Convention, following a major IMO review of tanker safety that has taken the best part of a decade

January 2014 Archive | £395

Lessons identified from Somali Piracy

The ICS paper explains the significant challenges the shipping industry has faced in responding to the crisis in the Indian Ocean during the period 2007-2013.

January 2014 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Safe Transport of Containers by Sea

ICS and the World Shipping Council (WSC) published this industry guidance for shippers and container stuffers concerning the safe transport of containers by sea. Significantly, the guidance is supported by the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF). The Guidance is extracted from ‘Safe Transport of Containers by Sea – Guidelines on Best Practices’ – which was published by ICS and WSC in 2009.

October 2013 Archive | Free

Sustainable Development: IMO World Maritime Day 2013

Produced to coincide with IMO World Maritime Day, this brochure sets out how shipping contributes to the United Nations sustainable development agenda and argues that the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic – should be given equal priority. ICS suggests that all future environmental regulation adopted by IMO should meet existing IMO criteria for demonstrating ‘compelling need’ and be subject to a full and proper cost benefit analysis and impact assessment, including the availability of any required new technology.

September 2013 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements

This brochure, published by the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) and ICS/ISF, aims to remind shipping companies and seafarers of the vital need to ensure that ladders used for pilot transfers are always rigged correctly. The brochure is also supported by the International Group of P&I Clubs, BIMCO, CLIA, Intercargo, IPTA, Intertanko, OCIMF, SIGTTO, ITF, IFSMA and the Nautical Institute.

August 2013 Guidelines | Free