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International Chamber of Shipping 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.

You can download most publications from the list below for free and purchase the paid-for publications from our ICS bookshop.

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Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying

All seafarers have the right to work without suffering harassment and bullying. ICS and ITF have together produced this guidance for shipping companies, seafarers and seafarers’ organisations and other parties on what they can do to eliminate harassment and bullying.

November 2016 Guidelines | Free

Transitional Measures for Shipowners Selling Ships for Recycling

These shipping industry guidelines help shipowners ensure to the greatest extent possible that their end of life ships will be recycled at facilities that are compliant with the standards enshrined in the IMO Hong Kong Convention, in advance of the global regime entering into legal force.

November 2016 Guidelines | Free

Manpower Report 2015 Full Report

This Manpower Report 2015 was withdrawn in June 2021 and replaced by the Seafarer Workforce Report 2021 Edition. A comprehensive report on the global manpower situation in the shipping industry prepared by BIMCO and ICS.

January 2016 Archive

Bridge Procedures Guide, Fifth Edition

This fifth edition was withdrawn in September 2021 and replaced by the sixth edition. The Bridge Procedures Guide is widely acknowledged as the principal industry guidance on safe bridge procedures, and is used by Masters, watchkeeping officers, companies and training institutions worldwide. The Guide is referenced in the footnotes of several International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conventions.

January 2016 Archive

Delivering CO2 Emission Reductions: International Shipping is Part of the Solution (COP21)

Maritime trade is a driver for green growth and is already by far the most carbon efficient mode of commercial transport. But the shipping industry is committed to delivering further dramatic CO2 reductions. This brochure highlights dramatic progress already made by the international shipping industry in reducing its carbon footprint and outlines the industry's commitment to further reductions going forward.

November 2015 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Large Scale Rescue Operations At Sea

This shipping industry Guidance was initially published in 2014 by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in response to the large number of migrants attempting to get to Europe and requiring rescue by merchant ships in the Mediterranean. This second edition has been updated to take account of the experience of shipping companies, Masters and crews. It is also is also supported by the following industry organisations: ASF, ECSA, ETF, ITF, CLIA, Intercargo, Intermanager, Intertanko and IPTA.

January 2015 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free