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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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Manning Agency Guidelines

These guidelines have been produced to help shipping companies choose reputable manning agencies and to ensure that seafarers are recruited in line with the requirements of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC, 2006).

September 2021 Guidelines | Free

Handling a Mental Health Crisis or Emergency and Spotting Suicidal Behaviour in Seafarers

Shipping companies should take a mental health emergency as seriously as a physical one. A seafarer experiencing a mental health crisis might feel no longer able to cope. This is particularly true in the current pandemic. This document has tools to help shipping companies, Masters and seafarers handle such a situation and to spot suicidal behaviour.

September 2021 Guidelines | Free

Seafarer Workforce Report, 2021 Edition

The Seafarer Workforce Report (previously known as the Manpower Report) is the industry standard resource for those seeking the market intelligence needed to develop crewing and training strategies fit for the future.

July 2021 Reports, Positions and Papers | £150

Seafarer Workforce Report 2021 – Video

The BIMCO and ICS Seafarer Workforce Report 2021 provides insights into demographics and the changing supply and demand of the seafarer workforce.

July 2021 Multimedia | Free

Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations, Fifth Edition

The ICS Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations is the industry standard best practice guide for shipping companies, ships’ crew and helicopter operators. Written for both those in the air and at sea, the Guide helps all those involved in these operations become familiar with the important technical aspects of these complex operations.

June 2021 Guidelines | £160

Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations, Fifth Edition – Video

The ICS Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations is the industry standard best practice guide for shipping companies, ships’ crew and helicopter operators. This video, produced by ICS and Ocean Technologies Group, highlights the impact of the guide and its contribution to safety on board and in the air.

June 2021 Multimedia | Free

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers, Fourth Edition

This fourth edition was withdrawn in February 2022 and replaced by the fifth edition. Guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The comprehensive 56-page document has been produced in collaboration with experts from leading international bodies. This updated version contains downloadable guidance posters.

June 2021 Archive | Free