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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.

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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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Roadmap for Vaccination of International Seafarers

While industry bodies are working with authorities at national, regional and international levels to prioritise rapid access to vaccinations for seafarers as key workers in all countries, it became apparent that a roadmap dedicated to seafarer vaccination would help to achieve global immunisation. Vaccination of seafarers in their home countries remains the preferred option but measures should be taken now to permit access to vaccination for seafarers from all countries. The roadmap provides a framework to establish a local vaccination programme dedicated to seafarers.

May 2021 Guidelines | Free

Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse On Board Ship, Sixth Edition

This publication provides guidance on how to combat drug trafficking at sea and to recognise the signs of drug use and dependence among crew members. Considered the leading industry publication on the topic, this 6th edition has been fully updated by industry experts to assist shipping companies, Masters and officers, to help prepare, prevent, protect and how to respond when faced with drug trafficking and drug abuse at sea.

April 2021 Guidelines | £170

Maritime Security: A Comprehensive Guide for Shipowners, Seafarers and Administrations, First Edition

This book provides a comprehensive guide to maritime security. Drawing on two decades of experience in the industry, it sets out the security threats faced by the shipping industry today, the statutory requirements that ships, shipping companies and port facilities must meet, and provides guidance on how to conduct a thorough threat assessment for a voyage. A model ship security plan is also provided along with guidance on how to complete it in accordance with statutory requirements.

April 2021 Guidelines | £180

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination for Seafarers and Shipping Companies: A Practical Guide

COVID-19 vaccines reduce the severity of symptoms or prevent symptoms completely in a vaccinated person. However it is currently unknown if they prevent an individual carrying the virus and passing it on to others. Physical distancing, washing hands with soap and water or the use of hand sanitiser, good respiratory hygiene, and use of a mask remain the main methods to prevent spread of COVID-19 and seafarers should continue these practices once vaccinated.

March 2021 Guidelines | Free

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Legal, Liability and Insurance Issues arising from Vaccination of Seafarers

This Guidance addresses legal, liability and insurance issues that could potentially arise for shipowners from or in connection with vaccinations of crew for coronavirus (COVID-19). It provides guidance on best employment practice to protect against such liabilities and information on insurance cover for such liabilities under the shipowner’s standard Protection and Indemnity (P&I) insurance.

March 2021 Guidelines | Free

COMING SOON Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations, Fifth Edition

Coming soon – June 2021. 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.

March 2021 Guidelines | £160

Industry Standard on In-water Cleaning with Capture

This industry standard helps to ensure that the in-water cleaning of a ship's hull, and niche areas including the propeller, can be carried out safely, efficiently and in an environmentally sustainable way.

February 2021 Guidelines | Free

Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, Version Four

Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships, Version Four The purpose of these guidelines is to improve the safety and security of seafarers, the environment, the cargo, and the ships. The guidelines aim to assist in the development of a proper cyber risk management strategy in accordance with relevant regulations and best practises on board a ship with a focus on work processes, equipment, training, incident response and recovery management.

February 2021 Guidelines | Free

Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals), Fifth Edition

The ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals) is the standard reference work for chemical tankers. The fifth edition contains valuable new guidance on key safety issues and operations, and provides new and improved ship/shore safety checklists.

January 2021 Guidelines | £435