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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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Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table 2020/2021

Brings together data on the performance of flag States against specific criteria, including Port State Control (PSC) records, ratification of international convention and IMO meeting attendance. It is intended to encourage shipowners to maintain a dialogue with their flag administrations, and help facilitate necessary improvements in the interests of safety, the environment and decent working conditions.

January 2021 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Catalysing the Fourth Propulsion Revolution

The report looks at different options to help decarbonise shipping and achieve the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets established by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). These include the use of Ammonia, Hydrogen, and Batteries to power the global fleet.

November 2020 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Getting Healthy Seafarers to a Ship

An International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) interim paper offering a common sense, best practice approach to mitigate the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in seafarers joining the ship with quarantine and testing.

July 2020 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free


A preliminary study commissioned by ECSA and ICS on the legal, technical, practical and political implications of application of the EU Emissions Trading System to international shipping, and potential benefits of alternative Market-Based Measures from July 2020.

July 2020 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

COVID-19 Annex 2 Facilitation letter

ICS ITF letter template for shipping companies manning agents to fill in, certifying that the seafarer should be allowed free passage to travel between their home and their vessel and has participated in a medical screening.

April 2020 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

COVID-19 Annex 1 Cover letter seafarers

Letter template from ICS and ITF as facilitation certificate for International Transport Worker – Seafarer. Certifying that a seafarer should be allowed free passage to travel between their home and their vessel and has participated in a medical screening.

April 2020 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Global Shipping – Investing in Sustainable Development (The Switch to Low Sulphur Fuel)

The maritime transport sector is consistently improving its environmental performance through global environmental measures adopted by the International Maritime Organization to: promote health and wellbeing; address impacts on the ocean and marine ecosystems; and substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The global shipping industry takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and to highlight the various initiatives adopted for compliance with global environmental regulations, ICS is producing a series of ‘single-issue’ brochures under a common theme: ‘Global Shipping - Investing in Sustainable Development’. This first brochure of the series focuses on the ‘The Switch to Low Sulphur Fuel’, outlining the reasons for adoption and implementation of the IMO global sulphur cap regulation; the health and environmental benefits; and the need for collaborative initiatives between all actors in the maritime logistics chain, to effectively contribute towards the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

October 2019 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free