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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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COVID-19 – كوفيد-19 ف Guidelines v1 Arabic

Version 1 of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers translated into Arabic, courtesy of Assafina. News Article in Arabic introducing to the guidance:الغرفة-الدولية-للنقل-البحري-تصدر-إرشا/

March 2020 Guidelines | Free

BMP West Africa

Best Management Practices (BMP) to help companies and seafarers detect, deter and delay external threats to safety when transiting off the coast of West Africa, including the Gulf of Guinea.

March 2020 Guidelines | Free

Guidelines for Shipowners to Avoid Age Discrimination On Board Ships

Age discrimination is no joke and can affect individuals of all ages in any field of work, including the shipping industry. It can lead to decreased motivation and increased sickness and can compromise cohesive and effective teamwork. It can also negatively affect companies resulting in potential organisational, economic and legal consequences. These new guidelines will help ship operators understand the different types of age discrimination, whether direct or indirect, and show how this can be avoided with respect to recruitment, training, pay and promotion, as well as redundancy and retirement.

January 2020 Guidelines | Free

Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse On Board Ship

Ships present organised criminals with the opportunity to transport high volumes of drugs from producing to consuming countries. This book demonstrates how to protect the ship and the crew and reduce the risk of drug trafficking occurring on board. This fifth edition was withdrawn in February 2021 and replaced by the sixth edition.

August 2019 Archive | £150

Guidance for Compliance with the 2020 ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ – July 2019

To help shipping companies prepare for implementation of the UN IMO global sulphur cap for ships’ fuel oil, ICS with the support of the Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), has produced – free of charge – some comprehensive guidance on implementation planning, to help ensure compliance across the shipping industry with this regulatory game changer. The ICS guidance has been prepared for the vast majority of ships that will comply with the global sulphur cap immediately after 1 January 2020 using fuel oils with a sulphur content of 0.50% m/m or less.

July 2019 Guidelines | Free