Guidance to support all types of ships which operate in international waters. Note: This second version from May 2020 has been replaced by an updated version 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers, v3'
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Guidance to support all types of ships which operate in international waters. Note: This first version from March 2020 has been replaced by an updated version 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers, v3'
ICS and the World Shipping Council (WSC) published this industry guidance for shippers and container stuffers concerning the safe transport of containers by sea. Significantly, the guidance is supported by the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF). The Guidance is extracted from ‘Safe Transport of Containers by Sea – Guidelines on Best Practices’ – which was published by ICS and WSC in 2009.
The international shipping industry (represented by BIMCO, Intercargo, ICS, ISF, Intertanko and OCIMF produced this basic guidance for management and crews, concerning the use of oily water separators, which emphasises the vital importance of strict adherence to International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements.
This guidance has been prepared by ICS and ISF as a template for the review of company compliance programmes adopted in accordance with existing regulatory requirements, such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) International Safety Management (ISM) Code. This framework is also supported by BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko, OCIMF and SIGTTO.
The ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: Guidance for Ship Operators on Port State Control as from 20 August 2013
ICS led shipowner representation in the negotiations for the text of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). This brochure explains the measures which port state control officers are entitled to take following the entry into force of the MLC on 20 August 2013, and offers advice to shipowners to help them pre-empt port state control problems.
For many years ICS and ISF have been conducting a global campaign to stress the vital necessity for governments to ratify and implement maritime Conventions adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other United Nations bodies that impact on shipping. The Comité Maritime International (CMI) has now joined forces with ICS and ISF to assist those countries where there has been limited ratification of the major Conventions.
Being aware that the implementation of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) has given rise to confusion in regard to ECDIS training, an industry group, organised and coordinated by The Nautical Institute and comprising leading international shipping industry organisations, held a series of meetings in order to produce this guidance on issues of training and competency for ECDIS.
This document, which has been developed by ICS and other shipping industry organisations, in cooperation with military navies, provides Best Management Practices (BMPs) to help companies and ships avoid becoming victims of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, off the Coast of Somalia and in the Western Indian Ocean. It offers specific, practical advice for companies in order to avoid, deter, or delay pirate attacks, and it is strongly supported by a broad coalition of industry and intergovernmental organisations.
The competence of seafarers is the most critical factor in the safe and efficient operation of ships, and has a direct impact on the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. This short brochure summarises what seafarers can expect from the updated Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention), which entered into force on 1 January 2012.