Safety and Operations

Guidelines on the Application of the IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code COMING SOON

COMING SOON 5th Edition 2019 | £135

The International Safety Management (ISM) Code is a key mandatory requirement for merchant ships, critical to the improvement of maritime safety and environmental performance. The new fifth edition of Guidelines on the Application of the IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code includes comprehensive advice on compliance with the ISM Code for anyone involved with developing, implementing and maintaining Safety Management Systems (SMS), which are critical to successful and efficient ship operations.

Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use

1st Edition 2019 | £175

This workbook is a practical, straightforward and easy to understand guide to support the Master and the ship’s crew with cyber security risk management. Along with detailed guidance on all aspects of cyber security protection, defence and response, the book contains comprehensive checklists to assist with the day to day management of onboard cyber security. It will also benefit shipowners, ship managers, ports and their IT departments. Resolution MSC.428(98) advises administrations to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems (as defined in the ISM Code) no later than the first annual verification of the company's Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021. This is a joint publication between ICS, BIMCO and Witherbys and is available to buy at

ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas)

3rd Edition 2018 | £435.00

The ‘ICS Gas Guide’ is the definitive industry best practice guidance for gas carrier operators, and a carriage requirement under the national regulations of many flag states. It is strongly recommended that a copy of the completely revised Third edition is carried on board every ship engaged in the transportation of liquefied gas by sea.

ICS Bridge Procedures Guide

5th Edition 2016 | £135 with CD

The ICS Bridge Procedures Guide is widely acknowledged as the definitive guidance on safe bridge procedures, and is used by Masters, watchkeeping officers, companies and training institutions worldwide. The Guide is referenced in the footnotes of several IMO Conventions. This fully updated fifth edition embraces internationally agreed standards and recommendations adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Guide also incudes extensive checklists for use by companies, Masters and those officers responsible for developing ship specific checklists for bridge procedures. This edition is accompanied by a CD version of the text with a 'search' function.

ICS Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals)

4th Edition 2014 | £395.00 (plus postage - price on application)

The Fourth Edition of the Tanker Safety Guide (Chemicals) published in 2014, following a major review drawing on expertise throughout the industry, takes full account of the latest industry best practice and the adoption of important amendments to the IMO SOLAS Convention in 2014. These amendments to SOLAS include new mandatory requirements for the inerting of chemical tankers. It is strongly recommended that a copy of the latest edition is carried on board every tanker engaged in carriage of chemical cargoes, and that copies are also held with technical departments of shipping companies.

ICS Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations

4th Edition 2008 | £120.00 with CD

This edition fourth edition reflects current best practice in the international shipping and aviation industries. The Guide has been fully updated with extended guidance regarding the role and responsibilities of both the ship and helicopter. Full account is also taken of specifications for helicopter performance, the ICAO (aviation) requirements for the safe location/marking of landing and winching areas, new guidance on actions to be taken in the event of helicopter incidents. It is recommended that a copy is carried on board every ship. This edition is accompanied by a CD version of the text with a 'search' function. The CD also includes and electronic template for preparing helicopter landing/operating plans for transmission from the ship to the helicopter operator.

Safe Transport of Containers by Sea

1st Edition 2008 | £50.00 with CD

These new Guidelines have been published, in co-operation with the World Shipping Council, with a view to minimising the dangers to containerships, their crews, and all personnel involved with containers throughout the transport chain. They have been developed by an expert international industry working group in response to recent incidents involving container ships. The Guidelines recognise the safety responsibilities of ship operators, but also discuss the responsibilities of those involved with the correct packing and stuffing of the cargo into containers, the accurate labelling and declaration of the goods by cargo interests, and the weighing of loaded containers. In addition, they address the safe handling and stowage of containers when they are received by a port facility and are loaded on board a ship, and also cover the maintenance and inspection of the containers themselves.

Maritime Security: Guidance for Ship Operators on the IMO International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code

1st Edition 2003 | £40.00

To assist companies to effectively implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and to avoid disruption to their operations due to potential non-compliance, ICS has developed, in a single guide, indispensable and definitive guidance on the ISPS Code.

ICS Model Ship Security Plan

1st Edition 2003 | £90.00 with CD

The ICS Model Ship Security Plan is a guide designed to assist shipping companies in preparing their Ship Security Plans, in line with the provisions of the ISPS Code. The guide, which covers all relevant SOLAS and ISPS Code requirements related to Ship Security Plans (SSP), is accompanied by a CD version of the ICS model plan, that enables companies to adapt it for individual ships and their own security needs. Comprehensive guidance notes on every aspect of ship security are also included within the model plan.

Ship/Shore Safety Checklist for Bulk Carriers

2000 | £8.00 per pack (£30.00 per pack of 5 checklist pads)

IMO approved ship/shore safety checklist for use by ship and terminal operators, incorporating guidance on completion and an example loading/unloading plan.

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