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Publications: Guidelines, tools and workbooks

ICS promotes and supports shipping industry best practices through guidelines, tools and workbooks that are used by shipping companies 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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Guidelines on the Application of the IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code, Sixth Edition

ISM-related deficiencies are in the top three most-reported deficiencies by port state control authorities globally. The ICS Guidelines on the Application of the IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code helps shipping companies comply with the code and provides practical guidance for designated persons ashore and crew to develop, implement and maintain an effective, user-friendly safety management system. The sixth edition adds a brand new chapter on internal audits, and an enhanced toolkit of checklists and templates.

May 2024 Guidelines | 170

Shipping and the Environment: A Guide to Environmental Compliance, Fifth Edition

From alternative fuels and propulsion systems, via energy-efficient practices, to digitalisation and efficient logistics, many possibilities are emerging to make the shipping industry a greener industry. Shipping and the Environment gives shipping companies and seafarers a comprehensive entry point into the vast range of regulatory and operational considerations designed to reduce shipping’s environmental footprint. This fifth edition builds on the success of the previous edition, Shipping and the Environment: A Code of Practice, Fourth Edition, which sold more than 10,000 copies.

May 2024 Guidelines | 120

Common Guidance on the Presentation and Loading of Vehicles

The following common guidelines and supporting checklist are intended to ensure that the risks associated with the shipment of vehicles, including electric and hybrid vehicles are managed and to promote the safety of terminal and vessel personnel and the protection of property including the vessel itself.

March 2024 Guidelines | Free

Engine Room Procedures Guide, Second Edition

The Engine Room Procedures Guide provides authoritative and comprehensive guidance on engine room procedures, to ensure that ships’ engine rooms are operated and managed safely while protecting the environment. A companion to the globally recognised ICS Bridge Procedures Guide, the Engine Room Procedures Guide can be used on all types of merchant ship. The second edition includes the latest safe procedures for handling liquefied natural gas, enclosed space entry, and preparing for port state inspections.

February 2024 Guidelines

Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use, Fifth Edition

This practical and easy to understand workbook supports the owner, Master and the ship's crew with cyber security risk management. It contains comprehensive checklists to assist with the day-to-day management of onboard cyber security and facilitates collaboration between ships, onshore IT departments and equipment manufacturers.

December 2023 Guidelines | £275

Piracy, Armed Robbery and Conflict at Sea: 2024-25 Edition

This publication provides advice on current piracy and armed robbery hotspots, as well as conflict regions and areas of increased risk. It includes the latest industry guidelines and advice to aid in the development of Ship Security Plans and also provides useful material for the training of Masters and Ship Security Officers to help achieve mandatory training requirements. This 2024-2025 edition fully updates and supersedes Pirates and Armed Robbers: Guidelines on Prevention for Masters and Ship Security Officers, Fourth Edition by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

December 2023 Guidelines | £175

The Master’s Practical Guide to Maritime Law, First Edition

This first edition of The Master’s Practical Guide to Maritime Law is a comprehensive, easy to follow guide written specifically for Masters. When something goes wrong on board, legal issues often arise, and it is the Master’s responsibility to react appropriately. This guide bridges the gap between theory and practice by exploring practical real-world scenarios commonly encountered by Masters, whether in port or at sea. It offers valuable guidance on how to approach legal issues effectively, highlighting best practices, and providing expert advice on managing legal risks with particular emphasis on the commercial aspects that form a significant part of every Master’s responsibilities on board.

November 2023 Guidelines | £250

Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas), Fourth Edition

The Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas), fourth edition, is the definitive industry guide to support gas carrier operators conduct safe and efficient operations. This comprehensive guide, a carriage requirement under the national regulations of many flag States, has been fully updated to align with the latest edition of the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT 6).

October 2023 Guidelines | £470