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International Chamber of Shipping 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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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

Ship Recycling Guide, First Edition

This comprehensive ship recycling guide is designed to equip shipowners and crew with the necessary knowledge to ensure a safe and sustainable recycling process when the ship reaches the end of its life, in compliance with the Hong Kong Convention which enters into force in 2025. It covers everything from the development and maintenance of the inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) while the ship is in service, through to preparing the ship for recycling and the sale of the ship.

June 2023 Guidelines | £130

ICS Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers

This test allows ship operators to demonstrate that seafarers, of any nationality, have been assessed on their ability to communicate in English – a necessity that has been given additional emphasis by the ISM Code and the revised STCW Convention.

May 2023 Tools and Workbooks

ICS Maritime Barometer Report 2022-2023

The first full-scale survey of risk and confidence among maritime leaders, this report presents insights into the issues preoccupying key maritime decision-makers and how they are placed to manage their impact.

May 2023 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse On Board Ship, 2023 – 2024 Edition

This publication provides guidance on how to combat drug trafficking at sea and to recognise the signs of drug use and dependence among crew members. Considered the leading industry publication on the topic, this 2023 - 2024 edition has been fully updated by industry experts to assist shipping companies, Masters and officers, to help prepare, prevent, protect and how to respond when faced with drug trafficking and drug abuse at sea.

April 2023 Guidelines | £195