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Seafarers take centre stage at upcoming summit in Manila

Employers (IMEC), shipowners (ICS) and unions (ITF) unite to bring a seafarer summit in Manila on 26 June 2023 following the Day of the Seafarer. The summit aims to highlight the elements required for a successful transformation of seafarers’ roles to meet the needs of shipping in the future. The Philippines continue to show leadership in matters relating to seafarers as host country to one of the most relevant summits this year, focusing on the requirements for seafarers in 2050

1 June 2023 Press Release

Crucial updates to the Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention for the industry

The shipping industry is being urged to take notice of the latest amendments to the International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) detailed in a new publication update from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), to ensure they comply and can operate and trade globally with their vessels. ICS Publications has published the fourth edition of Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, providing crucial updates to the shipping industry on its mandatory employment standards and best practices, to ensure compliance with the Convention and the obligations of maritime employers which the Convention sets out.

1 June 2023 Press Release

ICS calls on governments to set the course towards a net zero future in July

In July, governments at the UN body the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will set a course towards a net zero future. Shipowners have called on the member states to set a clear direction with increased ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) argues that knowing where you want to go is only one part of the journey, you have to have the tools to reach your destination.

25 May 2023 Press Release

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

Bjorn Otto Sverdrup: Oil and gas majors target transport emissions

The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) brings together 12 leading oil and gas operators to target net-zero emissions in their own operations. Now it has turned its sights downstream, with a lead role in the REMARCCABLE (Realizing Maritime Carbon Capture to demonstrate the Ability to Lower Emissions) Project. Bjorn Otto Sverdrup, chairman of OGCI’s executive committee, tells Leadership Insights why shipping emissions are a crucial piece of the puzzle.

19 May 2023 Article

Regulation driving harbour craft fuel changes

Specific regulation is driving the adoption of alternative-fuel harbour craft in some regions— for example, Singapore has banned new fossil fuel harbour craft from 2030, mandating full biofuel or net zero fuel compatibility by the deadline.

19 May 2023 News