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Maritime Anti-Piracy Bill passed by Indian Parliament

India’s recent passing of the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill (2019) in December 2022 reassures shipowners and operators that countering maritime piracy in the region continues to be a high priority.

2 February 2023 News

Caution around revised Chinese port crew change rules

Although the Chinese government has lifted restrictions on crew change, confusion about these changes abound - with some ports still enforcing the requirements imposed almost three years ago when the pandemic began.

2 February 2023 News

ICS publishes annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table

• A 25% increase seen in International Labour Organization (ILO) reporting on seafarer wellbeing compared to last year. • Reporting on ILO labour standards is vital to improve seafarer welfare. • A record number of flag administrations achieve full qualification status under the US Qualship 21 programme.

30 January 2023 Press Release

Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table 2022/2023

The purpose of this Flag State Performance Table is to encourage shipowners and operators to examine whether a flag State has sufficient substance before using it and to encourage shipowners and operators to put pressure on their flag Administrations to affect any improvements that might be necessary, especially in relation to safety of life at sea, the protection of the marine environment, and the provision of decent working and living conditions for seafarers.

January 2023 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Pankaj Khanna: Staying nimble amid growth and change

Since acquiring former tanker pool specialist Heidmar from TMS Group in November 2020, CEO Pankaj Khanna has grown the company’s commercial management business from six to nearly 60 vessels. He talks to ICS about what it takes to succeed and grow in an evolving shipping market.

23 January 2023 Article

Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Shipping, First Edition

The ICS Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Shipping has been developed to create awareness and inspire change in the strategies, policies and practices that will enable the maritime industry to meet the needs of the diverse seafarer community. It provides descriptions and definitions; provides ways to assess the current needs of diverse communities and identify gaps in services, policies and practice; and makes suggestions on how to fill these gaps.

January 2023 Guidelines | £140

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ICS membership comprises national shipowners' associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage.


COMING SOON: International Medical Guide for Seafarers and Fishers, First Edition

When confronted with a medical emergency far from land, the medical officer relies on the on board medical guide for support. The ICS International Medical Guide for Seafarers and Fishers has been written and reviewed by an international group of maritime medical practitioners and experts with many years' experience of working with seafarers and fishers and who understand what crew members need to know and when they need to know it. It is recommended that a copy of the guide is kept on board all ships and also in onshore safety departments, medical assistance centres and training institutions who support seafarers and fishers.

January 2023 Guidelines | £225