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Agreement Reached to Increase ILO Minimum Wage for the Able Seafarer

Maritime Employer representatives, coordinated by the International Shipping Federation (ISF), met with International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) counterparts this week at the International Labour Organization to review the ILO recommended minimum wage for the Able Seafarer. It was agreed that from 1 January 2015, the ILO minimum monthly basic wage for an AB is increased to US$592 and from 1 January 2016, the basic wage is increased to US$614.

28 February 2014 Press Release

ICS Chairman Praises IMO Efficiency at World Ocean Summit

ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka, addressed delegates at the World Ocean Summit organised by The Economist magazine in San Francisco yesterday (25 February), following a key note speech by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and a video presentation by HRH Prince Charles (of the United Kingdom).

27 February 2014 Press Release

Preliminary comments on proposed changes to the OECD model tax convention dealing with the operation of ships and aircraft in international traffic

In summary, the international shipping industry is broadly satisfied with the status quo with respect to the current text of the Convention, including Article 8. However, with respect to the current text of Article 15, opinions within the shipping industry appear to differ. ICS is cautious about commenting on proposed changes whose wider implications are difficult to fully understand, despite having been carefully studied by our members. ICS therefore suggests that the proposed changes to the OECD Model Convention need to be subjected to a far more comprehensive review.

25 February 2014 Submission

Shipping, World Trade and the Reduction of CO2 Emissions

The international shipping industry is firmly committed to playing its part in reducing emissions of CO2 and other Green House Gases. This brochure, produced by ICS to coincide with the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP 20), explains the issues involved and the progress being made by the industry and its global regulator - the IMO - to reduce ships’ CO2 emissions.

February 2014 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

“Maritime Maisie” Brings Sharp Focus to Shipowners’, Salvors’ and Insurers’ Campaign to Urge Governments to Adopt IMO Places of Refuge Guidelines

Shipowners, Salvors and Insurers – through their respective trade associations – have jointly called for the prompt and proper implementation of international measures to provide a Place of Refuge for stricken vessels, following a series of incidents where casualty vessels have been delayed in accessing a safe harbour.

13 February 2014 Press Release

ICS Board Prepares for Important IMO Meeting

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing national shipowners’ associations from 35 nations and over 80% of the world merchant fleet, recently met in London.

11 February 2014 Press Release

Prohibition of ocean carrier surcharges in Sri Lanka

CS believes this major policy change would involve inappropriate interference by the Government of Sri Lanka into commercial relationships between ocean carriers and their customers.

15 January 2014 Submission