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Shipping Industry Guidance on Pilot Transfer Arrangements, Second Edition

This version was withdrawn in January 2022 and replaced by version three. This brochure, published by the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) and ICS/ISF, aims to remind shipping companies and seafarers of the vital need to ensure that ladders used for pilot transfers are always rigged correctly. The brochure is also supported by the International Group of P&I Clubs, BIMCO, CLIA, Intercargo, IPTA, Intertanko, OCIMF, SIGTTO, ITF, IFSMA and the Nautical Institute.

August 2013 Archive | Free

Promoting Maritime Treaty Ratification

For many years ICS and ISF have been conducting a global campaign to stress the vital necessity for governments to ratify and implement maritime Conventions adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other United Nations bodies that impact on shipping. The Comité Maritime International (CMI) has now joined forces with ICS and ISF to assist those countries where there has been limited ratification of the major Conventions.

April 2013 Archive | Free

Industry Recommendations for ECDIS Training

Being aware that the implementation of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) has given rise to confusion in regard to ECDIS training, an industry group, organised and coordinated by The Nautical Institute and comprising leading international shipping industry organisations, held a series of meetings in order to produce this guidance on issues of training and competency for ECDIS.

January 2012 Archive | Free

BMP 4 – Best Management Practices for Protection against Somali Based Piracy

BMP4 was withdrawn in June 2018 and replaced by BMP5: Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. BMP4, which was developed by ICS and other shipping industry organisations, in cooperation with military navies, provided Best Management Practices (BMPs) to help companies and ships avoid becoming victims of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, off the Coast of Somalia and in the Western Indian Ocean. It offered specific, practical advice for companies in order to avoid, deter, or delay pirate attacks, and it was strongly supported by a broad coalition of industry and intergovernmental organisations.

August 2011 Archive | Free

‘Manila Amendments’ to the STCW Convention: A Quick Guide for Seafarers

The competence of seafarers is the most critical factor in the safe and efficient operation of ships, and has a direct impact on the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. This short brochure summarises what seafarers can expect from the updated Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention), which entered into force on 1 January 2012.

June 2011 Archive | Free

Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations, Fourth Edition

This fourth edition was removed from sale in March 2021 and replaced by the Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations, Fifth Edition. The fourth edition of the Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations reflects current best practice in the international shipping and aviation industries, and supersedes the third edition. The Guide has been fully updated with extensive guidance regarding the role and responsibilities of both the ship and helicopter, using expert advice from the aviation industry.

August 2008 Archive

Maritime Security

To assist companies to effectively implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and to avoid disruption to their operations due to potential non-compliance, ICS developed, in a single guide, indispensable and definitive guidance on the ISPS Code. This book was withdrawn and incorporated into Maritime Security: A Guide for Seafarers, Companies and Administrations (First Edition) in 2021.

January 2003 Archive | £40

Model Ship Security Plan

The Model Ship Security Plan was a guide designed to assist shipping companies in preparing their Ship Security Plans (SSP), in line with the provisions of the ISPS Code. It was withdrawn and incorporated into the Maritime Security: A Guide for Seafarers, Companies and Administrations (First Edition) in 2021.

January 2003 Archive | £90