The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) representing national shipowners’ associations from the Americas, Asia and Europe met in London last week.
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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose member national shipowners’ associations negotiated the text of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), has issued advice to shipowners to help them pre-empt port state control problems when the Convention enters in force, next month, on 20 August.
The purpose of this initial informal submission is to present the view of the liner shipping industry with respect to the need for continuation of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER), with the aim of assisting the Commission as it continues its review of the Consortia BER. WSC, ECSA, and ICS respectfully urge the Commission to continue the current successful policy authorized by Article 103 of the Treaty and by Council Regulation (EC) No 246/2009 by extending the Consortia BER for at least another five years.
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.
Maritime Lawyers Join Forces with Shipowners to Promote Ratification of International Maritime Conventions
The Comité Maritime International (CMI) – the international association for maritime lawyers – has joined forces with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) – which represent the operators of over 80% of the world merchant fleet – to promote those key international maritime Conventions which they believe are vital for governments to ratify and implement as soon as possible.
Responsibilities of Governments and Measures to Encourage Flag State Compliance – Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table, 2012
Submission by ICS and ISF, Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation, 21sh Session, Agenda Item 3, January 2013.
ISF Calls on Governments to Facilitate Shore Leave by Proposing New Pragmatic Approach to Visa Requirements
The International Shipping Federation (ISF), which represents maritime employers globally, is calling on port states to facilitate the right of seafarers to shore leave, in line with governments’ international treaty obligations, by proposing a new pragmatic approach to visa requirements.
General Review of the Convention, Including Harmonization with Other International Instruments – Visa Issues – Comments and Proposed Amendment
Submission by Liberia, Philippines, CLIA, ICS and ISF, Facilitation Committee, 38th Session , Agenda item 4, February 2013.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched its latest ‘Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table’
Proposed Amendment to the STCW Code Colour Vision Requirements – Comments on the Proposed Amendments to the STCW Code – Colour Vision Requirements
Submission by ISF, STW Sub-Committee, 44th Session, Agenda Item 18, March 2013.