Speaking at a high level Dialogue on Protection at Sea, hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called on governments to address the growing refugee and migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.
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In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea,
A fully updated edition of the definitive industry guidance on the safe operation of chemical tankers has just been published by the shipping industry’s global trade association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
HTW 2/10/[X] – Review of STCW Passenger Ship Specific Safety Training – Comments on the Report of the Correspondence Group
Submitted by ICS, CLIA and INTERFERRY, Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping, 2nd Session, Agenda Item 10, December 2014.
PPR 2/5/3 – Guidelines for Port State Control under the 2004 BWM Convention, Including Guidance on Ballast Water Sampling and Analysis
Submitted by Croatia, Denmark, Singapore, ICS and INTERFERRY, Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response, 2nd Session , Agenda Item 5, November 2014.
SSE 2/16/X – Any Other Business – Requirements for periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear
Submitted by Liberia, Panama, BIMCO, CLIA, ICS, IFSMA, IMCA, IPTA, INTERTANKO, Intercargo, Interferry, ITF and the NI, Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment, 2nd Session, Agenda Item 16, December 2014.
Rescue of Migrants at Sea is a Legal and Humanitarian Obligation, Says Shipowners’ Global Trade Association
The rescue of all persons in distress at sea – including illegal migrants – is an obligation under international maritime law, as well as being a long established humanitarian duty, says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). ICS is the global trade association for commercial ship operators, whose ships are currently involved on a daily basis in the rescue of refugees at sea in the Mediterranean.
The Round Table of international shipping industry associations has released an updated version of ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region’. The Guidelines have been jointly developed by BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO.
This brochure sets out ICS support for the IMO’s selected theme for World Maritime Day 2014 - "IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation". Produced to coincide with the event, the brochure outlines the role that ICS plays in the effective implementation of IMO regulations. This includes the ICS’s contribution to the development of IMO instruments, the ICS/CMI ratification campaign, ICS liaison with Port State Control MoUs and the ICS Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table.
From July 2014, all ships are required by new IMO regulations (SOLAS Regulation III/I7-1) to have ship-specific plans and procedures for the recovery of persons from the water. These ICS Guidelines have been developed to assist companies when preparing to comply with the new regulations and should be used together with the IMO Guidelines for the Development of Plans and Procedures for the Recovery of Persons from the Water (MSC.1/Circ.1447), the Guide to Recovery Techniques (MSC.1/Circ.1182) and the Guide for Cold Water Survival (MSC.1/Circ.1185/Rev.1).