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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.

29 October 2014 Press Release

IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation – IMO World Maritime Day 2014

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.

September 2014 Reports, Positions and Papers | Free

Recovery of Persons from the Water: Guidelines for the Development of Plans and Procedures

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).

August 2014 Guidelines | Free

Global Shipping Bodies Issue Ebola Virus Advice

JOINT PRESS RELEASE Three global shipping organisations today issued guidance to their members on the risks posed to ships’ crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus.

4 August 2014 Press Release

ICS Produces Guidelines on Plans for Recovery of Persons from the Water

Guidelines to help shipowners comply with a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation requiring ship-specific plans and procedures for the recovery of persons from the water, have been launched today by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners.

30 June 2014 Press Release