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In the current climate, ICS is working hard to support our members and the wider shipping community to provide guidance, recommendations and information for shipowners, seafarers and governments.

To help protect the health of seafarers and passengers as well as the general public, the International Chamber of Shipping ensures that best practice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available.

A growing number of guidance documents plus posters including translations into French, Arabic and Spanish are available for free download, plus best practices for completing the pre-transfer conference, as well interactive versions of the ship/shore safety checklist.

Read more on how we support members and find useful links below.

To support our members, seafarers, the wider shipping community and global trade, and to ensure best practice and help is available to all, ICS is:

  • Working with international organisations including the International Maritime Organization, the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organizations
  • Ensuring that best practice is available and responding to the emerging issues, bringing this to the attention of relevant international bodies and working with partners to identify solutions and make recommendations. To this end, ICS is holding twice weekly conference calls with our members around the world.
  • Bundling effort with  fellow industry bodies to target the support which ICS together with other industry bodies is able to give and the recommendations we together provide in the most effective way possible. ICS coordinates a weekly call with colleagues from fellow industry bodies.
  • Liaising with welfare organisations to ensure we are able to support our seafarers in this difficult time. This is an important group which also ensures that seafarers’ voices are heard by the international organisations. ICS is coordinating a weekly call with various welfare organisations.
  • Representing shipowners at the weekly COVID19 Strategy Group call with the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization and the World Health Organization, as well as other bodies such as the European Commission.
  • Coordinating action on a wide range of issues, including crew welfare, satellite access, cruise industry workers and liaising with port organisations and class societies to ensure the safe and environmentally sensitive operation of the global shipping sector. To this end, ICS is working with partners, such as the unions and other industry bodies.
All guidance documents can be found here.

Useful links


Watch and share the film about our #HeroesAtSea campaign, highlighting the #crewchangecrisis and the need for governments to take action.

Annual Review 2020

The 2020 Annual Review covers the impact of COVID-19 and the intensifying crew change crisis plus a broad cross-section of such as efforts to decarbonise shipping and the USD 5 billion industry fund to accelerate the R&D of zero-carbon technologies.