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Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Canadian Legislation Concerns ICS

The Canadian Senate is giving consideration to legislation that would have the effect of establishing a moratorium on the shipment of crude oil in the waters of Northern British Columbia (Bill C-48: An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast).“Such a dramatic step could lead to serious concerns being raised by Canada’s international trading partners” said ICS Deputy Secretary General, Simon Bennett.

Guy Platten. Photo: Official Twitter Page of ICS

Guy Platten New Secretary-General of ICS

The Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced the appointment of Guy Platten to the role of Secretary General, after almost five years in the UK Chamber of Shipping. "Following an extensive and rigorous selection procedure, the Board of ICS is delighted to announce the appointment of Guy Platten to the role of Secretary General," said a press release. Esben Poulsson, ICS Chairman said: “This proved a difficult decision for us, as we interviewed several strong candidates. However, the decision to appoint Guy was taken unanimously by the Board.

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ICS Pleased with IMO's Enviromental Progress

Commenting on the outcome of last week’s meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents the world’s national shipowners’ associations – says it is pleased with the progress made by IMO Member States on a number of critical environmental regulatory issues that will have a profound impact on the future structure of the global shipping industry. ICS says that IMO…

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ICS to Tell UN: Shipping Committed to Green Growth

The United Nations Ocean Conference (June 5-9), organized by the UN General Assembly, opens today in New York. On Tuesday, June 6, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will explain that the global shipping industry is fully committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goal for the protection of the Ocean. ICS says that the decision by President Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change will have no impact on the shipping industry’s strong commitment to reducing its CO2 emissions.

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ISF Watchkeeper Upgraded

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and IT Energy have announced the launch of the latest release of their acclaimed ISF Watchkeeper software – ISF Watchkeeper 3.5 – developed for maintaining records of individual seafarers’ work hour records, as required by IMO and ILO regulations, and to help prevent crew fatigue and to avoid issues with Port State Control. This major upgrade, which is available free of charge to existing ISF Watchkeeper users on over 8, 000 ships worldwide, has been designed to reflect the evolving needs of those at sea and managers ashore.

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Major Upgrade to ISF Watchkeeper

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and IT Energy have launched the latest release of the ISF Watchkeeper software – ISF Watchkeeper 3.5 – developed for maintaining records of individual seafarers’ work hour records, as required by IMO and ILO regulations, and to help prevent crew fatigue and to avoid issues with Port State Control. This major upgrade, which is available free of charge to existing ISF Watchkeeper users on more than 8,000 ships worldwide, has been designed to reflect the evolving needs of those at sea and managers ashore.

Asian Ship Owners Meet in Japan

Held in Fukuoka, Japan, on March 19, 2017, the 29th Interim Meeting of the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) Shipping Economics Review Committee (SERC)was attended by 21 delegates from ASA member associations of ASEAN, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. The U.S. economy is expected to pick up slightly this year, considering that manufacturing and investment will gain traction after a weak 2016. On the other hand, there is concern about how future economic policy and other policy initiatives under the Trump administration might affect not only the U.S.

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ICS Published Flag State Performance Table

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest Flag State Performance Table providing an annual overview of the performance of the world’s flag states against a number of criteria such as port state control records, ratification of international maritime Conventions and attendance at IMO meetings. The table, which is available for free from the ICS website, is mainly intended to encourage ship owners and operators to maintain an open dialogue with their flag administrations with respect to any improvements that might be necessary, ICS said.

ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett (Photo: ICS)

ICS: IMO Needs to Agree to CO2 Commitments by 2018

At the UNFCCC Climate Conference (COP 22), in Marrakesh, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said that the recent International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement on a CO2 Road Map for shipping is a significant decision giving further impetus to the substantial CO2 reductions that are already being delivered by the global industry. At an official UNFCCC side event organised by IMO today, ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett, said, “We are very optimistic that initial CO2 reduction objectives can now be developed by IMO for the sector by 2018.

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Global Experts Gather for Ship Recycling Seminar

Around 300 people gathered in Tokyo on May 12 to attend a ship recycling seminar held by leading classification society ClassNK. In addition to ClassNK representatives, top industry experts from Asia and Europe discussed the current challenges of ship recycling and what the industry can do to support safe and environmentally sound recycling practices. Koichi Kato, Deputy Director-General for Engineering Affairs, Maritime Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), opened the seminar with a keynote address.

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ICS is Shipowners' Rep at UN Meets

At the United Nations in New York, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing the interests of shipowners at the opening session of a UN Preparatory Committee starting work on a new legal instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The establishment of the new UN Preparatory Committee, under the auspices of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, follows the decision of the United Nations General Assembly, in 2015…

ICS Publishes Flag State Performance Table

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table for 2015/2016, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. The ICS Table provides an annual overview of the performance of the world’s ship registers against a number of criteria, using data available in the public domain. ICS is keen to draw attention to the impressive number of positive indicators that are now being achieved by those flag states which are used by the vast majority of ship operators.

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ICS Highlights Ocean Governance Issues at UN

In New York today, April 7, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) represented global shipowners at a United Nations meeting, having been invited to speak as a panellist as part of the UN Inter Consultative Process on the Law of Sea. The opportunity was taken by ICS to highlight the extent to which shipping is very effectively regulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in order to deliver the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

General Manager - Sustainable Development of Swire Pacific Offshore, Simon Bennett (right) receiving the award from  CEO of Global Initiatives, SD Forum organiser, Tony Gourlay.

Swire Pacific Wins Sustainable Business Award

Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) was presented the Sustainable Business Award (SBA) for Business Responsibility and Ethics at the inaugural Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development held in Singapore on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. “SPO is honoured to receive the award from the respected and expert panel of judges. The Company will continue to deepen the integration of sustainability as an essential part of how we manage and operate our business. Moving forward, we will increase our communication of how sustainability adds value to SPO and its communities to all our stakeholders”…

Altus Logistics installs extensive solar panel system at its warehouse to reduce carbon footprint and electrical consumption

Altus Logistics Installs Solar Panels System at its Warehouse

Altus Logistics, a subsidiary company of Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), has successfully installed its first-ever solar panel system at its warehouse in Loyang, Singapore. This significant installation is designed to generate 152,517kWh of electricity each year which is equivalent to powering 18 average three-bedroom apartments for one entire year. It will also bring about an estimated annual savings of USD$39,000 on electrical bills for Altus Logistics and the monthly electrical bill is anticipated to be reduced by 45.1%.

MV Argo Merchant was a Liberian-flagged oil tanker that ran aground and sank southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1976, causing one of the largest marine oil spills in history. U.S. Coast Guard Archives

Disasters at Sea & Their Impact on Shipping Regulation

The history of marine safety is soaked in water and written in blood. “I think that most people will tell you that changes in marine safety are almost exclusively disaster-driven,” agrees Dr. Josh Smith, a professor at Kings Point and interim director of the American Merchant Marine Museum. It hasn’t always been that way. Actually, it’s been worse. Despite some efforts early on to exert some control over shipping practices, going to sea has been accepted as a risky undertaking as long as man has floated vessels.

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ICS Calls for CO2 Emissions Reporting System

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which starts on March 31, will seek to make progress on the development of a global system of monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from ships. This is supported by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which has made a detailed submission on the issue to the MEPC meeting on behalf of its member national shipowners’ associations. In Ålesund, Norway, at a seminar organized by ICS for senior officials of maritime administrations…

ICS Pushes CO2 Compensation Fund

ICS Says CO2 Compensation Fund Could Help Sea Ports Adapt To Climate Change. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose member national shipowners' associations represent more than 80% of the world merchant fleet, has participated at a special UNCTAD (United Nations Committee on Trade and Development) meeting in Geneva (29/30 September) to explore how the world's sea ports should prepare for adaptation to the threat of dangerous climate change. Speaking at the UNCTAD meeting…

ICS: Flag States Must Enforce Rules

A balance has to be struck between the commercial advantages of shipowners' selecting a particular flag state and the need to discourage the use of flags that do not meet their international obligations, warns the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Speaking at the 14th Russian Register Seminar on Quality Shipping in St Petersburg, Simon Bennett, ICS Director of External Relations, said: "Shipping is one of the safest and most environmentally friendly modes of transport,…

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ICS Publishes Performance Table Following Onset of MLC

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) launched its latest Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table (which can be downloaded from the ICS website – www.ics-shipping.org). Following the entry into force of the ILO Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) in August 2013, the latest ICS table now requires flag states to have ratified the ILO MLC in order to receive a positive indicator. “The level of ratification of this important new ILO Convention as of the end of December is impressive,” said Mr. Bennett.

ICS: Resume Old OECD Shipbuilding Talks

At the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris today (Thursday 21 June) the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will call on governments to resume negotiations on a new global agreement to eliminate market distorting measures from shipbuilding. <br /> Speaking to governments attending an important OECD Working Party, ICS, on behalf of the world&rsquo;s national shipowners&rsquo; associations (which collectively represent more than 80% of the world merchant fleet) will explain that it was a source of great disappointment that the OECD had…

ICS Comments on EU’s Maritime Antitrust Guidelines

The European Commission has been conducting a review of its sector-specific Maritime Antitrust Guidelines, that were issued when the EU abolished liner conferences in 2008, and which the Commission suggests are no longer required. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is pleased to respond to the Consultation on the Future of the Maritime Antitrust Guidelines as addressed in the Staff Working Document issued on 4 May. ICS is the principal international trade association for shipowners…

China Navigation & Swire Offshore Join World Ocean Council

Leading Asian shipping companies China Navigation & Swire Pacific Offshore expand the global industry alliance on ocean sustainability. The China Navigation Co. Pte. Ltd (CNCo) and Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO), major international shipping companies based in the Asia-Pacific region, join leading companies from a range of industries as members of the World Ocean Council (WOC) - the international business leadership alliance on Corporate Ocean Responsibility. "Much of world trade depends on maritime transport to and from Asia.

ICS Sets out Future For Arctic Shipping

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents over 80% of the world merchant fleet, has issued a new position paper on Arctic shipping. As the Arctic becomes more accessible, ICS has set out some key principles with regard to the future governance of Arctic waters. Offshore support vessel activity is already significant, while destination shipping is anticipated to grow as the extraction of energy and raw materials is developed. Use of the Northern Sea Route is also a reality for a small but increasing number of ships in the summer months.

Arctic Shipping Future: ICS Sets Out Its Position

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing + 80% of the world merchant fleet, issues a new position paper on Arctic shipping. As the Arctic becomes more accessible, ICS has set out some key principles with regard to the future governance of Arctic waters. Offshore support vessel activity is already significant, while destination shipping is anticipated to grow as the extraction of energy and raw materials is developed. Use of the Northern Sea Route is also a reality for a small but increasing number of ships in the summer months.

ICS Updates Flag State Performance Table

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched its latest ‘Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table’ which can be downloaded from the homepage of the ICS website. This year’s ICS table includes some new flag states which seem to be increasingly popular with some shipowners, such as Moldova and Sierra Leone, which join the ranks of flags such as Bolivia, Cambodia and Mongolia in being revealed by the table to have a somewhat patchy performance. ICS stresses that the table includes what should be regarded only as potential positive indicators.