The New Zealand Shipping Federation (NZSF), key representative body for New Zealand’s coastal operators, has become a full member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
Launched in 1906, the NZSF works with decision-makers to achieve policies that benefit all New Zealanders, including safe, secure and clean shipping.
The ICS already enjoys a strong and collaborative relationship with the NZSF, through the Federation’s affiliate membership to ICS. Since 2021, this affiliate membership has allowed the NZSF to participate at ICS sub-committees and panels and observe at the ICS Board.
The move from affiliate to full membership will enhance collaboration between the ICS and NZSF who can now participate at all committees and be able to participate at the ICS Board. This will increase the geographical spread of the ICS Board members which will help to ensure a balanced view of the international shipping landscape, so that the ICS can shape the future of shipping as the industry works together to find solutions to collective issues including piracy, seafarer welfare and training, digitisation, and decarbonisation.
Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping said: “The ICS already enjoys a close relationship with the New Zealand Shipping Federation through its affiliate membership so I am delighted that we will be working even more closely through this move to full membership.
“We are creating a truly global community that helps us to further understand the challenges facing the shipping industry, from decarbonisation to digitalisation, seafarer welfare and recruitment and more, so that we can work together to find solutions for all.”
John Harbord (pictured), Executive Director, New Zealand Shipping Federation said: “The International Chamber of Shipping is at the forefront of advocacy on issues impacting our industry. It’s important that we are at the table, working on solutions before they hit us in distant New Zealand, and we are delighted to once again be part of the ICS team. “
ICS membership now comprises national shipowners’ associations from more than 40 countries and territories.