Foreign ship owners encourage China to resolve VAT problems

The Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Mr Masamichi Morooka,  has written to the Chinese Minister of Finance, encouraging the Chinese Government to continue its efforts to find a solution to the problems created by the application of Value Added Tax (VAT), since 1st August, to the transport and logistics services provided by […]

Big hitters out in force for ICS Conference

Shipping industry ‘big hitters’ will be out in force for this year’s ICS Shipping Conference, being held by the International Chamber of Shipping at the British Library, London, on Wednesday 11th September 11. Proceedings will be overseen by ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka and this year’s ICS event is being held in conjunction with the inaugural […]

ICS circulates MAIB report following sinking

 The sinking of a general cargo ship in the Irish Sea in 2011 has prompted the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to circulate a flyer to industry with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s findings. It was in November 2011, that six Russian seafarers including the master of the Swanland were lost when the vessel foundered […]

ICS meets with ministers to discuss Arctic shipping

At a Summit in Oslo yesterday (Wednesday), Board Members of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) met with ministers from major shipping nations and the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to discuss Arctic shipping. The Oslo 2013 Maritime Summit, coordinated by the Norwegian Government and attended by ministers and senior officials from […]

Shipping faces half trillion dollar environment costs, ICS Chairman tells Nor-Shipping

Speaking to delegates at the opening of the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo on Tuesday, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Masamichi Morooka said that impending new legislation to protect the environment potentially presented an additional industry-wide cost of more than half a trillion US dollars between 2015 and 2025 – around $50 billion […]

ICS launches annual review of shipping developments

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest Annual Review of maritime policy and regulatory developments, in advance of its Annual General Meeting, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in Oslo from 5th to 7th June. The 2013 Annual Review, which covers the wide-ranging scope of ICS’s activities as the […]

Ship owners and unions’ concern over casualty reporting failures

Ship owners and seafarers’ unions have joined forces to express concern at flag states’ failure to submit maritime casualty reports as required under international Conventions. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents 80% of the world merchant fleet, and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which represents seafarers’ unions worldwide, have made a joint […]

ICS urges EU governments to issue passenger ship insurance certificates by year end

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is calling upon EU maritime administrations to ensure they are ready to issue passenger ships with the required insurance certificates in order that ships can comply with the EU Passenger Liability Regulation (PLR). If the necessary certificates are not issued as required, by 31st December, then cruise ships and […]