International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) was established in 1921 and gained its current title in 1948.

The International Chamber of Shipping’s (ICS) members are composed of national shipowners’ associations and shipping companies who together represent half the world’s merchant fleet.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) represents the collective views of the international merchant ship operators from different nations, sectors and trades, and is heavily involved in a wide variety of areas including technical, legal and operational matters affecting merchant shipping.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has consultative status with a number of intergovernmental bodies including the IMO, the World Customs Organization, the International Telecommunications Union and UNCTAD.

The London based The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) shares a secretariat with The International Shipping Federation, the only international employers’ organization dedicated to maritime manpower issues. The International Shipping Federation (ISF) is financed wholly by annual subscriptions paid by its members and calculated on the basis of the size of the fleet they represent.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) provides a forum for national shipowners’ and managers’ associations worldwide in the field of human resources, training and welfare as well as the traditional employers’ issues.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) share an informative website at www.ics-shipping.org that also contains a list of the member orzanisations which make up the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) such as the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, The Cyprus Shipping Council, The Japanese Shipowners’ Association and the UK Chamber of Shipping.