An annual review has been published by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), its latest review of maritime policy developments in advance of its annual general meeting and to coincide with the upcoming meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee.
Key issues covered in this year’s ICS annual review include the impact of the rescue at sea crisis in the Mediterranean on the shipping industry, the status of IMO environmental regulations on low sulphur fuel and ballast water management and the shipping industry’s efforts to deliver further CO2 emissions reductions.
PTI previously reported that the ICS had teamed up with The Standard Club to launch a ‘Spot the Hazard’ competition for seafarers.
The ICS annual review also provides updates on the wide-ranging scope of ICS’s activities as the principal global trade association for ship-owners and operators, including safety and operations, labour affairs, manning and training, maritime law, and shipping and trade policy.
Masamichi Morooka, Chairman of ICS, said: “In December 2015, the attention of the world will be focused on the critical United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
“ICS will be representing the industry in order [to] explain the impressive performance of international shipping, which reduced its total CO2 emissions by more than 10% between 2007 and 2012.”
The 2015 ICS AGM is being hosted by the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners in Rotterdam from 9-11 June.