Maintaining public health and trade flow: A critical COVID-19 conflict

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an unprecedented disruption to global maritime trade, and an even bigger crisis is down the road unless global coordinated action is taken. Amid a growing uncertainty, the great dilemma for governments seems to be protecting public health and maintaining trade transport at the same time.

ICS, IAPH urge G20 to support maritime sector

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) have joined forces to call on G20 leaders to act quickly to protect global supply chains from the impact of COVID-19.

ICS joins forces with global national associations to discuss about COVID-19

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) shared the view of its Secretary General, Guy Platten, concerning the challenging times that the shipping industry is experiencing. In light of the difficulties, on Thursday 19th March, ICS will be using their power to bring national associations from around the world together for the first of an ongoing set of meetings designed to identify swift and effective solutions. 

Round table discusses shipping’s challenges

The Chairpersons of the Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) gathered in Rome in February, aiming to discuss current issues the industry is facing, and coordinate efforts going into the new decade, which is considered to be one of the most important in shipping’s history.

IMO foresees a 77% fall in SOx emissions from ships

The Chairpersons of the Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) met in Rome in February to exchange their members’ experiences with the implementation of IMO’s 2020 global sulphur regulations.

ICS issues new guidance about seafarers’ protection amid coronavirus

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) published new guidance for the shipping industry to assist combat the spread of the Coronavirus, including among several measures, advice on managing Port Entry Restrictions, practical Protective Measures Against COVID-19 for Seafarers, including an Outbreak Management Plan.

Non-compliant fuel carriage ban enters into force

Following a relatively smooth implementation of the main part of the IMO 2020 regulation, the next level of the non-compliant fuel carriage ban has now entered into force. Starting from 1st March 2020, ships are banned from even carrying fuel that contains a sulphur content higher than 0.5%, unless there is a scrubber installed. 

ICS, WHO discuss about COVID-19 impact

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Secretary General, Guy Platten, will lead a delegation of industry leaders to meet with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the shipping sector and the industry is working closely with the WHO to ensure that guidelines for industry and governments help limit the spread of the virus, while maintaining international trade. 

BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO aim to identify potential fuel oil problems

The IMO 2020 global sulphur limit for marine fuel oil has now been in force for over one month. For this reason, BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO are calling on fleet- and vessel managers, as well as technical superintendents, to share their insight and experiences with the new IMO 2020 compliant fuels.


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