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An ICS certification to shipping jobs

ICS certificate helps in getting better opportunities in shipping profession A qualification from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) exposes people to new world of commercial shipping, said Capt J.P. Menezes, former President of the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).Speaking at the inauguration of ICS training programme for 2011-12 at KCCI here on Friday, he said that the ICS certificate helps in getting better opportunities in shipping profession. Apart from India, this also opens job opportunities overseas.In the ICS examinations conducted in April 2010, the Mangalore centre recorded a pass percentage of 54 per cent. He said this is one of the good results in ICS examination. All students appearing for exams should appear for four subjects - introduction to shipping, shipping business, economics of sea transport and international trade, and legal principles of shipping business - during the first year, he said.Ms Lata Kini, President of KCCI, said that it was in April 2009 Capt Menezes proposed the idea of setting up a centre for ICS examination in Mangalore. Regular classes for students started on June 1, 2006.She said that Mangalore is among the 80 examination centres worldwide. In order to retain the facility, a minimum entry ...

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Shippers call for Asia Pacific Liner Conference Ban

ICS says consortiums are needed to deal with trade imbalances Shipper representatives called on Asia Pacific regulators to follow Europe's lead in banning liner conferences."The remaining immunities from antitrust rules hurt Europe's competitors as much as they hurt us," Nicolette van der Jagt, secretary general of the European Shippers' Council, told JOC."Shipping is international by nature, and international trade relies on it being able to flourish and respond directly to the needs of trade, not to own or collective ambitions."The plea came after the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) urged New Zealand's Productivity Commission to maintain its exemption of liner practices such as conferences and consortia agreements from the competition provisions of the New Zealand Commerce Act. The Commission is conducting an inquiry into the performance of international freight transport sector in New Zealand."ESC believes that in the European post-conference environment it is imperative that we protect the advances made in Europe by supporting shippers elsewhere in the world to remove similar block exemptions for shipping lines," van der Jagt said.John Lu, Chairman of the Asian Shippers' Council, said cooperation between lines was anathema to free trade. "They act like he cartels and they drive up the cost of transport," ...

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ICS surges New Zealand to retain anti trust immunity for liner trades

New Zealand should be consistent with the APEC Guidelines The International Chamber of Shipping has urged the New Zealand Government to consider the benefit of current practices in other parts of the world when it considers making changes to its maritime competition regime.In a paper submitted to the New Zealand Productivity Commission, ICS comments:"We believe that New Zealand should take full account of the recognition given by other competition authorities to the benefits of current practices, such as liner conferences and consortia, in terms of efficiency of world trade, and the implications for national economies and the interests of consumers. We respectfully suggest that this is especially important for nations such as New Zealand that have such a very high dependency on the availability of reliable maritime services in order to maintain their position as major trading economies."ICS highlights current practices in Australia, the United States, China and other Far Eastern countries, pointing out that "whatever might be decided for reasons of national competition policy, ship operators trading to and from New Zealand are part of a global shipping market, and that the various maritime competition rules that apply in the Asia Pacific are currently broadly in alignment."We suggest that ...

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ICS Releases Guidance on Arms and Guards on Board Vessels

ICS welcomes further information from Flag States to update The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS in association with the European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA), has compiled a useful reference document collating the policy and rules of Flag States on the carriage of arms and private armed guards on board vessels.The document, providing tabulated information on Flag States rules, has been added to the ICS website and is proving to be a popular reference tool for shipowners and other interested parties within the shipping community.Kiran Khosla, ICS Director of Legal Affairs and secretary of the ICS maritime law and insurance committees, says:When the information is compiled together like this it is interesting to see the similarities and variations in approach throughout the international community. Piracy remains a major cause for concern among shipowners and the wider shipping industry and we are not surprised that members are keen to ensure they are up to speed with the latest recommendations and advice. The consensus view among ICS national shipowner associations remains that private armed guards are a clear second best to military personnel. However, in view of the current crisis, ICS has had to acknowledge that the decision to engage armed guards, whether ...

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ICS supports the role of IMO on CO2 emission reduction

It is clearly in the interest of shipping to minimise its CO2 output The shipping industry remains firmly behind the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as the architect of change when it comes to regulating shipping's CO2 emissions,according to Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).While it is clearly in the interest of shipping to minimise its CO2 output by reducing fuel consumption, recently agreed amendments to Annex VI of IMO's MARPOL Convention which - on a global basis - will make the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) mandatory for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) mandatory for existing vessels, were 'absolutely' what had been hoped for by ICS.Addressing delegates attending a special Guest Lecture at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Mr Hinchliffe said: "The EEDI is a non-prescriptive requirement, as the decision over which technologies to use within a specific ship design are left to the industry. So long as the required energy-efficiency level is achieved, naval architects and ship builders may employ whichever solutions they deem fit. The new regulations are also being presented as a vehicle for technical cooperation and the transfer of ...

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International Chamber of Shipping to call on governments to support CO2 emissions reduction measures

Every vote counts Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents all sectors and trades and over 80% of world merchant tonnage, is calling on governments to support a crucial vote, next week, at the London-based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), to help shipping deliver meaningful CO2 emissions reductions on a global basis. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 ICS member national shipowners associations are lobbying their governments hard to ensure that they support the adoption of global rules on technical and operational measures, which ICS believes will deliver at least a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020, per tonne-km of trade carried by sea.Every vote will count. explained ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe.We appreciate that some developing countries - in our view mistakenly - are concerned that a positive IMO decision on technical measures, that will apply to all ships equally, regardless of flag, might somehow prejudice their positions at the high level UN Climate Change negotiations. But any failure to agree at IMO will make discussions on the reduction of shippings emissions far more difficult. As well as being bad for the environment, a no vote will threaten the level playing ...

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The decision of IMO for container weights has been welcomed by shipowners

It will significantly improve the safety of containerships and their crews The decision by the International Maritime Organization to consider the problem of misdeclared container weights has been warmly welcomed by shipowners, although no agreement has been reached about whether to move towards a mandatory regime.The World Shipping Council and International Chamber of Shipping have been waging a long campaign to ensure shippers provide accurate information about the weight and contents of containers, both of which pose a danger if incorrect.The decision of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee to solve the problem of misdeclared container weights will significantly improve the safety of containerships, their crews, shoreside personnel involved in the handling and transport of containers, and other cargo aboard the ship, the WSC and ICS said in a joint statement.

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ICS says EU emissions trading system should be strongly opposed

Shipowners' body explains position on greenhouse gas market based measures In a statement expanding on its recent announcement that it prefers a levy to a global emissions trading system, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says that is strongly opposed to the application of any regional GHG scheme to international shipping.It says it believes that CO2 emissions from international shipping cannot be reduced effectively and meaningfully through the incorporation of shipping into any regional financial instrument. It singles out the EU emission trading system saying: "In particular, the incorporation of international shipping in the EU ETS is most definitely not suitable for the Shipping Industry and is to be strongly opposed."ICS says that the future efficiency of the world's fleet can best be ensured, in the first instance, by the adoption of legislation at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on technical and operational measures for the reduction of CO2 emissions from international shipping.This legislation should, ICS says, include: an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for application to new specified ship types; a review clause such that the application of the EEDI to future new ships can be tested against efficiency expectations and for any unforeseen impact prior to each ...

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ICS supports a levy-based system rather an emissions trading scheme

It would be simpler to manage and more transparent The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), meeting in Hamburg last week, has decided that if market based measures to reduce CO2 emissions are developed by governments then the international industry has a definite preference for a mechanism that is levy/compensation fund-based rather than an emissions trading scheme.The meeting agreed that a levy-based system is the one that most shipping companies can live with in order to ensure a level playing field and the avoidance of serious market distortion. ICS has concluded that a levy-based system will be simpler to manage and more transparent.ICS Chairman, Spyros Polemis, said: The shipping industry has an instinctive dislike of unnecessary complication which will be the result of a system based on emissions trading.He added: Governments are looking for leadership from the shipping industry about the market based measures we prefer to help reduce CO2, and to raise money for any environmental compensation fund that might be developed by governments. The meeting of our member national associations agreed on an MBM which is levy-based. Such a system should be developed by IMO.An ICS statement emphasised the importance of ensuring that IMOs package of technical and operational ...

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