ICS Marks IMO World Maritime Day

To mark the occasion of IMO World Maritime Day on 25 September, and its theme this year of ‘IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation’, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has produced a special brochure, which is being circulated throughout the industry by its member national shipowners’ associations.
(The brochure can be seen at http://bit.ly/Zc5V9w )

The ICS brochure highlights the vital importance of global rules for a global industry, and the need for governments to ratify and implement IMO

Conventions and regulations, which have contributed so much to the significant improvement of the shipping’s safety record and environmental performance.
The alternative of having a patchwork of differing national or regional maritime rules would mean chaos and market distortion, says ICS.

The ICS brochure also comments on flag state enforcement and Port State Control, and welcomes the decision by the IMO Assembly in 2013 to make the IMO Member State Audit Scheme mandatory, accompanied by the adoption of a new IMO Instrument Implementation Code.

ICS also highlights the continuing publication of its own Flag State Performance Table and makes no apology for continuing to subject flag states to scrutiny in the same way that ships and company procedures are rightly subject to inspection by governments.

The ICS World Maritime Day brochure and its Flag State Performance Table can both be downloaded from the ICS website.

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“Global Shipping’s Emissions 20% Lower”, ICS Explains to United Nations Climate Summit

New York – The total Green House Gas emissions from global maritime transport are estimated to have been over 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global shipping industry’s trade association.

The global shipping industry, which transports by sea around 90% of all world trade, is thought to have produced only about 2.2% of the world’s total GHG emissions during 2012 compared to 2.8% in 2007.

The estimates are contained in the latest comprehensive study of the shipping industry’s Green House Gas emissions prepared by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which will be considered by its Marine Environment Protection Committee next month. The IMO is the shipping industry’s global regulator.

Speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York today, convened by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, to give impetus to the negotiations on a new global climate change agreement, ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe remarked: “The latest IMO study, which uses satellite tracking, suggests there’s been a significant reduction in absolute CO2 emissions from ships due to the introduction of operational efficiency measures across the whole fleet. This includes operating at slower speeds, combined with more fuel efficient designs on board the large number of new build vessels that have recently entered the market.”

He added “The reduction in CO2 per tonne of cargo carried per kilometre by ships is even more impressive than the headline IMO figure for absolute GHG reduction because cargo moved by sea has continued to grow since 2009.”

The shipping industry is committed to delivering further CO2 emissions reductions, in partnership with its global regulator, IMO. Shipping is already the only industrial sector to have mandatory global regulations in place to reduce it CO2 emissions, which entered into force worldwide in 2013.

Nevertheless, according to Mr Hinchliffe: “The shipping industry fully recognises that governments expect even greater CO2 efficiency improvements in the future. Given the very high cost of fuel which is soon set to increase by around 50% due to separate new rules on sulphur the industry already has every incentive to deliver this.”

Additional information about shipping and CO2 emissions reduction can be found at


Hill Dickinson LLP is delighted to announce that it has become a proud sponsor of London International Shipping Week 2015 when leaders from every sector of the global shipping industry will descend on London for five days of influential meetings, seminars and functions, culminating in a high-level industry shipping conference and spectacular gala dinner.

Maria Pittordis, the partner who heads the marine, trade and energy business group, said: “The roots of maritime law can be traced as far back as 900 BC. So, as one of the country’s most historic shipping practices, it is only right for Hill Dickinson to support such a significant event in the modern industry’s calendar.”

Over 100 events are planned for London during the week with some UK regional events also being staged to highlight the strength and breadth of the UK’s maritime sector making LISW 2015 the ‘must attend’ event of the year. Hill Dickinson will also be offering workshops and seminars in the key areas of casualty and commodities, which are expected to attract leading industry figures. The firm has a long connection with the London shipping community and this is reflected in the stellar line up of headline organisers which includes Shipping Innovation – a joint venture between Elaborate Communications and Petrospot – in association with Maritime UK partners The Baltic Exchange, Maritime London, and the UK Chamber of Shipping, and with TheCityUK, the independent promotional body for UK financial and professional services.

Visitors to LISW2015 can now download the official LISW2015 app. For iPhone and iPad versions please go to the App store and type in ‘London International Shipping Week’. For Android versions go to Google Play and type in ‘LISW’ to download the event app.

Further information can be found on the dedicated event website: www.londoninternationalshippingweek.com


Videotel, the leader in maritime e-Learning, has launched a new edition of its Training, Mentoring and Assessment On Board programme which supports the IMO requirement for a standardisation of training and assessment for all member state countries as part of the revised and updated STCW – the ‘Manila Amendments’.

Training, Mentoring and Assessment On Board covers the full range of revised competencies now required for certification as Deck Officers, Engineer Officers and the qualifications required for ratings.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, explains: “Training is a vital element to progress within the industry. It is increasingly recognised that mentoring by experienced seafarers is an important part of training on board ship. Training, Mentoring and Assessment On Board highlights the main components of effective mentoring and demonstrates how to develop the skills to become a good mentor.”

The programme is primarily aimed at trainees considering a career at sea, in addition to serving officers and ratings wanting to develop their careers. It also provides important information for those both on shore and on board ship involved in the provision, monitoring and assessment of the training programme within a company.

A key element of the programme is the Training Record Book (TRB), which not only serves as a comprehensive checklist for the trainee as well as the Designated Shipboard Training Officer (DSTO), but most importantly serves as proof of achievement for the respective national administration that eventually issues the certifications.

Training, Mentoring and Assessment On Board is available through Videotel On Demand (VOD), VOD Online, DVD and e-Learning CBT – all with accompanying workbook.

Videotel, the market-leading provider of training films, computer-based training and e-Learning, is part of KVH Industries, Inc., a premier manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television, and voice services via satellite to mobile users at sea, on land, and in the air. KVH is also a global news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail and leisure.

Elaborate Expands Its Crew To Handle Growing Workload

Elaborate Communications is delighted to welcome new members to our crew:

Lisa Jacobs joins our PR team as an Account Executive, bringing with her years of experience in the consumer PR industry where she worked with some leading household names.

Graphic Designer Sean Giles boosts our busy design department, while experienced sales expert Maxine Robertson joins the sales team, working principally on The Ship Supplier.

Managing Director Sean Moloney said: “We are delighted to have such experienced professionals join our team at a time when the business is growing at a rapid rate.”

In fact, such is the pace of Elaborate’s growth that we are still keen to hear from PR professionals with a proven industry track record and from dynamic, motivated sales staff. If you think you fit the bill contact: smoloney@elabor8.co.uk


Delegates attending this year’s International Shipping Conference, organised yesterday in London by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), were also able to continue their high-level debates and discussions over drinks and canapés during a post-conference reception, sponsored by Bibby Ship Management.

Guests included key maritime leaders such as International Maritime Organisation Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu, and ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka. Guests mingled with speakers and ship owners to further consider a number of key issues of relevance to international sea trade, including environmental regulation, and the implementation and enforcement of maritime rules.

Sir Michael Bibby of Bibby Line Group said: “Bibby Ship Management is a keen supporter of the International Chamber of Shipping so we were delighted to sponsor the drinks reception at the end of the International Shipping Conference. We had a strong turnout and positive discussions and everyone had a lovely evening.”