International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

Chambre internationale de la marine marchande

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1921-11-23 London UK


Founded 23 Nov 1921, London (UK), as International Shipping Conference – Conférence internationale des armateurs. Present name adopted 1948. New constitution adopted Nov 1987. Registered under UK law, Aug 1990.


Promote internationally the interests of members in matters of shipping policy and ship operation; encourage high standards of operation and provision of high quality and efficient shipping services; strive for a regulatory environment which supports safe shipping operations, protection of the environment and adherence to internationally adopted standards and procedures; promote properly considered international regulation of shipping and oppose unilateral and regional action by governments; press for recognition of commercial realities of shipping and the need for quality to be rewarded by a proper commercial return; promote industry guidance on best operating practices.


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General Meeting (annual); ICS Board of Directors. Committees (4); Sub-Committees (4); Panels (6). H-XC2457 - International Shipping Federation (ISF), set up 1909, is the identity used by ICS when acting as the international employers' association for ship operators.


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