International Shipping Federation (ISF)

Fédération internationale des armateurs

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1909-10-20 London UK


20 Oct 1909, London (UK), as a body representing the interests of international shipowner employers. Constitution modified 1919, when restructured as a world-wide organization concerned with all matters relating to the employment and safety of merchant seamen. Constitution most recently modified in 2001. Registered in accordance with UK law. Ceased to exist, when merged with C-XC1492 - International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), 2011, as which it now operates.


Act as a clearing-house for members on developments related to maritime employment; propose and coordinate the international shipowner position on these developments; provide an opportunity to shipowners of different countries to exchange information and views on all social and personnel matters affecting the shipping industry; serve as a medium of preparation and coordination for shipowners' corporate policies at international conferences involving shipping personnel matters; keep members advised of relevant international developments, both generally and in specialized maritime international bodies; liaise with other non-governmental organizations (employer and union) in pursuance of policies; represent members' interests with governments, unions and concerned international bodies.


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General Meeting (annual). Council (meets annually), consisting of representatives of member organizations. Special committees. Membership and meetings closed.


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GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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