Written in collaboration with international organisations and industry experts, ICS publications promote and support shipping industry best practices and provide world-leading guidance across all key sectors and trades of the maritime industry, including on subjects as diverse as security, safety, employment and the environment.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the global trade association for shipowners and operators, representing the world’s national shipowner associations and over 80% of the world merchant fleet. As a member of ICS, the UK Chamber of Shipping works in close consultation with ICS as joint advocates for the industry on all issues of international maritime affairs, shipping policy and technical matters. 

Rigorous in development and regularly used and recommended by shipping companies globally, ICS publications are a practical complement to international regulations and are an essential tool for on board crew and shoreside teams to ensure compliance. Many ICS industry guides are required reading by companies and seafarers involved in maritime operations.

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May 2024
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Guidelines on the Application of the IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code (Sixth Edition)

ISM-related deficiencies are in the top three most-reported deficiencies by port state control authorities globally.
Apr 2024

Shipping and the Environment (Fifth Edition)

From alternative fuels and propulsion systems, via energy-efficient practices, to digitalisation and efficient logistics, many possibilities are emerging to make the shipping industry a greener industry.
Oct 2023
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Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas)

The Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas), fourth edition, is the definitive industry guide to support gas carrier operators conduct safe and efficient operations. This comprehensive guide, a carriage requirement under the national regulations of many ...
Oct 2023
The Masters Practical Guide to Maritime Law

The Master’s Practical Guide to Maritime Law (with IFSMA)

This first edition of The Master’s Practical Guide to Maritime Law is a comprehensive, easy to follow guide written specifically for Masters.
Jul 2023
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Ship Recycling Guide

This comprehensive ship recycling guide is designed to equip shipowners and crew with the necessary knowledge to ensure a safe and sustainable recycling process when the ship reaches the end of its life.
May 2023
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Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention Fourth Edition

More than ten years have passed since the entry into force of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), which is now strictly enforced on a global basis and subject to Port State Control inspection.
Mar 2023
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International Medical Guide for Seafarers and Fishers

This modern and practical medical guide from ICS has been written and reviewed by an international group of maritime medical practitioners and experts with many years' experience of working with and training seafarers and fishers.
Feb 2023
Seafarer in engine room of ship

Engine Room Procedures Guide (Second Edition)

The Engine Room Procedures Guide provides authoritative and comprehensive guidance on engine room procedures.
Feb 2023
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Guidelines on the IMO STCW Convention Fourth Edition

The fourth edition of Guidelines on the IMO STCW Convention sets out the obligations for shipping companies and includes guidance on how to ensure compliance on board.
Jan 2023
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Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Shipping

The ICS Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Shipping has been developed to create awareness and inspire change in the strategies, policies and practices that will enable the maritime industry to meet the needs of the diverse seafarer community.
Nov 2022

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This ICS publication guides readers through the first step on the route to decarbonisation: preparing for compliance with the IMO regulatory framework, and in particular, the 2021 amendments to MARPOL Annex VI.
Jan 2022
Seafarer on bridge of a ship

Bridge Procedures Guide 6th Edition

For over 40 years, this bestselling Guide has reflected and defined current best practice on the bridges of merchant ships operating in all sectors and trades.