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Monday, October 15, 2018


At a meeting hosted in London, by the International Chamber of Shipping, representatives of the principal international shipowner organisations met with port, cargo handling and pilotage interests to discuss matters of common concern.

The meeting of the Inter-industry Shipping and Ports Contact Group involved ICS, BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko, OCIMF and SIGGTO on the ship operators’ side, plus IAPH, ICHCA, IHMA and IMPA. The meeting was chaired by 1st Vice President of the International Association of Ports and Harbors, Mr Peter Struijs.

Speaking after the meeting, ICS Marine Director, Captain John Joyce explained:

 “There was widespread agreement on the need to focus more attention on the ship/shore interface, and to promote greater awareness amongst port and terminal operators of IMO requirements applicable to ships on international trades.” 

The meeting also agreed on the importance of discussions with pilots on ways to improve safe navigation in ports and port approaches; the need to investigate the increasing incidence of accidents involving mooring lines and equipment; means of contributing to the discussions at IMO on the provision of “places of refuge” for ships in distress; and the need for greater urgency in tackling problems of port security, illegal immigrants and drug trafficking.

The various industry bodies agreed to establish a number of task forces to address these issues fully, with a view to making recommendations to governments and shipping and port interests.

Captain Joyce emphasised:  “The organisations have identified the need to bridge the gulf between IMO requirements and national regulations governing ports and terminals, which is believed to exist due to the distinct and separate responsibilities between the relevant government departments in many countries.  More needs to be done to encourage awareness amongst governments that this gap between ship and shore regulations is a serious obstacle to improving safety standards” 


ICS is the International Chamber of Shipping

BIMCO is the Baltic and International Maritime Council

Intercargo is the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners

Intertanko is the International Association of Independent Tanker Operators

OCIMF is the Oil Companies International Maritime Forum

SIGGTO is the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators

IAPH is the International Association of Ports and Harbors

ICHA is the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association

IHMA is the International Harbour Masters’ Association

IMPA is the International Maritime Pilots’ Association