the international chamber of is the world's principal organisation, representing around 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage, through by national ' associations. it is concerned with all regulatory, operational and legal
a major ics activity is as a consultative body at the united nations agency with responsibility for the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment, the international maritime organization.
ics is unique in that unlike other international trade associations it represents the global interests of all the different trades in the industry: bulk carrier operators, tanker operators, passenger operators and container liner trades, including and party managers.
ics has consultative status with a number of other intergovernmental bodies affect , these include: the world customs organization, the international telecommunications union, the united nations conference on trade and development, and the world meteorological organization. the ics also has close with industry organisations representing different maritime interests such as , ports, pilotage, the oil industry, insurance and classification societies responsible for the surveying of . the ics is also responsible for several publications in use in the marine industry, in conjunction with witherby . the uk chamber of is a primary member of the
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