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  • 17 December, 2020

    East India - 25th Annual Day Celebrations in pictures

    On Friday 11th December the East India branch celebrated its 25th Annual Day with an extremely succesful webinar.  Please see below some pictures of the event. …

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  • 15 October, 2020

    Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers ends 3rd Annual General Meeting

    Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers ends 3rd Annual General Meeting
    The West Africa Branch of The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), has ended its 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) which also marked the formal launch of its 10th Anniversary Celebration under the theme “Standardisation Shipping Practices, the role of Education and Training” in Tema. The AGM was attended by Fellows, Members and Student members from Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Gabon and Ghana. Participants from outside the country mainly joined online.
    In her welcome address, the immediate past Chairperson of the Branch, Gertrude Adwoa Ohene-Asienim, FICS, said the theme was carefully chosen to be in line our objective of promoting professionalism in Shipping.
    “To this end, what we sought to achieve was to foster closer collaboration between ICS, governmental agencies, and the Shipping community. We managed to get bigger platforms to provide education and training support to Institutions and companies mainly on voluntary services. We have forge closer collaboration between ICS and the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA), the National Insurance Commission (NIC), Ghana Maritime Authority and the Regional Maritime University”, She explained.
    Gertrude said the Branch is poised to roll out the Understanding Shipping Course which will be mainly online to make our courses accessible to workers and students who want to understand shipping better to enroll. “We have submitted the draft of chapter 9 to head office and have received feedback on it. We will work hard to finish the chapter and get the course rolled out by January 2021” she intimated. The successful rollout of this course will change the face of shipping knowledge in West Africa with practical examples from the region that will give better understanding of shipping to players within the industry.
    “ICS embarked on ambitious projects also in connection with the effort to bring shipping closer to our community. We are seriously raising funds for the Maritime Library project to be built at the Regional Maritime University. The architectural design for the project is ready and we would like to thank the head office in London, the Education Trust Fund and all companies who have donated locally for their support, She said.
    In addressing the AGM as the Special Guest of honour, Susan Oatway FICS (Institute International Chairman), noted that the role of education and training in this network is paramount. To be able to teach the future leaders of our industry is an honour and a privilege. To ensure that they have the skills needed to take our sector into the future is a huge responsibility, and one that the Institute does not take lightly.

    “The Institute is delighted to have such an effective branch in West Africa, with established headquarters in Ghana and an active chapter in Nigeria, supporting members and students throughout the region. It serves an important purpose as a force for professional standards, working closely with government, and has formed strong bonds with institutions including the Regional Maritime University”, she remarked.
    The Guest presenter for the day was Mr. Krishnan Subramanian (FICS) the immediate Past President of the Middle East Branch who shared experiences on the 25years journey of the Middle East Branch and lessons that the West Africa Branch can learn from these.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Frank Tony Eshun, FICS, newly elected Chairperson for the West Africa Branch reiterated the fact that education and training of indigenous West Africans will be the enabler to play the expected role within the maritime industry.

    “We will build on the solid foundation laid by the previous administrations to ensure that the added advantage of having an informed and trained local personnel is realized”, he said.
    Mr. Tami Adu (FICS) from Nigeria was elected as Vice Chairman for the Branch.

    Awards and Citations were presented to the past director of the Institute, Julie Lithgow for her dedication and support to the Institute and the branch during her tenure as director. Other deserving fellows and student members were also awarded.

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  • 30 August, 2020

    2020 ICS Classical Shipping Development Program again a success

    The program this time was conducted in a new format: online-merge-offline…

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  • 4 August, 2020

    Middle East Silver Jubilee Webinar Series on Outlook for the Global Shipping Industry in a Post-Pandemic world

    The Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly creating havoc in our lives.

    Shipping industry being the lifeline of commodity movement has not been spared. Most of the industry practitioners are anxious to know the outlook of the impact of Covid-19 in their future businesses.…

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  • 9 July, 2020

    Middle East Silver Jubilee Webinar Series on "Derivatives - A Double Edged Sword" 4th July 2020 - REPORT

    The topic of derivatives may not have interest from a broad range of shipping professionals but the ICS Middle East Silver Jubilee Webinar on "Derivatives - A Double Edged Sword" held on …

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  • 3 July, 2020

    ICS ME Silver Jubilee Series Webinar Autonomous Ships-is it a realistic option?

    Discussion on futuristic topics is always exciting. At a time when automation is the talk of the day, be it in road transport, drones, rail travel and day to day chores such as banking, a discussion on automated ships is only apt.

    Dr. Margareta Holtensdotter Lützhöft, an expert on automation of human-machine relationship gave an interesting presentation during the Silver Jubilee webinar series on “Autonomous Ships – is it a realistic option?”.

    Professor Lützhöft explained the challenges on human technology interaction and the problems of autonomous ships. She concluded by saying that machines and humans teaming up to work together using each other’s strengths will probably be the best option.

    The webinar drew 421 registrations from 30 countries.
    The presentation was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Mr. Ravi Shankar, General Secretary of the ICS Middle East branch.



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  • 23 June, 2020

    Six Live Classrooms available from this week

    The Institute's Online Academy goes live!…

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  • 19 June, 2020

    The Singapore Branch and SG Enable to deliver maritime training for people with disabilities

    ICS-SG is pleased to announce a new training initiative that is supported by SG Enable.

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  • 12 June, 2020

    Another successful webinar for the ICS Middle East branch!

    With 588 registrations from 39 countries, the webinar drew participants from a variety of functions: shipping & logistics, trading, banking & financial institutions and liner operators.…

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  • 20 May, 2020

    Middle East Branch Virtual Open Day Success!

    The first virtual Open Day of the Middle East branch held on 15th May 2020 attracted registrations from 97 participants who were keen to know ICS and its programs.…

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