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Shipping: International Organizations & Associations

A guide to find information, literature etc. on the shipping industry

International associations with access to shipping information

World Shipping Council: World Shipping Council members operate approximately 90 percent of the global liner ship capacity

ICS, International Chamber of Shipping: ICS is the principal international trade association for the shipping industry, representing shipowners and operators in all sectors and trades. Access to "Shipping Facts" with information about the international shipping industry

IAPH - International Association of Ports and Harbors:  aims to unite regions around the world to promote the interest of ports worldwide and advocate for more sustainable practices. They have yearly conferences that act as a forum for collaborating within the industry.

Maritime Administration, US Department of Transportation: has the latest information on developments from a legislative perspective pertaining to maritime cargo transport.

UK Chamber of Shipping: works internationally to provide a voice for the shipping industry of the United Kingdom. Content on the site consists of a wealth of information regarding some of the most important developments concerning shipping.

Danish Shipowners' Association (Danmarks Rederiforening): contains a lot of information on Danish Shipping

Intercargo: Intercargo is the short name for the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners.

WTO - World Trade Organization: WTO is a multi-faceted group, often setting standards for trade agreements, settle trade disputes, and many other elements concerning trading in the 21st century.

IAME - International Association of Maritime Economists: IAME is an international forum for the exchange of research and information among those interested in maritime and maritime-related issues

The Geography of Transport Systems: The Geography of Transport Systems outlines all the most common routes and transportation methods internationally for moving cargo and how to use modern implementations of technology to further improve those routes.

ESCAP (United Nations) - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: information about Asian transport policies and programmes

International organizations: international law and shipping

IMO, International Maritime Organization: As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented


IMLI, International Maritime Law Institute (part of IMO): The IMO International Maritime Law Institute was established under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization, a specialised agency of the United Nations.
The Institute is an international centre for the training of specialists in maritime law. It also contributes to the development and dissemination of knowledge and expertise in international maritime law, with special reference to the international regulations and procedures for safety and efficiency of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution.


ILO, International Labour Organization: establishes standards of employment and working conditions for e.g. seafarers. The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention, which enters into force worldwide August 20, 2013, provides for the first time comprehensive protection at work for seafarers, while also promoting conditions of fair competition for shipowners.

IMB Piracy Reporting Centre: The main aim of the PRC (Piracy Reporting Centre) is to raise awareness within the shipping industry – which includes shipmasters, ship owners, insurance companies and traders –  of high-risk areas for piratical attacks and specific ports and anchorages associated with armed robberies on board ships.The PRC works closely with various governments and law enforcement agencies and shares information in order to reduce and ultimately eradicate such crime.

Danish Maritime Authority(Søfartsstyrelsen): the Danish Maritime Authority has the responsibility for the following:

  • The construction, equipment and operation of Danish ships (including safety, terror prevention, navigational regulations, manning, occupational health and environmental protection) as well as port State control of foreign ships calling at Danish ports.
  • Ship registration.
  • Seafarers’ employment, health and conditions of social security.
  • Shipping policy, maritime law as well as industrial policy, both nationally and internationally.
  • Tasks related to aids to navigation at sea and ashore (lighthouses and buoys), including ships and repair workshops.
  • Navigational information in the form of navigational analyses, warnings, GIS and specialist publications.
  • The national pilot authority

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