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ICS Congratulates UN Secretary General

ICS Chairman Masimichi Morooka

ICS Chairman Masimichi Morooka has celebrated the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law Of The Sea by writing to United Nations Secretary General Ban  Ki-moon. On behalf of the world’s shipowners, Mr Morooka extended congratulations to the UN and the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), on the 30th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) at Montego Bay, on 10 December 1982. He said: “The enduring relevance of UNCLOS pays testimony to the vision of those that drew up the text and oversaw its adoption all those years ago. Given that international shipping transports about 90% of world trade, UNCLOS is of great importance.” UNCLOS, provides the basic legal framework that defines the extent of States’ jurisdiction for the implementation of IMO’s detailed treaties and regulations for maritime safety and pollution prevention. These IMO Conventions are widely ratified by governments, and genuinely implemented and enforced on a global basis. Mr Morooka said: “The delicate balance of rights and responsibilities between nations as established in UNCLOS is central to the belief of the shipping industry that it is of the utmost importance that this major UN Convention continues to operate in its present form.

ICS is Shipowners' Rep at UN Meets

Courtesy ICS

At the United Nations in New York, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing the interests of shipowners at the opening session of a UN Preparatory Committee starting work on a new legal instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The establishment of the new UN Preparatory Committee, under the auspices of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, follows the decision of the United Nations General Assembly, in 2015

UNCLOS Approved by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

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Senate Hearing on UNCLOS

The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations conducted a hearing on possible ratification by the United States of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Following revisions to the deep seabed mining provisions of UNCLOS, the convention was signed by the United States in 1994, but no action was taken by the Senate toward ratification until now. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), Committee Chair, made an opening statement generally supportive of ratification

ICS: Shipping's Environmental Impact Well Regulated

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

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Singapore, India take stance in South China Sea row

State Visit to India by President of Singapore (Photo by High Commission of India, Singapore)

 India and Singapore asserts its stance in South China Sea saying no threat or force should prevail in the maritime dispute between China and its smaller neighbors like the Philippines, reports Philstar.  Both countries have expressed their official positions in joint statements with the United States on the years-long tension due to overlapping claims of jurisdiction in the South China Sea.   The US has already challenged the Chinese contention and India has also said

ICS: Ocean Shipping Well Regulated

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Chairman, Spyros M Polemis.

Shipping's impact on the world's oceans is well regulated, says ICS Chairman at the World Ocean Summit.   When it comes to governing the oceans, shipping largely has its house in order – that is the view of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) whose Chairman, Spyros M Polemis, took part in a major debate about oceans governance, in Singapore (Feb 23rd and 24th).   Discussing ‘Who Should Rule The Waves’ at the World Ocean Summit

China's Nine Dash Line and the Law of the Sea: Kemp

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Singapore Becomes Sea-Dispute Settlement Centre

President of the Tribunal, Judge Vladimir Golitsyn, and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Law, Ng How Yue. Photo: Ministry of Law, Government of Singapore

 The government of Singapore has become a venue in Asia to settle maritime disputes for proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).    A joint declaration was signed  between ITLOS president Vladimir Golitsyn and permanent secretary to the ministry of law Ng How Yue to allow the Republic to become a venue to settle disputes relating to the law of the sea.  

G7 Meeting to Tackle Sea Row in Asia Pacific

Photo: Public Relations Office, Cabinet Office and Office of Global Communications, Japan

 Group of Seven (G7) leaders will call for respect for the rule of law and peaceful resolution to conflicts in a joint statement to be issued Friday at the end of their two-day summit, taking a swipe against China's territorial ambitions in the South China Sea, reports Nikkei.   The leaders, without singling out China, will dismiss “unilateral actions that could alter the status quo” in a declaration to be issued after their summit, the sources said.  

EU's Silence on South China Sea Ruling Highlights Inner Discord

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Choke Points are Flash Points

Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 fly in formation above USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) during an air-and-sea-power demonstration. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, John C. Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Tomas Compian)

The world is closely watching several contentious flash points that have potential to ignite.   The behavior and rhetoric of China and Russia regarding vital shipping lanes in international waters have been alarming. Disputed sovereignty claims and efforts to enforce them have the maritime

ICS Letter to Canadian Transport Minister

Peter Hinchliffe (Photo: ICS)

ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe reaches out to the Canadian Transport Minister in a letter this week. The text of that letter follows below:   Dear Minister Garneau,   I am writing on behalf of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which is the principal global trade

Philippines Takes South China Sea Claim to Hague

Could bolster claims by other countries against China; China boycotting proceedings, rejects court's authority. The Philippines asked global judges on Tuesday to recognise its right to exploit waters in the South China Sea, a case that could bolster territorial claims by other countries against

Hague Court Begins Hearing On South China Sea Issue

Map by USC US-China Institute

 A United Nations arbitral tribunal in The Hague heard some of the Philippines’ territorial claims over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday.    A delegation of nearly 50 lawyers and representatives for the Philippines gathered to present their case

China, South Korea Maritime Talks

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei announcing about the talk. (Photo: China News Service)

 China’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that China and South Korea will hold their first round of talks on maritime delimitation over the Yellow Sea in the South Korean capital of Seoul on December 22.   The talks, led by South Korean Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul and

Medeiros Elected Member of UNCLOS Tribunal

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Courtesy Wikipedia

  Mr Antonio Cachapuz de Medeiros was elected today at a Special Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in New York. The meeting was held to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Vicente Marotta Range (Brazil) on 18 May 2015

India, China Open Maritime Talks

Pic: Chinese Embassy in India

 Amid enduring tensions over the South China Sea, India and China held inaugural round of talks on maritime cooperation on February 04 in New Delhi.    The meeting of New Delhi and Beijing officials covered a gamut of issues of "mutual interest and prospects for maritime

ICS Deliberate on “Legal Issues relating to Shipping & Ports”

Conference in session Photo ICS

ICS, East India Branch conducted conference on Legal matters pertaining to Maritime Sector prior to joining hands with M/s Hinode Events a Knowledge Partner to serialise this an Annual Conference on Legal Maritime Legal matters. The Branch takes pride to state that "The Ministry of

NUS, MPA Conduct Joint Research in Ocean Governance

Pic: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be setting up a joint research programme to build up institutional expertise in ocean governance and to spearhead thought leadership in areas

Taiwan Maritime Negotiations with Japan

Okinotori, the southernmost point of Japanese territory. Photo: KYODO

 Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Minister David Lee said  that the government is slated to start maritime negotiations with Japan by late July in an effort to better protect Taiwan fishermen's rights on the high seas.   Taipei and Tokyo will kick off two-way talks by the end of

Duterte Says He Won't Surrender Rights in S.China Sea

Rodrigo Duterte (Photo courtesy of

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he would not surrender the country's rights over the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, which China seized in 2012.   "There will never be an instance that we will surrender our right over Scarborough Shoal

Together Towards Cleaner Oceans

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  is contributing to a United Nations meeting covering marine debris, plastics and microplastics in New York (13-17 June).    Discussions are focusing on information exchange between key players involved in the protection of the

Vietnam Urges "Fair" Ruling from Court Handling S. China Sea Case

South China Sea Disputed Areas Map courtesy AFP

Vietnam has called for an international tribunal in The Hague to deliver a "fair and objective" ruling in an arbitration case lodged by the Philippines that challenges China's expansive claims in the South China Sea. In a carefully worded statement two days after the court announced

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