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BIMCO – Baltic and International Maritime Council

BIMCO is the largest of the international shipping associations representing ship-owners controlling around 65 percent of the world’s tonnage and with members in more than 120 countries drawn from a broad range of stakeholders having a vested interest in the shipping industry, including managers, brokers and agents.  The association’s main objective is to protect its global membership through the provision of quality information and advice, and while promoting fair business practices, facilitate harmonisation and standardisation of commercial shipping practices and contracts.

ICMA – International Christian Maritime Association

The International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) is a free association of 28 Christian not-for-profit organisations working for the welfare of seafarers and representing various Christian churches and communities.  ICMA defines seafarers as people who work in merchant shipping, fishing and on passenger ships.  Through its members, ICMA currently represents 526 seafarers’ centres and 927 chaplains in 126 countries.  The objectives of ICMA are the promotion of the spiritual, social and material welfare of all seafarers and the relief of need, hardship and distress among them.  This practice is reflected in a variety of different ministries.  Some work from seafarers’ centres, while others sail with seafarers on ships.  ICMA members may work from international seafarers’ centres at which all seafarers are welcome.  In addition, some ICMA members provide national centres which serve as the Church abroad for nationals of different professions.  Meeting seafarers where they are is important to ICMA, therefore, ship visiting is almost always done in every port where ICMA members operate.

ICSW – The International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare

ICSW is an international umbrella organisation dedicated to the practical implementation of the International Labour Organisation instruments on Seafarers Welfare Convention 163 & Recommendation 173 and the Marine Labour Convention 2006.  It is an international charity dedicated to the relief of need, hardship or distress amongst seafarers of all nationalities, irrespective of gender, races, colour and creeds.  It is a voluntary organisation established for the purpose of bringing together appropriate interests in the field of seafarers’ welfare and thus provides a forum for information exchange as well as for the coordination of projects on the care of seafarers.

ISF – International Shipping Federation

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) are the principal international trade association and employers’ organisation for merchant ship operators, representing all sectors and trades and about 80% of the world merchant fleet.

Established in 1921, ICS is concerned with all technical, legal and policy issues that may have an impact on international shipping.  Meanwhile, ISF, established in 1909, is concerned with all labour affairs, manpower and training, and seafarers’ health and welfare issues that may have an impact on international shipping.

IFSMA – The International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations

IFSMA was formed in 1974 by eight European Shipmasters' Associations to unite the World's serving Shipmasters into a single professional co-ordinated body.  It is a non-profit making apolitical organisation dedicated solely to the interest of the serving Shipmaster.  The Federation is formed of nearly 11,000 Shipmasters from sixty Countries either through their National Associations or as Individual Members.  Established to uphold International Standards of Professional Competence for Seafarers, IFSMA is a Federation with a policy to ensure Safe Operational Practices, Preservation from Human Injury, Protection of the Marine Environment and Safety of Life and Property at Sea.

International Group of P&I (Protection & Indemnity) Clubs

The thirteen principal underwriting member clubs of the International Group of P&I Clubs (‘the Group’) between them provide liability cover (protection and indemnity) for approximately 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage. Each Group club is an independent, non-profit making mutual insurance association, providing cover for its ship-owner and charterer members against third party liabilities relating to the use and operation of ships. Each club is controlled by its members through a board of directors or committee elected from the membership Clubs cover a wide range of liabilities including personal injury to crew, passengers and others on board, cargo loss and damage, oil pollution, wreck removal and dock damage. Clubs also provide a wide range of services to their members on claims, legal issues and loss prevention, and often play a leading role in the management of casualties.

IMB – International Maritime Bureau

Dedicated to the prevention of trade finance, maritime, transport and trade fraud and malpractice, the IMB is a focal point for the international trading and shipping industry and those associated with facilitating the movement of goods.  The IMB also manages the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, which is dedicated to the suppression of piracy and armed robbery against ships.

IMEC – International Maritime Employers’ Committee

The International Maritime Employers’ Committee (IMEC) is the only international employers’ organisation dedicated to maritime industrial relations.  With offices in London and Manila, IMEC also runs one of the most outstanding cadet programmes in the Philippines and is dedicated to the long term supply of world class seafarers.

IMHA – International Maritime Health Association
IMHA is the sole international association concerned exclusively with Maritime Health.  They are an association of professionals from a wide range of disciplines who are committed to improving the health of seafarers by developing better approaches to health protection, health promotion and health treatment both locally and internationally.  IMHA members undertake research to investigate the importance of different risks and the effectiveness of the interventions used to prevent or treat seafarer health problems.  Research results are used to improve maritime health practice.  Members keep in contact to ensure international cooperation and enable sharing of knowledge and evidence.


Intercargo is the short name for the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners.  Their members operate predominantly Bulk Carriers in the international dry bulk trades, such as coal, grain, iron ore and other bulk commodities.  Their main role is to work with their members, the regulators and other Shipping Associations to ensure that shipping operates safely, efficiently, environmentally and profitably.  To do this, they actively participate in the development of global legislation through the International Maritime Organization and other similar bodies.


InterManager is the international trade association for the shipmanagement industry. Our members are in-house or third party ship managers, crew managers or related industry. InterManager members are involved in the management of some 4,370 ships and almost 250,000 seafarers.


INTERTANKO’s membership is open to independent tanker owners and operators of oil and chemical tankers, i.e. non-oil companies and non-state controlled tanker owners, who fulfil the Association's membership criteria.  Independent owners operate some 80% of the world's tanker fleet and the vast majority are INTERTANKO members.  INTERTANKO is a forum where the industry meets, policies are discussed and statements are created.  It is a valuable source of firsthand information, opinions and guidance.  INTERTANKO has a vision of a professional, efficient and respected industry that is dedicated to achieving safe transport, cleaner seas and free competition.

IPTA – International Parcel Tankers Association

Formed in 1987, IPTA has since developed into an established representative body for ship owners operating IMO classified chemical and product tankers and is recognised as a focal point through which regulatory authorities, charterers and trade organisations may liaise with such owners.  IPTA was granted consultative status as a Non-Governmental Organisation to the IMO in 1997 and, as such, is wholly supportive of IMO as the only organisation to determine the need for, introduce and monitor compliance with international maritime legislation.  IPTA members are committed to the enhancement of Maritime Safety, the protection of the Marine Environment and the reduction of atmospheric pollution from shipping.

ITF – International Transport Workers’ Federation

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is an international trade union federation of transport workers' unions.  Any independent trade union with members in the transport industry is eligible for membership of the ITF.  779 unions representing over 4,668,950 transport workers in 155 countries are members of the ITF.  It is one of several Global Federation Unions allied with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).   The ITF represents the interests of transport workers' unions in bodies which take decisions affecting jobs, employment conditions or safety in the transport industry, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

SIGTTO - The Society of International Gas Tanker & Terminal Operators

The purpose of SIGTTO is to promote shipping and terminal operations for liquefied gases which are safe, environmentally responsible and reliable. To fulfil this mission SIGTTO proactively develops best operating practices and guidelines, sustains a learning environment by sharing lessons learned, promotes training and development of all within the industry, fosters mutually beneficial relationships with regulatory authorities and other stakeholders and conducts its business with professionalism and integrity.

Programme Observers.

IMO – International Maritime Oraganisation

IMO – the International Maritime Organisation – is the United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

NATO Shipping Centre

The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the link between NATO naval forces and the merchant shipping community.  Permanently manned by NATO, the NSC is the primary point of contact for the exchange of merchant shipping information between NATO's military authorities and the international shipping community.  The NSC also is the primary advisor to merchant shipping regarding potential risks and possible interference with maritime operations.  In addition to our current counter-piracy mission, the NSC supports NATO, national and multinational Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) operations and exercises.  The NSC is part of the Allied Maritime Command Headquarters Northwood in the UK.

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners are a City of London Livery Company with membership open to British and Commonwealth Master Mariners from the Merchant and Royal Navies, with their main interested being Professional Standards, Education, Training and Charitable Giving.  Formed in 1926, their main aims are to encourage and maintain a high and honourable standard of ability and professional conduct in the officers of the British Merchant Navy, to promote and maintain in all respects efficient and friendly co-operation between the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy, and to be available for advice and consultation on all questions concerning or affecting the Merchant Navy, or judicial, commercial, scientific, educational or technical matters relating thereto.

Programme Funders.

International Transport Workers Seafarers Trust.

The ITF Seafarers Trust was established by the ITF Executive Board in 1981 as a body with charitable status under UK law.

It is dedicated to the spiritual, moral and physical welfare of seafarers irrespective of nationality, race or creed.

Its funding comes from the investment income of the ITF Seafarers' International Welfare Assistance and Protection Fund, more usually termed the ITF "Welfare" Fund. That fund, despite its name, is used to provide a wide range of trade union services to seafarers. The Trust, on the other hand, is limited to supporting projects, which directly benefit individual seafarers' spiritual, moral or physical welfare.

TK Foundation.

The TK Foundation is a philanthropic foundation which was mandated by J. Torben Karlshoej, founder of Teekay Shipping, the forerunner of the Teekay Corporation. The TK Foundation is a separate entity from the Teekay Group.

We focus on the welfare of seafarers and youth, promoting conditions of equity, security and dignity. We also promote the advancement of knowledge and the seas and oceans. Since 2002, The TK Foundation has made over 120 grants amounting to more than $13 million dollars to organizations around the world who share our vision.

ISAN – International Seafarers Assistance Network – Seafarerhelp

Seafarers who find themselves in a difficult situation or require support or assistance can contact Seafarerhelp, provided by the charity International Seafarers Assistance Network (ISAN), who offer a free and confidential service, whether it is dealing with bullying, unpaid wages, poor working/living conditions or just someone to talk to.  Seafarerhelp is completely free and confidential for all seafarers and their families around the world.  It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and in all the main languages spoken by seafarers including Russian, Tagalog and Hindi.  As well as being available to help seafarers, Seafarerhelp also provides assistance to other maritime agencies by working alongside them to help resolve the issues.

OCIMF – Oil Companies International Marine Forum

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is a voluntary association of oil companies with an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas.  Their mission is to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore support vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation.