Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
London & South East Branch

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As a major provider of education and training, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) sets and examines the syllabus for membership, providing the shipping industry with highly qualified professionals.

ICS is internationally, widely recognised, as the professional body in the maritime arena and it represents shipbrokers, ship managers and agents throughout the world.

Having been granted its Royal Charter in 1920, it now has 25 branches in key shipping areas, 4000 individuals and 120 company members. The Institute's membership represents a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards across the shipping industry.

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers' London & South East Branch is the largest and oldest branch within the Institute and is focussed on both the continuing professional education of our members and on providing them with networking opportunities.

The branch would like to thank the following companies for their support

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Latest News

London & South East Branch - Social Connections

London & South East Branch Committee, February 2020

Our social and networking events are an important and popular feature of the Branch calendar.  They ensure that Members and Fellows and guests from the shipping community can meet and chat.  The Branch thereby makes full use of London as a shipping centre and we also hold events annually in Southampton in March.

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The London & South East Branch was represented at a recent prestigious event in December at the Mission to Seafarers, whose patron is the Princess Royal.  Your Branch’s Education Officer, Capt. Mike Robarts, was privileged to have an opportunity to chat with her. 

We are planning another joint event with East Anglia Branch in the summer and we are also in continuous contact with other branches around the world.  One of our Committee members, former chairman Jeffrey Blum, met Joanne Kelleher and Peter Molloy, co-founders of the newly formed Netherlands Branch in Amsterdam 2 weeks after the Branch’s launch, met Bahadir Tonguc, the Chairman of the Turkish Development Branch in Istanbul, met Punit Oza, Chairman of the Singapore Branch, in Singapore, and Kaihui Ni (London Branch committee) and Windy Zheng, who heads the Shanghai ITC, all of whom he meets annually.

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London & South East Branch Busy with Education

London & South East Branch Committee, February 2020

The London & South East Branch has a range of exciting events for both students and members throughout the year.  The main events are social and networking, as well as several education events to support students preparing for PQE exams and professional development for members.

London & South East Branch hosts revision evenings every year in April and October before the Institute’s annual exams.  The evenings comprise three sessions: the first is a talk on preparing for revision and exam techniques, the second helps students to find recent information on shipping business and, in the third session, the students split into subject groups and pose questions to Members and Fellows of the Branch.  It has always been a popular event since 2003 and provides much inspiration and support for our students undertaking PQEs.  We also assist the Singapore Branch with their Revision evenings.

The Branch calendar continues to provide other education evening seminars throughout this year, starting with a talk on China’s Seaborne trade as a joint event with East Anglia Branch, followed by a seminar on INCOTERMS 2020 and e-bills of lading with blockchain at Cass Business School, with which we have a regular and strong connection.  We also hold joint events with the Nautical Institute on HQS Wellington. Our Members are thereby kept up to date with current affairs and those who need to complete continued professional development have the opportunity to do so through their membership of the Institute.  We can therefore also reach many others who are not (yet) Members.

Next Events

Thursday 1 October 2020 - Branch Annual General Meeting 2020


ICS London & South East Branch Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 1 October 2020 at 18:00 hours at The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ). Interested in joining the branch committee and have the time to get involved in organising events and regularly free to attend committee meetings?

Details of RSVP will be announced closer to the date.

Monday 20 April 2020 - ICS London Branch Revision Evening

We are pleased to announce that this spring's Revision Evening will take place at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ) in the evening of 20 April 2020, from 18:30 to 21:00All those who are registered as students are welcome to attend this event.

Plan of the evening will be announced closer to the date.