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.

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Latest News

In Praise of Networking

by Richard Scott FICS, member of London & South East Branch Committee, 20 May 2020 

When something is no longer available in the same way as it is normally, its value tends to become more obvious than it was previously. And so it is with networking, the benefits of which are many and varied. This activity can be shown to fulfil very useful purposes, at the same time as being thoroughly enjoyable, with potential for valuable outcomes.

Such thoughts have arisen during the enforced semi-isolated existence most people in the UK have endured, while the pandemic lockdown period unfolded. This restricted lifestyle is extending into the greatly limited ‘opening up’ phase. Networking is not on the agenda for the weeks ahead.

Opportunities for networking at our London & South East Branch events – frequent seminars and social/networking evenings – often have rewarding consequences.

Our Branch events provide a convenient location for brokers, other shipping professionals, students and those looking for shipping employment, to make contacts that would be difficult to arrange in any other way. A chance contact can lead to an unexpectedly valuable introduction. There are numerous examples of this happening – new possibilities for business transactions, new possibilities for employment, added information about industry trends, along with career ideas and guidance sought and given. 

Of course, ‘chance’ contact is not always as ‘accidental’ as it sounds. Many participants at these events come with ideas about what they would like to focus on and talk about in informal chats, and are receptive to anyone who has a mutual interest or is willing to assist. Moreover, such conversations can stimulate thoughts which, in turn, lead to further visions and action.

These benefits of networking have become steadily more apparent during the past couple of months. There has been an absence of any events of this nature during the pandemic lockdown period, and the absence looks set to continue in the immediate future and perhaps for much longer. It is a great loss. The eventual resumption will be enthusiastically embraced by many of us.

Author’s note: thanks to Chris Hibbert who suggested the topic for this article.

ICS London Branch Revision Evening postponed but members can assist via email

Our Revision Evening scheduled for Monday 20th April 2020 has been postponed to a later date but London and South East branch members are available to assist branch students with any queries or questions relating to subjects covered in the syllabus. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ore Carrier Newbuildings Still a Feature

by Richard Scott FICS, member of London & South East Branch Committee, April 2020

In the first quarter of this year, a number of newbuilding ore carriers were delivered to owners in South Korea and China. These were among a total of 20 in the Guaibamax 325,000 deadweight tonnes class scheduled for delivery during 2020. Some may be delayed if the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted shipbuilders’ construction programmes.

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Next Events

Thursday 1 October 2020 - Branch Annual General Meeting 2020

NOTICE OF AGM 2019

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.

EVENT POSTPONED - Monday 20 April 2020 - ICS London Branch Revision Evening (members can assist via email)

Our Revision Evening scheduled for Monday 20th April 2020 has been postponed to a date (to be announced whenever possible) in June in order to assist students to prepare for the exams which have been rescheduled for 6th - 16th July.

The Branch's Revision Evening will be held either at The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ or online, depending on the Covid-19 restrictions in June.

This is organised by London and South East branch members, who are extremely committed in supporting their students with subject-specific revision.

Members are available to assist with any queries or questions relating to subjects covered in the syllabus. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..