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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Next Events

Thursday 25 November 2021 - End of Year Event

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(Image from, 19 November 2021) 

To all Fellows, Members and Students of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers London and South East Branch:

At last, we can meet again! We are delighted to invite you to the London and South East Branch traditional end of year event.

Your Branch is thrilled to offer members and students an opportunity to meet new peers, catch up with old friends and colleagues and exchange season’s greetings. Your first drink will be on us.

We look froward to welcoming you on Thursday 25th November 2021 from 6:00pm at The Liberty Bounds (15 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AA).

RSVP to Chris Hibbert: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Latest News

Seaborne Trade and Decarbonisation

by Richard Scott FICS, member of London & South East Branch Committee, 12 November 2021
Amid the climate change COP26 conference deliberations, the main focus from a shipping angle was the aim of reducing or eliminating carbon emissions from the world fleet of merchant ships over the next three decades. But what are the implications of the wider global decarbonisation target for the shipping industry’s activity?
During the years ahead towards 2050 “seaborne trade volumes are likely to shrink for some of the shipping industry’s largest cargo categories including crude oil, oil products, coal, and natural gas”. Adding to these reductions “that could also be the case for some of the largest container vessels, albeit for different reasons”.
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ICS London and South-East Branch - Chaiman's Report

1ST JUNE 2020 – 31ST MAY 2021

This has been a challenging year due to Covid-19 as the Government imposed restrictions on people travelling to work or travelling, attending work, or meeting face to face or even socializing. These restrictions severely impacted upon the branch, as we have been forced to reduce our activities and cancel some events. 

However, London and South-East branch have managed to continue functioning through online meetings. We are indebted to Head office, Jeffrey Blum, and Jonathan Marks for their support in hosting and assisting with the online challenges of setting up and managing these meetings.

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How fast is the fleet growing?

by Richard Scott FICS, member of London & South East Branch Committee, 24 September 2021
An important influence has been helping the global shipping industry to move towards a better balance between demand and supply. Fleet expansion has tended to be more controlled than seen in some previous market phases. This feature has been reflected in higher freight rates in several sectors.
But perceptions vary and, occasionally, discordant observations are made. For example, during the recent London International Shipping Week a leading shipowner stated publicly that growth in the bulk carrier fleet has almost ceased. Is that correct? A close look at the statistics suggests otherwise, and the difference between the ‘stories’ is quite large.