I C S - UK

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK was incorporated by a Royal Charter on 21st January 1920 with the aim of providing better definition and protection of the profession or business of Shipbrokers by a system of examinations and the issuance of certificates.

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I C S - East India Branch, Chennai

The East India Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers was established in 1995, on the momentous occasion of the 75th year of granting the Royal Charter to the Institute. With a membership base of 18, it was considered appropriate to give thrust to Education and Membership during the first year. Today, the Branch has 39 Fellows, 113 Members and 5 retired Members. There are three Associate Member located in India.

Since its inception, the Branch has been conducting regular contact programmes for the students. Volunteer Members and a few outsides faculty acted as the resource persons for these programmes. Branch level prizes were introduced with the help of corporate sponsorships for outstanding candidates in the examinations.

The Branch has also taken the lead role in bringing together other shipping related organizations like the Institute of Marine Engineers, Company of Master Mariners, Merchant Navy Officer's Association and the Chartered Institute of Transport under an informal banner called the Marine Forum.

The Branch Annual Day Celebrations which feature expert lectures by eminent shipping personalities have become an arena for various sections of the local shipping community to meet and interact. The Branch had also organized seminars and workshops in Bangalore,Kolkata, Cochin, New Delhi, Vizag and Tuticorin in areas of topical interest to the local shipping community in association with trade bodies.

The Regional Meet held in the year 1997 at Madras organized by the ICS, East India Branch was the first Regional Meet of ICS held outside United Kingdom.

The International Conferences on 'Professionalism in Shipping' held at Chennai in November 1997, 'Towards Better Decisions in Practical Matters' during February 1999, 'Shipping-Changes and Challenges' conducted in February 22 & 23, 2002 and the 'Opportunities Ahoy' conducted on 9th and 10th December 2005 were grand success programmes. Apart from a galaxy of shipping luminaries like Mr. Bruce Ogilvy, Chairman, ICS, UK, Mr.D.T.Jospeh, The Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, Mr.Peter Grube of BIMCO, eminent persons from India and abroad participated in the well attended conferences.

Madras has also entered the annals of the Institute history by hosting the first ever Regional Meet of the Institute where representatives from Dubai, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Mumbai, Kolkatta and Chennai interacted with the top officials of ICS London. It was a privilege to the East India Branch that it represented the India Region in the landmark Controlling Council held in March 1998 which allowed representation of Overseas Branches for the first time.

15 Continuous weekly meeting conducted by ICS, East India Branch during the year 2000 discussed various topics related to shipping industry by experts.(Pls refer under EVENTS for further details)