The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) is celebrating its centenary this year. Spinnaker's Amy Travell was particularly pleased to attend their Centenary Gala dinner at the National Maritime Museum last week, a grand affair in a grand maritime setting. Amy beat 450 diners to top prize in the raffle which raised over ï¿½10,000 for the ICS Educational Trust Fund and is now looking forward to her week's cruise courtesy of P&O Cruises.
The ICS is the organisation that provides shipbrokers, agents and other shipping professionals all over the world with formal status through professional development, education and its gold standard membership. Membership is based on examinations ensuring the ICS is about standards and qualifications. There are 25 branches and 15 Distance Learning Centres based in Europe, South and South East Asia, Australasia, the Middle East, Africa and North America – check out the Institute`s website at www.ics.org.uk for you nearest branch or contact their London HQ for bespoke in-house training.
A history, Quality Ashore, has also been published, setting ICS into the context of British shipping and against the background of changes in trade and world consumption patterns, the rise of new maritime centres and the changes in ship sizes and design – a useful summary for anyone wanting to know more about the industry. Contact [email protected] for more information.