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ICS and BIMCO start new initiative to give shipping professionals greater access to quality education

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Angus Frew

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and BIMCO start new initiative to give shipping professionals greater access to quality education

Joint project will see Institute students access BIMCO’s eLearning courses in preparation for their exams

London, March 7, 2017. The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (The Institute) and BIMCO are pleased to announce the start of a new venture combining BIMCO’s state of the art eLearning courses and the Institute’s global engagement with students.

This is a major boost for young people in the industry, giving them greater access to quality education and improved standards in maritime centres across the globe.

A test group of The Institute’s students, in mainly developing countries and covering a wide range of shipping centres across the globe, will be able to use BIMCO’s eLearning courses in preparation for Institute exams.

Angus Frew, Secretary General & CEO of BIMCO said:

“BIMCO is proud to support the work of The Institute by providing our eLearning expertise to their students. The Institute provides a vital role in helping develop the next generation of shipping professionals and reinforcing professional standards in the world’s leading maritime industry hubs”.

Julie Lthgow

Julie Lithgow, Director of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers said:

“BIMCO’s commitment to supporting education is shown by the quality and pertinence of the courses they offer. Having BIMCO’s eLearning expertise on board is a great way of finding new ways to ensure that any shipping professional in the world can improve their knowledge and gain qualifications, irrespective of location”.

The first group of students to access the courses, starting this week, are from Aberdeen, Accra, Cape Town, Durban, Lagos, Limassol, London, Mombasa, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Stavanger, Sydney and Vancouver.

The strategy is to open the opportunity to all the Institute’s students by the autumn of 2017 and other joint training activities are also being considered.
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) was established in 1911 and received Royal Charter in 1920. It is the only internationally recognised professional educational body in the maritime arena and represents shipbrokers, ship managers and agents worldwide. ICS is based in the heart of the City of London and has 25 branches in key shipping locations worldwide with 4,000 individual and 120 company members. ICS membership represents a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards across the shipping industry.

BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association, with 2,200 members in around 130 countries. Our global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. Our vision is to be the chosen partner trusted to provide leadership to the global industry. Our mission is to provide expert knowledge and practical advice to safeguard and add value to our members’ businesses.
BIMCO’s four core service areas provide value and trusted support to our members:

  1. Our products include BIMCO’s world leading standard contracts and clauses for the shipping industry and our contract editor IDEA. We also run the BIMCO Shipping KPI System which can be used to benchmark ships’ operational performance.
  2. Regulation: BIMCO takes an active role on behalf of shipowners during discussions and decisions with global and regional regulators. We work towards a level playing field for shipping – including fair trade and open access to markets.
  3. Information and advice: we deal with 10,000 member queries every year on many issues and see over three million page views on our website each year. Our staff share their expert knowledge with members, giving practical advice to safeguard and add value to their businesses.
  4. Our training activities include face-to-face courses, eLearning, webinars and tailor-made courses for companies.

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