The City of London Corporation is a uniquely diverse organisation in that it not only promotes and supports the City as a global business centre, and provides it with a full range of services, but also provides wider services for London and for the nation as a whole.
We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move. To encourage economic growth through trade and travel we are working to encourage commercial development by ports, effectively regulating vessels in the UK’s waters and improving maritime security and safety, including search and rescue capabilities.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills is the government ministry responsible for economic growth. It invests in science, technology and skills, and promotes trade.
Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world, committed to Safer Lives, Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas. Our values are Safety, Professionalism, Trust and Respect.
Part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The UK Ship Register (UKSR) is responsible for reviewing and developing procedures to establish the quality of vessels joining the UK register, maintaining quality and raising the profile of the register.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
Formed in 1972 the ASG aims to promote and preserve standards in the practice of maritime law. ASG members are committed to the continued development of England and London as a maritime and legal centre of excellence.
AFRIMARI is a network of professionals seeking to develop African maritime and trade related business opportunities through the Connection of Future Leaders.
The Association promotes and upholds professional standards of average adjusting, ensuring consistent levels of expertise and integrity; providing a distinctive insight and perspective on the markets it serves, and acting as an international hub for practitioners outside the ranks of its members.
Bahamas Shipowners’ Association encompasses all shipping sectors and promotes interests of owners of Bahamian registered vessels – is proactive in discussing international policy with international bodies (IMO, EU, USCG) – and facilitates dialogue with the Bahamas Maritime Authority. BSA is also represented on ICS Board and Committees.
BIMCO is a shipping association providing a wide range of services to its global membership of stakeholders who have vested interests in the shipping industry, including shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. BIMCO actively promotes the application of international agreed regulatory instruments.
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the trade association for UK-registered companies engaged in international movement of freight by all modes of transport, air, road, rail and sea. BIFA has around 1400 corporate members, known generally as freight forwarders, offering a wide range of services within these various modes.
The Association’s mission is to promote the study and advancement of British Maritime Mercantile Law. It is the British representative of the Comite Maritime International which encourages the unification and harmonisation of International Maritime Law.
The British Ports Association represents the interests of its members to the UK government, the EU, and a range of stakeholders. The BPA comprises a broad cross-section of port types in terms of ownership, size and operations located throughout the UK
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is the professional body for transport and logistics and the supply chain. CILT aims to be the focus for professional excellence for the development of careers within the industry.
The worldwide organisation of electronic navigation / communication equipment manufacturers, systems builders and service companies; supporting members and providing technical advice to IMO, IEC, ITU, IHO and other significant bodies.
The Connecticut Maritime Association is a non-profit organisation built by its members for its members. It is an Association made of individuals representing every aspect of shipping and international trade. Over 1,400 members worldwide, an annual conference and trade show attracting 2,500 attendees, myriad social events and the CMA Education Foundation all make for a vibrant, ever-growing association.
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), founded in 1965 is the trade association representing the national shipowners’ associations of the EU and Norway (close to 99% of the EEA fleet or about 20% of the world fleet). Our aim is to promote the interests of European shipping so that the industry can best serve European and international trade and commerce in a competitive free enterprise environment to the benefit of shippers and consumers and help formulate EU policy on critical maritime transport-related issues.
FONASBA is the global representative organisation for the ship broking and ship agency sectors. London based and represented in more than 50 countries, it promotes and protects the interests of the sector at all levels and has consultative status with IMO, UNCITRAL, UNCTAD, WCO and the European Commission.
The Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee, (GSCC) is an organisation founded in London in 1935, comprising membership of firms based in the United Kingdom representing Greek shipowning interests
The Hong Kong Shipowners Association was incorporated in 1957 by 11 local shipowners with the purpose of creating a forum for shipowners resident in Hong Kong. Over the past 57 years, the Association has grown into one of the world’s largest Shipowner Associations, its members owning, managing and operating a fleet with a combined carrying capacity of over 133 million deadweight tonnes.
The Human Rights at Sea international initiative’s aim is to explicitly raise awareness, implementation and accountability for human rights protections throughout the maritime industry, especially where they are currently absent and being abused.
IACS is an Association of 12 of the world’s major Classification Societies comprising of 90% of the world’s tonnage. IACS develops rules and standards of the design, construction and survey of ships.
The IMarEST is the leading international membership body for marine professionals. With 15,000 members, it brings together marine engineers, scientists and technologists in over 100 countries into one multi-disciplinary professional body. It provides the exchange of ideas and practices and upholds the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.
IMCA is the international trade association for offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. IMCA issues guidance on marine and diving operations, procedures, equipment; safety; environment; legislation; training; certification and competence.
The Institute’s London and South East branch is the largest branch in the organisation’s international network. Members of the branch are representative of ship brokers and ship agents as well as charterers, ship managers, the port sector, lawyers, arbitrators, commodity traders, ship suppliers, technical service providers, the marine insurance and shipping finance industry, maritime journalists and seafarers.
Our members operate predominantly Bulk Carriers in the international dry bulk trades, such as coal, grain, iron ore and other bulk commodities. We work with our members, the regulators and other Shipping Associations to ensure that shipping operates safely, efficiently, environmentally and profitably. We participate in the development of global legislation through the IMO and other bodies.
InterManager is the international trade association for the shipmanagement industry. Our members are in-house or third party ship managers, crew managers or related organisations and businesses from throughout the shipping industry. Collectively InterManager members are involved in the management of almost 5,000 ships and responsible for some 250,000 seafarers.
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) is the voice of the suppliers and end users of marine fuel. Conceived in 1992 it has expanded steadily with a worldwide membership of 650.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for shipowners and operators, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet.
– 28 member organizations active worldwide in ports, harbours and aboard ships
– International lead on welfare and justice for seafarers
– Collaborating with charities, the industry, seafarer and employers groups
– Maintains IMO and ILO delegations
The International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA) was formed in 1974 to unite the World’s serving Shipmasters into a single co-ordinated body. Today it represents 11,000 shipmasters at IMO and ILO.
The International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) is an independent, non-political organisation promoting the professionalism, recognition and training of marine surveyors worldwide. The IIMS is the professional body for marine surveyors and has a worldwide membership of around 1,000 individuals in over 90 countries.
IMPA is a non-profit making body with a truly international outlook. It is primarily concerned with promoting professional standards of pilotage worldwide in the interests of pilots’ safety.
The International Salvage Union is the sole representative body for the international marine salvage industry. Based in London it has 60 Full Members and 80+ Associate and Affiliate Members.
ISSA is the global trade association for the ship supply industry. It has 43 national associations and associate members in 51 other countries. Some 2000 member companies in 550 ports worldwide supply the global fleet.
The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) has responded to over 700 incidents involving oil or chemical spills worldwide. Our highly skilled international team are ready to assist 24/7 to provide impartial technical advice.
The International Windship Association (IWSA) facilitates and promotes wind propulsion for commercial shipping worldwide and brings together all parties in the development of a windship sector to shape industry and government attitudes and policies.
INTERTANKO is a forum where the industry meets, policies are discussed and statements are created. Our mission is to provide leadership to the Tanker Industry in serving the world with the safe, environmentally sound and efficient seaborne transportation of oil, gas and chemical products.
The London Maritime Arbitrators Association was established in 1961. It supports the activity of 38 full time maritime arbitrators and other arbitrating members in London and has some 700 supporting members, both in London and internationally.
LSLC is at the forefront of delivering world-class learning and development programmes to marine professionals. It has pioneered risk management education and brings together various disciplines and leading international experts in law, maritime commerce and the business of shipping.
LSE is the world’s most international exchange. Nearly 2,500 companies from more than 90 countries are quoted across its markets, with a combined value of £4.2 trillion. It’s markets include the Main Market – London’s flagship venue for equity, debt and exchange traded products, offering businesses access to Europe’s most liquid pool of capital – and AIM – the world’s leading market for small and growing companies.
Enhancing public awareness of maritime issues; Supporting maritime education and training; Remembrance of those lost at sea; Providing recognition of those in the media related activities through awards for excellence
The Maritime Skills Alliance sets and promotes skills standards for the UK’s maritime sector. Much of our work so far has been devoted to developing a suite of interlocking standards and qualifications which enable employees to progress both within their specialism and between sectors.
The Nautical Institute delivers high standards of qualification, competence and knowledge. Our 7,000 members, from over 110 countries across all maritime sectors are international, growing, professional and based in 50 branches worldwide.
The London chapter of the Propeller Club of the USA is part of a worldwide network which is dedicated to the promotion of the maritime industry, commerce and global trade.
The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) is a membership organisation which represents companies working in the maritime security industry and acts as a focal point for global maritime security matters.
The Security in Complex Environment Group (SCEG), in partnership with the UK Government, promotes standards within the maritime security sector for UK based Private Maritime Security Companies.
The Society is the international body established for the exchange of technical information and experience, between members of the industry, to enhance the safety and operational reliability of gas tankers and terminals.
The Society for Gas as a Maritime Fuel (SGMF) encourages the safe and responsible operations of vessels of using Gas as fuel and all marine activities relating to the supply of Gas used for fuel.
The Society of Maritime Industries is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector representing members’ interest in offshore energy, marine science & technology, commercial maritime operations, ship building, repair, naval platforms, systems, maritime security & safety, ports & terminals infrastructure.
SPNL is London’s own meeting place for young shipping professionals from all aspects of shipping. The SPNL enjoys significant industry support, with industry backing from the UK Chamber of Shipping.
SSA is a non for profit membership organisation for the UK marine industry. We actively work with our members to identify global opportunities, improve performance and expand their portfolio nationally and internationally.
Totally Thames is an exciting month-long celebration of London’s river featuring arts, music and community festivals; colourful regattas; thrilling river races; foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities; as well as river-linked activities in London’s 17 riverside boroughs.
TRACE International is a leading anti-bribery business association that develops practical and cost-effective tools for compliance and third party due diligence for companies worldwide.
The United Kingdom Major Ports Group (UKMPG) is the trade association representing most of the larger commercial ports in the United Kingdom.
The UK Marine Alliance brings together all aspects of the diverse sector with the goal of working together to secure the maximum opportunity for the industry to flourish.
Since 1884 the UKMPA has worked to ensure the safe, secure and efficient movement of shipping whilst protecting local marine environments and port infrastructures. At our core are the promotion of professionalism and the highest skill levels coupled with the protection of members’ interests.
Canada’s city of Vancouver has become one of the most attractive locations for international shipping companies. The Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) promotes Vancouver as a location for international shipping companies, and assists interested companies in developing their operations on the west coast of North America.
WISTA-UK was founded in 1974. We are part of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) an organisation for women involved in the shipping industry worldwide. With networking, education and mentoring in focus we can enhance members’ competence and empower career success. We are over 1600 members in over 34 countries.
The Shipwrights’ Company originates from the fourteenth century and was originally formed to safeguard the quality of shipbuilding in London. Today the Shipwrights’ Company maintains close links with the sea and donates to maritime related causes, including apprentices. It supports George Green’s and London Nautical Schools, Sea Cadets and is affiliated to HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. “Within the Ark Safe Forever”
The Apostleship of the Sea serves seafarers from across the world, regardless of belief, nationality or rank. In all the main ports in Great Britain our team of chaplains and volunteer ship visitors visit thousands of seafarers each year, meeting their needs through the provision of help, support and advice.
The OSCAR campaign raises money towards lifesaving research into childhood cancers and immune diseases, so that researches at Great Ormond Street Hospital can continue to deliver ground-breaking immune therapies.
Sailors’ Society is an international maritime welfare charity, committed to transforming the lives of seafarers and their families in port, at sea and at home, through chaplaincy, education and relief of poverty and distress.
Seafarers UK is a charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. We do this by giving money to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives.
The free platform for all issues of the shipping industry – after all, 80% of our planet is water, and the majority of its 7 billion live close to the sea.
Bunkerspot is the world’s foremost source of information on the technical, operational, commercial, legal and environmental aspects of bunkering. Bunkerspot’s website offers free news, pricing and a specialist subscriber service and archive. Bunkerspot magazine is the essential and authoritative source of information for marine fuels professionals.
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide is one of the world’s leading online news source and information provider for all stakeholders of the shipping industry. Our free daily newsletter is delivered to +25,000 professionals globally.
With an information gathering legacy of over 250 years, IHS is the single source of critical maritime and trade intelligence and insight, enabling organisations to navigate today’s complex trading environment.
Lloyd’s List is the leading source for the maritime industry covering all sectors of the shipping world including tankers, containers, ports and dry bulk.
Nautilus International is the union for maritime professionals at sea and ashore. They are an independent, campaigning and progressive organisation that speaks up for seafarers and protects maritime professionals.
Seatrade Maritime News is the free, online, daily insight into world shipping and offshore marine news. Delivering breaking news from a truly global perspective, our team of highly respected and internationally recognised journalists deliver exclusive content, that simply cannot be read anywhere else.
Ship Management International is the only maritime magazine dedicated to the information needs of the ship owner and the ship manager. Its editorial, both hard copy and online, is must-read, highly valued and totally objective and thought-provoking.