THE NEW Zealand Shipping Federation has become a full member of the International Chamber of Shipping.

NZSF is the representative body for New Zealand’s coastal operators, focusing on policies related to safe, secure and clean shipping.

ICS said it already has a relationship with NZSF – the federation has been an affiliate member since 2021, allowing it to participate at ICS sub-committees and panels and observe at the ICS board.

It said NZSF’s move to full membership would enable it to participate at all committees and at the ICS board.

ICS secretary general Guy Platten said he was delighted ICS would be working more closely with NZSF through the move to full membership.

Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping said:

“We are creating a truly global community that helps us to further understand the challenges facing the shipping industry, from decarbonisation to digitalisation, seafarer welfare and recruitment and more, so that we can work together to find solutions for all.”

NZSF executive director John Harbord said the ICS is at the forefront of advocacy on issues impacting the industry.

“It’s important that we are at the table, working on solutions before they hit us in distant New Zealand, and we are delighted to once again be part of the ICS team.”

ICS said NZSF’s move to full membership would increase the geographical spread of the ICS board members.

It expects the geographical expansion to help ensure a balanced view of the international shipping landscape so that the ICS can shape the future of shipping “as the industry works together to find solutions to collective issues including piracy, seafarer welfare and training, digitisation and decarbonisation”.

ICS membership now comprises national shipowners’ associations from more than 40 countries and territories.