ICC Shipping Association
The Indian Coastal Conference(ICC) was formed in 1951 by 13 leading Indian shipping companies as a platform to facilitate and grow the Indian coastal shipping trade. For almost 7 decades now, the ICC Shipping Association (ICCSA) continues to be the representative body for the Indian coastal shipping industry. With 63 members companies, ICCSA today represents the interests of the coastal shipping industry at various forums including the Ministry of Shipping, Directorate General of Shipping, the National Shipping Board, Tariff Authority for Major Ports, etc. ICCSA's prime focus is the development of sea-borne trade along the Indian coast and in line with that focus, ICCSA welcomes all stakeholders in the Indian coastal trade as members. This includes ship-owners, ship-managers, freight and logistics companies , shipping agents, etc.
- The Indian Coastal Conference (ICC) was formed in 1951 by 13 leading Indian shipping companies as a platform to facilitate and grow the Indian coastal shipping trade. The Association has now been registered as “ICC Shipping Association (ICCSA)” under Society Registration Act, 1860 in the state of Maharashtra.
- In early 2008, the Director General of Shipping constituted a committee to address and resolve technical & operational hurdles that impeded the growth on the Indian coastal fleet. The committee comprised of a cross-section of the industry and Government. Several ICC members actively served on the said committee and under the chairmanship of the Chief Surveyor and the guidance of the Chief Co-ordinator, the committee worked in an expeditious manner to prescribe comprehensive standards for construction, survey, certification and operation of a separate class of vessels plying exclusively on the Indian coast and within Indian territorial waters, viz. Indian River-Sea Vessels. Accordingly, the Notification for Indian River-Sea Vessels (DGS Order No. 4 of 2008) was issued in July 2008. Subsequently the Notification on River Sea Vessels was amended to make it industry friendly and re-issued as DG Order No. 6 of 2010 on 15th Nov 2010.
- The said Notification has been an unprecedented initiative from the Directorate General of Shipping to seamlessly integrate seaborne trade from inland waters to coastal waters and vice-versa.