PhotoCall for entries

Awe-inspiring seascapes, monster machines, floating steel behemoths – shipping is an industry of striking contrasts. In recognition of this, the December 2017 issue of Shipping Network will be our second special edition issue celebrating the imagery of the shipping industry.

We are inviting all Institute members, fellows and students to submit high resolution photos, the best of which will feature in the December 2017 issue of Shipping Network. The best overall photo will be awarded a prize of £500.

Further details in flyer.


The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Canada Branch’s next exciting event, a luncheon talk on Wednesday, October 18th, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm at the boardroom of the Shipping Federation of Canada, 300 St Sacrement Street, Suite 326 in Old Montreal!

The topic of the talk will be “Streamlining Commercial Shipping Processes: Chartering, Port Disbursements & Laytime” and we are pleased to have as our speaker, Praveen Thekkat from Marcura ( ). This educational talk will examine various ways to add efficiency, intelligence and value to the work we do. Software will be also be demonstrated. There will also be a brief discussion of current technology issues such as “big data” and “blockchain” as they relate to shipping.


The cost is $30.00 for ICS members, $35.00 for non-ICS members and $25.00 for Students & ICS Retirees.

Lunch and drinks will be served.

Please RSVP to Julian Hung , send your completed registration form as attached to Alisha Randhawa at and your cheques to:

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers – Canada Branch, 100-1111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 2J3 with attention to Alisha Randhawa.

Spaces are limited so please register early. Really looking forward to having you with us!


        ICS Canada held an open info night in Montreal on September 27th 2017. This was part of a global effort by ICS to reach out to prospective students and included events in over 20 locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. A total of eight people attended the Montreal session including staff from major bulk operators and with backgrounds as varied as market research, maritime law and marine engineering.
        The evening began with a presentation on ICS and ICS Canada Branch’s background and activities. Students were then shown the a video entitled “Why Study with ICS?”. This was followed by a detailed discussion of the types of qualifications and the methods of study offered and addressed various issues such as cost, duration, resources and support. Students were also guided through the ICS website, shown samples of ICS textbooks and past exams and given “Studying with ICS” brochures. The newly launched WISTA-ICS scholarships for members of the WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association) was also mentioned!
          ICS Canada Branch in Montreal wishes to thank the Shipping Federation of Canada for hosting this event in their boardroom. For those who would have liked to attend but missed it, please look out for the next one – ICS tries to hold these open info nights twice a year. Meantime, prospective students are encouraged to contact ICS Canada Branch should they have any questions.

          ICS Canada in Vancouver participated in another successful global open night as well on September 26th, 2017. Four prospective students attended this event from UBC (University of British Columbia) from programs such as Supply Chain Management Studies, Freight Forwarding and Marine Engineering. The event was well received and the participants appreciated again the opportunity to learn more about the Institute, specifically how they can benefit and ask any questions about professions within the shipping industry and the maritime field as a whole. We are pleased to share feedback from a participant:“I just wanted to thank you again for a lovely evening at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers tonight. I definitely learned a lot and am even more excited by the prospect of working in the shipping industry.

I recall you mentioning a few events coming up in November. As I said, I’m very interested in attending and would love to open the opportunity to other students in the Supply Chain Management Club as well.”

          From the participants, one person is expected to sign up for the May exams in 2018. The event has also opened up the opportunity to reach out to more students at the University of British Columbia. ICS Canada Branch is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the ICS Global Open Night and looks forward to holding similar events for potential students as well members in the future.

Third Annual Dry Bulk and Commodities Conference

For registration please proceed to Registration Page


ICS Membership

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Canada Branch is always looking for ways to add value to our membership community.   Therefore, we are pleased to introduce the Canada Branch Membership List.

What does it mean to be an ICS member?  The common understanding is that the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers is the only internationally recognized professional body representing shipbrokers, ship managers and agents throughout the world.  In practice, ICS membership connects our professional careers with a vast network of highly dedicated maritime professionals of nearly 100 Canada Branch members locally, and more than 4,000 members internationally.

How can we get value from being an ICS member?  Networking, field trips and educational sessions have always been a successful and popular way to engage members and non-members alike.   Local content that is connected to local professionals and expertise.

But of those that attend, who is qualified as an ICS member?  For some time, it has not been clear on who has also shared this ICS journey.  Membership should be the heart and soul of our organization, it is the main reason that at the Canada Branch keep active in our communities.  And a community is the reason we may have become members in the first place.

The Canada Branch Membership List is another value add to your ICS membership.  This list is meant to communicate a members commitment to the ICS community with the goal of creating an ICS community.  Privacy is of utmost importance, therefore we are committed to sharing only your name and ICS membership designation.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact me directly.

Dena Rantz, FICS
Canada Branch Chair

Email Phishing Scam

Dear Members and Students,

Institute email addresses are currently being used in an email phishing scam. This is not surprising as our emails addresses are available to the public.

Please do not click on any links to invoices sent from Institute email addresses and delete the email from your inbox and deleted items. The Institute will NEVER email members or students with a link to an invoice.

If you are unsure if an email is genuine then please do not hesitate to contact us directly to verify the email.  Here is the link to the Institute’s emailing policy:

Please contact us if you need any further clarification.

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
85 Gracechurch Street
London EC3V 0AA
Tel: 020 7623 1111
Fax: 020 7623 8118


  • October 18, 2017 12:00Lunch Talk on Streamlining Commercial Shipping Processes
  • November 16, 2017 08:30Dry Bulk and Commodities Conference
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