Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Ireland

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, founded in 1911, is the Professional Membership Body that sets the highest standards of professional service to the shipping industry through the provision of an internationally recognised education programme.

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers is the only internationally recognised professional body representing shipbrokers, ship managers and agents throughout the world.

As a major provider of education and training, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Ireland facilitate lecturers, examination centres and exams for the ICS membership syllabus, providing the shipping industry with highly qualified professionals.

With 24 branches in key shipping areas, 4000 individuals and 120 company members, the Institute’s membership represents a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards across the shipping industry. As part of a professional body, members can enjoy many benefits and a number of opportunities which enhance their career in the shipping industry.


The Members of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (MICS) are internationally recognised professionals in the shipping industry.

Members are elected in accordance with Institute rules and applies to any member of commercial shipping. To become a member, candidates must pass the examinations and satisfy the Controlling Council in London of their suitability.

Fellowship (FICS), which permits a person to be described as a Chartered Shipbroker, is granted to a member who has reached a position of seniority and influence in the shipping world.

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Celebrating 40 years

In 2014 we celebrated 40 years of ICS Ireland. During this period we have actively promoted education within the shipping industry and continue to offer lecturers at DCU to facilitate those that undertake the Institutes examinations. Our educational programmes have resulted in an increase in students and pass rates during this period. It is our belief that by offering a relevant and topical educational package we will help maintain and enhance the high level of standards within the Irish shipping industry.

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in Ireland is celebrating four decades of successful achievement, and commissioned a book to record the momentous events that have shaped the shipping industry here during that time and the comparatively significant role played by its members in that process of change. The influence of rapidly changing market forces and economic circumstances features as a backdrop in a time-line perspective consisting of nine distinctively different Irish government terms of office.

In Course and Speed made Good, the author through his perceptive interviews explores the professional careers of a broad cross-section of the national membership and in the process discovers an enormous diversity of interests within the Shipbroking profession. Intermediary activities that range across a spectrum of commercial sectors including chartering; sale & purchase; ship finance; ship management; off-shore; port operations; port agency; liner agency; transport management; freight forwarding; marine insurance and maritime law, so many disciplines covering cargo and passenger transportation by land, sea and air. Through the members’ stories, the narrative conveys a sense of the legacy of professional education and training in the promotion of good practice, in an industry which like the sea is a world in motion, ceaselessly changing and rendered magical by its evolving potential for worthwhile endeavor.