History of the ICS in Ireland

On the 20th September 1974, thirty-five members of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers met at the Clarence Hotel on Wellington quay in Dublin. The meeting was convened by Stephen Cleary who had been a driving force to form a separate branch of the Institute in Ireland – and this was to become its inaugural meeting. It was considered essential to form an Irish branch so that members could, for the first time, make known their activities particular to Ireland and also to allow representation on the controlling council which manages the Institute’s worldwide affairs.

The institutes first officers and the committee were:

  • Ray Burke – Chairman

  • Eddy O’Regan –Vice chairman

  • Freddy Fewell – Hon Secretary / Treasurer

  • Stephen Clery – Committee member

  • John Dundon – Committee member

  • John Hannigan – Committee member

  • Bill Lynch – Committee member

  • Paddy Monaghan – Committee member

  • Gordon McMillan – Committee member

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 DIT 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.

To celebrate this achievement, the Institute commissioned a book “Course and Speed made Good” where the author (Gordon McMillan), 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 endeavour. 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.


The Institute represents all aspects of the shipping business and includes in its membership not only shipbrokers but shipowners, charterers, agents, forwarders and other shipping professionals. It is dedicated to the setting and maintenance of the highest standards in international transport and shipping business. Individual professional membership of the Institute is gained by candidates passing the Qualifying Examinations. Promotion to Fellowship permits the person to be described as a Chartered Shipbroker and is granted to those of seniority and influence in the world of shipping and international transport.

Today the Institute remains as valid in training and professionalism in the industry as it did back in 1974. It has a record number of 90 members and 45 students, and is looking forward to the next forty years as we continue to steam on ahead.