Events and Functions

SYDNEY Harbour Cocktail Cruise

The ICS ANZ Branch is pleased to announce a social networking evening on Sydney Harbour, to bring together charterers and brokers with the wider maritime industry and we hope as many of you can attend, with your spouses, partners and colleagues.

Date:  Friday 13 November 2015
Time:  5:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue:  MV Sydney 2000, Captain Cook Cruises
Cost:  $40 each for Members/Students and their partners; $50 each for Guests
Sponsorship:  Still available.  $400 permits you two tickets to the cruise and your company’s brochures displayed in the function room.

To register your interest please contact the Secretariat on 03 9895 4482 or email or contact Hemant Chopra, MICS, on 02 9316 1059 or email,

Event fliers and registration forms will be published shortly.  In the meantime, please start collecting your numbers.

Please note:  The cruise will be preceded by the Branch Committee meeting commencing at 1:00pm at a CBD venue TBA.  All members are invited to attend and participate.


ICS ANZ Branch Gala Industry Dinner 2015

The ICS ANZ Branch Gala Dinner was held on Friday 14 August 2015 at The Langham Hotel, in Southbank, Melbourne.  The event was co-sponsored by Braemar ACM Shipbroking and Wilhelmsen Ships Service. 91 distinguished guests from the Who’s Who of the maritime industry attended the function, representing Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and New Zealand.

The Keynote Speaker for the evening was The Hon Luke Donnellan, MP, the Victorian Minister for Ports, and Minister for Roads and Road Safety, informing us on the Victorian Government’s plans for the Port of Melbourne and associated infrastructure. The Minister provided the gathering with an update and the justification for the sale of the Port of Melbourne and future infrastructure planning to reduce congestion in and around the port area.

Among the many highlights of the evening was the quiz: Why is a ship called a she …. and a buoy called a he? The prize for the most convincing answer was donated by Baird Publishing.

ICS ANZ Branch Gala Industry Dinner 2014

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Branch in Australia and New Zealand played host to the Director Ms Julie Lithgow and Vice President Mr Bruce Ogilvy from the Institute’s Head Office in London this August by bringing the broader shipping community together in the form of gala dinner held on Friday 15 August 2014 at The Langham Hotel, in Southbank, Melbourne.  There were a total of 98 persons present, representing the Who’s Who of the maritime industry.

The Keynote Speaker for the evening was The Hon David Hodgett, MP, the Victorian Minister for Ports, Major Projects and Manufacturing, informing us on the Victorian Government’s Vision for Ports.  A very poignant presentation, given the huge projects earmarked for the upgrade of Victoria’s ports and the proposed movement of freight through those ports.

The Vice President also addressed the gathering, providing his views from an international perspective in relation to the latest trends in world maritime and the role and relevance of the ICS worldwide.

We take this opportunity to thanks our Sponsors for the evening:

Pacific Basin Shipping
Braemar ACM Shipbroking
Rio Tinto Australia
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
Australian Maritime College

Your sponsorship helped reduce the cost of the event and thereby encouraged a broader attendance, particularly from younger or new entrant personnel of the shipping industry, whom we hope will develop into future shipping professionals.

We look forward to supporting the shipping industry in this country, particularly at a time when it is being buffeted by government policy uncertainty under very difficult market conditions. You will agree that the trade of Australia and New Zealand is almost wholly dependent on good shipping services. Hence the professionalism and standards of those who work in this industry are paramount, which is the central mission and purpose of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

The ICS also held a Cocktail Evening at the Forrest Centre in Perth on 12 August 2014, attended by about 30 members, students and guests.

The Sponsors were:

Clarksons Shipping
Braemar ACM Shipbroking
RS Platou

We thanks you for your patronage and your commitment to bringing the wider maritime community together.

Finally, Sydney hosted a Tall Ships cruise of Sydney Harbour on 18 August 2014, with a barbecue and cocktails, attended by 52 members, students and guests.

The Sponsors for this event were:

SSY Chartering
MUR Shipping

Thank you once again, for helping us make the event a huge success.


Southern Soujourn

The ICS Director Mrs Julie Lithgow and Vice President Capt Bruce Ogilvy from our Head Office in London recently toured the Australia and New Zealand Branch, visiting Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.  Our Branch Chairman Capt Bob Hawkins followed them around, capturing the more salient moments.

 Southern Soujourn

ICS Shipping Ball 2012

The annual ICS Ball was held at the Langham Hotel on the evening of 10 August, attended by about 125 members and their guests. The evening started off with guests having to find their ‘table-mates’ then partake in a short quiz competition. The questions surely tested our collective knowledge on the lesser known aspects of the days of sail and everything maritime.

Once again, the three-course dinner served up by the Langham was in excellent taste whilst the brew kept flowing freely into the night. The Katrina Wellins Band was the hit of the show, providing live music for all ages to dance to. And dance they did, until closing time. Spot prizes made the evening just that little bit more mysterious but a lot more exciting!

Needless to say there was an immense amount of networking taking place and the surrounding pubs and bars did roaring business until the early hours of the morning. Many thanks to our sponsors: Clarksons, Pacific Basin and Rio Tinto. We do appreciate your benevolence.

The ICS 2013 Ball has been scheduled for Friday 16 August. Watch This Space.


Bespoke Professional Development Courses - The ICS (ANZ Branch) is offering bespoke courses and workshops specific to the needs of the client, delivered by ICS approved tutors.

International Tutorship Program - The Australia and New Zealand Branch is also an International Teaching Centre, bringing the International Tutorship program right to your doorstep. Find out more by emailing

Annual General Meeting 2016 - The ICS Branch AGM was held on Thursday 11 August 2016 in Melbourne. The minutes of the meeting will be posted shortly.

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