Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
South Wales & West Branch

Eddystone Lighthouse, Plymouth

Learning Resources for Students

While your Tutorship course books and your tutors no doubt form the basis of your learning experience, it's important to make the most of your learning opportunities by familiarising yourself with the wide range of resources that are available.

These resources have been collected with ICS students specifically in mind, and they are a great place to start. It's important to remember however, that learning is a dynamic experience, and as a shipping professional, you will no doubt have a wealth of resources around you at the office, and through working colleagues.

Click on the tabs below to discover a wealth of exam and study support.

click for online learning resources

Shipping Business, Ship Ops & Management

Cargo News Asia
Wide application across subjects

Cargo Systems
Wide application across subjects

Chemical Online
Tanker Chartering

Containerisation International
Liner Trades, Logistics & Multi-modal Transport

Dry Cargo International
Dry Cargo Chartering

Wide application across subjects

Hazardous Cargo Bulletin
Wide application across subjects

IMC Brokers
Offshore Support Industry

Wide application across subjects

Lloyd's List
Wide application across subjects

Lloyd's Shipping Economist
Wide application across subjects

LNG Industry
Tanker Chartering

Logistics Today
Liner Trades, Logistics & Multi-modal Transport

Wide application across subjects

Marine Link
Shipping Business, Ship Sale & Purchase

Marine Log
Shipping Business, Ship Sale & Purchase

Offshore Engineer
Offshore Support Industry, Tanker Chartering

Offshore Source
Offshore Support Industry

Port Technology
Port Agency, Port & Terminal Management

Professional Mariner
Shipping Business

Ship Gaz
Wide application across subjects

Shipping World
Ship Sale & Purchase

Tanker Operator
Tanker Chartering, Offshore Support Industry

Wide application across subjects

Transport Weekly
Liner Trades, Logistics & Multi-modal Transport

Upstream Online
Tanker Chartering, Ship Ops & Managemenet

World Cargo News
Port Agency, Port & Terminal Management, Liner Trades, Logistics & Multi-modal Transport

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Associations and Organisations

International Chamber of Shipping -

International Maritime Organisation -

Maritime Foundation -

Baltic Exchange -

Chamber of Shipping -

Imarest -

Maritime and Coastguard Agency -

Merchant Navy Training Board -

Association of Royal Navy Officers -

International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations -

Royal Institute of Navigation -

Society of Maritime Industries -

Trinity House -

European Sea Ports Organisation -

EcoPorts Foundation -

European Federation of Inland Ports -

The International Association of Ports And Harbours -

Baltic Ports Organisation -

European Shippers' Council -

AIVP/IACP: International Association Cities and Ports -

International Harbour Masters' Association -

European Institute of Maritime and Transport Law -

Container Owners Association -

World Ocean Council -



Marine Society -

Royal National Lifeboat Institution -

Seafarers UK -

Sea Cadets -

SeaVision UK -

Maritime Volunteer Service -

Royal Life-saving Society -

The Nautical Institute -

Nautilus International -



Spinnaker -


Further Education

Lloyd's Maritime Academy -

Greenwich Maritime Institute -

University of Plymouth -

Warsash Maritime Academy -

Fleetwood Nautical Campus -

World Maritime University -



National Maritime Museum (UK) -



Maritime and Insurance Books -

International Association of Independent Tanker Owners -


Free resources

Chamber of Shipping -

Maritime Industry Foundation -


Tips and Study Techniques

A lot of people find study really difficult to master, especially those that are less familiar with examinations. While there are no hard and fast rules about studying, there are a few things that you can be aware of to help you make the most of your exam preparation. Remember that everyone is different, and someone who studies well actively thinks about what is best practice for them.

  • Manage your time

    You will need to make study a priority and commit time to ensure you have learnt everything you need to when working towards the exams.

  • Establish your learning priorities

    This is a difficult task because the amount you could learn is seemingly endless, but there are several pointers. Looking through your materials and working with your tutors is one of the best ways but don't dismiss reviewing the syllabus and checking through old exam papers. Don't discount other ICS students and members as a resource. Talking to them can help you establish a plan of action for how you intend to tackle your exams.

  • Be familiar...

    with past examiners reports. These always hint at common pitfalls and mistakes that you can actively seek to avoid in your exam.

  • Practice makes perfect

    Try answering past exam questions and getting used to the discipline of writing an exam. These can also be found on the ICS website.

  • Be mindful of your own learning patterns

    Again, there is no set of rules for how to study, it really is 'best fit', but there are tips you can think about:

    • Research indicates that study lasting more than 40 minutes is more often than counterproductive. Plan to study for 30-40 minutes at a time before you have a break.
    • Whatever you do with your break time, get up and move away from your desk (a walk and some fresh air is a really good idea). You should look at having a short break before getting back to it.
    • Make sure your study area is comfortable and has lots of fresh air and good light.
  • Rest well

    In the weeks coming up to your exam you will really want to make sure you are well rested. Some studies indicate that sleep is the single biggest factor influencing examination performance. 

    It's generally accepted that having a routine sleeping pattern (going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time) is the best way to achieve quality sleep.