International Chamber of Shipping Guide to Helicopter/Ship Operations, 4th Edition (2008) (ICS Guide) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this standard if you operate a ship that is registered in Australia, or any ship in Australian territorial waters.

The master of a ship cannot permit persons or goods to be transferred from a helicopter to a ship unless the owner or master has provided such shipboard arrangements, equipment, training and drills that are at least as effective as those specified in the ICS Guide.

The ICS Guide sets out recommended dimensions and obstacle free zones for helicopter landing and operating areas. Any divergence from these recommendations must be clearly documented and communicated to the helicopter pilot prior to commencing operations.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources


Guide to Helicopter/Ship operations - Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Marine Orders - Part 57: Helicopter Operations, Issue 3 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Ship Safety Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6279 5000


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