Istanbul and Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions Chamber of Shipping, briefly called the Turkish Chamber of Shipping (TCS), is an important professional organization of the Turkish maritime sector, with its headquarters in Istanbul and main branch offices in Izmir, Bodrum, Marmaris, Antalya, İskenderun, Fethiye, Karadeniz Ereğlisi (West Black Sea Region) Kocaeli and Aliağa. It has a Liaison Bureau in Ankara and also representations at all the coastal towns and cities in Turkey. Turkish Chamber of Shipping was first established as Istanbul Chamber of Shipping in 1982 by a group of Turkish shipowners led by Mr. Ziya Kalkavan, the reputed Turkish shipowner and afterwards its area of activities has been extended gradually so as to cover the region of the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean Sea coast and the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, then finally the Black Sea coast of the country.
The most important aim of the Turkish Chamber of Shipping is to try to develop shipping in accordance with the national transportation and shipping policy and the public interest. Moreover, to promote the interests and provide the common requirements of its members, to arrange the development of the profession, to guide and facilitate the professional activities, to establish common rules and to inform the authorities on shipping matters and to keep the discipline, morals and solidarity of the shipping profession are the other major concerns of the Turkish Chamber of Shipping.
The major activities of TCS are to establish rules and practices as regards shipping, to make researches and collect information on shipping, to ensure that sea trade is developing in accordance with the national policy of transportation, to supply information to foreign organizations on the possibilities and tariffs of the Turkish ports, to become member of and to follow activities of the international organizations concerned with shipping and to perform other functions stated in the law.
Among the members of the Turkish Chamber of Shipping are; shipowners, ship operators, shipping agents, ship sale and purchase brokers, forwarders, stevedores, tally firms, classification societies, marine insurance companies, underwriters, marine surveyors and experts, auxiliary services such as salvage, rescue, pilotage, dredging and yachting and also ship chandlers and suppliers, port, marina operators, ship-yacht builders and shipyards, ship-yacht equipment and repair services, maritime training companies, sand extractors and fishermen.
TCS'S MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Turkish Chamber of Shipping is a member of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and The International Chamber of Commerce-The Turkish National Committee (ICC Turkey). Apart from these two national organizations, TCS is also a member of The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), The International Chamber of Commerce – International Maritime Bureau (ICC-IMB), The Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents (FONASBA), The European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ECASBA), The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA), The European Boating Association (EBA), The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), The European Shortsea Network (ESN) ve The Turkish - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TD-IHK).
Turkish Chamber of Shipping publishes many books of studies on shipping, including the annual "MARİTİME SECTOR REPORT" in Turkish and in English and a monthly shipping magazine "TURKISH SHIPPING WORLD".
The Members of TCS have been gathered in 48 Professional Committees, according to their fields of occupation and professions and at present Turkish Chamber of Shipping has over 10000 Members. In accordance with Law No:5174 every company performing activities in the field of maritime shipping has to become a Member of the Turkish Chamber of Shipping