The International Shipping Conference first met in 1921, inaugurated by the Chamber of Shipping. Its main aim was the promotion of international co-operation within the shipping industry. The second conference, in 1924, was attended by delegates from fourteen different countries, each representing foreign shipowners' organisations. Such matters as shipping taxation, deck cargoes and safety at sea were discussed, and a separate conference on the latter was held in 1929. During the Second World War, the International Shipping Conference was largely suspended, but after the conflict the organisation was reformed. Some changes were made to its structure, but essentially it remained a body representative of private ownership in shipping. One of its major concerns continued to be the issue of safety at sea, and the result was an international Inter-Governmental conference, convened by the British Government in 1948, for the revision of the earlier Safety of Life at Sea Convention.
Reference: Intenational Shipping Conference reports, 1921-1922 (MSS.367/ISC/4/1/1); Chamber of Shipping Annual Reports, 1922-1923, 1946-1947, 1947-1948 (MSS.367/COS/1/4/8, 32, 33).