February 4, 2015
Speaking today before a conference on ballast water treatment regulation, World Shipping Council President Chris Koch outlined the conundrum facing the maritime industry caused by the lack of globally accepted ballast water treatment technology. Read his remarks.
January 22, 2015
The European Commission's proposed amendments to the ENS filing system need clarification. The World Shipping Council has called on the Commission to address two problems of particular signficance with the recently proposed changes. Read the full news release. Read WSC's comments to the Commission.
January 20, 2015
All parties should begin preparing now for the container weight verification requirements that will take effect on July 1, 2016. At the end of 2014, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) that will require every packed export container to have a verified container weight as a condition for loading aboard a vessel. This requirement will become legally binding on July 1, 2016. Read the full release. Learn more about the container weight verification rules.
December 17, 2014
Chris Koch, current president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), will retire from his position on July 31, 2015 and WSC Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, John Butler, will assume that position on August 1 of next year. After his retirement as president, Mr. Koch will continue to support the Council in a senior advisory capacity. Read the full release.
June 27, 2014
The World Shipping Council (WSC) released today an update to its survey and estimate of containers lost at sea. The earlier WSC survey, released in 2011, covered the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. The new survey includes data for years 2011, 2012 and 2013.For the combined six year period from 2008 to 2013, WSC estimates that there were 546 containers lost on average each year, not counting catastrophic events, and 1,679 containers lost at sea each year including catastrophic events, such at the MOL Comfort disaster. The report notes that 2011 and 2013 each saw rare catastrophic events that resulted in complete and total vessel losses.“Every container loss is one the industry would like to avoid. The updated report not only provides more accurate and up-to-date data on the issue, but also identifies those initiatives the industry is supporting to increase container safety and reduce such losses. While nobody can eliminate the challenges of bad weather or the risk of vessel casualties at sea, care and cooperation amongst all those who pack, handle, weigh, stow and secure containers is needed to improve safety. “ said Chris Koch, WSC President and CEO.
June 24, 2014
The European Commission today extended the effective period of the consortia block exemption regulation (BER) for an additional five year period until April of 2020. The regulation provides a “safe harbor” under European competition law for vessel sharing arrangements that have a market share up to 30%. The World Shipping Council commends the European Commission for continuing to recognize both the benefits of vessel sharing consortia and the importance of the consortia BER to the efficient operation of those operational arrangements. Read the full statement.
May 19, 2014
IMO approval in May 2014 means mandatory container weighing may soon be a reality. The World Shipping Council has long advocated for this change and issued a brief statement following the decision.