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  • June 27, 2016

    Today, the World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) jointly released a second Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document designed to support the smooth implementation of the container weighing regulations that take effect globally on 1 July 2016. The amendments to SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export. Read the full announcement.

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  • September 25, 2015

    In its April Logistics Executive Briefing for Importers and Exporters, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors used its proprietary databases and results of other consultancy work to take a look at how container carriers are performing when it comes to reducing their carbon footprint.  It concludes that “overall, international shipping is playing its part to protect the environment and the measures taken so far by both government and the private sector seem to have been very effective.”

    “The World Shipping Council and its member companies are pleased that Drewry decided to pursue this independent assessment,” said Chris Koch, World Shipping Council President and CEO.  “Ocean carriers have a large incentive to reduce carbon emissions, which are directly tied to the amount of fuel consumed.  Reducing fuel consumption reduces operating costs and reduces carbon emissions, which is good both for the environment and the bottom line.  Ocean carriers’ liner services must endeavor to meet the transportation and service needs of the world’s importers and exporters.  The Drewry Supply Chain Advisors report shows that the container shipping industry is providing those services while improving its energy efficiency, cutting its fuel consumption, and reducing its carbon emissions.”

    The Drewry briefing memo is available here. 


  • 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.