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  • July 10, 2017

    The World Shipping Council (WSC) released today an update to its survey and estimate of containers lost at sea.  WSC undertook the first survey of its member companies in 2011, with updates in 2014 and 2017.

    Based on the most recent survey results, WSC estimates that for the combined nine year period from 2008 to 2016, on average, there were 568 containers lost at sea each year, not counting catastrophic events, and  1,582 containers lost at sea each year including catastrophic events.   On average, 64% of containers lost during this period were attributed to a catastrophic event. 

    “Although the number of containers lost at sea represents a very small fraction of the number of containers carried on ships each year, the industry continuously strives to reduces those losses.   The latest report shows that the average number of containers estimated to be lost each year is down from the estimates reported in 2014.  This is an encouraging sign.  The report also identifies initiatives the industry is actively supporting to increase container safety and reduce losses further,” said John Butler, WSC President and CEO.

     


     

  • May 10, 2017

    The World Shipping Council (WSC) on behalf of its member companies and other industry partners has filed a proposal for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to consider as the IMO develops a comprehensive Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Strategy for maritime shipping.

  • 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.