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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.

    See all FAQs.


  • 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 04, 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 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.

  • January 17, 2014

    The World Shipping Council appoints two new members to its Board of Directors; Mr. Tai Soo Suk, President of Hanjin Shipping and Mr. Soren Toft, Chief Operating Officer of Maersk Line. Read the full release.



  • April 26, 2012

    At the request of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, today Chris Koch, President and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC) testified regarding some current environmental and safety regulatory initiatives in which the industry is engaged and over which the Committee has oversight responsibility. Read the full news release....

    Mr. Koch's full testimony is available here.

  • March 29, 2012

    World Shipping Council adds NYK's Naito to its Board

    At its March 2012 meeting in Bangkok, the World Shipping Council (WSC) board of directors confirmed the election of Mr. Tadaaki Naito, Representative Director and Senior Managing Corporate Officer of NYK, to the WSC board of directors to fill the seat previously held by Mr. Kenji Mizushima of NYK. Other board members are:  Mr. Philip Chow, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL); Mr. Thomas Crowley, Jr., Crowley Maritime Corporation; Mr. Rafi Danieli, Zim Integrated Shipping Services; Mr. Morten Englestoft, Maersk Line; Dr. Ottmar Gast, Hamburg Sud; Mr. Y.M. Kim, Hanjin Shipping; Mr. Ulrich Kranich of Hapag-Lloyd AG; Mr. Ng Yat Chung, NOL Group; Mr. Wan Min, COSCO Container Lines; and, Mr. Ron Widdows, Rickmers-Linie.

  • March 27, 2012
                March 27, 2012 -- The World Shipping Council (WSC) is pleased to welcome two new members. RICKMERS-LINIE is a member of the Hamburg based Rickmers Group. The company has been operating for more than 175 years, providing a world-wide network of liner services for the transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes. For more information about Rickmers-Linie, visit .
                Through its maritime companies, Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line, Tote, Inc. provides regular services on dedicated routes between the Port of Anchorage and the Port of Tacoma; Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Jacksonville, Port Everglades. For more information about Tote, Inc., visit .
  • January 09, 2012

    World Shipping Council Adds New Board Member

    At its December 2011 meeting in London, the World Shipping Council (WSC) board confirmed the election of Mr. Ng Yat Chung, Group President and CEO of NOL, to the WSC board of directors for a term that expires in September 2013. The election of Mr. Ng fills all eleven seats on the WSC Board. Other board members are: Mr. Philip Chow, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL); Mr. Thomas Crowley, Jr., Crowley Maritime Corporation; Mr. Rafi Danieli, Zim Integrated Shipping Services; Mr. Morten Engelstof, Maersk Line; Dr. Ottmar Gast, Hamburg Sud; Mr. Y. M. Kim, Hanjin Shipping; Mr. Ulrich Kranich, Hapag-Lloyd AG; Mr. Kenji Mizushima, NYK Line; Mr. Wan Min, COSCO Container Lines; and, Mr. Ron Widdows, who will continue to serve as the WSC Board Chairman until September 2012.

    The World Shipping Council is an association of liner shipping companies with offices in Brussels and Washington, D.C. Its members transport over 90 percent of international containerized trade. The WSC's goal is to provide a coordinated voice for the liner shipping industry in its work with policymakers and other industry groups interested in international transportation issues.

    For more information about the World Shipping Council and the international liner shipping industry, visit


  • December 12, 2011

    Carriers and Ports are United on Need to Weigh Containers.  Read the release.

  • September 28, 2011

     World Shippping Council Adds New Board Members and Keeps Widdows as Chairman

    At its membership meeting in Seoul last week, the World Shipping Council (WSC) membership elected Mr. Wan Min, Managing Director of COSCO Container Lines and Dr. Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd to two year terms on its Board of Directors, and re-elected to the Board Mr. Philip Chow of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), Mr. Morten Englestoft of Maersk Line and Mr. Ulrich Kranich of Hapag-Lloyd AG. 
    They join Mr. Thomas Crowley, Jr., Crowley Maritime Corporation; Mr. Rafi Danieli, Zim Integrated Shipping Services; Mr. Y.M. Kim, Hanjin Shipping; Mr. Kenji Mizushima, NYK Line; and Mr. Ron Widdows, NOL on the WSC Board.
    The WSC Membership also approved Mr. Widdows’ continuation as Chairman of the Board through September 2012, after he steps down from his current role as Group President and CEO of NOL later this year.
  • August 10, 2011

    World Shipping Council Releases First-Ever Survey on Containers Lost at Sea

    The liner shipping industry has been the subject of a number of unfavorable stories or reports that allege that the industry loses as many as 10,000 containers a year at sea. although most industry representatives recognized that this number was incorrect, there was no conclusive evidence to refute it  Accordingly, the World Shipping Council (WSC) conducted a survey of its members and concluded that indeed the estimated losses are far below the figures previously reported.  Read the summary of the analysis.