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2017

  • October 18, 2017

    Some of the biggest EU business and trade bodies, covering economic activities from raw materials and agriculture, transport and logistics to technology providers, financial services, veterinary services, wholesale and retail, strongly urge EU and UK negotiators to put legal certainty and predictability for business and trade at the top of their negotiating agenda.  Read the full release.

  • October 03, 2017

    Las Palmas, Spain, 3rd October, 2017

    Safety improvements throughout the international supply chain can be made through the proper packing, handling  and transport of cargo transport units (CTUs), including containers, according to the four bodies making up the industry coalition, and which are responsible for a broad cross-section of the global CTU freight  industry.  Speaking at a special session of ICHCA International’s 65th anniversary conference in Las Palmas, Spain today a spokesperson from each coalition member – Global Shippers’ Forum, ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council - highlighted the varied challenges the industry faces in achieving such improvements.  Read the full release.

     

     

     

  • September 25, 2017

    Four industry bodies, Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council (WSC) asked delegates of IMO member states for the backing of their governments to communicate the content, to encourage and oversee the use of the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code) within their jurisdictions. Read the full release.

     


     

     

  • August 16, 2017

    The Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council (WSC), will jointly host an event at the IMO that will focus on the correct packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) and the safety issues that result from poor packing and securing practices. ‘Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain’ will promote the awareness, understanding and implementation of the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code). The event will take place on Tuesday 12 September at 17:30 in the IMO Building, London and will be followed by a networking reception. Read the full press release, including organization's contact information. .

  • 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.

     


     


2016

  • 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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2015

  • 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.


2014

  • 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.


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2012

  • 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.