The World Shipping Council often makes public statements regarding the issues affecting the liner shipping industry. Most of these statements can also be found elsewhere on the website under the relevant topic in the Industry Issues or About the Industry sections of the website. All public statements generally fall into one of four categories, which are summarized below.
Regulatory comments are formal comments submitted to the government as it is developing a new regulation or modifying an existing regulation. The comments found here are matters of the public record. See this page for a complete listing of comments submitted by the WSC to the U.S. government, the European Union and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
In addition to soliciting comments during the regulatory process, governments often call witnesses to testify at hearings designed to inform the government as it considers new laws or to update lawmakers on the progress of implementation of existing laws. Calling witnesses to testify is a common practice of the U.S. Congress. See this page to review all formal testimony given by the World Shipping Council.
The World Shipping Council is a well-respected representative of the liner shipping industry and as such is often called upon to speak to groups interested in the issues the WSC is addressing on behalf of the industry. See this page to view the speeches given by World Shipping Council staff.
Other Public Statements
The World Shipping Council periodically releases public statements that are not part of the regulatory or lawmaking process yet address an issue that is important to the liner shipping industry. See this page to view other public statements issued by the WSC.