About the Council

About the World Shipping Council (WSC)

The World Shipping Council's goal is to provide a coordinated voice for the liner shipping industry in its work with policymakers and other industry groups with an interest in international transportation.

The WSC and its member companies partner with governments and other stakeholders to collaborate on actionable solutions for some of the world's most challenging transportation problems. In particular, the WSC plays an active role in the development of programs that improve maritime security without impeding the free flow of commerce.

Additionally, the World Shipping Council and its member companies are working to promote sound environmental stewardship through new international standards for ships and achievement of reduced air emissions, including carbon dioxide. Other areas of interest include establishment of a new international convention on cargo liability; enhanced customs information; and, international technology standards for containers. In recognition that a modern and efficient transportation infrastructure is critical to economic growth, the WSC also routinely works with a broad range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors to advance policies and programs that will ensure adequate and efficient global transportation infrastructure capacity.


Read a brief history of the World Shipping Council.

Member Companies

The twenty members of the World Shipping Council represent approximately 90 percent of the global liner vessel capacity and transport approximately 160 million TEU annually. They have invested hundreds of billions of dollars in ships, port terminals, trucking companies; warehouses and technology in order to ensure a wide variety of options continue to exist for safe, dependable and economical international cargo transportation. See a list of WSC members

Board Members

Members of the WSC Board of Directors are elected by the membership for a two-year term. The Chairman is elected by the Board members. Meet the Board Members.

Council Management

The WSC staff is comprised of professionals with broad experience particularly in the areas of public policy, diplomacy, marine environment, maritime security, communications and international liner shipping. Meet the WSC staff.