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  • November 24, 2020


    World Shipping Council Board elects new Chairmen and welcomes two new members

    Washington, November 24, 2020 – The World Shipping Council Board of Directors elected two Co-Chairs of the Board to succeed outgoing Board Chair Ron Widdows. The board also welcomed Matson Navigation and X-Press Feeders as new members to WSC.

    Effective immediately, the WSC Board will be co-chaired by Mr. Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG and Mr. Jeremy Nixon, CEO of ONE, serving for an initial two-year term.  Mr. Ron Widdows, who has served as the WSC Chairman for over a decade, previously announced his intention to step down once his successor was elected by the newly expanded Board of Directors.

    “The membership wants to acknowledge and thank Ron Widdows for his efforts as Chairman since 2008.  The organization is now well established as a trusted partner with governments and others interested in international transportation,” said Rolf Habben Jansen.

    “WSC today is the unified voice of liner shipping and covers a wide-range of industry topics, engaging with governments and organisations all over the world. We expect that to only expand as we head into the future, and WSC continues its work to shape the future growth of a socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, safe and secure shipping industry,” said Jeremy Nixon.

    Carriers Matson Navigation and X-Press Feeders have joined the World Shipping Council as new members. US-based Matson Navigation is a leader in Pacific shipping since 1882, operating containerships and combination container and roll-on/roll-off ships. X-Press Feeders, based in Singapore, is an independent common carrier operating a fleet of more than 110 vessels covering many of the major global transhipment hubs. Both companies have elected to appoint their representatives to the board of directors.  Effective immediately, Mr. Matt Cox, Matson’s Chairman & CEO and Mr. Tim Hartnoll, Executive Chairman of X-Press Feeders will join the WSC Board.

    We are very pleased to welcome Matson and X-Press Feeders to WSC,” said WSC President & CEO John Butler. “Expanding our membership broadens our perspective when representing the liner sector and we look forward to participation from Matson and X-Press Feeders’ representatives.”



    Anna Larsson

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    About World Shipping Council:

    The World Shipping Council is the united voice of liner shipping, working with policymakers and industry groups to shape the future growth of a socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, safe, and secure shipping industry. We are a non-profit trade association with offices in Brussels, Singapore and Washington, D.C. Read more at

  • November 20, 2020 November 20, 2020 - The UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) has given initial consideration to an innovative proposal from the global shipping industry to collectively provide USD 5 billion to accelerate R&D to support its decarbonisation. Read the full release here: /press-room/JointSponsors_IMRB_Outcome_Statement.pdf
  • November 16, 2020 As governments come together at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) to consider important next steps to decarbonise maritime transport, the global shipping industry urgently calls on them to take forward its proposal for an industry-financed, USD 5 billion research and development programme, to catalyse the transformation of the industry from dependence on fossil fuels to operating with zero-carbon energy sources. Read the full article here:
  • October 26, 2020 Washington, October 26, 2020 - Amid the criticism of the results of the IMO intercessional GHG working group, the World Shipping Council urges member states to not lose sight of the ultimate goal of decarbonising shipping. A detailed proposal to get us there lies ready for MEPC 75.
  • October 7, 2020

    The World Shipping Council (WSC) is pleased to announce that Ms. Anna Larsson has joined WSC as its new Communications Director, based in Europe.  Ms. Larsson served most recently as Head of Corporate Communications for Wallenius Wilhelmsen ASA after serving in several senior communication and sustainability roles for the company over the past decade. “The World Shipping Council’s mission is to provide a coordinated voice for the liner shipping industry, and we have added a new senior staff position dedicated to development and implementation of communications plans and activities to help us do that,” said John Butler, World Shipping Council President & CEO. “We are very happy that Anna has decided to join the team. She has worked for over 25 years as a communications professional and that includes extensive experience with a member company, so she is familiar with the issues and the challenges facing the industry.” 

    “I am excited to join the World Shipping Council to support an ambitious agenda for liner shipping at this very critical time for the industry. Connecting and partnering with a wide range of stakeholders will be crucial for advancing sustainability and safety in shipping, and I look forward to working with our members on this path,” said Anna Larsson.

  • September 10, 2020

    Today the World Shipping Council published a paper highlighting serious concerns for maritime trade and global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if the EU expands its Emissions Trading System (ETS) to include international shipping.  The WSC paper focuses on a critical threshold issue for application of the EU ETS to shipping: geographic scope. The most-discussed geographic application of the EU ETS to shipping is to mirror the scope of existing EU legislation on Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of carbon emissions. Read the full statement.


  • June 25, 2020

    On this Day of the Seafarer 2020, let us all be reminded that without seafarers, ships don’t sail, trade doesn’t flow, and the global economy stops.  We have had seafarers on ships for far too long without relief because of COVID-19 travel and border restrictions, and we must change crews for the well-being and safety of these men and women that move the world’s commerce. Read the full statement.