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  • 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.

  • March 24, 2020

    Today, the European Commission published a final regulation extending the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER) until 25 April 2024, without modification. This regulation provides a “safe harbour” under European competition law for vessel sharing arrangements that have a market share up to 30%. The World Shipping Council (WSC) commends the Commission for continuing to recognize the importance and the value of the Consortia BER after conducting a lengthy evaluation that included extensive consultation with stakeholders. Read the full statement. 

  • November 20, 2019

    The World Shipping Council (WSC) 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.

  • September 18, 2019

    WSC President and CEO, John Butler, delivers a keynote speech at this annual conference and discusses Solutions for challenges facing international container carriers, including IMO 2020 fuel standards and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

  • March 25, 2019

    The World Shipping Council submits additional comments to the European Commission in response to a report by Mr. Olaf Merk distributed by ITF. Read the full comments.