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  • October 07, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • March 19, 2019

    The World Shipping Council submits a new report to the European Commission that was completed by RBB Economics to inform the review of the consortia block exemption regulation (BER).  Read the full report.

  • January 09, 2019

    On Thursday (10 January) the European Parliament Transport Committee will vote on Deirdre Clune’s report on the draft regulation for a European Maritime Single Window Environment.  The World Shipping Council (WSC) and the European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA), which represent shipowners and maritime carriers that are the principal parties affected by this legislation, strongly support the Commission proposal and the rapporteur’s recommendations. Read the full news article. 


  • December 20, 2018

    The World Shipping Council joins with other industry organizations to urge the European Commission to extend the consortia block exemption regulation (BER). Read the full comments.

  • October 09, 2018

    The World Shipping Council (WSC) is pleased to announce that Tim Wickmann is joining WSC as its new Managing Director, Asia.  Mr. Wickmann served most recently as CEO of MCC Transport and has worked in various leadership positions in international liner shipping for the last three decades. Read the news release. 

  • June 25, 2018

    The World Shipping Council reminds everyone that rescuing persons at sea is a shared responsibility.  Read the statement.

  • April 13, 2018

    The World Shipping Council welcomes the IMO's agreement on a Green House Gas reduction strategy and calls for an IMO-led research and development program.  Read the release. 

  • March 14, 2018

    European shipowners (ECSA) and World Shipping Council (WSC) call on the EU Institutions to propose, agree and implement a new European reporting formalities framework that benefits maritime carriers and the wider EU economy. Read the full release.

  • January 22, 2018

    Leading environmental organizations and the global shipping industry have joined in calling for an explicit prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels when the global 0.5% sulphur cap takes effect in 2020.  Read the full release.


  • 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.