World Shipping Council

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World Shipping Council

World Shipping Council members operate approximately 90 percent of the global liner ship capacity, providing more than 400 regularly scheduled services linking the continents of the world. Collectively, these services transport about 60 percent of the value of global seaborne trade, or more than US$ 4 trillion worth of goods annually.


The World Shipping Council’s members are working to promote sound environmental stewardship, with a particular focus on reducing vessel air emissions and managing vessel discharges. Learn More


The World Shipping Council (WSC) supports a consultative approach to enhanced security without impeding the timely flow of legitimate commerce. The WSC works closely with the U.S. government, the European Commission and international organizations to accomplish that goal. Learn More


International liner shipping is truly a global industry. Ships and their crew travel between ports in many countries so shipping companies take steps to protect public health and safety in the countries they transit. Learn More


A modern and efficient maritime infrastructure, at sea and on land, is critical to the world’s security and economic well- being. Learn More


The Council has been working as part of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to achieve international cargo liability reform through the development of a new convention, which was opened to nations for signature in September 2009. This new international accord now known as the “Rotterdam Rules” will go into effect one year after twenty nations have signed onto it. Learn More

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