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              Press Room

              Current News

              • 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.

                "Whilst it is easy to criticize the outcome of the intercessional, it is worth remembering that anything short of a global solution represents long-term failure on climate change. We need to stick with this hard work, but the task is urgent, and we must move further, faster. As long as our only fuel options are carbon based, GHG reductions will be limited. Efficiency is important, but it will not solve the problem," says John Butler, CEO of World Shipping Council (WSC).

                Radical GHG reductions will only come from identifying, developing, and deploying new fuels for shipping. There are several potential solutions at various stages of investigation, but there are a host of questions that remain to be answered, including safety, storage, energy density, and perhaps most importantly how to generate these fuels without creating massive amounts of greenhouse gas in the process.

                "We must keep our eye on our ultimate goal of decarbonisation and accelerate research, development, and deployment of new fuels and technologies. The industry needs R&D at scale to make progress in time. To halve shipping emissions by 2050, we need zero carbon ships on the water in the early 2030s. We should have started ten years ago, so there is even more reason to act decisively now," says John Butler.

                At MEPC 75, IMO Member States have the opportunity to take concrete action for our climate, by supporting and fast-tracking the establishment of the International Maritime Research and Development Board, or IMRB (MEPC 75/7/4)*. With USD 5 billion in core funding over a 10-year period, generated from industry contributions, the IMRB will create the technological and investment certainty to spur innovators, engineers, energy companies, shipyards, financial institutions, and engine manufacturers to accelerate the R&D effort required to decarbonise shipping.

                "The IMRB would put shipping in a position to attract the brain power, additional resources and political engagement needed to deploy commercially viable zero-carbon ships by the early 2030s. There is a detailed proposal on the table, ready to go. It’s not the only step that we have to take, but if we don’t take this step, we stand little chance of reaching our decarbonisation objectives," concludes John Butler.


                * MEPC 75/7/4 “Proposal to establish an International Maritime Research and Development Board (IMRB)”
                Submitted by ICS, BIMCO, CLIA, INTERCARGO, INTERFERRY, INTERTANKO, IPTA, and WSC to the IMO. Full proposal available here: https://bit.ly/37FTQzu

              • 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.