Joe Kramek named as new World Shipping Council president and CEO

The board of the World Shipping Council (WSC), which represents the liner shipping industry, has appointed Joe Kramek as the WSC’s new president and CEO, succeeding John Butler on his retirement at the end of July.

Kramek previously served as the WSC’s director of U.S. government relations. His professional experience includes twenty-eight years service as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Coast Guard, where he spent time at sea and as the Chief of Maritime, International, and Environmental...

Kramek prepares to lead World Shipping Council

WASHINGTON — Joe Kramek has been appointed president and CEO of the World Shipping Council to replace the retiring John Butler, the container shipping lobby group announced on Wednesday.

Kramek has been WSC’s director of U.S. government relations since March 2021.

“I am deeply honored to assume the role of president and CEO, building on the foundation laid by John Butler,” Kramek said. “Together with the dedicated team at WSC, I look forward to addressing the evolving needs of the shipping...

Decarbonisation in Shipping Needs IMRB & MBM

  • Decarbonisation of shipping is going to be difficult.
  • If we are to succeed, we need a sophisticated policy response, not a hodgepodge of disconnected regulatory tools enacted as the result of short-term political skirmishes.
  • As to the IMRB research and development program and a carbon pricing mechanism – those two tools can only be successful if they work in concert.

John Butler, president and CEO of the World Shipping Council, writes for Splash today, laying out the liner lobbying group’s...

World Shipping Council stays in step with Shipping Act

World Shipping Council

The World Shipping Council (WSC) has filed an agreement with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to ensure that its continued container shipping advocacy work complies with the 1984 Shipping Act.

WSC submitted the six-page agreement to the agency on Oct. 1. Without objection from the commission, it will become effective Nov. 15.

Since its formation in 2000, the Washington-based WSC has interfaced with governments and advocated positions in regard to laws, policies, rules and regulations of...

FMC eases some publication requirements for ocean container carriers

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on Thursday adopted a final rule that eases certain publication requirements for ocean container carriers, providing partial relief sought by the World Shipping Council in a 2018 petition to the agency.

The FMC’s approval of the rule follows a Feb. 14 notice of proposed rulemaking, in which the agency received two public comments.

John Butler, president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (Photo: Courtesy)

The new rule amends the FMC’s regulations...

Getting crews on and off ships and airplanes

The three largest global organizations representing the workforces of the maritime and air transport industries have asked their government members to ensure the continued cross-border movement of these “key workers” to and from their jobs.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a flurry of government bans on international travel, which has obstructed necessary crew changes to keep the world’s maritime and aircraft fleet, as well as at ports and logistics hubs, in operation and goods flowing.


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