World Shipping Council report reveals year-on-year decrease in container losses at sea

The containership Hyundai Drive

The World Shipping Council (WSC) recently released its annual report on containers lost at sea, showing a significant decrease to 221 containers lost in 2023. While this is the lowest number recorded since the survey began in 2008, the council emphasises the ongoing need for stringent safety...

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...

FMC tightens rules on charging container late fees

The Federal Maritime Commission has imposed new billing standards on ocean carriers and terminal operators in an effort to crack down on abusive container late fees.

The new requirements focus on demurrage — fees charged by carriers and container terminals when full containers have not been picked up by customers within a certain number of days — and detention, the fees charged to customers if they are late returning the empty container back to the terminal.

Starting May 26, container ship...

Houthis put on warning: Now what?

Yesterday saw growing international concern over the situation in the Red Sea as Houthi attacks on merchant ships caused more vessels to avoid the area and sent ocean freight rates soaring. While the story that hit the headlines was a formal joint statement from the governments of the United States and a dozen other nations warning the Houthis against further attacks, earlier in the day, the UN Security Council held a meeting on the issue.

'Attacks against international shipping in the Red...

Shipping Australia and World Shipping Council work together on liner shipping policy

Shipping Australia – the peak body for shipping in Australia, and the World Shipping Council – the global body that represents the international container and vehicle carrier sector, met recently […]

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Ocean carriers warn FMC against regulating prices

WASHINGTON — Revisions made to a proposed rule aimed at curbing the ability of container ship carriers to refuse to provide vessel space to their customers has delved into the dangerous area of price regulation, according to the carriers.

In a rulemaking proposed last year, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission attempted to define what is an “unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate” the vessel space that carriers provide for their customers’ containers.

After both carriers and shippers took issue

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