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The World Shipping Council (WSC) is the peak industry trade group representing general cargo and container shipping lines. The WSC is headquartered in Washington, D.C.marker and is headed by Chief Executive Christopher Koch, formerly the General Counsel for the Sea-Land Corporationmarker.


Council membership includes the world's ten largest container shipping companies as well as smaller firms collectively comprising 90 percent of global container shipments.


The Council was formed in 2000 to lobby national governments regarding container and cargo shipping regulation, generally in favour of improved maritime security coupled with deregulation of ports and transport routes. The Council also develops draft standards on vessel air emissions and pollution, improvements to seaport customs procedures and international standards for container design and handling.

In 2007, in response to continued problems with containers lost overboard during heavy seas, the WSC and the International Chamber of Shipping began work on a code of practice for container storage, including crew training on parametric rolling, safer stacking and marking of containers and the securing of above-deck cargo.


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