Tuesday, May 25, 2010

World Shipping Council Strengthens Legal Team

Top Lawyer Appointed as Counsel
Shipping News Feature

US – The World Shipping Council (WSC) which represents companies responsible for transporting around 90% of global sea freight, some 130 million TEU per annum, plus dry bulk and tanker interests, have announced the appointment of a General Legal Counsel who specialises in maritime and regulatory law.

Mr John Butler is currently a partner in the law firm of Sher & Blackwell in Washington, D.C. who have been retained since the inception of the Council a decade ago. Chris Koch, World Shipping Council President and CEO said of the appointment:

“WSC has retained the services of the law firm of Sher & Blackwell and has been very pleased with the firm’s excellent service and skilled attorneys. WSC will continue to retain the firm’s services as its outside counsel in Washington going forward. The liner shipping industry is involved with government regulations and the legal system on a very wide range of issues – from environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance, to Customs and security regimes, to competition and shipping regulatory systems, to the laws governing cargo liability claims.

“John Butler is a talented lawyer, with very practical knowledge and experience from his years working on maritime and regulatory issues in judicial, legislative and executive forums. WSC has greatly valued John and his contributions to our efforts in the past, and we look forward to his joining WSC as a full time member of the staff.”

Ron Widdows, Chairman of the World Shipping Council and Group President and CEO of NOL noted: “The addition of John Butler to the WSC staff will further strengthen our capabilities to serve the industry well and to help the liner shipping industry fulfil its objective of developing thoughtful and effective strategies for the future.”

Photo: John Butler and Chris Koch