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Joint WSC, BIMCO and ICS statement on Red Sea attacks

3 January 2024

Washington/Copenhagen/London, 3 January 2024: The World Shipping Council, the International Chamber of Shipping and BIMCO today expressed their thanks to the 12 nations that have jointly condemned the ongoing illegal attacks on ships in the Red Sea and unlawful detention of vessels and crews there.

As the governments of the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have all stated, these attacks are unacceptable, illegal and directly threaten the freedom of navigation that is fundamental to global trade. On behalf of our members and their seafarers and customers throughout the world, the organisations thank these 12 nations for their strong commitment to defending rules-based international order and to holding malign actors accountable for unlawful seizures and attacks.

The shipping associations call on all nations and international organisations to protect seafarers, international trade in the Red Sea, and to support the welfare of the global commons by bringing all pressure to bear on the aggressors so that these intolerable attacks cease with immediate effect.



Contact WSC

Anna Larsson

Communications Director

Tel: +47 484 06 919

Email: [email protected]

North American PR support:

Peter J. Howe, SVP Denterlein

Tel: +1 617.678.4582

Email: [email protected]


About World Shipping Council

The World Shipping Council is the united voice of liner shipping, working with policymakers and industry groups to shape the future growth of a socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, safe, and secure shipping industry. We are a non- profit trade association with offices in Brussels, London, Singapore and Washington, D.C. Read more at


Contact ICS
Hannah Patmore, Communications Executive
[email protected]

About ICS
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for merchant shipowners and operators, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world merchant fleet –


Contact BIMCO
Mette Kronholm Frænde, Head of External Communications
Mobile: +45 2253 0215
Email: [email protected]

BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association, with over 2,000 members in 130 countries, representing 62% of the world’s tonnage. Our global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers, and agents. BIMCO is a non-profit organisation.