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Bureau of Enforcement

The Bureau of Enforcement (BOE) is the prosecutorial arm of the Commission. Under the direction and management of the Bureau Director, Bureau attorneys participate as trial counsel in formal Commission proceedings, and work closely with the Commission’s Area Representatives in investigations of potential violations of the Shipping Act and Commission regulations. Bureau attorneys also negotiate settlements and informal compromises of civil penalties, and may act as investigative offices in formal fact-finding investigations initiated under the Shipping Act or the Foreign Shipping Practices Act (FSPA).

In addition, the Bureau monitors all other formal proceedings, including relevant court proceedings, in order to identify major regulatory issues, and advises the Commission of evolving competitive practices in international oceanborne commerce. Attorneys of the Bureau also serve as legal advisors concerning the practical repercussions of Commission regulations, and participate in the development of new or revised rules.

BOE Programs and Activities

Compliance Audits

Related News

Oct 10, 2014
Compromise Agreements Recover $503,000 in Penalties
FMC reaches compromise with several common carriers and unlicensed transportation businesses to resolve allegations of Shipping Act violations.
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Mar 12, 2014
Compromise Agreements Recover $350,000 in Penalties
FMC reaches compromise agreements with several common carriers to resolve allegations of Shipping Act violations.
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Mar 05, 2014
CSAV Pays $625,000 Civil Penalty
FMC reaches compromise agreement with CSAV to resolve allegations of Shipping Act violations.
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Feb 12, 2014
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Affiliate Pay $1.275 Million Penalty
FMC announced a compromise agreement reached with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) and its corporate affiliate, Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. (NMCC).
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Dec 23, 2013
Two Car Carriers Pay $2.3 Million in Penalties
FMC announced compromise agreements reached with two common carriers operating pure car carriers (PCCs) and roll on/roll off (RO/RO) vessels in U.S. inbound and outbound trades.
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Oct 22, 2013
Compromise Agreements Recover $617,500 in Penalties
FMC completes compromise agreements that recover $617,500 in civil penalties for alleged Shipping Act violations.
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Nov 14, 2012
Compromise Agreements Recover $383,000 in Penalties
The Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. announced that the Federal Maritime Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $383,000 in civil penalties for alleged violations of the Shipping Act of 1984. The agreements were reached with six non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) located in the U.S. and abroad.
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Feb 15, 2012
Compromise Agreements Recover $490,000 in Penalties
The Federal Maritime Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $490,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with eight non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and with related companies. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Staff attorneys with the Bureau of Enforcement negotiated the compromise agreements. The parties settled and agreed to penalties​
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Contact Infromation

Phone: 202-523-5783

Fax:  202-523-5785

E-mail: boe@fmc.gov


Director

Peter J. King

Deputy Director

Brian L. Troiano