Commissioner William P. Doyle

William P DoyleCounsel: David J. Tubman, Jr.

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On January 1, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of William P. Doyle of York, Pennsylvania as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. He was nominated to another term by President Obama on January 29, 2015, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 23, 2015

Commissioner Doyle served over a decade as officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine as a marine engineer aboard numerous classes of vessels. Combined, Commissioner Doyle has over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, including both the maritime and energy sectors. Throughout his career, he has held several senior executive positions in the industry.

Internationally, Commissioner Doyle participates on certain bilateral shipping matters with other countries. Commissioner Doyle represents the FMC at the annual U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations where he meets with officials from the People’s Republic of China regarding maritime shipping matters such as tax policies affecting U.S. interests in the U.S.-China trade. Further, he managed the most recent update to the 2012 FMC Study of U.S. Inland Containerized Cargo Moving Through Canadian and Mexican Seaports. This study examines the impacts and the extent to which the U.S. Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), and other U.S. policies may incentivize container cargo to shift from U.S. West Coast ports to Canadian and Mexican ports. Last year Commissioner Doyle surveyed construction sites for the Panama Canal’s third set of locks. The Canal is major transit point for FMC-regulated vessel operating common carriers and a critical component to international oceanborne commerce to and from the U.S.

At the FMC, Commissioner Doyle has worked with his fellow Commissioners to adjudicate a backlog of cases filed with the Commission; the Commission now resolves over 90% of its cases within two years. Commissioner Doyle has also voiced strong support for natural gas as a marine fuel, especially with regard to meeting international environmental standards (MARPOL Annex VI Emission Control Areas). Commissioner Doyle is a vocal proponent of the development of U.S. natural gas resources and its impact on the U.S. energy and transportation landscape in helping to improve U.S. energy security while spurring economic development and job creation around the country.

Prior to being sworn in as Commissioner, Commissioner Doyle was Chief-of-Staff of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association. There, Commissioner Doyle managed the organization’s interests before federal, state, and local elected and administrative bodies. He was the Association’s leader in business development, legislative strategies, contract negotiations, and provided counsel and guidance to the executive board.

Previous to his role as Chief-of-Staff, Commissioner Doyle served in an executive management role as the Director of Permits, Scheduling, and Compliance with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects. There, he managed and directed the permitting and regulatory coordination of 24 federal agencies, numerous State of Alaska agencies, and both federal and provincial agencies of Canada. Additionally, the Commissioner acted as lead negotiator for the U.S. Government in securing cost recovery agreements with private sector national and multinational companies.

Prior to his FMC appointment, Commissioner Doyle had been appointed to boards and committees under both the Obama and Bush Administrations, including:

  • Representative on U.S. delegation for the United States on the bilateral trade delegation for the U.S. – Canada Energy Consultative Mechanism meetings, where bilateral energy trade issues were explored for strengthening the largest bilateral energy relationship in the world;
  • Representative of the U.S. in the annual coordination meeting between the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Canada’s National Energy Board;
  • Selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in an international shale gas workshop to assess international resources, supply options, and market conditions;
  • Served a two-year term as a liaison on the Labor Advisory Committee to the U.S. Trade Representative, and in this capacity, the Commissioner assisted the Committee in soliciting and obtaining advice from various industries, agricultural concerns, environmental stakeholders, labor groups, and other non-governmental organizations throughout the trade policy process; and
  • Appointed and served for four years as a Board Member on the United States Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship.

Commissioner William P. Doyle was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Weymouth. He is a 1992 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. As a cadet, he worked in the Quincy, Massachusetts shipyard breaking out vessels for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon graduation from Mass Maritime, he began sailing as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. As a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer from 1992 to 2002, Commissioner Doyle’s shipboard experience included serving aboard ammunition ships in and around Diego Garcia, car carriers servicing Europe and the Pacific Rim, tanker vessels, and in the U.S. Maritime Administration’s U.S. Ready Reserve Force Fleet. While still serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine, Commissioner Doyle entered law school at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Throughout law school, Commissioner Doyle worked his summer and winter breaks serving aboard Pre-positioning ships in South Carolina, delivering jet fuel to Haifa, Israel, and transporting liquid-sulfur between ports along the Gulf Coast of the United States.

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Jun 26, 2015
Commissioner William P. Doyle’s Statement in Support of United Arab Shipping Company’s Petition for Exemption from the FMC’s Controlled Carrier Rules
Commissioner Doyle spoke at the June 24, 2015, Federal Maritime Commission meeting in support of UASC’s petition and separately on recent actions by UASC. The petition was unanimously approved by the Commission.​
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Jun 10, 2015
Natural gas as a fuel for ships and shore-side operations: Commissioner Doyle hosts roundtable discussion with industry and government officials
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May 29, 2015
Commissioner Doyle Sworn In for Another Term as Federal Maritime Commissioner
Surrounded by family and friends, Commissioner Doyle was ceremonially sworn in on May 27, 2015 in York, PA. Congressman Scott G. Perry administered the oath of office.
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May 22, 2015
Commissioner Doyle Observes Maritime Day 2015
Commissioner Doyle attended the 2015 National Maritime Day ceremony in Washington, DC to honor our U.S. mariners of the past and present and our vital maritime industry.
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May 04, 2015
Commissioner William P. Doyle Report from Athens, Greece
In mid-April 2015, I participated in the European Maritime Law Organization (EMLO) spring seminar in Athens, Greece. I also had the opportunity to meet several public and private international maritime stakeholders while in Athens. Below is a summary of the groups with whom I met:
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Apr 17, 2015
Commissioner William P. Doyle’s remarks to the European Maritime Law Organization (EMLO) Spring Seminar
Commissioner Doyle shared with EMLO seminar participants in Athens, Greece his views on various international shipping matters under consideration by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.
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Apr 15, 2015
Commissioner Doyle votes in favor of the Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement
I support cooperative efforts aimed at making port operations more efficient and reliable. Addressing port congestion has been one of the Commission’s top priorities and this Agreement is major step to having key parties cooperating and working together towards a common goal of increasing the flow of goods throughout the West Coast.
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Apr 13, 2015
Commissioner William P. Doyle votes to publically release FMC report on Rules, Rates, and Practices relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time.
Commissioner Doyle voted in favor of publically releasing the FMC report on detention, demurrage and free time. I look forward to hearing from stakeholders with respect to their ideas for next steps now that this report has been made public.
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Mar 25, 2015
William P. Doyle Confirmed as FMC Commissioner
On March 23, 2015, the U.S. Senate confirmed Commissioner Doyle for a second term as a Federal Maritime Commissioner.
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Mar 24, 2015
U.S. Senate Confirms Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle to Another Term
The U.S. Senate unanimously votes on William P. Doyle’s nomination. Commissioner Doyle said, “I would like to thank President Obama for his confidence in me, and I would also like to thank the U.S. Senate for taking up my nomination today. I will continue the important work ahead of us at the Federal Maritime Commission.”
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Commissioner Doyle held a roundtable discussion with the Natural Gas Supply Association and representatives from the public and private sectors on natural gas as a marine fuel and for use in shore-side operations such as drayage trucks and cargo handling equipment.

Commissioner Richard Lidinsky, Jr., Commissioner William P. Doyle and U.S. Representative Scott G. Perry (PA-4th) after the Congressman administered the oath of office to Commissioner Doyle.

Commissioner Doyle visiting with Hellenic Coast Guard officials (from left to right): Lieut. Jun. Gr. (Legal) Batsara, Mr. Dontas, Liet. Cdr (HCG) Mardaki, Lieut. Cdr (HCG) Matoulas, Commissioner Doyle, Cpt. (HCG) Anastasakos, and Rear Adm. (HCG) Barkatsas.

Commissioner William P. Doyle in Athens with David Pearce, U.S. Ambassador to Greece. In the background is a statue by sculptor Thodoros Papayiannis of George C. Marshall of Marshall Plan fame.

Commissioner William P. Doyle meeting with executives of COSCO, K Line, Yang Ming, Hanjin, and Evergreen (CKYHE). The top row from left to right: James Chan, Sebastian Tamaki, Kevin Chen, Benjamin Tsai, Brian JH You, Frank Grossi, and Max Peng. Bottom row: Jewel Jennings-Wright, Commissioner Wiliam P. Doyle, and David Tubman.

Commissioner William P. Doyle and MSC US President Claudio Bozzo at the FMC Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Port Congestion Forum.

Participants listen intently at the FMC Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Port Congestion Forum.

National Maritime Day 2014
From Left to Right: Paul N. Jaenichen, Sr, Acting Maritime Administrator; FMC Commissioner, William P. Doyle; General Paul Selva; FMC Chairman Mario Cordero

Commissioner William P. Doyle with U.S. Ambassador to Panama, Jonathan D. Farrar

Commissioner William P. Doyle and Ilya Espino de Marotta, EVP Engineering & Program Mgt. Panama Canal Authority

Commissioner Doyle speaks at CSIS Arctic Maritime Awareness seminar

FMC Commissioners Lidinsky and Doyle Meet with China's SISI Representatives