Commissioner William P. Doyle

William P DoyleCounsel: David J. Tubman, Jr.

Phone: 202-523-5723

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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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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Feb 20, 2015
Commissioner William P. Doyle addresses the Baltimore Port Alliance concerning port congestion and West Coast negotiations
Commissioner Doyle and Commissioner Lidinsky briefed the Baltimore Port Alliance regarding port congestion issues. Commissioner Doyle also provided insight on the West Coast negotiations and expressed optimism an agreement would be reached.
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Dec 31, 2014
Commissioner William P. Doyle’ votes on Hanjin/UASC/CMA CGM/CSCL Agreement
I am voting to take no further action on the Hanjin/UASC/CMA CGM/CSL Vessel Sharing and Slot Charter Agreement.The Agreement contains no limitations on the parties' ability to introduce additional capacity or provide transportation on other vessels in the trade. At this time it appears that the Agreement is not likely, through a reduction in competition, to result in an unreasonable decrease in transportation service or an unreasonable increase in transportation costs.
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Dec 08, 2014
Commissioner William P. Doyle Votes on CKYHE
I am in favor of not taking any further action to delay the implementation of the agreement popularly known as CKYHE. While the CKYHE Parties will be collaborating operationally, these carriers will continue to compete with each other on pricing and cost. That is, shippers will continue to negotiate with each carrier individually. With regard to transportation service, each carrier will have available more service offerings and overall capacity will increase.
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Nov 19, 2014
Commissioner Doyle votes in favor of requesting additional information from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) parties
Commissioner William P. Doyle voted in favor of requesting additional information from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) parties on their proposed amendment to permanently include the westbound trans-Pacific trade as part of the TSA. Commissioner Doyle also addressed the separate issue of port congestion.
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Nov 13, 2014
Commissioner Doyle briefs Commission on Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Port Congestion Forum
Commissioner William P. Doyle briefed the Federal Maritime Commission regarding the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Port Congestion Forum held in Baltimore in October. As identified at this forum, the key issues related to port congestion include, but are not limited to, chassis shortage and dislocation, long truck turn times, larger vessels discharging cargo and vessel bunching. The Commission has held four forums on the topic of port congestion.
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Nov 13, 2014
Commissioner William P. Doyle gives remarks before the World Trade Association of Philadelphia
On November 7, 2014, Commissioner Doyle spoke to the World Trade Association of Philadelphia. Topics included a review of FMC activity on vessel alliances, port alliances, and port congestion.
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Oct 09, 2014
Commissioner Doyle Votes on Maersk/MSC (2M) Vessel Sharing Agreement
I am in favor of not taking any further action to delay the implementation of this vessel sharing agreement, popularly known as 2M. Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company answered all my questions over the past forty-five days. The Commission will implement its typical monitoring program. The Commission’s monitoring program should be reevaluated to fully ensure that all Alliances play by the rules. I am committed to ensuring that this happens.
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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.


Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky and Mary Jane Norris of the Port of Baltimore, which hosted the FMC Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Port Congestion Forum.


Lori Smith of Johnson & Johnson Sales and Logistics Company, LLC speaks at the FMC Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Port Congestion Forum.

Helen Delich Bentley, former FMC Chairman and former member of Congress, gave the opening remarks 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 William P. Doyle attends meeting at Panama Maritime Chamber

Commissioner William P. Doyle inside the Miraflores Locks Control Tower with Estaban G. Saenz, EVP, Executive Vice Presidency of Operations, and ACP's Dazzell Marshall

Commissioner Doyle speaks at CSIS Arctic Maritime Awareness seminar

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