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 Pennsylvania to Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. He was sworn in on January 10, 2013.

Commissioner Doyle served over a decade as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine, serving 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.

His most recent position prior to being sworn-in as Commissioner placed him at the top of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association staff, where he served as Chief-of-Staff for the organization. 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 executive counsel and guidance to the executive board.

Prior 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. As Director, 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.

Furthermore, Commissioner Doyle has 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 entailed 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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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