Aug 30, 2010
Ocean Carriers and Intermediaries Pay $218,750 in Agreed Penalties
The Federal Maritime Commission has executed six compromise agreements recovering a total of $218,750 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier and five ocean transportation intermediaries. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission's Area Representatives in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, South Florida, and Washington, D.C. Staff attorneys with the Commission's Bureau of Enforcement negotiated the compromise agreements. The parties settled and paid penalties, but did not admit to violations of the Shipping Act or the Commission's regulations. "These penalties reflect the continued vigilance and hard work of the Commission's Area Representatives and Bureau of Enforcement to protect the shipping public," stated Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr.