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Jul 30, 2013
Comments Invited on Initial Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2014- 2018
FMC invites comment on its Initial Draft Strategic Plan for FYs 2014-2018. Comments are due 8/30/13.​
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Jul 30, 2013
D.C. Circuit Denies Petition to Review Commission Ruling
Commission's Ruling on State Sovereign Immunity Upheld
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Jul 23, 2013
Customs and Border Protection, Federal Maritime Commission Sign Agreement to Share ACE Data
CBP and FMC signed a memorandum of understanding to share ACE data in order to strengthen the balance of facilitation and enforcement regarding the regulation of ocean carriers and other entities involved in ocean trade.
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Jun 12, 2013
Vern W. Hill Appointed as Managing Director
Chairman Mario Cordero has appointed Vern W. Hill as Managing Director, effective June 2, 2013.
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Apr 18, 2013
FMC Announces 2013 Chairman’s Earth Day Awards
Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky Jr., has announced the 2013 Federal Maritime Commission’s Chairman’s Earth Day Awards recipients. This award was instituted by then-Chairman Lidinsky in 2010 to recognize outstanding environmental contributions of parties in the international waterborne commerce of the United States, which the FMC regulates.
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Apr 02, 2013
Mario Cordero to Serve as Chairman
President Barack Obama has designated Mario Cordero as the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission.​
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Mar 30, 2013
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. Resigns
President Obama will name Mario Cordero to be the next Federal Maritime Commission Chairman.
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Mar 15, 2013
Additional Information Requested from Consolidated Chassis Management Pool Agreement
FMC has requested that the parties to the Consolidated Chassis Management Pool Agreement (CCM), FMC Agreement No. 011962, provide additional information regarding the filing of Amendment No. 009 to the Agreement.
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Feb 22, 2013
Commission Strengthens Cruise Line Passenger Protections and Proposes to Extend Tariff Rate Publication Exemption to Foreign Registered NVOCCs
During its meeting on February 13, 2013, the Federal Maritime Commission approved measures that would strengthen protections for cruise line customer deposits and prepayments, while reducing financial responsibility requirements imposed on smaller cruise lines.
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Jan 30, 2013
Commissioner William P. Doyle Joins the Commission
On Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of William P. Doyle, of Pennsylvania, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner. Commissioner Doyle was sworn in on January 10, 2013.
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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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Jul 27, 2012
Study of U.S. Inland Containerized Cargo Moving Through Canadian and Mexican Seaports Released
The FMC today released a Study of U.S. Inland Containerized Cargo Moving Through Canadian and Mexican Seaports. The Study was prompted by requests from Members of Congress to study the impacts and the extent to which the U.S. Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), other U.S. policies and other factors may incentivize U.S.-bound container cargo to shift from U.S. seaports to those located in Canada and Mexico.​
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Jul 17, 2012
Chairman Lidinsky Applauds New USDA Container Availability Report and Urges Full Shipper Participation
The first United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) Ocean Shipping Container Availability Report (OSCAR) was released last week. The report provides shippers, particularly those in the agriculture sector, with the participating carriers’ estimates of equipment availability for the current week, and projected weekly container availability for the subsequent two weeks.
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May 02, 2012
Nike Receives FMC Chairman’s Earth Day Award
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. today announced that Nike, Inc. has received the Chairman’s Earth Day Award for outstanding shipper leadership and innovation in sustainable ocean transport practices. This is the third annual award given by the FMC Chairman for the ocean shipping industry’s top leaders on environmental issues.
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Apr 04, 2012
Redesigned FMC Website Launched
On Tuesday, April 2, the Commission launched a redesigned website, www.fmc.gov. The redesign followed a process of gathering valuable input from representatives of the shipping industry, intermediaries, the public, and the media, in an effort to improve the quality, clarity, and accessibility of information that the Commission provides to the shipping public. The process also included input from each of the Commission’s offices and bureaus. In addition to a new overall graphical layout and look, the new site incorporates recommendations for a more user-friendly structure and improved navigation pathways.
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Mar 15, 2012
FMCSA and FMC Work Together to Protect Consumers Moving Household Goods
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) have agreed to cooperate in providing enhanced protection and assistance for consumers who move their household goods. The agreement leverages the efforts of FMCSA, which regulates interstate household goods moves, and the FMC, which regulates overseas household goods moves by water.
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Mar 05, 2012
Final Rule for Freight Index-Based Service Contracts Released
The Federal Maritime Commission issued a final rule for freight index-based service contracts to provide flexibility and certainty to ocean carriers and their customers. The new rule makes clear that service contracts can reference freight indices or other outside terms, so long as they are readily available to the contracting parties and the Commission.
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Feb 27, 2012
Proposed Update of Commission Pleading, Motion, and Discovery Rules Approved
A proposed rule to update the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure for pleadings, motions, and discovery in agency adjudications has been approved for publication and comment. The proposed changes are intended to add clarity, reduce burdens on parties, and incorporate standards from the current Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. This is the second proposed rule change in an ongoing initiative to make the Commission’s procedural rules more clear, modern, and efficient. Comments on the proposed rule are due by April 30, 2012
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Feb 27, 2012
Senior FMC Executives and Managers Assume New Responsibilities
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., announced that six FMC executives and managers have taken on new leadership responsibilities: Dr. Austin L. Schmitt is now serving as Director, Strategic Planning and Regulatory Review (202-523-5800, aschmitt@fmc.gov). Sandra L. Kusumoto is now serving as Director, Bureau of Trade Analysis (202-523-5796, skusumoto@fmc.gov). Vern W. Hill is now serving as Director, Bureau of Certification and Licensing (202-523-5787, vhill@fmc.gov). Jennifer M. Gartlan is
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Feb 16, 2012
Study of the EU’s 2008 Repeal of Liner Shipping Competition Law Exemption Released
The FMC today released its Bureau of Trade Analysis’s Study of the 2008 Repeal of the Liner Conference Exemption from European Union Competition Law . The primary issue addressed in the multi-year Study is: What impact has the repeal of the liner conference block exemption in Europe had on U.S. liner trades? The study was launched in response to concerns that the European Union’s (EU’s) repeal might produce freight rate reductions in EU liner trades relative to US liner trades.
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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, but did not admit to violations of the Act or the Commission’s regulations.
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Dec 01, 2011
Michael A. Khouri Confirmed as FMC Commissioner by Senate
The United States Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Michael A. Khouri on November 18, 2011 as Federal Maritime Commissioner for a term to expire on June 30, 2016. Commissioner Khouri will be sworn in for his second term as Commissioner in the next several weeks.
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Nov 07, 2011
Chairman Lidinsky Concludes European Consultations and Maritime Law Conference
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. returned last week from a series of consultations with maritime and competition regulatory counterparts in Brussels and London, and an address to the 17th Annual Conference of the European Maritime Law Organisation.
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Oct 21, 2011
Shanghai Shipping Exchange Delegation Visits FMC
Last week, the Federal Maritime Commission was pleased to host a delegation from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange (SSE). During the visit, Commissioners and Staff held meetings with SSE President Zhang Ye, Vice President Wang Dongjiang, Deputy Director Zhang Huaping, Manager Liu Yue, and Secretary Wang Jiabin.
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Oct 17, 2011
Compromise Agreements Recover $477,500 in Penalties
Eight compromise agreements recovered a total of $477,500 in civil penalties for alleged violations of the Shipping Act. The agreements were reached with ten non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and related companies providing ocean transportation services. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, South Florida, and Washington, D.C. Staff attorneys with the Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement negotiated the compromise agreements. The parties settled and agreed to penalties, but did not admit to violations of the Act or the Commission’s regulations.
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Oct 05, 2011
Two Actions Approved: Inquiry into Disparities that Drive U.S.-Bound Cargo to Canadian and Mexican Ports, and Proposed Rule for Service Contracts that Link Rates to Freight Indices
During its meeting today, the Federal Maritime Commission voted unanimously to begin a Notice of Inquiry into disparities that may be causing U.S.-bound cargo to be driven to Canadian and Mexican ports. In a separate action, the Commission also voted unanimously to approve a proposed rule to provide flexibility and certainty to ocean carriers and customers who use service contracts with rates linked to freight-rate indices.
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Sep 16, 2011
Additional Information Requested From Consolidated Chassis Management Pool Agreement by FMC
The Consolidated Chassis Management Pool Agreement (CCM), FMC Agreement No. 011962-007, was sent today a request from the Federal Maritime Commission to provide additional information concerning Amendment No. 007. The Commission's request for additional information delays the effectiveness of the amendment until 45 days after the parties have submitted the requested information and documents.
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Sep 08, 2011
FMC Votes to Move Forward on Cruise Line Passenger Financial Protections and Rules for Service Contracts that Link Rates to Freight Indices
During its meeting today, the Federal Maritime Commission voted to issue a proposed rule to strengthen protections for cruise line customer deposits and prepayments, and to reduce financial responsibility requirements for small cruise lines. In a separate action, the Commission also voted to initiate a rulemaking to provide flexibility and certainty to ocean carriers and customers who use service contracts with rates linked to freight rate indices.
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Sep 07, 2011
President Obama Re-Nominates Commissioner Khouri as FMC Commissioner
On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, President Obama sent to the Senate the nomination of Commissioner Michael A. Khouri for a new, five-year term as Federal Maritime Commissioner, expiring June 30, 2016.
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Jul 14, 2011
Cruise Line Passenger Protections to be Strengthened by FMC
The Federal Maritime Commission voted yesterday to initiate a rulemaking to strengthen protections for cruise line customer deposits and prepayments, and to reduce financial responsibility requirements for small cruise lines. Under the Commission’s regulations, cruise lines must file evidence of financial responsibility to ensure that passengers will be able to obtain refunds if their cruises are cancelled.​
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Jun 08, 2011
Commissioner Mario Cordero Joins the Commission
Mario Cordero of Long Beach, CA, has been sworn in as a Commissioner for a term to expire on June 30, 2014. Commissioner Cordero was nominated by President Barack Obama on September 17, 2010, and confirmed by the Senate on April 14, 2011.
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May 19, 2011
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Pays $1.2 Million in Penalties
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. stated: “These penalties should serve as a reminder that the Commission’s hard-working Area Representatives and Bureau of Enforcement remain vigilant on the shipping public’s behalf. If you’re violating the law, sooner or later, we will find you, and the consequences can be serious.”
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May 12, 2011
Container Freight Index and Derivatives Working Group Launched
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. today announced the formation of an internal Container Freight Index and Derivatives Working Group. The working group will gather information, research, analyze, consult with other government agencies, and advise the Commission on issues arising from the use of container freight rate indices in service contracts and index-based derivative transactions.
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May 12, 2011
Household Goods and Personal Property Shipping Practices Recommendations Approved by FMC
At its meeting on May 11, 2011, the Federal Maritime Commission unanimously approved for action a series of recommendations contained in the Final Report for Fact Finding Investigation No. 27. The Commission initiated this non-adjudicatory investigation on June 23, 2010, to develop a record on the nature, scope, and frequency of potentially unfair, unlawful, or deceptive practices in the shipping of household goods or personal property within the Commission's jurisdiction.
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Apr 22, 2011
Court Bars Indigo Logistics, LLC, Liliya Ivanenko, and Leonid Ivanenko from Illegal Ocean Freight Forwarding Activities
A federal court has barred Indigo Logistics, LLC, located in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, from violating the Shipping Act by acting as an ocean freight forwarder without a Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)-issued license or proof of financial responsibility. Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. issued the preliminary injunction order in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on April 15, 2011.
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Apr 21, 2011
Maersk Line Receives FMC Chairman’s Earth Day Award
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. today announced that Maersk Line has received the Chairman’s Earth Day Award for innovation and environmental leadership in vessel operation, vessel design, and efforts to increase carbon emissions transparency. This is the second annual award given by the FMC Chairman for the ocean shipping industry’s top leaders on environmental issues. Last year’s recipient was the Port of Los Angeles for the air quality improvements from its Clean​
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Apr 15, 2011
Senate Confirms Rebecca F. Dye and Mario Cordero as FMC Commissioners
On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the Senate voted to confirm the President’s nominations of Rebecca F. Dye and Mario Cordero as Federal Maritime Commissioners. They will be sworn in for their terms as Commissioners in the next several weeks.
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Apr 07, 2011
Updated: Economic and Regulatory Relief Approved for More than 3,300 Businesses
The Federal Maritime Commission took several steps today to reduce regulatory burdens and bring cost savings and flexibility to the shipping industry and the customers they serve.
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Mar 30, 2011
Chairman Lidinsky Calls for Reasoned, Science-Based Response to the Nuclear Incident in Fukushima, Japan
Speaking to the Washington Freight Transportation Policy Forum hosted by the National Industrial Transportation League, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. called for care, caution, and rational analysis when members of the international shipping community are responding to the crisis at the nuclear facility in Fukushima, Japan.
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Mar 14, 2011
Compromise Agreements with $297,500 in Penalties Announced by FMC
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced four compromise agreements recovering a total of $297,500 in civil penalties for alleged violations of the Shipping Act. The agreements were reached with five ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), acting as non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs).​
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Mar 11, 2011
Chairman Lidinsky Urges Voluntary Inclusion of CADRS Dispute Resolution
Speaking to the 11th Annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference (TPM) in Long Beach, California, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. urged both carriers and shippers in attendance to include in their new service contracts a clause providing that the Commission’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services (CADRS) would assist in resolving their disputes.
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Feb 28, 2011
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Inspects Panama Canal Expansion Project
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. returned earlier this month from an inspection tour of the 2014 Panama Canal Expansion project.
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Feb 16, 2011
Economic and Regulatory Relief Approved for More than 3,300 Businesses
The Federal Maritime Commission took several steps today to reduce regulatory burdens and bring cost savings and flexibility to the shipping industry and the customers they serve.
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Dec 20, 2010
People’s Republic of China Ministry of Transport Delegation Visits FMC
A delegation from the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Transport (MoT) visited the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to exchange views and information on maritime regulation and potential areas of collaboration to facilitate transportation and trade.
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Dec 09, 2010
Household Goods and Personal Property Shipping Practices Considered by FMC
At its meeting on December 8, 2010, the Commission considered and approved for immediate action a number of recommendations contained in the Interim Report for Fact Finding Investigation No. 27. The Commission initiated this non-adjudicatory investigation on June 23, 2010, to develop a record on the nature, scope and frequency of potentially unfair, unlawful or deceptive practices in the shipping of household goods or personal property within the Commission's jurisdiction.
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Dec 08, 2010
Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability Report Recommends Collaborative Approaches to Develop Supply Chain Reliability Solutions
Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye’s final report and recommendations for action in the Commission’s Fact Finding Investigation No. 26, Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability in the United States Export and Import Trades, were accepted at the December 8, 2010 Commission meeting. The final report concluded that although capacity conditions in the U.S. trades have stabilized, certain underlying problems revealed during the Commission’s investigation should be addressed. The Report also concluded that​
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Dec 01, 2010
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Rockefeller Issues Statement on Federal Maritime Commission Nominees
The nominations of FMC Commissioner Mrs. Rebecca Dye and Mr. Mario Cordero were considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.
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Oct 22, 2010
Chairman Lidinsky Addresses European Maritime Law Organization In Dublin, Ireland
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. today addressed the 16th Annual Conference of the European Maritime Law Organization (EMLO) in Dublin, Ireland. The theme of this year’s conference was European competition law, transport policy, and climate action.
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Sep 29, 2010
Upgrade of Commission’s Website Operating Platform
On Thursday, September 30th, you may notice some changes to the Commission’s website. That’s because the Commission is transitioning to an upgraded website operating platform, the first of two major phases in the Commission’s website upgrade and redesign process. These upgrades will provide more transparency and public access and input for the Commission’s activities, information, and services.
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Sep 22, 2010
Updated: Cruise West Cancellations and Refund Options
West Travel, Inc., doing business as the cruise line Cruise West, has notified the Federal Maritime Commission that it is cancelling all cruises that were scheduled to begin this Saturday, September 18, and on all dates that follow, with the exception of the September 22 Danube Cruise. It will complete cruises of the Spirit of 98 and Spirit of Endeavour that are already underway and are scheduled to end in Portland and Seattle this Saturday, September 18.
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Sep 20, 2010
President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate FMC Commissioners
On Friday, September 17, 2010, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye for another term as Federal Maritime Commissioner, and announced his intent to nominate Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero for Federal Maritime Commissioner.
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Sep 17, 2010
Updated: Cruise West Cancellations and Refund Options
West Travel, Inc., doing business as the cruise line Cruise West, has notified the Federal Maritime Commission that it is cancelling all cruises that were scheduled to begin this Saturday, September 18, and on all dates that follow, with the exception of the September 22 Danube Cruise. It will complete cruises of the Spirit of 98 and Spirit of Endeavour that are already underway and are scheduled to end in Portland and Seattle this Saturday, September 18.
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Sep 17, 2010
Cruise West Cancellations and Refund Options
West Travel, Inc., doing business as the cruise line Cruise West, has notified the Federal Maritime Commission that it is cancelling all cruises that were scheduled to begin this Saturday, September 18, and on all dates that follow. It will complete cruises of the Spirit of 98 and Spirit of Endeavour that are already underway and are scheduled to end in Portland and Seattle this Saturday, September 18.
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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.
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Jul 02, 2010
Chairman Lidinsky Letter to Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry on Friday, July 2, 2010
Thank you for your letter expressing concern over reports that U.S. agricultural exporters are experiencing serious service issues with the ocean carrier indUStry. Your letter provides an apt description of the issues that prompted the Federal Maritime Commission in March to initiate an investigation led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye into vessel capacity and shipping container availability problems.​
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Jul 01, 2010
Interim Report and Immediate FMC Actions on Vessel Space and Container Shortages Presented to Congress
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye appeared yesterday before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to update the Subcommittee on the status of the Commission's Fact Finding Investigation No. 26, Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability in the United States Export and Import Liner Trades; the current state of the U.S. economy and liner trade growth; and progress of the Container Availabili​
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Jun 24, 2010
Fact Finding Investigation No. 26 Update Regarding U.S. Export and Import Capacity and Equipment Issues
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye will address the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, to report on the status of the Commission's Fact Finding Investigation No. 26, Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability in the United States Export and Import Liner Trades. Commissioner Dye briefed the Commission yesterday in a closed FMC meeting, outlining the progress of her investigation, recommendations for immediate actions, and possibilities for future action.
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Jun 23, 2010
Fact Finding Launched to Examine Household Goods and Personal Property Shipping Practices
By unanimous vote, the FMC initiated Fact Finding Investigation No. 27 into complaints or inquiries from individual shippers of household goods and personal property in U.S.-foreign oceanborne trades. This investigation will further the Commission's Strategic Goal to protect the public from unlawful, unfair or deceptive ocean transportation practices and resolve shipping disputes. Commissioner Michael A. Khouri has been named to lead the Fact Finding.
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Jun 22, 2010
Supreme Court Upholds Key Aspect of Intermodal Transport
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court adopted the United States' position and solidified the legal support for through bills-of-lading, a key tool in the intermodal transportation system. The Court's decision reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the companion cases Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. v. Regal-Beloit Corporation, No. 08-1553, and Union Pacific Railroad Company v. Regal-Beloit Corporation, No. 08-1554.
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May 24, 2010
Appointment of Rebecca Fenneman as General Counsel
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. announced today the appointment of Rebecca A. Fenneman to the Senior Executive Service and her designation as General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission.
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May 17, 2010
South Florida Area Representatives Commended for Role in Ex-Im Bank and Justice Department Fraud Investigation
The Federal Maritime Commission today commended its South Florida Area Representatives for providing valuable assistance in an investigation by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and the Department of Justice that resulted in a guilty plea for a conspiracy to defraud the Ex-Im Bank of approximately $854,000.
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Apr 29, 2010
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Issued to Grant Economic Relief to NVOCCs
The Federal Maritime Commission today released for comment a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, when final, would relieve nearly 3,300 FMC-licensed Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) from the costs and burdens of publishing in tariffs the rates they charge for cargo shipments.
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Apr 21, 2010
Port of Los Angeles Receives FMC Chairman's Inaugural Earth Day Award
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. today announced that the Port of Los Angeles is receiving the Chairman's Earth Day Award for innovation and environmental leadership in developing and implementing its Clean Truck Program. This is the first annual award given by the FMC Chairman for the nation's top leaders on environmental issues in the ocean shipping industry.
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Apr 21, 2010
Commission Meeting Scheduled for April 21, 2010
Open Session Items 1. FY 2010 Budget Status Update 2. FMC EU Study Status Update
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Apr 01, 2010
Fact Finding Officer to Hold Hearings on Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability
Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, as Fact Finding Officer, will conduct hearings concerning vessel capacity and equipment availability in the United States export and import liner trades. In order to reach out and provide an opportunity for face-to-face discussion for as many U.S. exporters and importers, carriers, ports, and other industry participants as possible, the Fact Finding Officer will hold hearings in locations around the country.
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Mar 17, 2010
Ocean Export and Import Capacity Fact Finding Launched
In testimony before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation today, the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., announced that, by unanimous vote, the FMC has initiated a Fact Finding Investigation into ocean vessel capacity and shipping equipment availability for U.S. exports and imports. Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye has been named to lead the Fact Finding.
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Mar 17, 2010
Fact Finding Investigation Pertaining to Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability in the United States Export and Import Liner Trades
Pursuant to the Shipping Act of 1984 46 U S C 40101 et seq Shipping Act the Federal Maritime Commission FMC or Commission is charged with regulating commerce of the United States the common carriage of goods by water in the foreign liner service In doing so the Commission must be mindful of the statutory purpose of its regulation.
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Ocean Export and Import Capacity Fact Finding Launched
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Mar 09, 2010
Ocean Carriers and Intermediaries Pay $625,000 in Agreed Penalties
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced four compromise agreements in which an ocean carrier and intermediaries agreed to pay a total of $625,000 in civil penalties for alleged violations of the Shipping Act of 1984. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier (VOCC) and three ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs).
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Mar 03, 2010
Cruise Line Operators Give Testimony to FMC on Financial Responsibility Protections for Passengers
The Federal Maritime Commission heard testimony today from passenger vessel operators and cruise industry associations concerning the benefits and challenges of the Commission's financial responsibility requirements. Today's hearing provided the Commission the opportunity to hear directly from the cruise industry and ask questions regarding the adequacy of protections for passengers' deposits and fares in the event of nonperformance of a cruise from a U.S. port.
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Feb 23, 2010
Clarification: NVOCC Tariff Publication Requirements Unchanged Until Final Rule Issued
The Federal Maritime Commission voted last week to initiate a rulemaking that would relieve Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) from the costs and burdens of publishing and adhering to tariffs that contain the rates they charge to ship cargo. The Commission has received indications that some NVOCCs may have begun to implement such a change in their business operations.
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Feb 18, 2010
Economic Relief Granted to NVOCCs by FMC Vote
The Federal Maritime Commission voted today to initiate a rulemaking that would relieve Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) from the costs and burdens of publishing in tariffs the rates they charge for cargo shipments. In a 3 to 1 vote, the Commission decided to grant this exemption from publishing rate tariffs to licensed NVOCCs. NVOCCs are common carriers that act as intermediaries between their shipper customers and steamship lines. According to comments filed with the Commission, t​
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Feb 01, 2010
FMC Reorganization
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., has announced a reorganization of the Federal Maritime Commission that became effective January 31, 2010. The new organization establishes a Managing Director to ensure that the Commission's major offices are cohesively directed toward achieving fair and efficient ocean transportation that helps improve the nation's economy. The reorganization also gives heightened priority to the role of the Commission's Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolution Services​
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Jan 19, 2010
Haiti Crisis: FMC Responds with Regulatory Relief
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) today announced that it is working with appropriate U.S. Government agencies and the maritime industry to spur relief and rebuilding efforts for the people of Haiti in the aftermath of last week's devastating earthquake.
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Jan 19, 2010
Haiti Disaster Relief Advisory
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) advises regulated entities of the following flexibilities currently available under the Commission's regulations and the Shipping Act without further request for Commission action.
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Jan 07, 2010
Commissioner Michael A. Khouri Joins the Commission
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced today that Michael A. Khouri of Louisville, KY, has been sworn in as a Commissioner for a term to expire on June 30, 2011. Commissioner Khouri was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 3, 2009, and confirmed by the Senate on December 24, 2009.​
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Jan 05, 2010
Erin Masson Wirth Joins FMC as Administrative Law Judge
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. announced that Erin Masson Wirth has joined the Federal Maritime Commission as an Administrative Law Judge.
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Dec 15, 2009
Commission Orders Information from Carriers in U.S. – Australia/New Zealand Trade
The Federal Maritime Commission announced today the issuance of an order under Section 15 of the Shipping Act of 1984 requiring carriers providing direct services in the U.S.-Australia/New Zealand trade to submit information regarding current trade and competitive conditions. Named as Respondents, individually and as agreement members, are Hamburg-Sud; Hapag-Lloyd; Maersk Line; CMA-CGM; ANL Singapore; and Marfret.
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Nov 23, 2009
Chairman Encourages Public Participation in EU Study
In his address to the Intermodal Association of North America, the National Industrial Transportation League, and the Transportation Intermediaries Association during the Super Session – "Economic Turmoil in a Sea of Financial Changes" at the 2009 Intermodal Expo and TransComp Exhibition, Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. announced further details of the Commission's plans to undertake a comprehensive study of the impact on the U.S. trades as a result of the elimination of shipping . . .
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Nov 17, 2009
New Team Created to Address Green Maritime Initiatives
Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission announced today the formation of an internal Maritime Environmental Advisory Committee to provide leadership in identifying and supporting the creation of green jobs in the maritime industry.
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Oct 29, 2009
Appointment of Ron Murphy as Director of Administration
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. announced today the appointment of Ronald D. Murphy as Director of Administration of the Federal Maritime Commission effective October 25, 2009. This appointment also designates Mr. Murphy as a member of the Senior Executive Service.
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Oct 23, 2009
Swearing-In and Reception Held for Chairman Lidinsky
On October 14th, Speaker of the United States House of Representative, Nancy Pelosi swore in Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. as the Federal Maritime Commission's 18th Chairman. President Barack Obama had designated then-Commissioner Lidinsky as Chairman on September 11th.
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Sep 18, 2009
FMC to Participate in First U.S.–Hosted World Maritime Day Environmental Event
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is pleased to announce that it will be actively participating as a sponsor in the 2009 International Maritime Organization (IMO) World Maritime Day Parallel Event hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard on behalf of the United States on October 16th in New York City.
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Sep 15, 2009
FMC Takes a Fresh Look at Passenger Vessel Financial Responsibility
At its meeting today, the Federal Maritime Commission voted unanimously to discontinue a pending rulemaking, Docket No. 02-15: Passenger Vessel Financial Responsibility, noting significant changes in the industry and the economy, as well as concerns for reliance by the Commission upon an outdated record in this proceeding, first commenced in 2002.
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Sep 14, 2009
Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. to Serve as Chairman
The Federal Maritime Commission announces today that President Barack Obama has designated Richard A. Lidinsky Jr., as the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Chairman Lidinsky joined the Commission on July 31, 2009, having been nominated by President Obama on June 18, 2009, and confirmed by the Senate, thereafter, to a term with the Commission expiring June 30, 2012.
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Aug 21, 2009
FMC Dismisses Investigation of Marine Terminal Practices of Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Citing a change in circumstances, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced today that, by a 3-0 vote, it determined to dismiss FMC Docket No. 08-05, City of Los Angeles, California, Harbor Department of the City of Los Angeles, Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach, California, Harbor Department of the City of Long Beach, and the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Long Beach – Possible Violations of Sections 10(b)(10), 10(d)(1) and
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Aug 07, 2009
Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. Joins the Commission
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced today that Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., of Baltimore, MD, has been sworn in as a Commissioner for a term to expire on June 30, 2012. Commissioner Lidinsky was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 18, 2009, and confirmed by the Senate on July 24, 2009.​
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Jul 22, 2009
FMC Announces Compromise Agreements
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced compromise agreements recovering civil penalties in the amount of $748,000. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier ("VOCC") and licensed and unlicensed ocean transportation intermediaries ("OTIs") (both non-vessel-operating common carriers ("NVOCCs") and ocean freight forwarders). In concluding the compromise agreements, the parties did not admit any violations of the Act or the Commission's regulations.
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Jun 16, 2009
FMC Moves to Dismiss Its Court Challenge of LA/LB Clean Trucks Agreement
The Federal Maritime Commission announced that it filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. today a motion requesting the court to withdraw the Commission's challenge of FMC Agreement No. 201170, the Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Infrastructure and Environmental Programs Cooperative Working Agreement. In October 2008, the Commission authorized staff to file a complaint with the U.S. District Court pursuant to section 6(h) of the Shipping Act of 1984 to enjoin aspects of Agreement No. 201170, including concession requirements that mandated exclusive use of employee-drivers in the Port of Los Angeles.
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Jun 05, 2009
Joseph E. Brennan to Serve as Acting Chairman
The Federal Maritime Commission announced today that Joseph E. Brennan has been designated Acting Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission by President Barack Obama. Chairman Brennan was initially nominated to serve on the Commission by President William J. Clinton in 1999 and nominated to serve a second term by President George W. Bush in 2004.
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May 20, 2009
FMC Launches SERVCON Filing Statistics
On May 20, 2009, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) will begin posting on its website new statistics detailing the number and types of filings made to the Commission's Service Contract Filing System (SERVCON). SERVCON is a secure automated filing system used by common carriers to confidentially file service contracts, service arrangements, and associated amendments.
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May 20, 2009
FMC Recognized as Most Improved Small Agency for 2009
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is pleased to announce that the agency has received the 2009 Most Improved Small Agency Award, presented at a ceremony this morning to recognize the 2009 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.
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May 06, 2009
FMC Holds Industry Briefing with Representatives of the Pacific Coast Council
An industry briefing by the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Associations (PCC) was held on May 4, 2009 at the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The open-dialogue format of the briefing afforded the Commission the opportunity to gain greater insight and understanding of current issues and concerns affecting the freight forwarding and Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) industry conducting business on the West Coast. This feedback is valuable to the Commission given the changing dynamics of the ocean shipping industry in today's economy.
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Apr 28, 2009
Commissioner Harold J. Creel, Jr. Announces Departure from FMC
Federal Maritime Commissioner Harold J. Creel, Jr. today announced that he will be leaving the agency at the end of his term on June 30, 2009.
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Feb 12, 2009
FMC Imposes Special Reporting Requirements on Port Fee Services Agreement
On February 11, 2009, the Federal Maritime Commission ("Commission") met and discussed anticompetitive concerns associated with the implementation of the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach's ("Ports") Clean Truck Program ("CTP") under the Port Fee Services Agreement, FMC No. 201199. Agreement No. 201199, also known as the PortCheck Agreement, is an agreement among the Ports and private marine terminal operators which provides the means by which the Ports collect the Clean Truck Fee.
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Feb 11, 2009
TSA Capacity Amendment Withdrawn from FMC Consideration
On February 10, 2009, the Federal Maritime Commission ("Commission") received notice that the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement ("TSA") had decided to withdraw a proposed agreement amendment. TSA, a 14 - member carrier agreement with substantial market share in the Asia/US trades, had contemplated developing a coordinated capacity rationalization program under the proposed Amendment No. 43, in addition to its existing rate discussion authority.
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Jan 29, 2009
FMC Requests Additional Information From Transpacific Stabilization Agreement
The Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC" or "Commission") has determined to request that the parties to the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement ("TSA"), FMC Agreement No. 011223-043, provide additional information pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 40304(d). The Commission's request for additional information delays the effectiveness of amendment No. 043 until 45 days after the parties have submitted the requested information and documents. Amendment 043 would add authority for the TSA parties to discuss and reach agreement on, among other things, a program to address ship capacity deployed in the eastbound transpacific trade.
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Jan 15, 2009
FMC Denies Request for Expedited Review of Shipping Act Agreements
At its meeting yesterday, the Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC" or "Commission") voted 2-1 to deny a request for expedited review of the Port Fee Services Agreement, FMC Agreement No. 201199. A notice of the filing had been transmitted by the Commission to the Federal Register, where it was published on November 13, 2008. 73 Fed. Reg. 67157.
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Dec 17, 2008
FMC Requests Additional Information from Parties to the Port Fee Services Agreement
By a 2-1 vote, the Federal Maritime Commission today determined to request that the parties to Agreement No. 201199, the Port Fee Services Agreement, provide additional information pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 40304(d).
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Dec 05, 2008
FMC Declines to Grant Port Fee Services Agreement’s Request for Expedited Review
By a 2-1 vote, the Federal Maritime Commission declined to grant the Port Fee Services Agreement's (FMC Agreement No. 201199) request for expedited review of their agreement. The Commission determined that the agreement parties had not provided adequate cause to grant their request for a review in less than the statutory 45-day waiting period. The Commission is committed to completing its analysis of the Agreement's likely effect on transportation costs and services, as quickly as possible.
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Nov 24, 2008
FMC Announces Compromise Agreements
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced compromise agreements recovering civil penalties in the amount of $242,500. The agreements were reached with licensed and unlicensed ocean transportation intermediaries ("OTIs"), both non-vessel-operating common carriers ("NVOCCs") and ocean freight forwarders.​
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Oct 29, 2008
FMC Blocks Anti-Competitive Aspects of San Pedro Ports Concession Requirements
The Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC" or "Commission") today determined by 2-1 vote that implementation of certain portions of the Clean Truck Programs ("CTP") by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach under FMC Agreement No. 201170, are likely, by a reduction in competition, to produce an unreasonable increase in transportation cost or unreasonable reduction in service.
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Sep 30, 2008
FMC Invites Comments on Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2010-2015
The Federal Maritime Commission ("Commission") today announced the release of its draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2010-2015. The draft plan in its entirety can be found on the Commission's website at http://www.fmc.gov/reading/FMCStrategicPlans.asp. The goals and objectives in this plan will link directly to annual plans for the same fiscal years as well as to the agency's annual budget process.​
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Sep 30, 2008
FMC Announces Appointment of Peter J. King as General Counsel
The Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC" or "Commission") today announced the appointment of Peter J. King as its General Counsel, effective September 28, 2008. Mr. King has served as Acting General Counsel since February, 2008.
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Sep 30, 2008
FMC Announces Appointment of Karen V. Gregory as Secretary
The Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC" or "Commission") today announced the appointment of Karen V. Gregory as Secretary of the FMC, effective September 28, 2008. This appointment also designates Ms. Gregory as a member of the Senior Executive Service.
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Sep 24, 2008
FMC Commences Investigation Challenging Marine Terminal Practices of Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
The Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC") announced today that it has initiated an investigation to determine whether certain practices of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ("the Ports") violate the Shipping Act of 1984. Among practices cited in the Commission's Order of Investigation are the employee-driver mandate, incentive payments and provisions denying access to marine terminal facilities to certain harbor trucking providers.
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Sep 12, 2008
FMC Requests Additional Information from San Pedro Ports on Clean Trucks Program
By a 2-1 vote, the Federal Maritime Commission determined to request that the parties to Agreement No. 201170, Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Infrastructure and Environmental Programs Cooperative Working Agreement, provide additional information pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 40304(d). Additional information is essential to the Commission's understanding of the costs and benefits of the Ports' Clean Truck Program ("CTP"), and the likely effect of the Agreement on transportation costs and services.
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Aug 13, 2008
FMC Announces Greater Website Accessibility to Agreement Information
The Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC" or "Commission") today announced enhancements to its website to provide greater public awareness of agreement filings. To increase the accessibility of information on filed agreements and agreement amendments, the Commission will publish on its website, www.fmc.gov, weekly agreement filing notices that appear in the Federal Register.
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Jul 25, 2008
FMC Directs More In-Depth Review of U.S.-Oceania Trades
The Federal Maritime Commission announced today that it has concluded review of an amendment to the U.S. Pacific Coast–Oceania Agreement, FMC Agreement No. 011741-012 ("Oceania Agreement"), covering the trade between the U.S. Pacific Coast and Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. The Amendment adds CMA CGM S.A. and ANL Singapore PTE, Ltd., as a single party to the Oceania Agreement, revises vessel operations, and makes other changes to this vessel sharing agreement.
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FMC Directs More In-Depth Review of U.S.-Oceania Trades NR 08-09
FMC Directs More In-Depth Review of U.S.-Oceania Trades NR 08-09
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Jun 26, 2008
FMC Receives Industry Briefing from Representatives of WTSA
On Tuesday, June 25, 2008, the Federal Maritime Commission was briefed by representatives of the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (WTSA) and the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA). The industry briefing afforded the Commission an opportunity to gain greater awareness of current economic issues affecting carriers in the import and export trades.
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Jun 13, 2008
FMC Grants Early Clearance to Ports/Terminals Agreement
The Federal Maritime Commission announced today that it has concluded review of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Port/Terminal Operator Administration and Implementation Agreement ("AIA"). The Commission determined to grant expedited review of the agreement, as requested by the agreement parties, allowing the AIA to take effect as of Friday, June 13, 2008.
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May 21, 2008
Commissioner A. Paul Anderson to Leave Agency
Federal Maritime Commissioner A. Paul Anderson today announced that he is leaving the agency effective May 30, 2008. Mr. Anderson, who was first appointed to the Commission in August, 2003 by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May, 2004, was nominated to serve as the Chairman of the Commission by the President last August.
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May 21, 2008
FMC Holds Industry Briefing with Representatives of Pacific Coast Council
On Monday May 19, 2008, the Federal Maritime Commission ("Commission") held an industry briefing with the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association. The briefing afforded the Commission with the opportunity to gain a greater awareness and understanding of current issues and concerns affecting the freight forwarding and non-vessel-operating common carrier industry on the West Coast.
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May 20, 2008
FMC Reschedules May 28th Meeting to June 4th
The Federal Maritime Commission hereby announces the rescheduling of its May 28th regular meeting to June 4th. The Commission plans to continue its regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. For the month of June, the Commission will also meet on the 11th and 25th.
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May 05, 2008
FMC Plans Regular Commission Meetings
The Federal Maritime Commission hereby announces that it plans to hold regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. The Commission will also hold additional meetings as necessary. For the month of May, the Commission will meet on the 14th and 28th. In addition, the Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 7th. Meetings will begin at 10:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted.
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Apr 02, 2008
FMC Requests Additional Information from LA/LGB Agreement No. 201178
The Federal Maritime Commission announced today that it has formally requested that the parties to Agreement No. 201178, Los Angeles/Long Beach Port/Terminal Operator Administration and Implementation Agreement, provide additional information pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 40304(d). This action prevents the agreement from becoming effective as originally scheduled on March 30, 2008.
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Feb 20, 2008
Federal Maritime Commission Announces the Selection of Peter J. King as Acting General Counsel
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced the selection of Peter J. King as its Acting General Counsel, effective February 16, 2008.
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Sep 24, 2007
FMC Announces Optional Electronic Method of Filing Form FMC-18
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced a new optional electronic method for filing Form FMC-18, the Application for a License as an Ocean Transportation Intermediary ("OTI"). This optional filing method will contribute to a more efficient application review process and provide licensees and applicants with a convenient, user-friendly online filing system (accessible at this link: https://www2.fmc.gov/form18/).​
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Sep 10, 2007
FMC Announces Compromise Agreements
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced compromise agreements recovering payments in the amount of $862,000.
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Aug 17, 2007
FMC Opens Office in Houston, Texas
The Federal Maritime Commission announces the appointment of Ms. Debra Zezima as its area representative in Houston, Texas. The Commission previously had a Houston office from 1987 to 1995, and is re-establishing an agency presence there based on an increasing volume of maritime commerce and a growing number of regulated entities in the Houston/Galveston area.
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May 25, 2007
FMC Announces Addendum to 2003 Settlement Agreement with Transpacific Stabilization Agreement Members Lines
The 2003 Settlement, which included a payment of $1.35 million in lieu of civil penalties, was designed to improve the competitive environment in the Transpacific trades through structural changes to the TSA agreement intended to end certain problematic carrier practices in the trade.
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Apr 16, 2007
Federal Maritime Commission Announces the Selection of Peter J. King as Director of Administration
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced the selection of Peter J. King as its Director of Administration, effective April 15, 2007. This appointment also designates Mr. King as a member of the Senior Executive Service.
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Dec 01, 2006
Federal Maritime Commission Announces That Long-Time Commission Employee Bruce A. Dombrowski Retires
The Federal Maritime Commission bids a fond farewell to Bruce A. Dombrowski, who retired at the end of November. Mr. Dombrowski served the Federal Maritime Commission in a highly distinguished and exemplary manner since joining the agency in 1973.
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Nov 30, 2006
FMC Announces Compromise Agreements
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced compromised agreements recovering civil penalties in the amount of $732,000. The agreements were reached with vessel-operating common carriers ("VOCC") and licensed and unlicensed ocean transportation intermediaries ("OTI"), acting both as non-vessel-operating common carriers ("NVOCC") and ocean freight forwarders. The compromise agreements are...
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Aug 23, 2006
FMC Announces Appointment of New Administrative Law Judge
Chairman Steven R. Blust announced today that Clay G. Guthridge has joined the Federal Maritime Commission as an Administrative Law Judge.
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Aug 08, 2006
CQ River Cruises LLC dba American Rivers Cruise Line and Great American River Journeys- Further Notice- Cancellation of All Cruises for 2006 Sailing Season and Announcement of Refund Procedures
The Federal Maritime Commission issues this notice to advise you that CQ River Cruises LLC, a passenger vessel operator doing business as American Rivers Cruise Line and as Great American River Journeys, has cancelled all cruises scheduled for its 2006 season. Great American River Journeys operates a single vessel, the Columbia Queen.
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Jun 13, 2006
Chairman Blust Announces Intention to Leave FMC
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Steven R. Blust announced today that he intends to leave the agency after the completion of his current term, once his replacement nominee has been confirmed by the Senate. Mr. Blust has been serving as Chairman since joining the agency in August 2002. His term officially ends on June 30, 2006. Once he leaves the Commission, he plans to continue his career in the area of maritime trade.
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Feb 23, 2006
CQ River Cruises LLC dba American Rivers Cruise Line (Great American Journeys) - Cancellation of Cruises through May, 2006
The Federal Maritime Commission has been notified that CQ River Cruises LLC, a passenger vessel operator doing business as American Rivers Cruise Line (Great American Journeys) has cancelled all cruises scheduled to commence prior to June 2, 2006. Great American Journeys operates a single vessel, the Columbia Queen.
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Jan 18, 2006
FMC Obtains Injunction Against International Household Goods Movers All-In-One Shipping, Inc., Around the World Shipping, Inc., Boston Logistics Corp., Global Direct Shipping, Daniel Cuadrado, Elizabeth F. Hudson, and Joshua Morales
On January 17, 2006, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted the Federal Maritime Commission's request for a preliminary injunction against Defendants All-In-One Shipping, Inc., Around The World Shipping, Inc., Boston Logistics Corp., three Florida companies, and their respective officers, Defendants Joshua Morales, Daniel Cuadrado, and Elizabeth F. Hudson, as well as Defendant Global Direct Shipping, an unincorporated entity that also operates in Florida.
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Dec 29, 2005
FMC Holds Industry Briefing with Representatives of the Passenger Vessel Association
To gain a better understanding of current conditions throughout the industry, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) conducted an industry briefing this month by members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA). PVA is a trade organization with members constituting owners and operators of "small- ship" passenger vessels, manufacturers of maritime-related products and services, and other service companies.
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Oct 19, 2005
FMC Hears Update on Impact of PierPASS, Growing Cargo Volumes on MTOs
To gain a better understanding of current conditions at U.S. ports, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) conducted an industry briefing this month by members of the National Association of Waterfront Employers (NAWE).
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Oct 05, 2005
FMC Announces Compromise Agreements
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced compromise agreements recovering civil penalties in an aggregate amount of $514,500. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier ("VOCC"), licensed and unlicensed ocean transportation intermediaries ("OTIs"), as stated, acting both as non-vessel-operating common carriers ("NVOCCs") and freight forwarders, and proprietary shippers.​
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Sep 12, 2005
Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye Sworn in for a Second Term
The Federal Maritime Commission announced today that Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye has been sworn in as a Commissioner for the term expiring June 30, 2010. Commission Dye was nominated to her second term by President George W. Bush on July 12, 2005, and confirmed by the Senate on July 22, 2005. Commissioner Dye originally assumed her duties at the Commission in December 2002, after she was nominated by President Bush to serve the remainder of the term that expired in June 2005.
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Sep 02, 2005
Chairman Blust Announces Contact Information for New Orleans Area Representative
Due to Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Maritime Commission's New Orleans location is currently inaccessible. New Orleans Area Representative Al Kellogg can be reached by sending correspondence to the Commission's Headquarters at 800 North Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20573. In addition, the Office of Operations (202-523-0988) will relay telephone messages to Mr. Kellogg. Mr. Kellogg may still be reached by e-mail at akellogg@fmc.gov.
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Aug 10, 2005
Chairman Blust Announces Launch of New Commission Website
The Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission announced that on August 18, 2005, the Commission will replace its current website with a newly designed site. The new site will be launched after Commission business hours at approximately 8:00 PM EDT, on August 18th, and will be accessible using the same URL address, www.fmc.gov, used to access the Commission's current website.
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Jul 14, 2005
FMC Holds Industry Briefing with Representatives of the ICCL
On Wednesday, July 13, 2005, the Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC") held the fifth in a series of briefings by representatives of the shipping industry and maritime community. The briefings are intended to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the current issues and concerns affecting the various interests involved with the United States foreign commerce.
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Jul 14, 2005
Chairman Blust Announces the Appointment of ALJ Kenneth A. Krantz
Chairman Steven R. Blust announced today that Kenneth A. Krantz has joined the Federal Maritime Commission as an Administrative Law Judge.
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May 19, 2005
FMC Holds Industry Briefing with Representatives of the NITL
On Tuesday May 17, 2005, the Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC") held the fourth in a series of briefings by representatives of the shipping industry and maritime community. The briefings are intended to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the current issues and concerns affecting the various interests involved with the United States foreign commerce.
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Apr 25, 2005
Commission Discontinues Docket No. 98-14
The Commission today announced the termination of Docket No. 98-14, Shipping Restrictions, Requirements, and Practices of the People's Republic of China , which had been initiated on August 12, 1998. After several years of difficult negotiations, the Commission noted that the U.S. and China were able to reach a diplomatic accord to remedy the practices identified by the Commission as problematic in this proceeding.
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Apr 14, 2005
FMC Holds Industry Briefing with Representatives of the AAPA
On Wednesday, April 6, 2005, the Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC") held the third in a series of briefings from representatives of the shipping industry and maritime community. The briefings are intended to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the current issues and concerns affecting the various interests involved with the United States waterborne foreign commerce.
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Apr 04, 2005
Chairman Blust Announces the Designation of Chief ALJ Irwin Schroeder
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Steven R. Blust today announced the designation of Irwin L. Schroeder as the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Commission. Judge Schroeder, who has been an Administrative Law Judge with the Commission for more than a year, replaces Chief Judge Norman Kline who retired April 2, 2005.
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Apr 04, 2005
Chairman Blust Announces the Retirement of Chief ALJ Norman D. Kline
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Steven R. Blust today announced the retirement of the Commission's Chief Administrative Law Judge, Norman D. Kline, effective April 2, 2005.
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Mar 22, 2005
FMC Announces Compromise Agreements
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced compromise agreements recovering civil penalties in an aggregate amount of $514,500. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier ("VOCC"), licensed and unlicensed ocean transportation intermediaries ("OTIs"), as stated, acting both as non-vessel-operating common carriers ("NVOCCs") and freight forwarders, and proprietary shippers.​
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Feb 25, 2005
FMC Issues Final Rule in Docket No. 04-11 Updating Existing and Adding New Filing Fees
The Federal Maritime Commission has updated existing filing fees and added a new filing fee that will become effective April 4, 2005. In adopting the updated schedule of fees, the Commission noted that current fees have been effective since 2002, and are no longer representative of the Commission's actual costs for providing such services. The Commission is establishing a separate fee for the filing of terminal exempt agreements. Currently, the Commission maintains the same filing fee for carrier and terminal exempt agreements, however terminal exempt agreements generally require less processing time; consequently, the Commission established a separate filing fee for terminal exempt agreements.​
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Feb 16, 2005
Chairman Blust Announces An Initiative for Publishing Electronic Copies of Commission Decisions
The Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission announces a new initiative for publishing Commission decisions issued between mid-June 1987 and 1996. The first group of these decisions will be posted on the Commission's website today. This initial group includes decisions issued between mid-June 1987 and December 1988. As later decisions are compiled and converted to electronic form, the Commission will post those decisions on its website as well.
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Feb 01, 2005
FMC Holds Second Industry Briefing
On Thursday, January 27, 2005, the Federal Maritime Commission ("FMC") held the second in a series of briefings with shipping industry representatives to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the current issues and concerns affecting the U.S. international liner shipping industry.
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