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Welcome to the FMC Newsroom. News releases, speeches and consumer alerts issued during the last 12 months are listed below. Use the "Category" drop-down menu above to narrow your search. To view historical issuances, click the "View Archives" button. Receive new postings by signing up for our News RSS feeds.



Apr 10, 2014
Commission Meeting Scheduled for April 16, 2014
The first portion of the meeting will be held in Open Session; the second in Closed Session.
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Apr 09, 2014
Consumer Alert -- Update – Transporte Medrano D/B/A/ Medrano Express
FMC, along with Miami Dade Consumer Protection, is continuing its efforts to reunite former Medrano consumers with their cargo
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Apr 09, 2014
Alerta al Consumidor – Actualización- Transporte Medrano D/B/A/ Medrano Express
FMC, junto con Miami Dade Protección del Consumidor, continúa sus esfuerzos por reunir a los ex consumidores Medrano con su carga
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Apr 02, 2014
G6 Alliance Amendment Clears FMC Regulatory Review
Proposed amendment to the G6 Alliance Agreement becomes effective April 4, 2014.
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Mar 28, 2014
Notice to Cruise Passengers Affected by the Houston Ship Channel Oil Spill
Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Princess cruise compensation and information notices
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Mar 26, 2014
Chairman Cordero Testifies to Congress Regarding FY 2015 FMC Budget
Chairman Cordero discusses the FMC’s previous accomplishments and planned activities for FY 2014 and 2015 in support of regulatory mission.
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Mar 20, 2014
P3 Agreement Clears FMC Regulatory Review
The P3 Agreement becomes effective 3/24/14 and is subject to ongoing reporting requirements and monitoring.​
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Mar 19, 2014
FMC Now Accepts Online Payments
The Federal Maritime Commission now accepts payments by credit card or ACH through Treasury's Pay.gov​
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Mar 14, 2014
Consumer Alert-- UPDATE – Transporte Medrano, Inc. d/b/a Medrano Express
On 7/25/13, FMC revoked Transporte Medrano, Inc. d/b/a Medrano Express’ (Medrano Express) ocean transportation intermediary license.
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Mar 14, 2014
Aviso al Consumidor – Transporte Medrano d/b/a Medrano Express
En 25 de Julio de 2013, la Comisión Marítima, (Federal Maritime Commission, (“FMC”)), cancelo’ la licencia que permitió Transporte Medrano, Inc. d/b/a/ Medrano Express a operar como un intermediario en la transportación de carga marítima.
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Mar 12, 2014
Compromise Agreements Recover $350,000 in Penalties
FMC reaches compromise agreements with several common carriers to resolve allegations of Shipping Act violations.
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Mar 05, 2014
CSAV Pays $625,000 Civil Penalty
FMC reaches compromise agreement with CSAV to resolve allegations of Shipping Act violations.
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Feb 19, 2014
Announcing the March 20, 2014 FMC Speaker Series Presentation
On March 20, 2014 FMC is hosting a brown bag on Navigational Developments and the Viability of Commercialized Shipping in the Arctic.
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Feb 19, 2014
Commission Meeting Scheduled for February 26, 2014
The first portion of the meeting will be held in Open Session; the second in Closed Session.
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Feb 12, 2014
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Affiliate Pay $1.275 Million Penalty
FMC announced a compromise agreement reached with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) and its corporate affiliate, Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. (NMCC).
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Feb 03, 2014
Notice to Cruise Passengers on Princess Cruises’ CARIBBEAN PRINCESS
Services offered to Princess Cruises’ CARIBBEAN PRINCESS passengers.
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Jan 29, 2014
Notice to Cruise Passengers Royal Caribbean International’s EXPLORER OF THE SEAS
Services offered to RCI EXPLORER OF THE SEAS passengers
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Jan 14, 2014
Chairman’s Earth Day Award Nominations Open
Requirements and Registration information for the FMC Chairman’s Earth Day Award
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Jan 14, 2014
Commission Meeting Scheduled for January 15, 2014
The meeting will be held in Closed Session.
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Dec 23, 2013
Two Car Carriers Pay $2.3 Million in Penalties
FMC announced compromise agreements reached with two common carriers operating pure car carriers (PCCs) and roll on/roll off (RO/RO) vessels in U.S. inbound and outbound trades.
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Dec 19, 2013
China Issues Circular 106 to Clarify its Recently Implemented Value Added Tax Measures
On December 13, 2013, the PRC released circular 106, which supersedes circular 37 effective January 1, 2014.
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Dec 17, 2013
FMC Convenes Global Regulatory Summit with Officials from China and European Commission
Representatives from China and the European Commission met with FMC today to discuss their respective maritime regulatory processes and evolving industry trends.
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Dec 13, 2013
FMC Plans December 17, 2013 Global Regulatory Summit
The FMC confirmed the attendance of international regulators from the People’s Republic of China and the European Union
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Dec 05, 2013
FMC Requests Additional Information from P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement
This request will delay the effective date of the proposed agreement until 45 days after the parties have submitted the requested information and documents.
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Dec 05, 2013
Commission Meeting Schedule for December 11, 2013
Update: The meeting agenda is revised to remove Item 2 in Closed Session. A portion of the meeting will be held in Open Session; the remainder will be held in Closed Session.
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Dec 05, 2013
Commission Meeting Scheduled for December 10, 2013
The meeting will be held in Closed Session.
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Nov 19, 2013
FMC Is Accepting Further Public Comments on P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement
Comments can be filed with FMC on the P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement until November 29, 2013.
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Nov 18, 2013
FMC Administrative Law Judges met with Chinese Judicial Delegation
On November 14, 2013 FMC hosted an informal meeting with a Chinese delegation visiting DC on a privately-organized course of study arranged through the International Judicial Academy.
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Nov 18, 2013
Senior FMC Executives Assume New Responsibilities
FMC SES assignments have change effective November 17, 2013
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Nov 15, 2013
Philippines Disaster Relief Advisory
Chairman Cordero’s statement of condolence to the people of the Philippines.
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Oct 29, 2013
Chairman Cordero Testifies to Congress Regarding the Commission’s Re-authorization
On Tuesday October 29, 2013 Chairman Cordero testified before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. Chairman Cordero's full testimony can be viewed at the above link.
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Oct 22, 2013
Chairman Cordero Addresses the National Association of Waterfront Employers
At the National Association of Waterfront Employers (NAWE) Annual Meeting held October 22, 2013, Chairman Cordero spoke on the topic of consolidation in the vessel carrier industry through present or future operational agreements and the FMC's regulatory role.
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Oct 22, 2013
FMC Chairman Calls for Global Regulatory Summit on P3 Alliance
FMC Chairman issues call to fellow regulators in the EU and China for a Global Regulatory Summit on the proposed P3 Global Alliance.
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Oct 22, 2013
Compromise Agreements Recover $617,500 in Penalties
FMC completes compromise agreements that recover $617,500 in civil penalties for alleged Shipping Act violations.
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Oct 09, 2013
FMC Chairman Cordero, Commissioner Doyle Meet with MARAD Administrator
FMC and MARAD officials met to discuss the recent hearing before the House Subcommittee and upcoming transportation issues.
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Oct 01, 2013
FMC Suspends Operations Due to Federal Government Shutdown
Update: The Federal Maritime Commission reopened on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
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Sep 27, 2013
FMC Shutdown Plan Due to Lapse in Appropriations
This plan describes the FMC's shutdown procedures should there be a lapse in current fiscal year appropriations. Update: The Federal Maritime Commission reopened on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
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Sep 26, 2013
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Cruises has notified the Commission that its vessel, Celebrity Millennium experienced issues with its propulsion engine that interrupted two sailings in August and required the cancelation of its August 23, 30 and September 6 and 13, 2013 sailings. The ship is expected to return to service with the September 22, 2013 sailing.
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Sep 18, 2013
Concern Expressed Over Impact of China’s New VAT
During its closed meeting today, the Commission discussed the People’s Republic of China’s new regulations on implementation of a nationwide value added tax (VAT) on international transportation services. This new tax was implemented by China on August 1, 2013.
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Sep 11, 2013
Commission Meeting Schedule for September 18, 2013
The meeting will be in Closed Session.
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Sep 09, 2013
FMC to Host Presentation on Environmental Best Practices in Cruise Line and Passenger Vessel Industries, September 20, 2013
The Federal Maritime Commission’s Maritime Environmental Committee invites you to attend its Brown Bag Speaker Series with a presentation on Environmental Best Practices
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Aug 23, 2013
Consumer Alert – Commission Revokes FMC License Of Transporte Medrano, Inc. D/B/A Medrano Express
On July 25, 2013, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) revoked Transporte Medrano, Inc. d/b/a Medrano Express’ (Medrano Express) ocean transportation intermediary license. Medrano Express is no longer authorized to provide ocean transportation services. Consumers and businesses should not tender cargo to Medrano Express or its agents for the international shipment of goods.
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Aug 23, 2013
Alerta Al Consumidor - La Comisión Revoca La Fmc Licencia De Transporte Medrano, Inc. D/B/A Medrano Express
El 25 de julio de 2013, la Comisión Federal Marítima (FMC) revocó Transporte Medrano, Inc. d/b/a Medrano Express (Medrano Express) licencia de intermediario de transporte marítimo. Medrano Express ya no tiene autorización para prestar servicios de transporte marítimo. Los consumidores y las empresas no deben licitar carga a Medrano Express o sus agentes para el transporte internacional de mercancías.​
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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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Jul 23, 2013
Form FMC-65, registration for foreign-based unlicensed NVOCCs, is now available
Foreign based unlicensed NVOCCs must register by filing Form FMC-65 by October 17, 2013.
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Jul 22, 2013
Commission Extends Comment Period for OTI Rules
Comments on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Docket No. 13-05, published on May 31, 2013, are due on or before August 30, 2013.
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Jul 10, 2013
Commission Meeting Schedule for July 17, 2013
The first portion of the meeting will be in Open Session and the remainder of the meeting will be in Closed Session.
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Jun 13, 2013
Commission Meeting Schedule for June 20, 2013
The first portion of the meeting will be in Open Session and the remainder of the meeting will be in Closed Session.
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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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May 31, 2013
Commission Requests Comments on OTI Rules
The Commission requests comments on an advanced notice proposing amendments to regulations governing Ocean Transportation Intermediary licensing and financial responsibility requirements and general duties.​
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May 30, 2013
Royal Caribbean International’s GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS
Royal Caribbean International has notified the Commission that due to the fire that it experienced this weekend, the company has cancelled the next six sailings. of the Royal Caribbean International’s GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS. The ship is expected to return to service with the July 12 sailing.
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May 24, 2013
Consumer Alert – Tam Tam, Inc. and T-Square Inc.
Reports received that an unlicensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) has been operating under the names of Tam Tam, Inc. and T-Square Inc.
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May 08, 2013
Commission Meeting Schedule for May 15, 2013
The meeting will be held in open session.
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Results: 55 Article(s) Found.