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FMC 50th Anniversary Timeline

January 25, 2011 -- FMC’s 50th Anniversary Events Underway

    January 2011: The Commission is pleased to announce that historical Commission and predecessor agency Annual Reports from 1917 to 1999 are now available on the Commission’s website. Each annual report provides an historical account of significant industry events and the Commission’s and its predecessor agencies’ regulatory activity during each respective fiscal year. With this addition, the public will have full, electronic access to a significant body of historical information. Commission Annual reports from 1917 to 1999 are separately grouped on the Commission’s Annual Reports webpage. These historical reports supplement the Commission’s Annual reports from 2000 through the present that are also available on the Commission’s website.

    February 2, 2011: The Commission will host a roundtable of former FMC Chairmen in the Commission’s Main Hearing Room on February 2, 2011, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Former Chairmen will share their thoughts and perspectives on issues and events during their respective times at the Commission’s helm, on issues confronting the Commission today, and on the Commission’s role in the future.


January 4, 2011 -- 2010 Review and 50th Anniversary Outlook from Chairman Lidinsky

The Federal Maritime Commission expects a busy 2011 focused on protecting consumers and strengthening the supply chain to support more U.S. exports, stated Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr." We plan to stay at full steam ahead as we embark on our 50th year," said Chairman Lidinsky. "As we continue our mission for a fair and efficient ocean transportation system, I’ll be closely watching the ‘three C’s’: containers, contracting practices, and capacity. None of these issues should prevent an American exporter from completing a sale overseas."

2010 was an active year for the Commission, which concentrated on supporting U.S. exports and the economic recovery, protecting American consumers, encouraging a sustainable ocean transportation industry, enhancing safety and security, and monitoring foreign practices to protect American jobs.

In its 50th year, the FMC will commemorate its history as a leader in the global intermodal revolution. But Chairman Lidinsky also intends that the Commission will be busy making new history on the critical issues of shipping capacity; container availability; supporting increased exports; protecting consumers; encouraging efficient, sustainable ocean transportation practices; enhancing safety and security; reducing regulatory burdens; and keeping a close watch for foreign maritime policies and practices that could harm U.S. commerce.


June 16, 2010 -- The Federal Maritime Commission kicks off its 50th Anniversary celebration with an honorary visit and speech Congressman Cummings Speaking at the FMCfrom Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, who is a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

"I want to thank Congressman Cummings for honoring the Commission with his visit and kind words today," remarked FMC Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. "As a fellow Baltimorean, I have had the opportunity to follow his remarkable career of public service at all levels of government. Congressman Cummings has had a key role in strengthening the morale and improving the operation of this agency. I look forward to working with him on his effort to guide maritime policy into the 21st Century."