Maritime Environmental Committee
Welcome to the FMC's Environmental Issues clearinghouse for information on maritime environmental issues, news, resources, laws and regulations, and best practices. Please stay tuned for updates.
Message from the FMC Chairman
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. with International Maritime Organization Secretary General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos at the World Maritime Day Climate Change Conference held on October 16, 2009, in New York City
In the coming years, the international ocean transportation industry will only be able to remain efficient, competitive, and reliable if it takes steps to become more sustainable. Our nation's ports will have difficulty handling the necessary flow of cargo if their impacts on surrounding air quality prevent needed expansion and modernization.
As oil becomes increasingly scarce and the world takes steps to address climate change, ocean vessel operators have begun to recognize the importance of measures to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Most studies have found that the international ocean shipping industry accounts for roughly three percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. This means that if the ocean shipping industry were a country, it would rank seventh in the world in emissions. Recognizing that any future accord to address climate change may include this important sector, many in the industry have begun taking steps to ensure they remain sound in a carbon-constrained future.
In our role as a regulator of marine terminal operators and ocean carriers, the FMC has seen environmental issues become increasingly central to the agreements and shipping practices we monitor and regulate. As ports and ocean carriers adjust to reduce their environmental footprint, the FMC will serve as a helpful partner. As Chairman, one of my top priorities for the FMC is helping advance the Obama Administration's goals of creating green jobs and seeking a more sustainable approach to maritime issues.
--FMC Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr.
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.
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.
Apr 12, 2012
Port Environmental Initiatives Forum on April 18, 2012
The Federal Maritime Commission will hold a Forum on Port Environmental Initiatives on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Representatives from the ports of Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Oakland, and Virginia will give presentations on their environmental and sustainability initiatives, followed by questions and a general discussion with Commissioners. Members of the public and press are invited to attend.
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