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Archive for 2020

Commissioner Sola Reports on Meeting with ILWU Leadership in Fact Finding 30 to Discuss Impacts of COVID-19 on Longshore Workforce

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Earlier this week I had an excellent discussion with the senior leadership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) concerning the impact of the current pandemic on the financial wellbeing of their members. International President William Adams, Vice-President Robert “Bobby” Olvera, Jr., and Committeemen Frank Ponce de Leon and… Read More »

Fact Finding 30 Phase 1 Report Identifies Proposal That Would Help U.S. Cruise Companies

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An Initial Report issued today by Commissioner Louis Sola identifies a regulatory step that addresses a critical COVID-19 fiscal impact experienced by the cruise industry generally, but most significantly by small passenger vessel operators that are largely U.S.-based businesses that almost exclusively sail U.S. flagged vessels. Federal Maritime Commission regulations… Read More »

Rule Easing Burden on Service Contract Parties Now in Effect

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Ocean carriers, effective Thursday, June 25, 2020, are no longer required to publish a concise statement of essential terms for individual service contracts. This change in Federal Maritime Commission regulations was made by a final rule published in yesterday’s Federal Register and culminates a process initiated with a petition filed by… Read More »

MAY 2020 ACTIVITY REPORT

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission The FMC held a non-public meeting on May 28, 2020. Fact Finding 30 Investigation Focusing on Cruise Line Financial Responsibility & Refund Policies Issues related to how cruise lines meet financial responsibility requirements and the ticket refund polices of cruise lines… Read More »

Commission Advisory for Cruise Passengers – June 17, 2020

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The Federal Maritime Commission is aware passenger cruise lines have canceled or postponed numerous voyages, chiefly attributable to a “No Sail Order” issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) as well as some cruise lines ending their 2020 season on a voluntary basis. This advisory seeks to… Read More »

Commissioner Dye Announces Findings of San Pedro Bay Discussions – June 17, 2020

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Following conversations with the port directors in Los Angeles and Long Beach, ocean carrier chief executive officers, Southern California marine terminal operators, longshore labor leaders, and FMC Innovation Teams, Commissioner Rebecca Dye has identified approaches to address the four critical operational challenges at the San Pedro Bay ports identified by… Read More »

Statement by Commissioner Carl Bentzel on the FMC’s Notice of Investigation and Request for Comments Investigation into Conditions Created by Canadian Ballast Water Regulations in the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Trade, Docket No. 20-10; Petition No. P1-20 from the Lake Carrier Association (LCA)

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I am pleased that the Federal Maritime Commission has voted unanimously to move forward on soliciting comments on the Investigation into Conditions Created by Canadian Ballast Water Regulations in the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Trade, Docket No. 20-10; Petition No. P1-20 from the Lake Carrier Association (LCA). I remain committed to… Read More »

Statement of Commissioner Louis E. Sola concerning the posting of the Lake Carriers’ Association petition and subsequent Section 19 Investigation in the Federal Register

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Today the Commission issued a Notice of Investigation and Request for Comments regarding conditions created by Transport Canada’s proposed ballast water regulations. This begins the public process that was initiated by the petition filed by the Lake Carriers’ Association which I reported in my statement of May 20. Comments received… Read More »

Commission Formally Launches Investigation of Canadian Government Ballast Water Regulations

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The Federal Maritime Commission formally initiated its investigation of pending Canadian ballast water regulations alleged to be unfavorable and detrimental to U.S. flag Laker vessels when it voted today to issue a “Notice of Investigation and Request for Comments”. The Notice specifies how interested parties can communicate with the Commission… Read More »

Commission Approves Rule Easing Burden on Service Contract Parties

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A final rule adopted by the Federal Maritime Commission today eases certain publication requirements for ocean carriers, providing some of the regulatory relief industry sought via a petition filed at the agency in 2018. The Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking on February 14, 2020, and received two comments…. Read More »