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May 2024 Activity Report 

Statements & Releases

Commission May 2024 Meeting Video Available for Replay 

Compromise Agreements Yield over $2.3 Million in Penalties & Changes to Business Practices 

The Federal Maritime Commission has entered into compromise agreements with three different companies resulting in the collection of more than $2.3 million in civil penalty payments, and commitments by each company to reform specific business practices. 

FMC Launches Investigation of the impact of Canadian Regulations on U.S.-Flag Carriers 

The Federal Maritime Commission launched an investigation today to determine if pending Canadian regulations governing ballast water management systems of ships in the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes trade have a disparate effect on U.S. flagged vessels and constitute a Foreign Shipping Practices violation under 46 U.S.C. Chapter 423. 

Final Rule on Demurrage and Detention Cleared to Take Full Effect on May 28 

Recent actions taken by the Office of the Management and Budget (OMB) and the Federal Maritime Commission clear the way for the final rule on Demurrage and Detention Billing Practices to take full effect on May 28, 2024. 

American Queen Voyages—Update on Refund Process 

Passengers who had booked travel aboard an American Queen Voyages (AQV) vessel departing from a United States port may file a refund claim against the surety bond. The now-insolvent company was required to maintain this form of financial coverage under the Federal Maritime Commission regulations. Instructions for how to file a refund claim against the surety bond can be found on the AQV Customer Claims Portal. 

Letter of Commissioner Sola to Secretary Granholm 

Commissioner Louis E. Sola wrote Secretary Granholm regarding the Maritime Decarbonization Plan. 

Letter of Commissioner Sola to Secretary Blinken 

Commissioner Louis E. Sola wrote Secretary Blinken regarding the Panama Canal’s capacity. 

April 2024 Activity Report 

Decisions, Orders & Enforcement

Notice Not to Review—MSRF, Inc. v. HMM Co. Ltd. (Docket No. 22-20

Notice Not to Review—SeaFair USA LLC v. Sterling Container Line Ltd. and Atlantic Forwarding Ltd. (Docket No. 22-34

Competition & Agreements

Memorandum Agreement of December 14, 1983 Concerning Assessments to Pay ILWU-PMA Employee Benefit Costs (No. 201103-017

Gemini Cooperation Agreement (No. 201429

OTI Licensing Activity

Applications 45 

Revocations 33 

Please see the OTI License Status Changes webpage for additional information.   

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