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Statement by Commissioner Bentzel On Surface Transportation Board Testimony On Kansas City Southern and Canadian Pacific Merger

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Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel testified before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Tuesday on possible supply chain impacts of the proposed Kansas City Southern (KCS) and Canadian Pacific (CP) merger. “I respectfully urge the Surface Transportation Board to disapprove the consolidation of the railroad systems of the CP and the KCS… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Meets with Senior Leadership of MSC and CMA to Discuss Environmental Issues

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Commissioner Louis Sola met with senior executives of containership operators Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and CMA CGM in their respective headquarters during a European trip earlier this month to learn how these companies are working to address ocean shipping’s environmental impact. Captain Gianluigi Aponte (Founder and Chairman of MSC Group)… Read More »

Statement of Commissioners Max M. Vekich and Carl W. Bentzel regarding the NPRM on the Definition of Unreasonable Refusal to Deal with Respect to Vessel Space Accommodation

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This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking provides an important first step in elaborating on how the Federal Maritime Commission will assess what constitutes an unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate with respect to vessel space accommodation.  While the proposed rule establishes parameters for consideration, there may be additional steps that would… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Guest Commentary Appears in USCG Publication

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An article written by Commissioner Louis Sola was featured in the Summer 2022 edition of the Cruise Ship Round Turn, a publication of the Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise.  In the commentary, Commissioner Sola highlights the criticality of partnerships, cooperation, and a commitment to risk mitigation were key… Read More »

Statement of Chairman Maffei on E.O. 14036 & Competition

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“I applaud the important work accomplished across the U.S. government in the year since Executive Order 14036, Promoting Competition in the American Economy was issued by President Biden. “Ensuring competition for ocean liner services is the fundamental mission of the Federal Maritime Commission. Since becoming Chairman, I have directed the… Read More »

Chairman Maffei Addresses AgTC Annual Meeting

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Chairman Daniel B. Maffei delivered the keynote address at the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) Annual Meeting last week, addressing the recently passed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 and outlining new initiatives implemented by the Commission to mitigate supply chain congestion and related issues. The remarks were delivered on Wednesday,… Read More »

Letter of Commissioner Sola to President Joe Biden

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Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis E. Sola wrote the President on June 23, 2022, regarding the Hugh Leatherman terminal in Charleston, South Carolina. Text of the letter: Dear President Biden: Thank you for your kind invitation to attend the Ocean Shipping Reform Act signing ceremony last Thursday. With your signature you have… Read More »

Statements of  Commissioners Bentzel, Sola, and Vekich regarding Comments Submitted to the Surface Transportation Board on the Proposed Consolidation of the Railroad Systems of Canadian Pacific Railway and the Kansas City Southern Railway

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Federal Maritime Commissioners Carl W. Bentzel, Louis E. Sola, and Max M. Vekich, in their capacity as individual Commissioners, submitted comments Wednesday to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) objecting to the proposed consolidation of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Ltd. (CP) and the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS). The three Commissioners urged… Read More »