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Commissioner Louis E. Sola led a fact-finding investigation and worked with key industry stakeholders to identify commercial measures passenger cruise lines could adopt to mitigate COVID-19 related impacts to this sector of the maritime industry. In the course of his investigation, Commissioner Sola:

  • Engaged cruise industry stakeholders to identify commercial solutions to COVID-19 related issues interfering with the operations of the industry.
  • Interacted with maritime related COVID-19 task forces in order to gather information and data related to the impact of COVID-19 on the cruise industry.
  • Established a team of leaders from the cruise industry, as well as other stakeholders, to develop commercial solutions to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To provide information to Commissioner Sola, please email  ff30@fmc.gov

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3/18/2021 – Statement by Commissioner Louis E. Sola on the One Year Anniversary of the Cessation of Cruise Activity from U.S. Ports

3/17/2021 – Fact Finding 30 Interim Report Issued Examining Impacts to CA, HI, and U.S. Pacific Territories

12/16/2020 – Latest Fact Finding 30 Report Examines Impacts to Cruise Industry in Gulf Coast Ports

11/19/2020 – Fact Finding 30 Field Visit to Port of Galveston

11/6/2020 – Commissioner Sola Meets with Port Everglades Leadership to Discuss Passenger and Cargo Construction Projects

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10/7/2020 – Commissioner Sola Visits Alaska as Part of Fact Finding 30

9/30/2020 – Commission Requests Comments on Possible Changes to Regulations Governing Cruise Lines

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8/11/2020 – Commission Initiates Rulemaking Process Addressing Cruise Line Performance and Refunds

7/30/2020 – Commissioner Sola Provides Briefing on Fact Finding 30 to Senior DoT Official

7/27/2020 – Commissioner Sola Proposes Changes to FMC Regulations on Cruise Line Performance and Refunds

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6/17/2020 – Commission Advisory for Cruise Passengers June 17, 2020

6/5/2020 – Fact Finding 30 Innovation Teams Examining Financial Responsibility Requirements

5/27/2020 – Fact Finding 30 Investigation Focusing on Cruise Line Financial Responsibility and Refund Policies

4/30/2020 – Statement of Commissioner Louis E. Sola on the Launch of Fact Finding 30

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