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March 2022 Activity Report

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Export Service is New Added Focus of FMC Ocean Carrier Audit Program

The Federal Maritime Commission’s Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (VOCC) Audit Program is expanding its scope to also evaluate how shipping lines are serving U.S. export shippers.

Demurrage & Detention ANPRM Comments Deadline Extended

The Federal Maritime Commission is providing an additional 30-days for public comment on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Demurrage and Detention Billing Requirements (Docket No. 22-04) issued last month.

FMC Rule Change Will Provide More Rights to Refunds for Cancelled or Delayed Cruises

The Federal Maritime Commission is amending its regulations governing non-performance by Passenger Vessel Operators (PVO/cruise lines) and establishing new requirements for when cruise passengers should be provided refunds for cancelled or delayed voyages.

Commission Grants Temporary Relief Requested by Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

The Federal Maritime Commission granted the temporary relief sought by Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (Expeditors) from certain tariff filing requirements.  Expeditors sought relief from Commission regulations as part of its response to a malicious cyberattack experienced in February 2022.

Testimony of Chairman Maffei before Congress: “Executive Session and Ocean Shipping Reform Act” Hearing

Testimony of Commissioner Dye before Congress: “Executive Session and Ocean Shipping Reform Act” Hearing

FMC Meets to Discuss Ocean Carrier Enforcement Efforts & New Rule Protecting Cruise Passengers

The Federal Maritime Commission met today in open and closed session to be briefed on enforcement activities, a final rule expanding the rights of passengers to secure refunds for cancelled or delayed voyages, and the work of Area Representatives.

Update: Notice to Passengers Regarding Crystal Cruises

The Federal Maritime Commission has been advised that Proof of Claims for refunds from Crystal Cruises can be filed at https://crystalcruiseclaims.com/.  The Commission strongly encourages passengers with cancelled and/or booked cruises with Crystal Cruises to complete and deliver the Proof of Claim form, with necessary supporting documentation by the due date.

Commission Meeting Scheduled for March 16, 2022

Sunshine Act Meeting Notice announcing meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission.

Statement by Commissioner Bentzel on the Release of the Assessment of the People’s Republic of China’s Control of Container and Intermodal Chassis Manufacturing

Carl W. Bentzel released his Assessment of the People’s Republic of China’s Control of Container and Intermodal Chassis Manufacturing. The report was a year in the making and synthesizes interviews, research, and market observation.

Statement by Commissioner Bentzel on Common Carriage Requirements for U.S. Exports

Next Meeting of FMC Data Initiative Focuses on Marine Terminal Operators

Next Meeting of FMC Data Initiative Focuses on International Standards

Next Meeting of FMC Data Initiative Examines Available Technology & Platforms

Next Meeting of FMC Data Initiative Engages Longshore Labor

February 2022 Activity Report

DECISIONS, ORDERS, & ENFORCEMENT

Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Justification

Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report

Final Rule—Marine Terminal Operator Schedules (No. 21-06)

Final Rule—Passenger Vessel Financial Responsibility (No. 20-15)

Order Granting Petition—Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. for a Temporary Exemption from the Statutory Tariff Publication Requirements (P1-22)

Extension of Public Comment Period—Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Demurrage and Detention Billing Requirements (No. 22-04)

COMPETITION & AGREEMENTS

Agreements Filed

CMA CGM/COSCO Central America and Caribbean-U.S. Gulf Vessel Sharing Agreement (No. 201360-001)

WHL/HLAG Slot Charter Agreement (No. 201381)

OTI LICENSING

OTI Licensing Activity

Applications 57

Revocations & Surrenders 17

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