MAY 2020 ACTIVITY REPORT - Federal Maritime Commission
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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 becoming focal points of Commissioner Sola’s investigation.

FMC Orders Investigation into Alleged Discriminatory Canadian Regulations

The Commission voted unanimously to accept a petition filed by Lake Carriers’ Association and to initiate an investigation of the allegations.

Puerto Nuevo Terminals Agreement Amendment to Take Effect

An amendment to the Puerto Nuevo Terminals LLC Cooperative Working Agreement (Agreement No. 201292-002) became effective May 18, 2020.

Fact Finding 29 Innovation Teams Identify Information Helpful to Mitigating COVID-19 Impacts on Supply Chain

Supply Chain Innovation Teams are taking positive steps to address COVID-19-related impacts to the supply chain as well as to prepare for the return of stronger ocean cargo volumes.

Statement of Chairman Michael A. Khouri on Lake Carriers’ Association Petition & Section 19 Investigation

Statement of Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei on Lake Carriers’ Association Petition & Section 19 Investigation

Statement of Commissioner Louis E. Sola on Lake Carriers’ Association Petition & Section 19 Investigation

Statement of Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel on Lake Carriers’ Association Petition & Section 19 Investigation

Shipper Group Recognizes Commissioner Dye for Her Leadership on Supply Chain Issues

The Agricultural Transportation Coalition (AgTC) bestowed its “Person of the Year” award upon Commissioner Rebecca Dye in recognition of her work to improve America’s freight delivery system and the benefits those efforts have conveyed to shippers.

Commissioner Louis Sola Comments on Maritime Day 2020

Commissioners Bentzel & Sola Urge Congressional Leaders to Address Port Terminal Needs During COVID-19 Crisis

April 2020 Activity Report


Final Rule—“Interpretive Rule on Demurrage and Detention Under the Shipping Act” (Federal Register Notice)

Order—“Waiver of Certain Filing Requirements Due to COVID 19” (Federal Register Notice)

Order—Establishing Fact Finding 30, “COVID 19—Impact on Cruise Industry” (Federal Register Notice)


Agreements Filed or Amended

International Council of Containership Operators (Agreement No. 010099-068)

The OCEAN Alliance Agreement (Agreement No. 012426-005)

Agreement by Ocean Carriers to Participate on the Exchange Board (Agreement No. 201234-004)

Agreement by Ocean Common Carriers to Use Standard Service Contract Terms (Agreement No. 201235-004)

King Ocean/Seaboard Trinidad Space Charter Agreement (Agreement No. 201341)

MSC/Maersk SAEC Space Charter (Agreement No. 201342)

Maersk/MSC UCLA Space Charter Agreement (Agreement No. 201343)


OTI Licensing Activity

Applications 60

Revocations & Surrenders 31

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