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December 2019 Activity Report

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Commission Issues Order in Petition No. P3-18 The Federal Maritime Commission issued an Order partially granting Petition No. P3-18 for exemption filed by the World Shipping Council, seeking regulatory relief from 46 U.S.C. 40502(b) and (d). New OTI Rules Now in Effect Non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCC) will… Read More »

Commission Meeting Scheduled for January 15, 2020

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Sunshine Act Meeting TIME AND DATE: January 15, 2020; 10:00 AM PLACE: 800 N. Capitol Street, NW First Floor Hearing Room Washington, DC STATUS (Updated 1/15/2020): Parts of this meeting will be open to the public and will be streamed live at https://bit.ly/2IZBIkY. The rest of the meeting will be… Read More »

Senior Staff Transitions at FMC

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Ms. Sandra Kusumoto, Director, Bureau of Certification and Licensing retired December 31, 2019 after 36 years of service to the Commission and having begun her federal career as a U.S. Peace Corp volunteer.  Mr. Tyler J. Wood departed his post as General Counsel on January 3, 2020, taking up a… Read More »

Commission Issues Order in Petition No. P3-18

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The Federal Maritime Commission issued an Order today partially granting Petition No. P3-18 for exemption filed by the World Shipping Council, seeking regulatory relief from 46 U.S.C. 40502(b) and (d). The Order grants an exemption from the requirement to publish the essential terms of service contracts, and denies a requested… Read More »

New OTI Rules Now in Effect

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Non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) will now need their required bond, insurance or other form of surety and their Form FMC-1 (published tariff location) on file before the Federal Maritime Commission will issue their NVOCC license. This new requirement is one of several changes to Commission regulations governing OTIs contained in… Read More »

November 2019 Activity Report

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Remarks by Commissioner Louis E. Sola at Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei participates in Maritime Risk Symposium Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei visits Singapore for Global Maritime Forum October 2019 Activity Report DECISIONS, ORDERS, & ENFORCEMENT Rulemaking Activity Final Rule–Amendments to Regulations Governing… Read More »

Meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission – December 12, 2019

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Statutory Authority: 46 U.S.C. Sec. 303 The meeting convened at 3:00 p.m. and recessed at 4:09 p.m. All individuals present at the meeting were Commissioners or Commission employees: Chairman Michael A. Khouri, Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, Commissioner Daniel J. Maffei, Commissioner Louis E. Sola, Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel, John Moran,… Read More »

Commission Briefed on Canadian Ballast Water Regulations

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The Federal Maritime Commission met Thursday, December 12, 2019, for a non-public collaborative discussion to receive a briefing concerning proposed Canadian ballast water regulations that, if enacted, might adversely impact U.S. flag Great Lakes ship operators. Topics covered during the meeting were: the origin of the Canadian regulation; the inter-agency… Read More »