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FMC Technologies Unit Agreement Extension With Statoil

FMC Technologies, Inc. announced that its FMC Energy Systems business has signed an extension of its existing subsea service agreement with Statoil ASA to provide technical services and subsea equipment for an additional two years, with an option for two more years beyond that. Under the terms of the extension, FMC Energy Systems expects to receive approximately $60 million per year. The agreement comprises technical services in connection with completion, workover, installation, maintenance and other activities associated with subsea field development. The contract also includes provision of additional equipment for Statoil-operated fields previously supplied by FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, the Company's Norway-based subsidiary. "We are pleased that Statoil has extended this service agreement," said Peter D. Kinnear, Vice President -- FMC Energy Systems. "This reflects our extensive experience as a subsea solutions provider in the North Sea, as well as the strength of our relationship with Statoil."


FMC Issues Notice

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has issued a notice stating that it is extending the period in which comments may be submitted in regards to the investigation of shipping restrictions, requirements, and practices of the People's Republic of China. The FMC is extending the comment date to June 27, 2002.


FMC to Determine Whether PRPA Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order directing parties in three ongoing disputes involving the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) to file additional briefs specifically addressing whether or not PRPA is an arm of the government of the Puerto Rico and entitled to sovereign immunity for purposes of actions brought before the FMC by third parties. Source: HK Law


LEGAL: FMC Investigates Exclusive Tug Agreements

The Federal Maritime Commission, or FMC, is currently making a formal investigation into exclusive tug franchise arrangements in ports in Florida and the lower Mississippi River area. The issue is whether these licenses, with which marine terminal operators grant exclusive towing licenses to certain tug companies, are unreasonably anticompetitive and violate the Shipping Act of 1984. The FMC initially began an inquiry into supposed exclusive franchise agreements involving some tug operators


FMC Compromise Agreements

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice reporting that it entered into nine compromise agreements with vessel-operating common carriers (VOCCs), ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), freight forwarders, and proprietary shippers regarding alleged violations of the Shipping Act of 1984. Under the agreements, the FMC will recover an aggregate amount of $549,000 in civil penalties. Source: HK


FMC Reopens Comment Period for Service Contract Petitions

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a series of orders reopening the comment period, through January 16, 2004, on the petitions by non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) for exemption from the prohibition against use of confidential service contracts. Interested persons may also request one-on-one meetings with individual Commissioners to describe their views. The FMC also denied several motions by parties to be allowed to submit reply briefs.


Supreme Court Finds States Immune from FMC Action

In a sharply divided decision (5-4), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the concept of sovereign immunity protects states from having to answer private complaints before the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). In the instant case, a cruise line filed a complaint with the FMC against the South Carolina State Ports Authority alleging that the Authority violated the Shipping Act of 1984 when it refused berthing space and passenger services


MPA Entitled to Sovereign Immunity in FMC Action

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) ruled that the Maryland Port Authority is entitled to sovereign immunity from the regulatory adjudication of a privately-filed Shipping Act complaint. In the instant case, a marine terminal company filed an action with the FMC alleging that the port authority was violating the Shipping Act of 1984 in its negotiations with the company on lease terms. In this long-running action, the FMC found the port authority to be an arm of the State of Maryland and


FMC Technologies Receives $125 Million Order From Petrobras

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FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI) announced today that it has received a $125 million order from Petrobras (NYSE: PBR, PBRA), Brazil's national oil company, to supply equipment for use in their oil and gas developments offshore Brazil. The order, for 32 subsea trees, represents the remaining equipment under a 107-tree frame agreement that was announced in February of 2010.  Equipment deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2013.


FMC Commissioner Comments on Key Shipping Issues at LA Forum

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Doyle spoke to the Global Shippers Forum in Los Angeles and discussed Ro/Ro price fixing matters; the newly approved cooperation agreement between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma; the first PVO company to take advantage of the alternative bonding mechanisms; China VAT; Commission's 6 (g) Analysis, and the Suez/Panama Canal routes. Extracts from the Commissioner's address at the Forum follow:


Heavy Cargo Barge 'Prometheus' Launched at Gunderson Yard

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Brokers Marcon International were in attendance and inform of the launch of the 300’ x 100’ x 20’ heavy deck cargo barge “Prometheus” (Hull No. 104) built and designed by Gunderson Marine, Portland, Oregon, for Ulysses LLC.


Several Cruise Voyages Altered by Houston Spill

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice to cruise passengers affected by the Houston ship channel oil spill stating that several cruise voyages have been altered or rescheduled. Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas seven-night Western Caribbean March 23


FMC Commissioner Approves Amended G6 Alliance Agreement

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has voted in favor of the amended G6 Alliance Agreement.  Commissioner Doyle highlighted the U.S.-Flag international trade, U.S. mariner jobs and environmental benefits


US FMC Commissioner Visits Panama Canal Expansion Sites

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Counsel to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission informs that  Commissioner William P. Doyle has recently surveyed the construction site on a visit to the Pacific-side of the expanded Panama Canal. Doyle viewed construction sites on the Pacific side and received extensive updates on several


Summit of World's Leading Maritime Regulators a Success

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Yesterday, regulators from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Transport and the European Commission's Antitrust Unit met at FMC headquarters in Washington, DC.  The regulators conducted discussions that included the roles and responsibilities of


Commissioner Doyle: China Clarifies VAT

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Last week Commissioner William P. Doyle of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) briefed the full Commission with a report on his work seeking clarity and certainty on the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) as it relates to maritime


Brazil Offshore: Petrobras & Subsea Engineering

 Marlim is the fifth field in the world that will utilize FMC’s subsea separation technologies.  Tore Halvorsen SVP, FMC’s Global  Subsea Production Systems. (Photo: FMC Technologies)

Brazil’s Petrobras has been one of the leading players in deepwater, subsea development projects since the turn of the century.  These projects include pre-salt and post-salt plays, which require extensive and complex subsea engineering and construction efforts


FMC's Doyle Among Key White House Nominations

William P. Doyle, Commissioner, Federal Maritime Commission.

President Barack Obama last week announced 11 nominations to key Administration posts. Among them was William P. Doyle, who currently serves as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. William P. Doyle currently serves as a Commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)


FMC Commissioner Doyle Announces China VAT Issue Webcast

 Commissioner William P. Doyle of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

New explanation issued from China on definition of “agents” in Circular 106. Industry briefing scheduled for March 6, 2014 concerning the latest information on China’s Value Added Tax regime and its impact on the maritime industry.


DSS Enters Long Term Vessel Charter

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Delta SubSea LLC (DSS) signed a long term charter on DP II IMR Support vessel VOS Sympathy for international scopes of work. DSS mobilized two FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics HD 150 HP systems, complete tooling, and full survey suite provided by UTEC Survey


FMC Grants PVO Reimbursement Decrease

Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) granted a passenger vessel operator a decrease in the amount of financial responsibility it is required to maintain to reimburse passengers when an operator fails to perform cruises as contracted. 


P3 Network Restructures the Shipping World

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The P3 agreement between Maersk, MSC, and CGM CMA continues to roil the waters. While the agreement’s pros-and cons are about to be scrutinized in an upcoming meeting between America’s Federal Maritime Commission, the European Competition Commission


Hearing: Environmental Regs’ Impacts on Maritime Transportion

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week examining the impacts of federal environmental regulations on maritime transportation. This will be the second part of a two-part hearing to review the status


FMC Recovers $350,000 in Penalties

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $350,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier and three non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs)


FMC Commissioner Doyle Gives Qualified Thumbs Up to P3 Network

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"I am in favor of not taking any further action to delay the implementation of the P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement," announced FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle. (The P3 Network Alliance consists of container shipping  companies A.P


 
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