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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Federal Maritime Commission News

Hearing, Budget Requests for CG, MARAD, FMC

May 13, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will convene a Subcommittee hearing to consider the Obama Administration’s FY2010 budget requests for the U.S. Coast Guard, Maritime Administration (MARAD), and Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The President requested $9.5b in FY2010 for the Coast Guard (an increase of 4.1 percent over the amount enacted in FY2009), $345.5m for MARAD (a 10 percent increase), and $24.5m for FMC (a 7.5 percent increase). Who: Congressman Elijah E. When: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 2:00 p.m. Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167, Independence Ave. at S. Capitol St., SW, Washington, D.C. Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant, U.S. Master Chief Charles W.

Anderson Nominated for FMC Commissioner

The President intends to nominate A. Paul Anderson, of Florida, to be a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission, for the remainder of a five-year term expiring 06/30/12, and to designate him Chairman. Mr. Anderson currently serves as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations at J.M. Family Enterprises. Earlier in his career, he served as Director for Public Affairs, Assistant to the President and Marketing Manager of Hvide Marine, Inc.

Commissioner Moran to Leave FMC

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Harold J. Creel, Jr., announced today that Commissioner John A. Moran has submitted his resignation from the Federal Maritime Commission, effective April 15, 2002. Commissioner Moran was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission on October 15, 1998, and confirmed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1998. He was sworn in on October 27, 1998. Chairman Creel noted that Commissioner Moran came to the Commission just thirteen days after the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998 ("OSRA") was signed into law and that Commissioner Moran's experience in congressional and legislative affairs…

New Senior Staff Appointments at FMC

Chairman Cordero (R) observes vessel discharge operations.

The retirement of veteran Federal Maritime Commission senior executive Mr. Vern W. Hill, who has served as the Managing Director of the agency since 2013, has set in motion staff changes in three key offices. In consultation with his fellow Commissioners, Chairman Mario Cordero has appointed Ms. Karen V. Gregory to serve as the Commission’s Managing Director and Mr. Peter J. King to serve as the Deputy Managing Director. In their most immediate previous positions Ms. Gregory was the Secretary of the Federal Maritime Commission, while Mr. King was the Director of the Bureau of Enforcement.

FMC Declines Reconsideration of $1.5M Penalty

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order

FMC Meeting Canceled

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice

FMC Grants Enlargement of Time

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice of Enlargement of Time

Corrected Transmission of Service Contract Filing Proposed

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FMC receives TSA report

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a News Release

China Shipping Container Lines Seeks Limited Exemption

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice

Federal Maritime Commission Swears-in Lidinsky

Photo courtesy the Federal Maritime Commission

On October 14th, Speaker of the United States House of Representative, Nancy Pelosi swore in Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. as the Federal Maritime Commission's 18th Chairman. President Barack Obama had designated then-Commissioner Lidinsky as Chairman on September 11th. Chairman Lidinsky stated, "I am most grateful to the President for his confidence in naming me to lead this important Agency. The event was attended by various government dignitaries, members of the Federal Maritime Commission, close friends, and family.

FMC Investigation

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued formal notice of its investigation into the docking and leasing agreement by and between the City of Portland, Maine and Scotia Prince Cruises Limited (HK Law)

U.S. Earth Day Award for Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach wins Federal Maritime Commission 'Earth Day' Award in recognition of its mitigation & sustainability efforts. The Port has been named one of three recipients of the 2013 Federal Maritime Commission's Chairman’s Earth Day Awards for its commitment to mitigating the environmental impacts of international shipping and for encouraging sustainability in Port operations. The selections were made in March by Richard A. Lidinsky Jr., who has since been replaced as chairman of the Maritime Commission by former Port commissioner Mario Cordero. Lidinsky will present the awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, April 23. Launched in 2010, the Earth Day Awards honor outstanding environmental contributions by stakeholders in the U.S. maritime and transportation industry.

FMC: Update Regarding Commission Briefings on the Status of Hanjin Shipping

Photo: Federal Maritime Commission

The status of Hanjin Shipping and the disruptions caused by its bankruptcy to the American shipping community, as well as global supply chains, was examined closely by the Federal Maritime Commission during the closed session of the September 20, 2016 public meeting. Commissioners were briefed by staff from the Office of the General Counsel; the Bureau of Trade Analysis; the Bureau of Enforcement; and the Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolution Services about a variety of developments related to the insolvency of Hanjin Shipping. Topics addressed included: proceedings in the U.S.

FMC Establishes Regulatory Reform Task Force

Acting Chairman of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Michael A. Khouri has designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer. Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome, unnecessary and outdated directives and recommend how they should be remedied. "Relief from regulatory requirements that have outlived their usefulness is one of the easiest contributions the Federal Maritime Commission can make to increased efficiencies and creating economic benefits," said Acting Chairman Khouri. The designation of a Regulatory Review Officer and establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force is consistent with the intent of the Executive Order issued by President Donald J.

FMC Extends Comment Period on P3 Vessel Sharing

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is accepting further public comment on the P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement until midnight Friday, November 29, 2013. On October 24, 2013, A. P. Moller-Maersk A/S, CMA CGM S.A. and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, S.A. filed the P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement with FMC. The proposed agreement would authorize the applicants to share vessels and engage in related cooperative operating activities in the trades between Asia, North Europe, and the Mediterranean on the one hand and the U.S. on the other hand. If the FMC takes no action to seek an injunction or to require additional information, the agreement will become effective on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

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). to the cruise line. The court held that state sovereign immunity bars the FMC from adjudicating a private party's complaint against a nonconsenting state. Among other things, the Court rejected the argument that the need for uniformity in maritime commerce regulation required limitation of state sovereignty. Dissenting opinions were filed by Justices Stevens and Breyer. Federal Maritime Commission v. South Carolina State Ports Authority.

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). Prior to joining the FMC, from 2011 to 2013, Mr. Doyle served as the Chief-of-Staff for the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association from 2011 to 2013. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Doyle was the Director of Permitting…

US FMC approves Miami Marine Terminal conference agreement

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero Photo FMC

An agreement between two marine terminal companies located at the Port of Miami went into force yesterday, permitting those parties to seek cooperation and commonality in both business and operating matters. The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted today not to prevent the "Miami Marine Terminal Conference Agreement" from taking effect. The South Florida Container Terminal and the Port of Miami Terminal Operating Company filed their agreement on November 16, 2016. Under the terms of their agreement…

FMC Allows Amicus Briefs

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order allowing non-parties to file amicus curiae briefs in an action involving Sea-Land Service, Inc. In doing so, the Commission has overruled past Commission case law addressing acceptance of amicus briefs. The Commission will retain authority to exercise its discretion to allow or deny filing of amicus briefs, but will more frequently allow filing of such briefs that are timely submitted, that set forth their interest in the proceeding, and that sufficiently explain why their participation as an amicus curiae would be desirable. Docket No. 98-0 Source: HK Law

FMC Issues Further Notice of Inquiry

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a further notice of inquiry relating to the recently proposed Implementing Rules for the Regulations of the Peoples Republic of China on International Maritime Transportation. The FMC is seeking comments from the shipping community and the public regarding the proposed Chinese rules and whether they comport with section 19 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 and the Foreign Shipping Practices Act of 1988. Comments should be submitted to the FMC within 30 days after the Further Notice of Inquiry is published in the Federal Register. Source: HK Law

FMC Dismisses Action Against SC State Port Authority

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order dismissing the proceeding against the South Carolina State Port Authority based on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that the state port authority, as an agency of the state of South Carolina, was entitled to sovereign immunity from complaints brought by citizens of another state in a federal forum. South Carolina Maritime Services, Inc. v. South Carolina State Ports

Motion to Dismiss Action against LA/LB Ports

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an order by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) certifying to the Commission a motion of the Bureau of Enforcement to dismiss the proceeding against the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for possible violation of the Shipping Act of 1984. Docket No. 08-05 (7/30/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

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