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Opening Statement of Commissioner Max Vekich at Informal Hearing of the Federal Maritime Commission Examining Impacts to Shipping Resulting from Current Conditions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Regions

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I would like to commend the carriers for prioritizing mariner safety during this most difficult time. We recognize the difficulties – the stress to the individual mariners, vessel owners and to the supply chain created by the current crisis in the Red Sea. Carriers are employing novel solutions to adjust… Read More »

Opening Statement of Chairman Daniel Maffei at Informal Hearing of the Federal Maritime Commission Examining Impacts to Shipping Resulting from Current Conditions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Regions

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The Houthi attacks on merchant shipping, predominantly in the Red Sea, endanger life and property regardless of origin or destination, and are the biggest impingement on freedom of the seas in decades. The United States’ economy depends upon ocean shipping to provide reliable, efficient, and affordable access to global markets… Read More »

Opening Statement of Commissioner Carl Bentzel at Informal Hearing of the Federal Maritime Commission Examining Impacts to Shipping Resulting from Current Conditions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Regions  

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Good morning to all. First, I want to thank everyone in advance for their participation today, and their willingness to provide testimony on these critical issues confronting our global supply chain.  Mr. Chairman, I want to thank you, for scheduling this hearing to discuss the challenges we face as a… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Meets with Mayor Sandy Stimpson in Mobile, Alabama

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Commissioner Louis E. Sola visited Mobile, Alabama, in late January where he met with Mayor Sandy Stimpson to discuss the port’s growth in Mobile. The Port of Mobile has a significant positive impact on the local community, as it serves as a catalyst for economic growth, employment opportunities, and the… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Attends Cruise Forward Summit to Talk About Zero Emission Efforts in the Maritime Industry

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Commissioner Louis E. Sola participated on a panel at the Cruise Forward Summit that addressed “Pathways to Net Zero Emissions by 2050” for maritime transport. The Cruise Lines International Association organized the summit held in Miami, FL from November 29, 2023 through December 1, 2023. Commissioner Sola highlighted regulatory issues… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Speaks at LNG Bunkering Summit

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Commissioner Louis Sola spoke at the LNG Bunkering Summit 2023 North America, participating on a panel that explored the policy and operational issues related to Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering. The event was held in Miami, FL, on November 14-16, 2023, and focused on supply chain sustainability, LNG bunkering, and… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Attends Event Welcoming Explora 1 to PortMiami

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Commissioner Louis E. Sola attended an event held at PortMiami on November 3, 2023, that celebrated the maiden call of the cruise ship Explora 1. During the event, Commissioner Sola met with Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the two discussed developments at PortMiami, trends in the maritime industry,… Read More »

Letter of Commissioner Sola to President Joe Biden

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Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis E. Sola wrote the President on November 7, 2023 regarding policies to incentivize decarbonization. Text of the letter: Dear Mr. President:    The maritime industry is challenged by the lack of policies incentivizing decarbonization. The “Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization Technical Guide” outlines the Maritime Administration’s efforts… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Speaks at Global Commerce Exchange in Miami    

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Commissioner Louis E. Sola addressed an audience full of maritime industry association members attending the Global Commerce Exchange at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The exchange focused on the recent developments of the port of Miami. Commissioner Sola discussed his work at the Federal Maritime Commission, policy issues facing the… Read More »

Commissioner Sola Featured Speaker at the American Maritime Forum

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Commissioner Louis E. Sola delivered a compelling presentation at the American Maritime Forum held in Miami, FL on October 24, 2023 advocating for regulations promoting sustainability and green fuels as the combination necessary to achieve timely decarbonization in shipping. The International Maritime Organization has set the goal of achieving at… Read More »