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American Queen Voyages — Update on Refund Process


Surety Bond processes Passengers who had booked travel aboard an American Queen Voyages (AQV) vessel departing from a United States port may file a refund claim against the surety bond. The now-insolvent company was required to maintain this form of financial coverage under the Federal Maritime Commission regulations. Instructions for… Read More »

FMC Launches Investigation of the Impact of Canadian Regulations on U.S.-Flag Carriers


The Federal Maritime Commission launched an investigation today to determine if pending Canadian regulations governing ballast water management systems of ships in the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes trade have a disparate effect on U.S. flagged vessels and constitute a Foreign Shipping Practices violation under 46 U.S.C. Chapter 423. U.S.-based companies operating… Read More »

Commission Meeting Scheduled for May 29, 2024 


SUNSHINE ACT MEETING  TIME AND DATE: May 29, 2024; 1:00 p.m.  PLACE: The meeting will be held at the Surface Transportation Board at the address below and also streamed live on the Federal Maritime Commission’s YouTube channel. Surface Transportation Board 395 E. Street, SW Room # 1042 (Hearing Room) Washington,… Read More »

Testimony of Chairman Maffei before Congress: Review of Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs


Statement of Daniel B. Maffei Chairman Federal Maritime Commission On “Review of Fiscal Year 2025 Maritime Transportation Budget Requests, Pt. 1: Maritime Administration and Federal Maritime Commission” Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure U.S. House of Representatives Good afternoon, Chairman Webster and… Read More »

Industry Advisory—All FMC Statutes & Regulations Remain in Full Effect Following Bridge Collapse


Disruption to regular service at the Port of Baltimore is causing many shippers to adjust supply chain operations. Regulated entities are reminded that all statutes administered by the Federal Maritime Commission remain in effect. Common carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs) must continue to comply with all statutory and regulatory… Read More »

February 2024 Activity Report 


Statements & Releases FMC Publishes Final Rule on Detention and Demurrage Billing Practices The Federal Maritime Commission issued a Final Rule establishing new requirements for how common carriers and marine terminal operators must bill for demurrage and detention charges, providing clarity on who can be billed, within what timeframe, and… Read More »