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Chairman

Michael A. Khouri

Chief of Staff: Mary T. Hoang Counsel: John A. Moran Senior Advisor – Legislative/Public Affairs: John K. DeCrosta
Contact Information
Phone: 202-523-5911 Email: mkhouri@fmc.gov

Biography:

Michael A. Khouri of Kentucky was designated by President Trump as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission on March 7, 2019. He had previously served as Acting Chairman from January 23, 2017. He was first nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2009, was re-nominated and confirmed for a full five year term in November, 2011, and was re-nominated and confirmed for his current term in June, 2016.

Chairman Khouri is a forty-eight year veteran in the maritime industry from positions held in marine vessel operations, legal and executive positions. He also served on the boards of directors at the Waterways Council, Inc. and the American Waterways Operators Association.

Mr. Khouri began his career as a deck crewman for Paducah, KY-based Crounse Corp., where he worked up in rank with service in the engine room and then into the wheelhouse as Pilot and Captain, earning his U.S. Merchant Marine Officer’s License as Master and First Class Pilot on Steam and Motor Vessels. He then served for twenty-three years with American Commercial Lines, the largest U.S. inland marine company, holding executive positions including General Counsel & Secretary, Senior Vice President for Law & Corporate Affairs, and Senior Vice President for Transportation Services-marine operations. Mr. Khouri then joined MERS/Economy Boat, serving as President & COO before moving home to Louisville to join the law firm of Pedley & Gordinier.

Mr. Khouri received his BA in Economics in 1971 from Tulane University, and his JD from the Brandeis School of Law-University of Louisville in 1980. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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Statement of Chairman Michael A. Khouri on FMC Monitoring of Blanked Sailings
Posted: July 23, 2020

Regular cargo volumes and shipping patterns have been altered as a result of COVID-19 impacts to international trade, including disruptions to production and changes in consumer demand. Changes in U.S. – Asia and U.S. – Europe trade agreements and tariffs are also a factor, especially concerning short term volatility in… Read More »

Statement of Chairman Michael A. Khouri on Lake Carriers’ Association petition and Section 19 Investigation
Posted: May 20, 2020

Representatives of American industry and the U.S. government have repeatedly, and in many different forums, raised serious concerns about the ballast water regulations being developed by Transport Canada.  The potential discriminatory effect these regulations – and the possible adverse impact of even the pendency of these proposed regulations –  might… Read More »

Chairman Michael A. Khouri Statement on Demurrage & Detention Interpretive Rule
Posted: April 29, 2020

For many years, American importers and exporters, together with critical transport service providers, such as ocean transportation intermediaries and truck operators, have been frustrated by certain business practices employed by container vessel common carriers and marine terminal operators. Ultimately, an industry coalition filed a petition with the Commission requesting a… Read More »

Commission Provides Temporary Relief from Certain Service Contract Filing Requirements
Posted: April 27, 2020

As a measure to relieve COVID-19 impacts to the supply chain, the Federal Maritime Commission voted to temporarily allow parties to file service contracts up to 30 days after they take effect. The Commission published an order today making the relief effective immediately and lasting through December 31, 2020. The… Read More »