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Michael A. Khouri

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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-nine 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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Chairman Michael A. Khouri’s Remarks for the 2020 NITL Webinar Series
Posted: October 20, 2020

Good morning. Thank you, Jennifer for that introduction and for the invitation to join you today. I find it helpful to share current FMC activities with maritime stakeholders like the many members of NITLeague. More important to me is to hear directly from you about your concerns, priorities, and interests…. Read More »

Chairman Michael A. Khouri’s Speech for the 2020 NCBFAA Government Affairs and Annual Conference
Posted: September 15, 2020

Good morning. Thank you, Ed, for the introduction, and thanks for the invitation to join you today. I find it helpful to share what we are doing at the Federal Maritime Commission with NCBFAA’s membership, and more important – to hear directly from you about your interests, concerns, and priorities…. Read More »

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 »