JULY 2020 ACTIVITY REPORT
STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
COVID-19 related impacts on ocean shipping and the cruise industry were discussed Wednesday in a conference call that brought together two Commissioners of the Federal Maritime Commission, a senior official from the Department of Transportation, and representatives of sectors affected by the pandemic’s consequences.
Commissioner Louis E. Sola has proposed the Federal Maritime Commission initiate a rulemaking to amend its regulations governing Passenger Vessel Operators (PVOs or cruise lines) in order to create a uniform standard for non-performance of transportation and to make clear how passengers may obtain refunds.
The Federal Maritime Commission voted to support a proposal put forward by Fact Finding Officer Commissioner Louis E. Sola that provides limited and temporary relief to small passenger vessel operators whose operations and business have been disrupted by the response to COVID-19.
Commissioner Rebecca Dye’s Fact Finding investigation of COVID-19 related impacts to the supply chain (Fact Finding 29) is entering Phase Two with a concentration on issues related to operations at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) and surrounding facilities. She is also announcing plans for an online seminar addressing key topics of interest to the industry.
Earlier this week I had an excellent discussion with the senior leadership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) concerning the impact of the current pandemic on the financial wellbeing of their members.
Chairman Michael A. Khouri today announced the selection of RADM Steve Andersen, USCG (retired) as the General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission. Also announced today is the appointment of Andersen to the Senior Executive Service.
DECISIONS, ORDERS, & ENFORCEMENT
- Initial Decision Approving Confidential Settlement Agreement (June 12, 2020)
COMPETITION & AGREEMENTS
Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (Agreement No. 011284-081)
Sealand/CMA CGM West Coast of Central America Slot Charter Agreement (Agreement No. 201254-001)
OTI Licensing Activity
Revocations & Surrenders 34
Recission of Order of Revocation 1
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