JUNE 2020 ACTIVITY REPORT
STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
An Initial Report issued today by Commissioner Louis Sola identifies a regulatory step that addresses a critical COVID-19 fiscal impact experienced by the cruise industry generally, but most significantly by small passenger vessel operators that are largely U.S.-based businesses that almost exclusively sail U.S. flagged vessels.
The Federal Maritime Commission is aware passenger cruise lines have canceled or postponed numerous voyages and that some cruise lines ending their 2020 season on a voluntary basis. This advisory seeks to provide information to affected consumers and those individuals who have bookings for future cruise voyages.
Commissioner Rebecca Dye has identified approaches to address the four critical operational challenges at the San Pedro Bay ports identified by Innovation Teams. The Teams also suggested one action the Commission could take to facilitate discussion.
Ocean carriers, effective Thursday, June 25, 2020, are no longer required to publish a concise statement of essential terms for individual service contracts.
A final rule adopted by the Federal Maritime Commission today eases certain publication requirements for ocean carriers, providing some of the regulatory relief industry sought via a petition filed at the agency in 2018.
Innovation Teams established as part of Fact Finding 30 are examining the sufficiency of agency administered financial responsibility requirements to protect consumers purchasing cruise tickets and passengers on cruise vessels in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statement of Commissioner Carl Bentzel on the FMC’s Notice of Investigation and Request for Comments Investigation into Conditions Created by Canadian Ballast Water Regulations in the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Trade, Docket No. 20-10; Petition No. P1-20 from the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)
DECISIONS, ORDERS, & ENFORCEMENT
Final Rule, Service Contracts (Docket No. 20-02), June 25, 2020.
Investigation, Conditions Created by Canadian Ballast Water Regulations in the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Trade(Docket No. 20-10; Petition No. P1-20), June 22, 2020.
COMPETITION & AGREEMENTS
OTI Licensing Activity
Revocations & Surrenders 21
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