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Industry Advisory – Requirement to File Timely and Accurate Service Contracts


The Federal Maritime Commission reminds vessel-operating common carriers (VOCCs) they must file all service contracts and amendments to service contracts in the Commission’s SERVCON  system no later than thirty (30) days after the effective date. Failure to file service contracts in accordance with 46 CFR Part §530 could result in… Read More »

Two Shipping Lines Pay Civil Penalties Totaling $2.65 Million


Two ocean common carriers have paid a combined total of $2.65 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations of misconduct brought by the Federal Maritime Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance. Ocean Network Express Ptd. Ltd. (ONE) entered into a compromise agreement with the FMC in April to resolve… Read More »

Several FMC Applications are Currently Experiencing Issues


Please be aware that all FMC applications are functioning; however, our Office of Information Technology is currently troubleshooting an issue concerning email notifications not being sent from the following applications: Form 1, Form 18, OTI Renewals, Form 65 Renewals, eMonitoring, eAgreements, and BCL Fileroom. Thank you for your patience.

John G. Crews, II Named FMC BEIC Director


Chairman Daniel B. Maffei today announced that John G. Crews, II has been hired as the Director, Bureau of Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance (BEIC) and appointed to be a member of the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Crews is the first person to serve as BEIC Director.  In his role, he… Read More »

National Shipper Advisory Committee Holding May 11, 2023 Meeting


The National Shipper Advisory Committee (NSAC/Committee) will hold a meeting on May 11, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern) at the Federal Maritime Commission located at 800 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20573 The meeting will also stream live on fmc.gov. The Committee’s agenda items will include an update… Read More »

Charge Complaint Refunds Hit $1 Million


More than $1 million in disputed charges have now been waived or refunded through the Charge Compliant process established by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA) and administered by the Federal Maritime Commission. The milestone of $1,045,953 in waived or refunded fees was reached on May 1st, slightly… Read More »

FMC Meeting Covers Enforcement Activity, OSRA Implementation, and MTDI


The new regionally based structure for the Federal Maritime Commission investigatory program was unveiled at today’s meeting of the Commission where enforcement activity, continued progress in implementing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA), and the latest status of the Maritime Transportation Data Initiative (MTDI) were all discussed. Enforcement… Read More »

March 2023 Activity Report


STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Testimony of Chairman Maffei before Congress Prepared statement of Chairman Daniel Maffei before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation at hearing entitled “Review of Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for the Federal Maritime Transportation Programs, and Implementation of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022”…. Read More »

New Video Explains Charge Complaint Process 


A new multimedia presentation provides the public with instructions on how to file charge complaints at the Federal Maritime Commission. Charge Complaints were established by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 and provide an expedited process for disputing charges which may have been wrongly assessed by a common carrier…. Read More »

Commission Meeting Rescheduled for May 3, 2023 


SUNSHINE ACT MEETING  TIME AND DATE: Meeting rescheduled for May 3, 2023; 10:00 am April 19, 2023; 10:00 a.m.   PLACE: This meeting will be held at the Federal Maritime Commission at the address below and also streamed live at Federal Maritime Commission’s YouTube Channel.    Federal Maritime Commission    800 North Capitol… Read More »