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September 2021 Activity Report

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission—September 21, 2021

The Commission held a closed, non-deliberative meeting under the authority of 46 U.S.C. 303 to discuss operational issues in the international maritime trade in Puerto Rico.

FMC to Issue Guidance on Complaint Proceedings and Seek Comments on Demurrage and Detention Billings

The Federal Maritime Commission voted to move forward with two demurrage-and-detention related initiatives proposed by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye as part of Fact Finding 29. Unlike Commissioner Dye’s other Interim Recommendations, these initiatives required formal Commission approval.

FMC Announces National Shipper Advisory Committee Membership

The Federal Maritime Commission announced the 24 individuals who will serve on the National Shipper Advisory Committee.

International Shipping Competition Agencies Meet

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Daniel B. Maffei joined his colleagues from the European Union and the People’s Republic of China for the fifth biennial meeting of the Global Regulatory Summit to discuss competition issues related to the shipping industry.

Chairman Daniel B. Maffei Visits West Coast Ports

Chairman Maffei visited Los Angeles and Long Beach to tour facilities and meet with supply chain participants.

Chairman Maffei Addresses NCBFAA Conference

FMC Chairman Maffei addressed the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America’s annual Government Affairs Conference, discussing conditions in the trade, Commission actions and initiatives in response to events of the past year, and possible priorities for the agency moving forward.

Commissioner Bentzel Hosts Two Roundtables in California, Meets with Stakeholders and Federal and State Officials

In early September, Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel met with California-based shippers and supply chain stakeholders, in addition to convening two roundtables on supply chain issues, to explore opportunities for greater efficiencies.

Statement by Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel on Commission Vote on Demurrage and Detention and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Statement by Commissioner Carl Bentzel on Concerns About the Availability of Ocean Shipping to the Chemical Supply Chain and Related Impacts on the U.S. Manufacturing Base

During a recent meeting with chemical distributors, Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel heard concerns about systemic reductions for hazardous materials transportation via ocean.

FMC Commissioner Carl Bentzel Convenes Port Operation and Supply Chain Transparency Roundtables in California

Commissioner Bentzel convened a series of roundtable discussions in Northern and Southern California. The discussions focused on the myriad of supply chain challenges such as equipment availability, port congestion and U.S. exporter access to global markets. Meets were held in Oakland and Long Beach.

August 2021 Activity Report

DECISIONS, ORDERS, & ENFORCEMENT

Final Rule—Internal Commission Organization and Delegations of Authority (Docket No. 21-07)

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking—Marine Terminal Operator Schedules (Docket No. 21-06)

Order Granting Partial Settlement—Santa Fe Discount Cruise Parking, Inc. dba EZ Cruise Parking, Lighthouse Parking Inc., and Sylvia Robledo dba 81st Dolphin Parking v. The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves and the Galveston Port Facilities Corporation (Docket No. 14-06)

COMPETITION & AGREEMENTS

Agreements Filed

The World Liner Data Agreement (No. 012108-008)

ONE/ELJSA Space Charter Agreement (No. 012474-002)

Liberty/Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean/Eukor Car Carriers Space Charter Agreement (No. 201372)

CMA/HLAG Vessel Sharing Agreement (No. 201373)

CMA CGM/Network Shipping Ltd. Central America-U.S. West Coast Service Space Charter Agreement (No. 201374)

OTI LICENSING

OTI Licensing Activity

Applications 47

Revocations & Surrenders 17

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