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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

FMC aligns with Trump with new committee on ‘regulatory reform’

Federal Maritime Commission news release:

Acting Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Michael A. Khouri today designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer.

Ms. Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and recommend how they should […]

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Trump removes Democrat Cordero from leadership of Federal Maritime Commission

From ‘Mario Cordero, former Long Beach port leader, is out as chair of maritime commission’ in the Press Telegram:

Mario Cordero, a former Port of Long Beach harbor commissioner, was forced out last week as chairman of the five-member Federal Maritime Commission after President Donald Trump replaced him with Republican Michael Khouri.

The change of […]

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Study makes case for extended gate times

Excerpts from ‘LA-LB terminal turns suffer as night falls, analysis shows’ in the Journal of Commerce:

Now that other US ports are adding night gates to handle increasing cargo volumes, the lesson to be learned from Los Angeles-Long Beach, where terminal operators have operated extended gates for the past 10 years, is that ports and […]

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THE Alliance to become effective on Monday

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has concluded its review of the proposed “THE Alliance” agreement, allowing it to become effective on December 19, 2016.

“I am very cognizant of the concerns industry stakeholders had regarding provisions in this agreement, particularly those related to information sharing and joint procurement,” stated Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero. […]

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Ocean Alliance gets formal FMC approval

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) said last week it has concluded its review of the proposed Ocean Alliance.

Set to take effect immediately and begin operations next April, the carrier members of the Ocean Alliance include: COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM, Evergreen Marine, and Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL).

With this agreement now intact, FMC […]

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FMC examines PierPass and Hanjin debacle at recent meeting

From Logistics Management:

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) recently discussed two matters of interest to each of the five Commissioners and the broader shipping public: ongoing developments related to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, and a third party review of the southern California-based PierPass program.

FMC Chairman, Mario Cordero, said that, “it remains to be seen” […]

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Federal Maritime Commission voices concern about alliances

From Splash 247:

William Doyle, FMC Commissioner, said, ”We’ve been down this road before with language proposed but not implemented by the P3 Alliance and the language in the existing 2M Alliance.”

The creation of the Ocean Alliance – a new container grouping involving China Lines, OOCL, Evergreen, APL and CMA CGM, has hit a […]

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Trucker turn times starting to ease at ports of L.A., Long Beach under PierPass

From the Daily Breeze:

Big rigs are rolling in and out of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports faster thanks in part to the wider use of a trucker appointment system, according to marine terminal operators that run the gate system.

So-called turn times, the minutes it takes for a trucker to pull into […]

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FMC Chairman Mario Cordero urges ocean carriers to accept obvious path to VGM compliance

The MSC Napoli disaster of 2007 was one of many incidents that brought container weight safety issues to the forefront.

With the July 1 implementation date for new container weighing requirements fast approaching, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said the time has come for ocean carriers to embrace the obvious solution to […]

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FMC Chairman addresses US-China regulatory issues

Consolidation of shipping lines, realignment of carriers alliances, environmental improvements in the shipping industry and achieving supply chain efficiencies were all among topics addressed during the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations held in Los Angeles last week.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero co-headed the U.S. delegation to the meeting with Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael […]

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Shipping alliances demand aggressive oversight – FMC chairman

From Marine Link:

The restructuring of the ocean carrier alliance system, triggered by merger and acquisition activities by shipping companies, is a logical business development, but if not carefully monitored and regulated, could also represent a move toward reduced services for shippers, said Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

“At the end […]

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FMC to host congestion-fighting summit next month

From the Journal of Commerce:

The Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative begins May 3 at the Federal Maritime Commission’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and will bring together U.S. importers and exporters, port officials, marine terminal operators, drayage truckers, ocean transportation intermediaries, ocean carriers, chassis providers and railroads.

The FMC is currently seeking comments on a proposed […]

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FMC Chairman: PierPass complaints understandable

From the Journal of Commerce:

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero said he sympathizes with Los Angeles and Long Beachport users seeking less truck congestion and more transparency from the ports’ PierPass program for off-hours truck gates.

“I cannot think of any stakeholder, not one stakeholder, who supports PierPass status quo,” Cordero said. He spoke […]

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Auto carriers accused of bid rigging and price fixing before Federal Maritime Commission

The Federal Maritime Commission has received a Class Action Complaint filed by Cargo Agents, Inc., International Transport Management, Corp., and RCL Agencies, Inc. against some of the world’s top vehicle transport services providers.

The complaint filers are purchasers of vehicle carrier services and allege that the some of the largest providers of deep-sea vehicle transport, […]

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FMC’s Cordero ready to seek PierPass shutdown if changes don't come

From the Journal of Commerce:

U.S. Federal Maritime Chairman Mario Cordero said he’s prepared to try to shut down the PierPass program at the Southern California ports via a federal injunction if an agency review of the program finds it to be in violation of the Shipping Act and terminal operators don’t move fast enough […]

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