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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 Commissioner: The value of U.S.-flag ships and the Jones Act cannot be overstated

This opinion piece is by William Doyle, a commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. It is published in Foll At Maritime Executive.

With Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, it has been a tough hurricane season, but the U.S. Merchant Marine has once again answered the call. In fact, but for the Jones Act […]

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Cyber attacks threaten shipping & dominate maritime news

By FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle in the Maritime Professional:

The maritime industry must redouble its efforts to secure IT systems and data.

In June, Maersk Line A/S’s information systems were severely disrupted by the so-called Petya virus. FMC provided Maersk with relief to help them get through the difficult situation. In Mid-July, a researcher […]

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FMC rejects Japanese carriers’ Joint Service Plan

Excerpts of a statement by Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle in Maritime Executive:

Yesterday, I voted to reject the Tripartite Agreement proposed by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line); Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL); and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK). This agreement was unanimously rejected by the Commissioners on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

This […]

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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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FMC's Doyle: Initial PierPass review shows no red flags, continues

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Commissioner William P. Doyle said an FMC team visited Southern California last week to view PierPass’ books and meet with terminal operators in the largest U.S. port complex. Doyle read the FMC briefing, and as of now, he told the annual JOC Port Performance Conference Wednesday, “I’m not seeing […]

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CSCL, Cosco in early stages of merger, FMC commissioner says

A U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner said he was told earlier this week by representatives of China Shipping Container Lines and Cosco that the container lines are in the early stages of a merger.

FMC Commissioner William Doyle told JOC.com that China’s two largest container lines are working to be as transparent as possible regarding the […]

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Regulators ask for evidence of unreasonable demurrage, detention fees

A U.S. Federal Maritime Commission report on port congestion impact on demurrage and detention fees stopped short of recommending agency action and invited the industry to provide evidence of allegedly unreasonable practices.

The 64-page report, available at fmc.gov, described demurrage, which is charged for storage of containers on terminal space beyond allowable free time, and […]

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FMC commissioner: Carriers helped cause port congestion; time to help fix it

Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle issued the following statement on November 19, 2014:

Today, I am voting to request additional information from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) parties on their proposed amendment to permanently include the westbound trans-Pacific trade as part of the TSA. By way of background, TSA previously filed an amendment seeking […]

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U.S. to consult Chinese regulators on Maersk-MSC alliance

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is unlikely to approve a proposed alliance between container-shipping giants Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. before consulting with Chinese regulators, according to one of the agency’s commissioners.

FMC Commissioner William Doyle, one of the agency’s five commissioners, told The Wall Street Journal that he wants to consult with his […]

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FMC members cite progress in cross-border report

Two Federal Maritime Commission members hailed U.S. dredging legislation and Seattle-Tacoma port cooperation as “significant” steps to help U.S. ports compete with Canadian and Mexican gateways for shipments to U.S. points.

Commissioners Richard A. Lidinsky Jr. and William P. Doyle … noted this year’s passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which among […]

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FMC Top Guns Meet with MARAD Administrator

From MarineLink.com:

FMC Chairman Mario Cordero and Commissioner William P. Doyle met recently with Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenechin. Topics of discussion included: U.S. – China Transportation Forum, Proposed P3 Alliance, SISI Briefing, U.S.-flag International Fleet.

U.S. – China Transportation Forum The Federal Maritime Commission and the Maritime Administration will participate in the U.S. […]

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MEBA Labor Attorney, Lidinsky Receive FMC Nominations

William Doyle

A maritime labor representative has been nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission for the first time and the existing chairman, Richard A. Lidinsky Jr., was nominated for another term, the White House announced Friday.

William P. Doyle, chief of staff for the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, has been on the union’s staff for […]

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