FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION
800 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC 20573-0001
Phone, 202-523-5707. Internet, www.fmc.gov.
Chairman Steven R. Blust
Commissioners Joseph E. Brennan, Harold J. Creel, Jr., Rebecca F. Dye, Delmond J.H. Won
General Counsel David R. Miles, Acting
Secretary Bryant L. VanBrakle
Chief Administrative Law Judge Norman D. Kline
Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Alice M. Blackmon
Inspector General Tony P. Kominoth
Executive Director Bruce A. Dombrowski
Deputy Executive Director Austin L. Schmitt
Director, Bureau of Consumer Sandra L. Kusumoto
Complaints and Licensing
Director, Bureau of Enforcement Vern W. Hill
Director, Bureau of Trade Analysis Florence A. Carr
The Federal Maritime Commission is responsible for regulating the waterborne foreign commerce of the United States. It ensures that U.S. oceanborne trades are open to all on fair and equitable terms and protects against concerted activities and unlawful practices. This is accomplished by reviewing agreements between persons subject to the Shipping Act of 1984, as amended by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of
1998; licensing ocean transportation intermediaries; monitoring the activities of agreements, common carriers and ocean transportation intermediaries; enforcing prohibitions against unjustly discriminatory acts and other prohibited practices of shippers, carriers, and other persons subject to the shipping statutes; and ensuring that adequate levels of financial responsibility are maintained for indemnification of passengers.
The Federal Maritime Commission was established by Reorganization Plan No. 7 of 1961 (5 U.S.C. app.), effective August 12, 1961. It is an independent agency that regulates shipping under the following statutes: the Shipping Act of 1984 (46 U.S.C. app. 1701-1720); the Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (46 U.S.C. app. 861 et seq.); the Foreign Shipping Practices Act of 1988 (46 U.S.C. app. 1710a); the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 U.S.C. app. 1101 et seq.); and certain provisions of the act of November
6, 1966 (46 U.S.C. app. 817(d) and 817(e)).
Agreements The Commission reviews agreements by and among ocean
common carriersand/or marine terminal operators, filed under section 5 of the Shipping Act of 1984, for statutory compliance as well as for likely impact on competition. It also monitors activities under all effective agreements...