The Federal Maritime Commission today issued an order authorizing Commissioner Rebecca Dye to identify operational solutions to cargo delivery system challenges related to Coronavirus-19.

Commissioner Rebecca Dye
Commissioner Rebecca Dye

The Order notes that “Recent global events have only highlighted the economic urgency of responsive port and terminal operations to the effectiveness of the United States international freight delivery system. Given the Commission’s mandate to ensure an efficient and economic transportation system for ocean commerce, the Commission has a clear and compelling responsibility to actively respond to current challenges impacting the global supply chain and the American economy. Accordingly, the Commission has determined there is a compelling need to convene new Supply Chain Innovation Teams to address these challenges.”
In addition to authorizing Commissioner Dye as the Investigating Officer for “Fact Finding No. 29 International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain Engagement”, the Order allows her to form one or more FMC Supply Chain Innovation Teams to support the efforts.
“The United States depends on reliable international ocean freight delivery to support the economic security of our country. The maritime supply chain extends upstream and downstream from the ports and closely located logistics centers to American exporters and importers and keeping the system functioning is a priority of national importance. This initiative is an effort by the Commission to do everything we can to eliminate pressing problems in the freight delivery system,” said Commissioner Dye.
Commissioner Dye will engage key executives to participate on the Innovation Teams. These industry leaders will represent all facets of the ocean cargo system including public port authorities, marine terminal operators, beneficial cargo owners, ocean transportation intermediaries, liner shipping companies, drayage trucking companies, longshore labor representatives, rail officials, and chassis providers.
Commissioner Dye will commence her work by interviewing port directors to determine what steps they can identify to mitigate critical supply chain challenges.
“Small and medium-sized shippers are especially affected by a lack of cargo storage space and are running out of options of where to send shipments once offloaded and I applaud this contribution. The Pacific Northwest Seaport Alliance has identified sites in their complex that can be used to stage cargo and containers off terminals. I applaud their initiative. We are calling on everyone engaged in moving ocean cargo to do what they can in this effort,” said Commissioner Dye.
Individuals wishing to provide information to Commissioner Dye may do so by writing to [email protected].