New FMC Commissioner Could Lead to Continuing Reforms of U.S. International Ocean Transportation System


On Tuesday, the United States Senate confirmed William P. Doyle, of Pennsylvania, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for the term expiring June 30, 2013. Commissioner Doyle joins Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., Michael A. Khouri, Rebecca F. Dye, and Mario Cordero as a member of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Doyle, a Democrat, will replace Joseph E. Brennan. Once Doyle’s term ends in June, he could then be reconfirmed for a five-year term, or, alternatively, would retain the seat until a replacement is confirmed.

Commissioner Doyle previously served as the Director of Permits, Scheduling and Compliance in the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects. While appearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last May, Doyle identified his priorities once his tenure begins...

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