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The US FMC considers fines for shipowners

The US Federal Maritime Commission will meet this month in Brussels with the EU Commission and representatives from China to discuss the new container alliances and the problems that alliances and the large vessels can cause in the ports and for customers.

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The US shipping authority, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), after a few months of investigating the reasons for the massive problems with congestion and chaotic conditions in the US West Coast ports, is now prepared to get involved in specific cases and, if necessary, issue fines to shipowners. One of the FMC commissioners, Richard Lindinsky, comments on this to the Wall Street Journal.

Richard Lindinsky has continuously marked himself as a critic of the new and large alliances that currently control the container routes between Asia and North Europe.

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