Vessel Carrier Fined $625,00 for Shipping Autos Under Unfiled Agreements
The Federal Maritime Commission announced March 5 a compromise agreement with a vessel-operating common carrier based in Chile that operates roll on/roll off vessels in U.S. inbound and outbound trades. This agreement imposes a $625,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that over a period of several years and in numerous U.S. trade lanes this carrier acted in concert with other ocean common carriers, under agreements that had not been filed with the FMC or become effective under the Shipping Act, with respect to the shipment of automobiles and other motorized vehicles by RO/RO or specialized car carrier vessels. The compromise also addresses related activities and violations arising under the unfiled agreements. In addition to paying the penalty, the carrier has agreed to provide ongoing cooperation with other FMC investigations or enforcement actions with respect to these activities.