Background

The Federal Maritime Commission has announced the designation of Brian Troiano as director of the Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement, effective Feb. 18. Troiano has served in the BOE since joining the FMC in 2008, most recently as deputy director. Earlier in his career he was in private law practice where he represented motor carriers before the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Surface Transportation Board.

Troiano will oversee the work of BOE attorneys, who (a) participate as trial counsel in formal FMC proceedings, (b) negotiate settlements and informal compromises of civil penalties, (c) may act as investigative offices in formal fact-finding investigations initiated under the Shipping Act or the Foreign Shipping Practices Act, (d) provide legal advice on the practical repercussions of FMC regulations, and (e) participate in the development of new or revised rules.

The BOE’s work also includes monitoring other formal proceedings to identify major regulatory issues, advising the FMC of evolving competitive practices in international oceanborne commerce, promoting voluntary compliance through outreach and education to the shipping public and regulated industry, and helping ocean transportation intermediaries understand their responsibilities and how to comply with the Shipping Act and FMC regulations.

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