William P. Doyle became the newest member of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) following a swearing-in ceremony presided by FMC Chair Richard Lidinsky in Washington.
Prior to becoming part of the five-member commission, Doyle served as the chief of staff for the MTD-affiliated Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.
The Massachusetts native holds a BS degree in marine engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and a law degree from the Widener University School of Law. He sailed as a U.S. maritime officer from 1992 to 2002 before coming ashore to work with the union as well as the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects.
President Obama nominated Doyle for the position last year and it was cleared by the Senate in late December. Witnessing his oath of office were his family, friends, officers from several MTD-affiliated unions and officials from the U.S.-flag maritime industry.
The FMC is an independent federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers and American consumers. Its mission is to foster a fair, efficient and reliable international ocean transportation system while protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices.