The Federal Maritime Commission collected $2.45 million in civil fines and penalties in fiscal 2002, including $500,000 from Mediterranean Shipping Co., $280,000 from Hanjin Shipping Co. and $250,000 from Hecny Shipping Ltd.
The fines stem from negotiated settlements, with companies not admitting any shipping violations.
Other companies with six-figure penalties include Translink Shipping Inc., $115,000; Bernuth Lines Ltd., $110,000, and Water Transport Credit Group Members, $105,000.
The fines were included in the FMC's annual report to Congress released March 31. Ted Zook, assistant secretary with the commission, said the dollar figures include both compromise agreements and civil penalties that came out of formal commission proceedings.
The $2.45 million in 2002 fines is an increase from the $1.15 million collected in 2001.
Last year, the FMC opened 89 investigations and special inquiries and 11 audits and compliance checks. It completed 74 of those investigations and inquiries and 14 audits and compliance checks.
- Dan Bledsoe