Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Former Long Beach Port Commissioner Named FMC Chair

Former Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero has been named the new chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission by Pres. Barack Obama. He takes over for recently resigned Chair Richard Lidinsky.

Cordero, who was named to his new post April 1, joined the five-member Commission in June 2011. His current term expires June 30, 2014.

“I am greatly honored that the President has named me Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission,” Cordero said. ‘I would also like to thank him for that honor, as well as my predecessor, Richard Lidinsky, both for his past leadership and his continuing dedication to the Commission. I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Commissioners and the agency’s remarkable staff to accomplish the Commission’s important responsibility to the nation: fostering a fair, efficient and reliable international ocean transportation system and to protect the public from unfair and deceptive practices.”

Lidinsky, who submitted his resignation in late March, had been the commission’s chair since September 2009.

Prior to his FMC appointment, Cordero spent eight years on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, starting in 2003. Among his signature accomplishments in Long Beach was the passage and implementation of the Green Port Policy, which led to environmental initiatives like the Clean Trucks Program, the Vessel Low-Sulfur Fuel Program and the Technology Advancement Program.