Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner William Doyle has announced his intention to step down from the position, effective 3 January 2018.
Doyle announced in a statement that he has informed US President Donald Trump of his plan to leave.
The FMC is an independent federal agency responsible for regulating America’s international ocean-borne transportation.
In reviewing his time in the post, Doyle noted: the FMC’s role in negotiating carrier alliance agreements so as best to protect US companies; its part in resolving the 2014-15 West Coast labour dispute; how after the collapse of Hanjin Shipping it advocated for greater financial safeguards for the shipping industry.
Doyle was appointed in 2013 by previous US President Barack Obama. His departure will still leave in place three commissioners – Chairman Michael Khouri and commissioners Rebecca Dye and Daniel Maffei.
In his statement Doyle thanked both President Obama and President Trump “for the opportunity to serve the United States of America”.