Donald Trump appoints Michael Khouri as FMC chair

President Donald Trump has appointed Michael Khouri as chairman of the five-member Federal Maritime Commission. Khouri, a 45-year veteran of the marine industry, has served on the commission since 2009. He replaces former Port of Long Beach harbour commissioner Mario Cordero as chairman of the regulatory body.

Cordero, a Democrat whose term expires in 2019, said yesterday he has no immediate plans to leave the commission. However, he hinted yesterday he might be interested in running Long Beach’s port, a position that has been open since last September when Jon Slangerup abruptly resigned at the leading Californian facility.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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