Table 2-9
The Types and the Number of Active Vessel Operating Common Carrier Agreements on File with the Federal Maritime Commission, 2000-2006

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Fiscal Year Ending Conference Discussion Vessel sharing Joint service Cooperative Total
2000 23 47 148 14 19 251
2001 21 45 150 10 17 243
2002 20 48 151 8 18 245
2003 19 43 145 7 17 231
2004 15 40 157 6 14 232
2005 12 39 158 6 15 230
2006 8 37 148 7 19 219

SOURCE: Federal Maritime Commission, Office of Agreements, special tabulation, May, 30, 2007.

  • Conference agreement - an agreement between or among two or more vessel operating common carriers that provides for the fixing of, and adherence to, uniform tariff rates, charges, practices, and conditions of service.
  • Discussion agreement - an agreement between or among two or more vessel operating common carriers for the discussion of matters of mutual interest, including in some instances, pricing and the conditions of service.
  • Vessel sharing agreement - an agreement between any two or more vessel operating common carriers under which they agree to share, sell, or buy space on each other's vessels.
  • Joint service agreement - an agreement between vessel operating common carriers operating as a joint venture.
  • CWA - a cooperative working agreement in which exclusive, preferential, or cooperative working relationships are established.
  • A current list and text of all active vessel operating common carrier agreements can be found at: http://www.fmc.gov.



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