• TPM24
  • March 3-6, 2024 | Long Beach Convention Center

Carl Bentzel

Federal Maritime Commission


Commissioner Carl Bentzel was nominated by President Trump on June 12, 2019, to a term expiring on June 30, 2024. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on November 21, 2019, and he was sworn into office on December 9, 2019.

Prior to working in the private sector, Mr. Bentzel served the public sector for ten years as a Senate professional committee staffer including, most recently, as Senior Democratic Counsel of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. He moved to his role in the Senate after spending four years on the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee where he served as Counsel for Maritime Policy.

While working in the Senate, Commissioner Bentzel served as one of the principals in crafting the Maritime Security Act of 1996, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998, and in 2002, after the attacks on 9/11, the requirements mandated for maritime security through the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

Commissioner Bentzel earned his Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University, his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama, and his Master of Laws from the Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University.

Sessions With Carl Bentzel

Monday, 27 February

  • 04:40pm - 05:25pm (PST) / 28/feb/2023 12:40 am - 28/feb/2023 01:25 am

    What’s Next for the Maritime Transportation Data Initiative: Resetting the Post-Pandemic Supply Chain With New Data Requirements

    Cargo congestion and the lack of a coordinated information sharing practice and transparency during the COVID-19 pandemic created extreme stress on global supply chains. This has had a cascading impact on how the supply chain operated, resulting in soaring freight rates and an astronomical assessment of $2 billion in detention and demurrage fees, while putting the economy on its current inflationary path. Please join FMC Commissioner Carl Bentzel and Journal of Commerce senior technology editor Eric Johnson as they discuss and answer questions on the recently released MTDI report, proposed regulations, and lexicon. Pulling from a year of meetings and feedback from more than 80 supply chain experts, there is a lot to cover, as Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel explains the proposed requirements that carriers will have to execute in transmitting data sets by API, and adhering to information-posting requirements from marine terminal operators and new definitions that seek to harmonize the operational inconsistencies of detention, demurrage, earliest return date and container availability. This session will reset the data conversation just as MTDI will reset the supply chain.