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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 9, 1999

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Antony Merck to serve as Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission.

Mr. Antony Merck of Charleston, South Carolina was in legal practice from 1979 to 1994 with the Charleston law firm of Buist, Moore, Smythe and McGee where he focused principally on admiralty and maritime law. Mr. Merck has extensive experience representing ship owners and protection and indemnity insurance clients in litigation and matters involving personal injury, cargo damage, charter disputes, and international commercial arbitration. More recently, Mr. Merck has been engaged in investment management and with several non-profit organizations related to healthcare and natural resources conservation.

Mr. Merck has been affiliated with a variety of maritime related associations which include: the Maritime Association of the Port of Charleston; the Lowcountry International Trade Association; the Trident Chamber of Commerce and its International Trade Task Force; the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Charleston, South Carolina; the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute; and since 1980 he has been a Proctor in the Maritime Law Association of the United States which is involved in reviewing and commenting on the U.S. position concerning international conventions on Maritime matters. Additionally, since early 1999, Mr. Merck has been a member of the ACE Basin Project Task Force which is a partnership of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, and private landowners to promote the conservation and enhancement of natural resources in the ACE Basin.

Mr. Merck received his B.A. from University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is a bipartisan, independent federal agency established in 1961 which regulates waterborne foreign and domestic offshore commerce, and assures fair, equitable and open international seaborne trade between the U.S. and other nations.