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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Embracing the Nuclear Option

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 3, 2018

N/S Savannah: worth seeing, worth saving – and, worth every penny spent to do both.Baltimore, MD: As the Editor of both Maritime Logistics Professional and MarineNews magazines, I flatter myself that I have – perhaps like no one else covering…

Ready Reserve Force Vessels Stand Ready

Posted to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby's Blog (by Mark Buzby) on July 27, 2018

Merchant mariner numbers may be at a low in the U.S., but the men and women of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) have increased their operating days by 245 percent from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to FY 2017.This year’s missions have included some of…

Changing the Thinking Around Drills

Posted to Murray Goldberg's Blog (by Murray Goldberg) on July 10, 2018

The first thing that comes to the mind of many mariners when they hear “drills” is “compliance”. From engine room fire drills to enclosed space drills, they are critical activities that help ensure one’s crew is prepared to react rapidly, efficiently and effectively in emergency situations.

Collision Course

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 2, 2018

Commerce and state pilot associations, both in the same river, headed in opposite directions, will soon meet in a passing situation. How they negotiate that critical port-to-port passing is more important now than ever.The news that shares of…

2018 MarTID Insights Series: A Deep Dive Into the Results

Posted to Murray Goldberg's Blog (by Murray Goldberg) on June 5, 2018

By now you may have already heard about the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) initiative, collaboratively founded by the World Maritime University, New Wave Media and my company, Marine Learning Systems.As a quick summary, MarTID…

Harmonizing Shipping Regulations: not so fast

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 4, 2018

As the White House Opens a Public Comment Period Seeking to Harmonize Shipping Regulations – something the current administration characterizes as a move to reduce regulatory costs and restrictions on the U.S. maritime industry – the concept and the intent sounds good.

When America Sneezes …

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 17, 2018

The rest of the world catches a cold.It’s been a long time since I served as a ship expeditor and cargo surveyor, immediately following my career at sea. In those days, the vast majority of cargo superintendents serving on the U.S. Gulf Coast…

Free the Mather!

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 14, 2018

Just back from a whirlwind two-day tour of the Cleveland waterfront, there is much to report from this bustling and growing Great Lakes port. If you go, you can also tour the restored 618-foot historic William G. Mather, a retired Great Lakes freighter.

MarTID: A New Tool for Maritime Training Professionals

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 1, 2018

The inaugural edition of the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) Report sheds new light on maritime safety and training practices, what works, and what doesn’t. More importantly, its analysis and data emanates from you.The first annual…

Improving Skills Assessment

Posted to Murray Goldberg's Blog (by Murray Goldberg) on April 30, 2018

In safety-critical environments such as the maritime industry, it is of utmost importance that an organization can ensure crew competence. And while there are many factors to an individual’s ability to carry out their job properly (such as their knowledge and behavior)…

Capt. Joachim Wedekind

Posted to Richard Eberhardt's Blog (by Richard Eberhardt) on April 19, 2018

The U.S. Coast Guard honored Capt. Joachim Wedekind for 30 years of service in the all-volunteer Auxiliary at the USCG Auxiliary Change of Command held in New Orleans January 13, 2018. Included in the recognition were letters of appreciation from RADM Paul F.

Union Members Host Pro-Jones Act Demonstration

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on April 18, 2018

William P. Doyle, CEO & Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America participated in a “Day of Thank You to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for the Jones Act.”  Doyle as a representative of management for the maritime…

One Hundred and Forty-two

Posted to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby's Blog (by Mark Buzby) on April 12, 2018

The white cabin over blue hull paint scheme is a telltale sign that the 41’ Utility Boat plying the waters off Kings Point belongs to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). But the real giveaway is the group of crewmen sporting navy…

6 Ways for Shippers to Reduce Bunker Costs

Posted to Buying Bunkers (by Ishaan Hemnani) on April 9, 2018

It’s no secret – shipping is going through a tough time. And in tough times, owners need to do everything they can to help the bottom line. The industry has been rife with consolidations, bankruptcies, acquisitions and downsizing. But what else…

Digital Twin (Ship) Is NOT just for Cost Cutting

Posted to Shipbuilding and Offshore Software (by Denis Morais) on April 6, 2018

A common strategy that is being implemented throughout our industry is to have a Digital Twin (Ship). However, many companies are falling into the trap of using their digital strategy to only improve the way they are working today. This focus on “cost cutting” is not optimal…

Irony

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 4, 2018

“There is a certain irony in a state creating a monopoly, and then subsidizing the cost of the monopoly in order to stay competitive.”  Portland, Oregon is about as far away from Galveston, Texas as you can get. That’s in terms of geography, and okay, politics, too.

A Good Day for the Collective Domestic Waterfront

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 29, 2018

Maritime asks and Washington delivers funding for myriad maritime projects, newbuilds and infrastructure renewals. There is something for everyone in the FY ’18 Omnibus.The recent signing of the FY ’18 Omnibus Funding Bill contained a raft of good news for the domestic waterfront…

A Record-breaking Week for the US Maritime Industry

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on March 27, 2018

The week of March 19, 2018, set maritime related records in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Maritime industry visited the largest number of Congressional offices in the nine-year history of the annual Congressional Sail-in. The Omnibus spending bill…

Crew Navigation and Safety Training at SeaTrade 2018

Posted to Murray Goldberg's Blog (by Murray Goldberg) on March 27, 2018

Earlier this month I was fortunate to be invited to take part in a panel at the 2018 Seatrade Cruise Global Safety & Security Symposium. The topic being Crew Navigation and Safety Training, I was joined by Captain Bill Anderson (Director of the Pacific Maritime Institute and NSAP…

State of the Coast Guard: guarded optimism

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 6, 2018

A more robustly funded U.S. Coast Guard forges ahead in a new climate, ready to tackle additional challenges.On March 1st, and as it turned out, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opening its doors for business in Washington, DC, the U.S.