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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Namibia Beckons

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 7, 2019

A country the size of Texas, with a story to match. Windhoek, Namibia: In case you were wondering, I was on vacation for a good chunk of September. And, for much of that time, off-the-grid. WAY off the grid. On our fifth trip to the Dark Continent…

Texas-American Pride: Corpus Christi Dredging is Huge

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on October 18, 2019

Texas American pride is driving improvements in Corpus Christi channel deepening in Port Aransas, Texas. The Cutter Suction Dredge (CSD) Carolina is on the job.Captain Scott Baumann is the skipper of the CSD Carolina. Captain Baumann explained…

Achieving Critical MASS

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 22, 2019

The U.S Maritime Administration sponsors a conference on the U.S. Vessel Automation Industry. It’s about time – right on time. Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships - the time is now.Linthicum, MD:  All the usual suspects, along with many new faces…

Peaks and Valleys

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 1, 2019

The Blue Ridge Mountains beckon, promising cooler weather, an improving environment, and a little bit of maritime, for good measure. This weekend, we answered the call.Mount Mitchell, NC: In the choppy wake of putting not one, but two magazines to bed in the previous eight days…

GLDD Emergency Response Efforts: Missouri River Levee Breach

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on June 21, 2019

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC (GLDD) is working as a subcontractor with Western Contracting Corporation to provide fill for an emergency sand berm to close a levee breach at river mile 572 on the Missouri River.GLDD’s Hydraulic Cutter Suction Dredge ‘Iowa’ is dredging approximately 350…

Trade, Trump … and Trust

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 19, 2019

Winning this or any other ‘trade war’ will take intestinal fortitude. Worth it or not, I’m not sure we have what it takes.As we rapidly churn towards the midpoint of 2019, the maritime sector’s biggest story of the year – and arguably its biggest heartburn – surrounds the topic of trade…

365 Days Define the Domestic Workboat

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 5, 2019

A ‘work in progress,’ the North American brown water, shallow draft sectors have experienced a tumultuous year of evolution, changing market conditions, a rapidly shifting regulatory environment and new opportunities. Anything but boring, there is something for everyone.

WCI’s Infrastructure Week 2019 Briefing

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 30, 2019

The time to act is now.As Infrastructure Week in mid-May kicked off, the Waterways Council, Inc. held its annual press briefing on the critical issues facing the nation’s inland waterways. WCI President CEO Mike Toohey began by saying simply…

National Maritime Day 2019: “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on May 24, 2019

The Dredging Contractors of America is pleased to support National Maritime Day 2019. The President issued a proclamation on May 20, 2019 designating May 22nd as National Maritime Day.U.S. dredging companies will be placing into service two…

Automation and the Waterfront

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 13, 2019

That dirty little secret that labor doesn’t want you to know.Just back from a whirlwind three-day press tour of the State of Virginia’s intermodal network connections, there is much to report – most of it good – emanating from the Commonwealth.

Infrastructure 101: Part Deux

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 5, 2019

“… U.S. Infrastructure Needs More Impactful Money, Not Just More of It.” – Fitch Ratings' Cherian George.It wasn’t too long ago – okay it was at least three Marad Administrators ago – that a Marad staffer confided in me about a U.S. DOT meeting that he had attended…

Know Your Customer

Posted to Thomas Jelenić's blog (by Thomas Jelenic) on April 25, 2019

There has been a lot of discussion in the maritime industry lately about knowing and understanding your ultimate customer. That seems to make sense. You can’t serve your customer’s needs and maintain a long-term business relationship if you don’t know and understand your customer.

Shipbuilding and Maritime Union Members and Management Representatives Hit Capitol Hill

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on April 11, 2019

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…

The Maritime Person of the Year

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 2, 2019

IRI’s William Gallagher headlines the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s annual presentation of the Emery Rice Medal at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Gallagher’s belief in the value and concept of a public education, coupled with a life of…

Infrastructure 101

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 29, 2019

For the nation’s ports, that’s the same as Real Estate: it’s about location, location and … location. The Port of Oakland is a prime example.It was back in the early 1980’s that, as a young third or second mate, I was assigned to a tanker that went into shipyard in Jacksonville…

Port Tenants Thrown A Curve?

Posted to U.S. West Coast Trade (by John McLaurin) on March 26, 2019

Over the years the Port of Oakland has enjoyed a reputation for solid management, responsiveness and innovation. It has been well-deserved as demonstrated by its environmental achievements, high volume of ship calls and balanced growth in import and export cargo at the seaport.

Good Man, Big Heart, Big Texan – Great American Dredger

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on March 18, 2019

Randy Boyd, president of RLB Contracting based in Port Lavaca, Texas is a fighter. He’s a dredger and marine construction entrepreneur. Proud and strong, Randy Boyd, takes on the risk and keeps his workers employed rebuilding equipment for the Jones Act dredging industry.Last year…

Staying ahead of the game: How to create a competitive maritime industry

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 8, 2019

Examining the coming changes to the global maritime industry at the Danish Embassy.On Tuesday, March 5, the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. organized a panel debate which was entitled, “Staying ahead of the game: How to create a competitive maritime industry.” Taking place at the Danish Embassy…

What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 15, 2019

No, not my Gulf Coast journey. I’m talking SubM, of course.Orange Beach, Alabama: I’ve never actually been here before, and it is a (long) 40 minute drive south, once you exit I-10. It’s worth the visit. Who knew? Some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. I’ll definitely be back.

(No) Blues in the Big Easy

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 20, 2019

New Orleans, LA: If it’s mid-January, then it must be time for the Passenger Vessel Association’s (PVA) Annual Convention (Maritrends). It is also one of my favorite events, and I never miss it. Collaboration, sharing best practices and a welcoming atmosphere…