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Casualties, Collisions and Criminality

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 11, 2018

It is a dangerous world out there. Because of it, and no matter how far removed I may find myself from a former life at sea, I still retain a fierce loyalty and certain sympathies to anyone to goes to sea to make a living – to include the Navy…

On Display: North America’s Passenger Vessel and Ferry Industries

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

This week’s PVA Annual Convention brought together an enthusiastic group of passenger vessel and ferry stakeholders. The robust turnout bodes well for this sector, and the broader OEM and service providers who keep it humming along.Savannah…

Ringing in the New Year (Sadly)

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 9, 2018

Trouble in Paradise: the Venezuela crisis deepensAs we plow on into the New Year amidst a reasonable level of optimism when it comes to the global energy situation, it can also be said that there is likely no sadder story coming out of 2017 than the rapidly deteriorating situation in Venezuela.

Feeling Blue in a Brown Water World

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 8, 2017

The environment for licensed mariners – especially the unlimited tonnage kind – is becoming especially ‘iffy.’ We’ve seen this movie before – this time it is different, more complicated and far more serious.On my way home from a trade event…

Maritime Training Practices Take a ‘Right’ Turn

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 14, 2017

MarTID – the Maritime Training Insights Database – a historic initiative to study global maritime training practices, has officially been launched.Launched just last week, the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) is an initiative of The World Maritime University…

The Inland Infrastructure Crisis

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 28, 2017

As of Wednesday morning at Lock 52 near Brookport, Illinois, traffic was moving but still encountering massive delays. That morning, the U.S. Army Corps of engineers had locked 15 vessels in the previous 24 hours with an average delay of 65.29 hours.

AAPA 2017 Convention at Long Beach, CA

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 4, 2017

Long Beach, CA: The 106th Annual convention of the American Association of Port authorities kicked off in style on Sunday night with a gala reception in this vibrant port city, and two days later, the convention continues on with quality industry briefings and of course…

Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 29, 2017

And other well-worn clichés.Some things never change. For example, my good friend and OMSA President & CEO Aaron Smith told MarineNews magazine readers in September 2016 that, “I’m running out of ways of telling the Board of Directors and membership…

A New Twist in the BWT Story

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 22, 2017

Believe it or not, it starts right here in the United States.I have been covering invasive species and the ballast water treatment story thread for more than fifteen years. Always entertaining, never easy to understand, it has, over time, been the ‘gift’ story that keeps on giving.

Not Quite Eclipsed

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 1, 2017

Charlotte, NC: On August 21, the so-called ‘Path of Totality’ for a rare but much ballyhooed Solar Eclipse missed my hometown by a whisker, leaving us with a 98% eclipse.Just a 90-mile drive to the south, in Columbia, SC, tens of thousands of people flocked to see the real deal.

The Regulatory Hammer Pounds the Waterfront

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 17, 2017

You may have missed the memorandum, but it turns out that the maritime industry – you know, the one which moves 95% of what you use on a daily basis? – is bad for the environment. Very bad. I didn’t actually know this until I read a recent article that asked…

Marine Safety: Unfinished (but everyone’s) Business

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 19, 2017

Contemplating Competence, Commerce, Collisions & Casualties.The dog days of summer are here. That means just about everyone (except, perhaps, yours truly) is on some sort of vacation or another. Many of these people are headed for the beach…

An Inside Look at Ballast Water Testing

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 21, 2017

Seattle, Washington: Last week’s visit to the Pacific Northwest and its impressive waterfront maritime cluster was highlighted by a visit to the Golden Bear, the training ship of the California Maritime Academy. Now on its annual training cruise…

Piloting Choppy Waters

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 30, 2017

Uncharted hazards roil the waters for established pilot organizations across the fruited plain. These days, there is never a dull moment for this uniquely American system of piloting deep draft tonnage to and from the ports dotting our 95,000+ miles of coastline.The U.S.

Electrocuted!

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 5, 2017

Reluctantly touching the third rail of the American waterfront.I looked up the common idiom of ‘touching the third’ rail this week.Yourdictionary.com explains it like this: The electrified rail that runs besides, or between train tracks to power electric trains.

Constitutional Collision Course

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 28, 2017

The Galveston-Texas City Pilots act to head off local federal pilots who want to compete for business in a previously closed space. Their motion in Galveston County District Court may instead force the State to rule on a matter that may or may have not had legs to begin with.

A Tale of Three Ports

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 31, 2017

On three coasts, three pilot disputes – like a bad penny that keeps turning up – refuse to go away. Domestic and international stakeholders from sea-to-shining-sea are watching very carefully from the cheap seats.The U.S. system of marine pilot oversight is a familiar one to most of us.

The New Generation of Alliances Set

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 21, 2017

On April 1, 2017 a new generation of ocean carrier alliances will become operational. We caught up with Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner William P. Doyle after his return from an industry conference earlier this month in Long Beach, Calif.

Ballast Water Treatment: A ‘Sample’ of What to Expect Next

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 18, 2017

Having just returned from the 4th Annual Ballast Water Management Summit held in Long Beach, CA, I’m completely up to speed (or so I kid myself) on the complex topic of ballast water management systems, treatment and the regulatory quagmire represented by the IMO, U.S.

Kings Point at the Crossroads

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 26, 2017

As the United States Merchant Marine Academy recently announced the resumption of its commercial sea year training program, many unanswered questions remain and more importantly, myriad problems unsolved.Roughly concurrent with news that the…