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Now and Then: Night and Day

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 12, 2018

The full range of technology has arrived on the waterfront. Today, anyone who has the need to step on board any commercial watercraft knows that only too well. For those of us who have toiled in the business for almost 40 years, the changes…

The Wrong Time, Wrong Place – and, The Wrong ‘Ask’

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 30, 2018

A proposed rate adjustment for the Houston Ship Pilots has come under unusually heavy fire from the key stakeholders who sign their checks. What happens next could reshape the future of deep draft ocean commerce in U.S. waters.Business as UsualIt’s…

The NSMV Lives!

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 21, 2018

A slightly delayed ‘MARAD-NSMV Industry Engagement’ event is now scheduled for 26-28 September at MITAGS in Linthicum, MD. The National Security Multimission Vessel (NSMV) is, so far, a conceptual design for the hoped-for replacement class of…

Technology: situations, challenges – and opportunities

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 19, 2018

Not too long ago, I shared in this venue the wonders of what I saw in terms of new technology for the waterfront at the biennial SMM Trade Show in Hamburg, Germany.And, it was truly impressive; a harbinger of what is to come and indeed, what’s already arrived on our doorstep.

You Can Get IT if You Really Want …

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

Hamburg, Germany: At this week’s SMM Trade Fair, the words of the iconic song, “You Can Get it if You Really Want,” written and sung by reggae and rock legend Jimmy Cliff took on new meaning, at least for this writer. That’s because – and I’ve…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

A Perilous Trip Down the River for Inland Operators

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

WCI’s Michael Toohey outlines the challenges ahead for U.S. inland river stakeholders. Washington, DC: At the National Press Club on Tuesday morning, Waterways Council President and CEO Michael Toohey provided a stark view of the task ahead…

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…