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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

LNG, Energy, and the Jones Act

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 6, 2019

Three topics that don’t belong in the same sentence. Together, however, they represent finely crafted plan to insert a hairline crack in U.S. cabotage laws. That effort has much bigger designs than just facilitating a few LNG deliveries to the island commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

MarTID 2019: The Global Survey of Maritime Training Practices is Open

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 10, 2018

The second annual global Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) survey examines the impact of the autonomy trend in maritime operations on the training of future ‘seafarers,’ and as of November 26, 2018 the survey is officially ‘open’…

One Word: Hybrid

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

Every trade event has a central theme. Often, it isn’t an official edict, but rather, the sometimes coincidental gathering momentum of a particular trend, disruptive technology or the advent of something special. That was the case last week at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Battles Back

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

ESG begins the long road back to the ‘new normal.’ There are two reasons why I wouldn’t bet against them.Florida Gulf Coast-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group has resumed operations at both of its two main shipbuilding facilities just two weeks…

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…