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Hot Flashes from Marad

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 1, 2012

This week, in an obscure posting that was selectively delivered to a limited audience, the U.S. Maritime Administration finally came clean on their thought process for closing the Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) at Kings Point, NY.

Navigating a Curious Course

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 25, 2012

Last week, I insisted that the story line for the tragic Costa Concordia grounding would change numerous times before the matter was ultimately adjudicated. That said and still being true, I don’t think anyone should be surprised at the newest…

Cruising into Troubled Waters

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 18, 2012

Charlotte, NC: I decided to start this week by letting you know exactly where I was writing this e-Column from. I did that to also let you know that, unlike myriad others in the news and trade media, I won’t be trying to duplicate the guesswork…

Greening the Research Fleet

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 11, 2012

Durham, NC: At one of the more productive and interesting workshops attended by this writer in recent memory, the full breadth of the ocean research community came together this week to hear from industry experts who laid out possible ways for…

TWIC: Safe & Sound – or not…

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 4, 2012

Within the past month, at least two tidbits of news have been released by policy wonks in Washington, neither of which got a whole lot of attention. The first involves the quiet, almost obscure posting (you’ll need to dig to find it – apparently…

Marad’s Crown Jewel: v2 – a work in progress…

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 14, 2011

You have to ask yourself – what’s the hurry? The urgency with which the U.S. Department of Transportation and its usually ineffective Maritime Administration seem to be intent on reinventing the wheel on the campus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is simply breathtaking.

Plucking the Diamond: Marad’s Way of Creating “Crown Jewel” of Academies

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 9, 2011

Kings Point, NY: When U.S. Maritime Administration personnel descended on the campus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy this past Thursday, employees at the Global Maritime & Transportation School (GMATS) had no prior inkling that they would…

Wisdom from Washington

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 7, 2011

Last Wednesday in New Orleans, U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda brought the maritime industry up-to-date on the good work being done the Department of Transportation’s maritime administration. According to Matsuda, it has been a busy and productive three-plus years…

Seafarers and Shore Leave: Part Deux

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 30, 2011

My last MarPro entry garnered more than a little attention with multiple posts to the web site from readers and a raft of E-mails. The original piece involved a look at a recent GAO report that examined, among other things, “Risks Posed by Seafarers.”…

Seafarers and Shore Leave:

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 16, 2011

The romance is gone. By 1986, it was all but missing from (my) equation of going to sea for a living. That said, and when I joined my first seagoing assignment in the steamy summer of 1980 at the tender age of 21, equipped only with an untested…

AIS, LRIT and – 1984...

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 2, 2011

Last month I traveled up to Washington and paid a call on the good folks at International Registries, Inc. (IRI) in Reston. IRI and its affiliates, of course, provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands maritime and corporate registries.

Bang the Drum (Loudly)

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 26, 2011

The chronic gray noise emitted by the U.S. maritime industry is getting just a little louder. You can’t help but notice – at least, that’s the way it seems to me. This week and last, it reached a collective cacophony that has, for the first time recent memory…

The Train Wreck at DOT

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 19, 2011

It has been an interesting autumn at the U.S. Maritime Administration and for its Department of Transportation parent, as well. Little in the way of good news is to be had for anyone; much less the U.S. domestic waterfront itself. The abrupt…

Six Degrees of Pain

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 12, 2011

It used be all about just trying to make a buck; plain and simple. That’s always been hard enough, in and of itself, especially out on the water. Today, however, the top issues concerning operators of domestic Brown Water Tonnage are much more complicated that.

When Near Misses Become Casualties – or not…

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 5, 2011

My good friend, Captain Tom Hudson, an Operations Superintendent with Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (USA) Inc. gave me a call the other day to discuss something that had been bothering him for quite some time. He referred me to a “near-miss” situation that occurred on one his tankers over the summer…

The Epicenter of Ballast Water Treatment Technologies (for a Day)

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 27, 2011

Baltimore, MD: For about eight hours on Tuesday, the collective world of invasive species and ballast water treatment technology experts, policy makers, classification societies, vendors and (seemingly) about half the PhD’s on the planet were…

Lessons Learned – an Upside without Limits

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 21, 2011

The recently released findings of the Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Team were summed up neatly in a one sentence declaration near the end of the report. Appropriately dedicating the report to the eleven victims of the horrific offshore disaster…

The Road to Nowhere

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 14, 2011

Amidst the giddy euphoria of the highway spending bill extension that also boosts FAA funding for a slightly shorter period, it is clearly business as usual inside the beltway. Even as the House approved the continuation of highway and aviation spending for a few more months…

Automation & Technology: Dulling Mariner skills?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 7, 2011

In a column that hit the front page of my local newspaper, the Associated Press reported last week that “Automation is dulling pilots’ skills.” For those of us who have been to sea – through this era and the last – none of this should come as any surprise.

American Maritime Security

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 31, 2011

If three months are “a lifetime” in terms of a presidential election cycle, then it is also true that just one week on the domestic waterfront tells you all you need to know to get the full picture of what is transpiring in terms of U.S. maritime policy…