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Amazon Adventures

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 23, 2014

Now back from holiday in Peru, I find myself looking back on one of the more memorable parts of that trip – a river cruise on the mighty Amazon River and its tributaries. A tremendous amount of fun, this aspect of the trip also turned out to be most educational, for any number of reasons.

The Reluctant Pirate

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 9, 2014

In case you’ve been wondering, I’ve been off the grid for a couple of weeks – on vacation in Peru, actually. There, I took a three-day cruise on the mighty Amazon River (think: shortsea shipping – more on that in another posting), and hiked…

Port Security & Technology: TWIC and Container Scanning

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 11, 2014

There is no doubt but that the long road to adequate port security, especially in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, has been fraught with missteps, questionable decisions, and in some cases, poorly spent money. Along the way, mandates for 100 percent…

No Middle Ground

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 28, 2014

The nautical definition of middle ground is a length of comparatively shallow water having channels on both sides. In everyday language, we might call it a position of compromise between two opposing views or parties. That’s typically what reasonable…

Crude Oil Transport from the Heartland Derailed

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 6, 2014

The all-too-familiar news of a train derailment, this time in Virginia, hit the news wire last week. The train, reportedly carrying Bakken crude oil destined for storage and eventual deployment to a refinery for processing, derailed and burst into flames…

Straight Talk on Winding Inland Rivers

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 30, 2014

St. Louis, Missouri: According to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, more than one million tons of cargo passes by the iconic St. Louis arch annually on its way to various inland and foreign destinations. In fact, it ranks as the second busiest inland port in America.

Hot Air

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 22, 2014

The events surrounding last week’s deadly South Korea ferry disaster are still playing out in the news, across web sites like this one, on television and myriad other media outlets. It isn’t yet clear what exactly caused the tragedy in which…

Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium Tackles Big Issues

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 3, 2014

I want to start out by thanking Audrey (Kennedy) for inviting me to speak to you this afternoon. It’s a privilege to do so, especially with an audience representing such an important part of the domestic waterfront, and at a time when much of…

Tourists and Immigrants

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 21, 2014

Stamford, CT: CMA 2014 is done and dusted. The exhibits broken down and the throngs of c-suite executives scattered to the four winds; some back to Europe, others to Asia and still others, points closer. As always, it was a useful and entertaining event.

Wednesday’s Word is WRRDA

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 21, 2014

It’s not a done deal and the long-awaited piece of legislation still needs Senate approval and the President’s signature, but the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is both hailing the passage of H.R. 3080 as a major victory for U.S.

One Voice

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 14, 2014

I’ve spent the last ten years complaining that the problem with the maritime industry, especially here in North America, is that we just don’t get out and tell our story. We don’t tell the story; we don’t do it loudly enough, often enough and…

Bits & Pieces from the Cheap Seats

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 27, 2014

U.S. This week, President Obama said that he would call on Congress to appropriate as much as $300 billion for repairs and upgrades to the nation’s aging roads and railways. Conspicuously absent from that discussion was any mention of ports and inland waterways.

A National Maritime Strategy

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 29, 2014

Last week, Paul "Chip" Jaenichen, Acting U.S. Maritime Administrator said in his online blog, “... We concluded the Maritime Administration's first National Maritime Strategy Symposium, and we're pleased that it included so many leaders who…

PVA Gets Down to Business in Houston

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 23, 2014

Houston, Texas: A four plus day Passenger Vessel Association annual meeting wrapped up yesterday with the PVA Board of Director meeting, capping a substantive and relevant agenda for the 300+ attendees and 70 exhibitors. The meetings included PVA Hall of Fame inductions…

On the Waterfront: During the Holidays

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 1, 2014

I had the good fortune this year to be off and with my family on all the major holidays. In fact, it’s been a while since I had to work one, but over time, I’ve worked plenty, in a myriad of different roles. As I look back, this is also probably…

Christmas in the Far East

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 18, 2013

Pigs CAN fly. In not one, but two – count them – rare instances where the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (Marad) is not mentioned in the same breath of some event that somehow bungles the effort to pump up the domestic waterfront and its many stakeholders…

Houston: Home for the Happy Holidays?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 4, 2013

There is nothing like a pilot rate war. Nothing. Well, unless the rate war is taking place over the holidays. And, then, it is really special. As a former resident of the Bayou City (1982 – 1996) and someone who made his living shipping up and down that channel (among others)…

Bust to Boom

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 13, 2013

In the mid to late 1980’s I was already ashore from almost six years spent at sea, living and working in Houston, Texas. The local economy, at that time, was pretty miserable and I tell folks that it was probably almost as depressing as the…

A Paper Tiger?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 30, 2013

NOAA’s recent announcement that the federal government would no longer print traditional paper nautical charts got a fair bit of attention, but to say that this was not altogether unexpected would, I think, fairly describe the event. I’m sure…

Future U.S. Merchant Mariners Deemed Non-Essential

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 16, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard veteran, maritime attorney and all-around maritime expert Dennis Bryant stole a bit of my (planned) thunder this week when he pointed out for all to see that both the U.S. Senate and House were crafting corrections to previous legislation that would…