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A Fiscal Cliff of a Different Kind

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 19, 2012

It isn’t hard to distract the attention of the general public or the U.S. Government from anything that has to do with commercial, waterborne shipping. I mean, if the U.S. Department of Transportation and its marginalized Maritime Administration don’t care, why should you?

Happy Holidays (?) from the West Coast

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 5, 2012

It’s that time of year again. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mistletoe over the front door and great expectations or the holiday season to come. What’s not to like? On the other hand, and with the strike by clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach…

Developing the Arctic for Commerce: No Easy Task

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 21, 2012

Released by the Canada-based Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Arctic Policy brief was based in large part on discussions which occurred at the Arctic Marine Corridors and Resource Development Round Table. Held in Ottawa in June 2012…

Glass Half Full

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 14, 2012

The 2012 Presidential election is now mercifully in our wake and so is Hurricane Sandy. The collateral fallout from both events will be with us for a long time to come. With regard to the elections, there’s about one chance in two that you are happy with that result.

Credentialing, STCW & ... Me

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 17, 2012

It’s about that time again. Last week, and with a quick final check of my documents, I sealed the FEDEX package and sent it on its way. My U.S. Coast Guard license – 1,600 Ton Master; Chief Mate of Stream and Motor Vessels of any Gross Tons…

To Post or Not to Post

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 3, 2012

On line since about 2000, and publicly available since 1988, the data has, for two generations, been instrumental in license examination preparation throughout the full spectrum of credentialed U.S. mariners. Earlier this summer, and largely through the persistent efforts of Richard A.

A Gray List of a Different Kind

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 15, 2012

The somewhat embarrassing position of U.S. flag vessels on the Paris MoU’s so-called Gray List isn’t good news. It also isn’t anything new. Since 2008, American tonnage has languished in the company of supposedly inferior flag states because…

Drought + Reduced Drafts = Disaster

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

When both National Public Radio (NPR) and the NBC Nightly News both highlight a growing crisis on the nation’s inland rivers in the same week, it’s a sign that that the lifeblood of this island nation’s most valuable asset – its collective commercial…

The Government is Here (to Help)

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

Those of you struggling to balance the books at any business on the waterfront know that it just isn’t getting any easier. Dousing the flames by putting the proverbial hose on the problem is complicated enough without the federal and state governments actually adding fuel to fire.

Mass. Maritime Sends Record Number of Leaders into a Crowded Workplace

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 20, 2012

Buzzards Bay, MA: Clinging tightly to its maritime roots and firmly anchored in the crystal clear waters that surround its picturesque campus, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday sent the largest graduating class in its 212-year history out into the workplace.

Training & Competency meets the Missing Link

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 13, 2012

It wasn’t too long ago (Okay – it has been quite a while) that I climbed the gangway of my first ship, tightly gripping that brand new Third Mate’s ticket at arm’s length (lest I smear the still drying ink). Back then and in this macho, heavily industrial game…

UnRep Unraveled

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 23, 2012

Last week, and when I saw the photos of the U.S. Navy assault ship as it arrived at the port of San Diego following a minor scrape with a civilian-manned, U.S. Navy operated oiler, I couldn’t help but think back to my experiences as a young mate in similar situations so very long ago.

AWO’s Allegretti: The Jones Act is Settled Law

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 16, 2012

The Jones Act may well be, as AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti puts it – stare decisis – or settled law. On the other hand, laws get changed and overturned all the time. Mr. Allegretti also noted just last week that the Jones Act “has been supported by U.S.

MarPro, Risk, BPA & You

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 9, 2012

I suppose that it is only fitting that the completion of the initial BPA Worldwide Brand Audit for Maritime Professional was completed virtually concurrent with the printing of the second quarter edition of Maritime Professional magazine. We didn’t plan it that way…

Offshore Safety: Post-Macondo

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

It is at times like this, in at least one piece of the regulatory and commercial maritime equation, that it is apparent to me that things are working just fine. This week’s news that both a government panel and an aggressive environmental action group had roundly criticized the U.S.

Small Boats: Big Problems

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 12, 2012

The maturation of the global workboat and inland business is fast approaching a climax, especially here in the United States. Inland and offshore operators alike have embraced new technologies – software, for example – that are helping them run efficient and modern companies.

Politics: As Usual?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 28, 2012

With another Presidential election coming up fast, the usual alliances are in place and we can expect another polarized election, just like the two that preceded this one. Or, can we? A savvy, Washington-based maritime attorney once told me that three months is a lifetime in any election cycle.

The Year’s Biggest Story – So Far

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 7, 2012

Last Wednesday, February 29th, yielded by far the biggest maritime story of the year. That’s right. And, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. The news of a final U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Discharge Standard regulation from Washington went largely under the Radar of most folks.

Inland Crisis: on the Water, at the Locks and – in Washington, too…

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 15, 2012

Washington, DC: Yesterday’s Waterways Council (WCI) 2012 Washington Seminar shed new light on the challenges faced by inland waterways users and their customers, especially as new transportation funding legislation inches forward on Capitol Hill.

Safety: it comes in Many Sizes, Shapes & Reasons, too

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 8, 2012

As the U.S. Coast Guard ramps up its enforcement of new weight calculations for passengers on the water, the most dramatic changes in high school weight classes in almost 25 years have also taken place this winter. While the Coast Guard changes…