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Saturday, August 18, 2018

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…

The Dos & Don’ts of Applications

Posted to The Hiring Process (by Thomas Montgomery) on February 26, 2018

By Vicki Morgan and Thomas MontgomeryApplications are often the first impression most applicants have about your company. A well-constructed and comprehensive application not only provides you with the needed information to determine if the applicant is qualified…

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…

US Dredging Industry Fly-in to Capitol Hill

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on February 5, 2018

We had a very successful Washington, D.C. fly-in this past week. It was a good and solid effort made by all to demonstrate the resolve of the U.S-Flag dredging industry.The Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) is appreciative of the time and…

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…

What is a Digital Ship (Twin)?

Posted to Shipbuilding and Offshore Software (by Denis Morais) on January 19, 2018

We have heard the term “digital twin” being used more frequently throughout the literature we read or even at conferences we attend. I have also written several blog posts about the benefits of the digital twin as well as Achieving the Digital Twin.

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.

Weeks Marine’s New Hopper Dredge Magdalen Delivered

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on January 3, 2018

Weeks Marine’s brand new hopper dredge Magdalen was delivered on December 22, 2017 by Eastern Shipbuilding after successfully completing sea trials and U.S. Coast Guard inspections.Commenting on Weeks Marine’s new hopper dredge Magdalen, William P.

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…

For the Holidays, Help a Seafarer

Posted to U.S. West Coast Trade (by John McLaurin) on November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving marks the start of serious shopping for the holiday season.Black Friday, Cyber Monday and deep discounts will motivate tens of millions of American's to purchase presents for friends, loved ones and colleagues.And of those millions upon millions of American consumers…

Establishing Hiring Criteria

Posted to The Hiring Process (by Thomas Montgomery) on November 15, 2017

By Vicki MorganOne of the first things a company must do when it makes a new position is to establish hiring criteria. But before you can establish who you’re going to consider for hire, you should understand the tasks associated with the job.

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…

The Journey to an Autonomous Marine Ecosystem

Posted to GE's Marine Solutions (by Andy McKeran) on November 6, 2017

Digital technologies are dramatically impacting almost every aspect of our personal and professional lives—enabling businesses and individuals to freely communicate, share critical information and do things more efficiently and cost-effectively.

The Inland Infrastructure Crisis

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 28, 2017

As of Wednesday morning at Lock 52 near Brookport, Illinois, traffic was moving but still encountering massive delays. That morning, the U.S. Army Corps of engineers had locked 15 vessels in the previous 24 hours with an average delay of 65.29 hours.

Clean Air Action Plan: At What Cost?

Posted to U.S. West Coast Trade (by John McLaurin) on October 17, 2017

Everyone who touches or relies on freight for a job in Southern California will be impacted by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP).Its impact will be transformative. Given the CAAP’s long-reach, the question…

AAPA 2017 Convention at Long Beach, CA

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 4, 2017

Long Beach, CA: The 106th Annual convention of the American Association of Port authorities kicked off in style on Sunday night with a gala reception in this vibrant port city, and two days later, the convention continues on with quality industry briefings and of course…

Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 29, 2017

And other well-worn clichés.Some things never change. For example, my good friend and OMSA President & CEO Aaron Smith told MarineNews magazine readers in September 2016 that, “I’m running out of ways of telling the Board of Directors and membership…

A New Twist in the BWT Story

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 22, 2017

Believe it or not, it starts right here in the United States.I have been covering invasive species and the ballast water treatment story thread for more than fifteen years. Always entertaining, never easy to understand, it has, over time, been the ‘gift’ story that keeps on giving.

How One Vessel Master Managed Safe Navigation during a GPS Outage

Posted to Good navigation practices (by Morgan Roper) on September 22, 2017

During the week of June 19, 2017 a vessel transiting the northeast portion of the Black Sea reported multiple instances of GPS interference. Approximately 20 other vessels in the same area appeared to experience similar interference.The master of the vessel knew to contact the U.S.

Changes to Clean Air Action Plan are Necessary

Posted to U.S. West Coast Trade (by John McLaurin) on September 20, 2017

In its official comment letter to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) requested the $14-plus billion Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update focus on commercially available technology supported by national or state emissions standards…