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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Just Five Miles on the Erie Canal

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 19, 2016

A brief visit to an unexpected treasure provides the perfect perspective.Rochester, NY: With a high school senior in the house, this year we find ourselves visiting college campuses for the first time in more than 35 years. It’s a real eye-opener.

Subchapter M

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 9, 2016

… and the 600 pound gorilla in the room.Unless you’ve spent the last month sailing on board the last vessel on the planet without internet access, then you know only too well that the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB)…

Gray Water and Bilge Water: Taking Steps to Clean Up The Ocean Environment

Posted to Gray Water and Bilge Water (by John Paparone) on April 28, 2016

The fact that improperly-treated gray water pollution is still being dumped off ships in a so-called modern and highly regulated shipping industry is hypocritical at best.Graywater – which comes from ship accommodation areas (shower/sink), laundry…

(No) Ballast off a Sinking Ship

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 24, 2016

The invasive species and ballast water treatment situation is dangerously close to spiraling out of control.According to the web site www.mpnballastwaterfacts.com – a site set up in part by a consortium of UV-based ballast water management system manufacturers – the U.S.

Galley Grease Harms Equipment and the Environment

Posted to Galley Grease Harms Equipment and the Environment (by John Paparone) on April 5, 2016

Cleaning up the wastewater stream in ships isn’t just about removing hydrocarbons out of oily separators and bilges. Ship galleys harbor a tremendous amount of FOGs (fats, oils and grease) that, if not properly disposed of, can be a health risk…

Battle in the Bedroom

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 4, 2016

Industry Study on Work Schedules and Rest Periods reignites decades-old discussion on what constitutes enough sleep and in what ‘watch format’ will that adequate rest be achieved.It wasn’t too long ago that the American Waterways Operators (AWO)…

A Vessel Owner Dilemma During This Uncertain Time

Posted to Ballast Water Regulations (by Steve Candito) on April 1, 2016

Current StatusIMO Ballast Water (BW) regulations have been pending for 12 years. In the U.S., it’s been over four years since the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations were passed, but even the USCG regulations are not fully implemented. These…

Fitting a Square Peg into a Round Hole

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 18, 2016

Brown Water operators join their Blue Water counterparts at the grownup’s table. With all that glory (and the gain) comes a little pain. Along the way, we also learn that one size does not fit all.In the summer of 1980, I joined my first ship as a young, inexperienced Third Mate.

White House-led Roundtable on 21st Century U.S. Ports

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on March 11, 2016

On March 7, 2016, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero and I attended and participated in the White House-led roundtable highlighting the important role U.S. ports play in the national economy. The roundtable was hosted by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker…

This Just in From DOT: we need to spend more on ports

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 8, 2016

As I waded into my overflowing E-mail box last night, I came upon this little gem, delivered by none other than your friendly neighborhood U.S. Department of Transportation. It turns out – and I know that you won’t believe this – we need to be spending more on our ports…

The Adventure of Serving Seafarers

Posted to The Adventure of Serving Seafarers (by Jason Zuidema) on March 4, 2016

The annual conference of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA), held in Montreal, Quebec, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, focused on the care of seafarers and their families. It is a subject that concerned the record-breaking conference attendance…

On the Docks at Marcus Hook

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on February 29, 2016

The last time I was in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania was aboard the SS MORMACSKY tanker serving as an engineer. I had recently graduated from Widener University School of Law; studied all summer for the bar exam and I needed to make some money while I awaited my license to practice law.

Nawae Construction docked PNG's biggest barge in Alotau

Posted to Eversafe Marine (by song Tom) on February 27, 2016

The biggest barge in PNG was hauled to land by Nawae Construction LTD with marine airbags in middle of January 2016. The vessel , DB Ayios Georgios is one 94 x 23m fully equipped construction barge with crane, accommodation, office and workshop facilities owned by Nawae Construction…

OPA 90 Responder Immunity

Posted to Steve Candito Weighs in ... (by Steve Candito) on February 25, 2016

Does the recent favorable decision in the Deepwater Horizon litigation really alleviate Cleanup Responders’ litigation risks?On February 16, 2016, after five years of litigation and millions of dollars in legal fees, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (J.

SeaLand Celebrates Atlantico!

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on February 24, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to attend the World Trade Association of Philadelphia luncheon on February 17, 2016. In addition, I was invited to say a few words during the announcement of SeaLand’s new Atlantico Service. SeaLand’s announcement…

Rollercoaster Ride to Ruin: a good news / bad news story

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 23, 2016

The President’s proposed FY 2017 budget negates all maritime funding progress made during FY 2016. That spells disaster for the waterfront and the greater economy. On the other hand, it’s great news for South American agriculture and bulk commodity suppliers.

Workboat eLogs and the IRS

Posted to Maritime Software....Making It Easy (by Dean Shoultz) on February 11, 2016

Countless Federal laws govern nearly every aspect of the inland waterways transportation industry, yet the convergence of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Sub Chapter M impending Final Rule with the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Inland…

The Next Revolution

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 5, 2016

On America's waterfront, the next 'revolution' simply can't get here soon enough.At the same time that we approach the anniversary of the birth of container shipping, we also find ourselves looking at the specter of another (potentially) crippling labor action, this time on the U.S.

The Criminalization of Mariners Continues Unabated

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 28, 2016

The cost of that policy and practice will someday yield a more dangerous global waterfront. Count on it.Reuters this week reported that Spain's Supreme Court had sentenced the captain of the Prestige oil tanker, which sank off Spain's northwestern coast in 2002, to two years in prison.

Pirates, Politics & Protection:

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 19, 2016

Like oil & water, they don’t mix.For many businesses on the collective, global waterfront, it is going to be a challenging year for one reason or another. Hence, you can be forgiven for forgetting that it wasn’t too long ago that the most pressing…