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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Gender Discrimination in the Pacific Northwest

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

In 2016, a jury awarded a woman $3.6 million in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the Puget Sound Pilot Commission, a Washington State agency. The woman, a former deep draft vessel master, was awarded the money after she was denied a state pilot license.

Seafarer’s Shore Leave, Travel Bans … and the Big Picture

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 13, 2017

It has been a wild ride, these past three weeks. I suppose that’s true no matter which side of the political equation that you reside. The flurry of executive orders on a wide variety of topics and issues has delighted some, and enraged a similar number of others.

Fatigue at Sea Should Not Be Ignored

Posted to Captain Fared Khan's Blog (by Fared Khan) on February 8, 2017

The recent report, ‘Project MARTHA’ published by Intermanager shows that fatigue at sea is a growing problem. The report highlights growing levels of fatigue, particularly among Masters and Watch Keepers.Fatigue at sea (both physical and mental)…

For Alaska, Offshore Energy is Key to a Better Future

Posted to Arctic Energy (by Lucas Frances) on February 6, 2017

In the twilight hours of 2016, President Obama signed off on an executive ruling that will do far more damage to the Alaskan economy than the temporary downturn of global oil prices. The President issued a memorandum declaring an “indefinite”…

Joint Liquefied Gas Carrier Instrumentation Training

Posted to From the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (by LCDR Dallas Smith) on January 24, 2017

Each quarter, the Liquefied National Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise holds webinars to train Coast Guard vessel inspectors, facility examiners, pollution responders, security personnel and planners across the country who are or will soon be involved in the liquefied gas industry.

Securely Connected Vessels: Vessel Communications and Maritime Cybersecurity

Posted to Maritime Software....Making It Easy (by Dean Shoultz) on January 23, 2017

As improvements to communication technologies, sensors, and vessel electronics continue to progress, operators are more motivated than ever to provide reliable communication solutions to their fleet. The wide range of options and variables involved…

Galveston County: Hosting this year’s Pilot Wars …

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 23, 2017

In Texas, two challenges to a local pilot system are in play. Across the U.S. Gulf Coast, stakeholders are watching closely.To hear the stakeholders tell it, an ongoing challenge to the rate increase requested by the Gal-Tex pilots in Galveston…

Where Does eLearning Content Come From?

Posted to Maritime Training Issues with Murray Goldberg (by Murray Goldberg) on January 20, 2017

management systems (LMS) and its applications. of training. The other critical component is the learning content itself. self-evident. Fleet Operations at BC Ferries. receive the same training materials and are assessed to the same standards. information on routines, knowledge and skills.

Shipping Will Find Ways to Ride out Protracted Downturn

Posted to Shipping & Transport (by Richard Greiner) on January 4, 2017

Making predictions about the shipping industry is as volatile an undertaking as the business of shipping itself. Who, for example, predicted that the Baltic Exchange would be sold to Singapore? The same people, presumably, who foretold that…

Ideal Intermodal Advice for Mr. Trump

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

It is tempting to close out the calendar year with a particularly exciting blog topic. Ballast water technology approvals, the merchant marine academy accreditation follies, or perhaps, a lively Jones Act discussion – these all come to mind.

DRU shipyard launches the first DWT17500 oil tanker built for Pertamina

Posted to Eversafe Marine (by song Tom) on December 16, 2016

Indonesian shipyard, PT Daya Radar Utama launched one DWT 17500 oil tanker, named MT. Panderman, the first unit of eight-series ships ordered by Pertamina in his Lamongan yard on 2nd December 2016. MT. Panderman with 6200 MT lightweight and 157-meter length…

Laudable Logistics: Happy Holidays from Hong Kong

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 22, 2016

Hong Kong’s impressive logistics hub(s) set to get even better. A local look at all of it from the sixth annual Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference provides unique perspective.Hong Kong: This week’s version of the Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference is an eye opener.

Buyer’s Remorse?

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

Who knows?Without getting tangled up in the politics of last night’s election (is that even possible?), I am reminded that Washington, DC is a place where the abject neglect of the waterfront has always been a bipartisan effort. There is no one and everyone to blame for the sorry state of U.S.

New Regulations Make Certified Shipping Truck Scales Mandatory

Posted to Kevin Hill's Blog (by Kevin HIll) on October 26, 2016

SOLAS Treaty – Container Weight Verification Requirements The new mandatory regulations applicable to shippers were released on July 1, 2016, and require that every shipper must verify the gross weight of all containers before they are loaded on board.

10 Things You Didn't Know About the Suez Canal

Posted to Eliot Keirl's Blog (by Eliot Keirl) on October 26, 2016

The Suez Canal, inaugurated in Egypt in December 1869, is one of the amazing industrial achievements that still inspires awe and continues to impress. The Canal was built to connect the North Atlantic ocean with the northern Indian one, considerably reducing the distance between Europe and Asia…

California’s Proposed Ballast Water Fee Hike

Posted to Laura Kovary's Blog (by Laura Kovary) on October 13, 2016

A fee increase has been proposed for ships entering California ports. The fee will be collected by the State Lands Commission for the California Ballast Water Program. This Program, managed by the State Lands Commission, has been in existence…

Maritime TV: Revitalizing the U.S. Merchant Marine - Part 1

Posted to Maritime TV on Maritime Professional (by Joseph Keefe) on October 6, 2016

For Maritime TV, author Mike Balzano begins a four part series on Revitalizing the Merchant Marine, based on the lessons learned from the latter part of the 20th century when he served several as an advisor to several U.S. Presidents in support of Jesse Calhoon, then President of the MEBA.

Calculating the Human Cost of Hanjin’s Collapse

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 3, 2016

The policy of U.S. immigration officials, who have barred Hanjin sailors from coming ashore, is merely the most overt part of the pain being experienced by these mariners –and others, all over the globe.A long time ago – way before there was…

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

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

Depending on which sector that your maritime business resides on the global waterfront and within the world’s supply chain, the past 18 months may not have been your best ever. This week, the confluence of three separate, but related events may just form the basis for a way forward to better times.

Maritime TV Interview: A USMMA Midshipman Weighs In

Posted to Maritime TV on Maritime Professional (by Joseph Keefe) on September 12, 2016

A midshipman from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy contacted Maritime TV wishing to provide a midshipman’s perspective on the current Sea Year Stand Down and Accreditation Issues. For this interview, we agreed not to release the identity or gender of the midshipman…