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Thursday, January 24, 2019

(No) Blues in the Big Easy

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 20, 2019

New Orleans, LA: If it’s mid-January, then it must be time for the Passenger Vessel Association’s (PVA) Annual Convention (Maritrends). It is also one of my favorite events, and I never miss it. Collaboration, sharing best practices and a welcoming atmosphere…

Semper Paratus

Posted to U.S. West Coast Trade (by John McLaurin) on January 16, 2019

Semper Paratus. Always Ready. It is the motto of the United States Coast Guard. It defines both the institution and the commitment of the individual women and men of the Coast Guard. Selfishly, it has also become the expectation of the rest of us that rely on the U.S. Coast Guard for help.

LNG, Energy, and the Jones Act

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 6, 2019

Three topics that don’t belong in the same sentence. Together, however, they represent finely crafted plan to insert a hairline crack in U.S. cabotage laws. That effort has much bigger designs than just facilitating a few LNG deliveries to the island commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Corpus Christi Ship Channel Dredging Contract Awarded to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on January 4, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded a $92 million construction contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC, to deepen and widen the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CCSC) from the Gulf of Mexico to Harbor Island, as part of the…

MarTID 2019: The Global Survey of Maritime Training Practices is Open

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 10, 2018

The second annual global Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) survey examines the impact of the autonomy trend in maritime operations on the training of future ‘seafarers,’ and as of November 26, 2018 the survey is officially ‘open’…

One Word: Hybrid

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 4, 2018

Every trade event has a central theme. Often, it isn’t an official edict, but rather, the sometimes coincidental gathering momentum of a particular trend, disruptive technology or the advent of something special. That was the case last week at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Battles Back

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 2, 2018

ESG begins the long road back to the ‘new normal.’ There are two reasons why I wouldn’t bet against them.Florida Gulf Coast-based Eastern Shipbuilding Group has resumed operations at both of its two main shipbuilding facilities just two weeks…

Becoming an Ocean Transport Intermediary (OTI)

Posted to Mario Bruendel's Blog (by Mario Bruendel) on October 22, 2018

The first barrier to entry for exporting goods on a global scale was to figure out how to be able to independently facilitate the transfer of cargo on the behalf of a shipper (someone who produces a product to be exported) via a vessel owning commercial carrier (VOCC).

Now and Then: Night and Day

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 12, 2018

The full range of technology has arrived on the waterfront. Today, anyone who has the need to step on board any commercial watercraft knows that only too well. For those of us who have toiled in the business for almost 40 years, the changes…

The Wrong Time, Wrong Place – and, The Wrong ‘Ask’

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 30, 2018

A proposed rate adjustment for the Houston Ship Pilots has come under unusually heavy fire from the key stakeholders who sign their checks. What happens next could reshape the future of deep draft ocean commerce in U.S. waters.Business as UsualIt’s…

The NSMV Lives!

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 21, 2018

A slightly delayed ‘MARAD-NSMV Industry Engagement’ event is now scheduled for 26-28 September at MITAGS in Linthicum, MD. The National Security Multimission Vessel (NSMV) is, so far, a conceptual design for the hoped-for replacement class of…

Technology: situations, challenges – and opportunities

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 19, 2018

Not too long ago, I shared in this venue the wonders of what I saw in terms of new technology for the waterfront at the biennial SMM Trade Show in Hamburg, Germany.And, it was truly impressive; a harbinger of what is to come and indeed, what’s already arrived on our doorstep.

You Can Get IT if You Really Want …

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 9, 2018

Hamburg, Germany: At this week’s SMM Trade Fair, the words of the iconic song, “You Can Get it if You Really Want,” written and sung by reggae and rock legend Jimmy Cliff took on new meaning, at least for this writer. That’s because – and I’ve…

Record Cargo Volumes & Cleaner Air

Posted to Thomas Jelenić's blog (by (None)) on September 7, 2018

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles recently released their annual emissions inventories and the news was impressive. Cargo volumes are at record levels while emissions continue to decline. In fact, the twin ports were a hair's breadth away…

Embracing the Nuclear Option

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 3, 2018

N/S Savannah: worth seeing, worth saving – and, worth every penny spent to do both.Baltimore, MD: As the Editor of both Maritime Logistics Professional and MarineNews magazines, I flatter myself that I have – perhaps like no one else covering…

Ready Reserve Force Vessels Stand Ready

Posted to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby's Blog (by Mark Buzby) on July 27, 2018

Merchant mariner numbers may be at a low in the U.S., but the men and women of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) have increased their operating days by 245 percent from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to FY 2017.This year’s missions have included some of…

Changing the Thinking Around Drills

Posted to Murray Goldberg's Blog (by Murray Goldberg) on July 10, 2018

The first thing that comes to the mind of many mariners when they hear “drills” is “compliance”. From engine room fire drills to enclosed space drills, they are critical activities that help ensure one’s crew is prepared to react rapidly, efficiently and effectively in emergency situations.

Collision Course

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 2, 2018

Commerce and state pilot associations, both in the same river, headed in opposite directions, will soon meet in a passing situation. How they negotiate that critical port-to-port passing is more important now than ever.The news that shares of…

2018 MarTID Insights Series: A Deep Dive Into the Results

Posted to Murray Goldberg's Blog (by Murray Goldberg) on June 5, 2018

By now you may have already heard about the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) initiative, collaboratively founded by the World Maritime University, New Wave Media and my company, Marine Learning Systems.As a quick summary, MarTID…

Harmonizing Shipping Regulations: not so fast

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 4, 2018

As the White House Opens a Public Comment Period Seeking to Harmonize Shipping Regulations – something the current administration characterizes as a move to reduce regulatory costs and restrictions on the U.S. maritime industry – the concept and the intent sounds good.