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Monday, June 17, 2019

365 Days Define the Domestic Workboat

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 5, 2019

A ‘work in progress,’ the North American brown water, shallow draft sectors have experienced a tumultuous year of evolution, changing market conditions, a rapidly shifting regulatory environment and new opportunities. Anything but boring, there is something for everyone.

WCI’s Infrastructure Week 2019 Briefing

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 30, 2019

The time to act is now.As Infrastructure Week in mid-May kicked off, the Waterways Council, Inc. held its annual press briefing on the critical issues facing the nation’s inland waterways. WCI President CEO Mike Toohey began by saying simply…

National Maritime Day 2019: “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on May 24, 2019

The Dredging Contractors of America is pleased to support National Maritime Day 2019. The President issued a proclamation on May 20, 2019 designating May 22nd as National Maritime Day.U.S. dredging companies will be placing into service two…

Automation and the Waterfront

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 13, 2019

That dirty little secret that labor doesn’t want you to know.Just back from a whirlwind three-day press tour of the State of Virginia’s intermodal network connections, there is much to report – most of it good – emanating from the Commonwealth.

Infrastructure 101: Part Deux

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 5, 2019

“… U.S. Infrastructure Needs More Impactful Money, Not Just More of It.” – Fitch Ratings' Cherian George.It wasn’t too long ago – okay it was at least three Marad Administrators ago – that a Marad staffer confided in me about a U.S. DOT meeting that he had attended…

Know Your Customer

Posted to Thomas Jelenić's blog (by Thomas Jelenic) on April 25, 2019

There has been a lot of discussion in the maritime industry lately about knowing and understanding your ultimate customer. That seems to make sense. You can’t serve your customer’s needs and maintain a long-term business relationship if you don’t know and understand your customer.

Shipbuilding and Maritime Union Members and Management Representatives Hit Capitol Hill

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on April 11, 2019

William P. Doyle, CEO & Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America participated in a “Day of Thank You to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for the Jones Act.” Doyle as a representative of management for the maritime…

The Maritime Person of the Year

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 2, 2019

IRI’s William Gallagher headlines the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s annual presentation of the Emery Rice Medal at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Gallagher’s belief in the value and concept of a public education, coupled with a life of…

Infrastructure 101

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 29, 2019

For the nation’s ports, that’s the same as Real Estate: it’s about location, location and … location. The Port of Oakland is a prime example.It was back in the early 1980’s that, as a young third or second mate, I was assigned to a tanker that went into shipyard in Jacksonville…

Port Tenants Thrown A Curve?

Posted to U.S. West Coast Trade (by John McLaurin) on March 26, 2019

Over the years the Port of Oakland has enjoyed a reputation for solid management, responsiveness and innovation. It has been well-deserved as demonstrated by its environmental achievements, high volume of ship calls and balanced growth in import and export cargo at the seaport.

Good Man, Big Heart, Big Texan – Great American Dredger

Posted to From the desk of DCA Executive Director & CEO William Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on March 18, 2019

Randy Boyd, president of RLB Contracting based in Port Lavaca, Texas is a fighter. He’s a dredger and marine construction entrepreneur. Proud and strong, Randy Boyd, takes on the risk and keeps his workers employed rebuilding equipment for the Jones Act dredging industry.Last year…

Staying ahead of the game: How to create a competitive maritime industry

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 8, 2019

Examining the coming changes to the global maritime industry at the Danish Embassy.On Tuesday, March 5, the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. organized a panel debate which was entitled, “Staying ahead of the game: How to create a competitive maritime industry.” Taking place at the Danish Embassy…

What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 15, 2019

No, not my Gulf Coast journey. I’m talking SubM, of course.Orange Beach, Alabama: I’ve never actually been here before, and it is a (long) 40 minute drive south, once you exit I-10. It’s worth the visit. Who knew? Some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. I’ll definitely be back.

(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…