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Sunday, December 17, 2017

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…

DHS Jones Act Waiver: Addressing the Unknown

Posted to Maritime Law (by J. Michael Cavanaugh) on September 14, 2017

By J. Michael Cavanaugh and Eric LeeActing Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has issued an extension of the original September 8 Jones Act waiver to September 22. The extended waiver, dated September 11, 2017, but only recently posted by the U.S.

Security and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Posted to Port Security (by Kelly Hicks) on September 14, 2017

Living near the Pacific Ocean provides numerous benefits to the people of Southern California. Not only do we enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the water, but we also benefit by the economic wanderlust it provides. The Port of Los Angeles is one of the world's largest trade gateways.

The Experience of Hiring

Posted to The Hiring Process (by Thomas Montgomery) on September 7, 2017

One of the things companies struggle with in hiring is deciding to hire experienced versus inexperienced people. It’s a legitimate concern, particularly if experience is important in a job. For example, if you need a doctor to operate on you…

Not Quite Eclipsed

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 1, 2017

Charlotte, NC: On August 21, the so-called ‘Path of Totality’ for a rare but much ballyhooed Solar Eclipse missed my hometown by a whisker, leaving us with a 98% eclipse.Just a 90-mile drive to the south, in Columbia, SC, tens of thousands of people flocked to see the real deal.

Autonomous Shipping: Don’t Miss the Boat

Posted to Accelerating Innovation (by Mare Straetmans) on August 30, 2017

The Norwegian company Yara is currently building a full-electrical containership fitted with an autonomous control system: the Yara Birkeland. During a recent visit to a major maritime conference, imagine my surprise when most attendees – some…

The Regulatory Hammer Pounds the Waterfront

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 17, 2017

You may have missed the memorandum, but it turns out that the maritime industry – you know, the one which moves 95% of what you use on a daily basis? – is bad for the environment. Very bad. I didn’t actually know this until I read a recent article that asked…

Discussing LNG as a Marine Fuel in Port Canaveral, Fla.

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on August 15, 2017

On August 9, 2017, I had the opportunity to visit and tour Port Canaveral, Fla. and discuss liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Attendees at the discussion included Port Canaveral leadership, staff, port partners and tenants, representatives of the U.S.

Putting Scale in Perspective

Posted to Dejan Radosavljevic's Blog (by Dejan Radosavljevic) on August 3, 2017

At any marine conference or workshop, you will hear many topics being debated: validation and accuracy of CFD predictions, best practices in simulation, the latest industry regulations affecting ship design and many more. One topic that always…