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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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…

Sourcing Candidates: Quality from the Start

Posted to The Hiring Process (by Thomas Montgomery) on July 21, 2017

By Vicki Morgan and Thomas MontgomeryWhat do you do? Crew Dispatch is screaming they can’t crew their boats because HR won’t hire any people. Operations Managers and Port Captains complain that the people you hire don’t know anything, so why can’t HR hire more experienced people?

Marine Safety: Unfinished (but everyone’s) Business

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 19, 2017

Contemplating Competence, Commerce, Collisions & Casualties.The dog days of summer are here. That means just about everyone (except, perhaps, yours truly) is on some sort of vacation or another. Many of these people are headed for the beach…

The Panama Canal Expansion Proves Real and Dredging Must Continue

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on July 17, 2017

By Owen Braley and William P. DoyleOn June 26, 2017, Panama celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of the expanded Panama Canal. On the inaugural day, the first post-Panamax vessel to transit the expanded canal was the 9,400-plus TEU containership COSCO Shipping Panama.

5 Types of Container Weighing Systems for Ports and Terminals

Posted to Kevin Hill's Blog (by Kevin HIll) on July 17, 2017

Every port and terminal facility needs weighing systems for containers. Weighing is critical in several processes in ports where accurate readings are paramount. To achieve this, the following weighing solutions can be incorporated. 1. WeighbridgesWeighbridges…

An Inside Look at Ballast Water Testing

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 21, 2017

Seattle, Washington: Last week’s visit to the Pacific Northwest and its impressive waterfront maritime cluster was highlighted by a visit to the Golden Bear, the training ship of the California Maritime Academy. Now on its annual training cruise…

Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel and IMO - MARPOL’s Annex VI

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on June 6, 2017

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) will meet July 3-7, 2017, in London, where the January 1, 2020 implementation of the .50 percent m/m (mass by mass) global sulfur content limit for shipboard fuel oil will be discussed.

Where Do Ports Fit in California's Environmental Regulatory Vision?

Posted to U.S. West Coast Trade (by John McLaurin) on June 1, 2017

California is a state with a long history of dancing to its own tune.We are innovators in culture, fashion, entertainment, business, technology and government regulation.Today, California has an environmental regulatory vision. And at times…

Piloting Choppy Waters

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 30, 2017

Uncharted hazards roil the waters for established pilot organizations across the fruited plain. These days, there is never a dull moment for this uniquely American system of piloting deep draft tonnage to and from the ports dotting our 95,000+ miles of coastline.The U.S.


Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 5, 2017

Reluctantly touching the third rail of the American waterfront.I looked up the common idiom of ‘touching the third’ rail this week.Yourdictionary.com explains it like this: The electrified rail that runs besides, or between train tracks to power electric trains.