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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…

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.

When America Sneezes …

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 17, 2018

The rest of the world catches a cold.It’s been a long time since I served as a ship expeditor and cargo surveyor, immediately following my career at sea. In those days, the vast majority of cargo superintendents serving on the U.S. Gulf Coast…

Free the Mather!

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 14, 2018

Just back from a whirlwind two-day tour of the Cleveland waterfront, there is much to report from this bustling and growing Great Lakes port. If you go, you can also tour the restored 618-foot historic William G. Mather, a retired Great Lakes freighter.

MarTID: A New Tool for Maritime Training Professionals

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 1, 2018

The inaugural edition of the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) Report sheds new light on maritime safety and training practices, what works, and what doesn’t. More importantly, its analysis and data emanates from you.The first annual…

Irony

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

“There is a certain irony in a state creating a monopoly, and then subsidizing the cost of the monopoly in order to stay competitive.”  Portland, Oregon is about as far away from Galveston, Texas as you can get. That’s in terms of geography, and okay, politics, too.

A Good Day for the Collective Domestic Waterfront

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 29, 2018

Maritime asks and Washington delivers funding for myriad maritime projects, newbuilds and infrastructure renewals. There is something for everyone in the FY ’18 Omnibus.The recent signing of the FY ’18 Omnibus Funding Bill contained a raft of good news for the domestic waterfront…

State of the Coast Guard: guarded optimism

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 6, 2018

A more robustly funded U.S. Coast Guard forges ahead in a new climate, ready to tackle additional challenges.On March 1st, and as it turned out, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opening its doors for business in Washington, DC, the U.S.

A Perilous Trip Down the River for Inland Operators

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 1, 2018

WCI’s Michael Toohey outlines the challenges ahead for U.S. inland river stakeholders. Washington, DC: At the National Press Club on Tuesday morning, Waterways Council President and CEO Michael Toohey provided a stark view of the task ahead…

Casualties, Collisions and Criminality

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 11, 2018

It is a dangerous world out there. Because of it, and no matter how far removed I may find myself from a former life at sea, I still retain a fierce loyalty and certain sympathies to anyone to goes to sea to make a living – to include the Navy…

On Display: North America’s Passenger Vessel and Ferry Industries

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 1, 2018

This week’s PVA Annual Convention brought together an enthusiastic group of passenger vessel and ferry stakeholders. The robust turnout bodes well for this sector, and the broader OEM and service providers who keep it humming along.Savannah…

Ringing in the New Year (Sadly)

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

Trouble in Paradise: the Venezuela crisis deepensAs we plow on into the New Year amidst a reasonable level of optimism when it comes to the global energy situation, it can also be said that there is likely no sadder story coming out of 2017 than the rapidly deteriorating situation in Venezuela.

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…

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 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.

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.

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.

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…