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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
Having just returned from the 4th Annual Ballast Water Management Summit held in Long Beach, CA, I’m completely up to speed (or so I kid myself) on the complex topic of ballast water management systems, treatment and the regulatory quagmire represented by the IMO, U.S.
I must admit that I often struggle to understand where we are headed with the ballast water treatment quandary. But, every once in a while, someone puts things in perfect perspective, so even I – a former boat driver with no engineering skills whatsoever – can understand it.
The invasive species and ballast water treatment situation is dangerously close to spiraling out of control.According to the web site www.mpnballastwaterfacts.com – a site set up in part by a consortium of UV-based ballast water management system manufacturers – the U.S.
Brown Water operators join their Blue Water counterparts at the grownup’s table. With all that glory (and the gain) comes a little pain. Along the way, we also learn that one size does not fit all.In the summer of 1980, I joined my first ship as a young, inexperienced Third Mate.
This week, I was at a loss for what to write in this column until I saw a little snippet advising that the U.S. Coast Guard was trying its hand at the new, so far mostly mysterious Maritime Labor Convention (2006). And, that’s what they are supposed to do.
Maritime stakeholders continue to face complex challenges. Maintaining a healthy bottom line in the face of a myriad of regulatory, environmental and operational risks, therefore, has become Job 1. Preventing the loss of vessel and crew from acts of piracy…
It’s not a done deal and the long-awaited piece of legislation still needs Senate approval and the President’s signature, but the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is both hailing the passage of H.R. 3080 as a major victory for U.S.