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Zeroing in on Zukunft:

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 3, 2015

Long Beach, CA: Less than 12 hours after the New England Patriots’ late game heroics stunned the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft found himself facing a standing room only audience of Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) delegates…

Wishful Thinking From Across the Pond

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 6, 2014

Just last month, the Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) opined that the sixth negotiations round of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) should include concessions from the American side on maritime transportation issues.

Bits & Pieces from the Cheap Seats

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 27, 2014

U.S. This week, President Obama said that he would call on Congress to appropriate as much as $300 billion for repairs and upgrades to the nation’s aging roads and railways. Conspicuously absent from that discussion was any mention of ports and inland waterways.

A Paper Tiger?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 30, 2013

NOAA’s recent announcement that the federal government would no longer print traditional paper nautical charts got a fair bit of attention, but to say that this was not altogether unexpected would, I think, fairly describe the event. I’m sure…

Future U.S. Merchant Mariners Deemed Non-Essential

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 16, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard veteran, maritime attorney and all-around maritime expert Dennis Bryant stole a bit of my (planned) thunder this week when he pointed out for all to see that both the U.S. Senate and House were crafting corrections to previous legislation that would…

TWIC: Alive and Kicking

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 22, 2013

The way forward for homeland security officials seems to be pretty clear when it comes to the much anticipated and often criticized Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC). Or maybe not. The U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) report…

Three for the Money (Yours)

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 13, 2013

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.

LNG & Exports: What’s not to Like?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 30, 2013

I think it was oil major BP who opined recently that the United States could very easily be 97 percent energy independent by the year 2020. That sounds good to me. And, it turns out that getting to the Promised Land will be easier that you might think.

To Post or Not to Post

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 3, 2012

On line since about 2000, and publicly available since 1988, the data has, for two generations, been instrumental in license examination preparation throughout the full spectrum of credentialed U.S. mariners. Earlier this summer, and largely through the persistent efforts of Richard A.

Marad’s Crown Jewel: v2 – a work in progress…

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 14, 2011

You have to ask yourself – what’s the hurry? The urgency with which the U.S. Department of Transportation and its usually ineffective Maritime Administration seem to be intent on reinventing the wheel on the campus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is simply breathtaking.

The Train Wreck at DOT

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 19, 2011

It has been an interesting autumn at the U.S. Maritime Administration and for its Department of Transportation parent, as well. Little in the way of good news is to be had for anyone; much less the U.S. domestic waterfront itself. The abrupt…

A Temporary Change in Latitude – and Attitude

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 20, 2011

Bonaire, Netherland Antilles: Day four of spring break finds me on the verandah of my laid back Bonaire resort, looking out over the pristine maritime landscape. This week, we returned here for holiday, three years after first discovering this island jewel back in April of 2008.

Maritime Legislative Report Card:

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 19, 2011

It wasn’t too long ago that a former key official in the previous administration advised me that the problem with today’s version of the federal government and legislative arms isn’t the lack of passion to get the job done right. Instead, I was told…

U.S. Coast Guard: Cherry-Picking is Not an Option

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 1, 2010

Responding directly to our August 10th article entitled, “STCW Compliance: will we or won’t we,” the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of National and International Standards has affirmed the U.S. position on STCW compliance, especially as it relates…

Wednesday’s Word is WRRDA

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 21, 2014

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.