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DOJ: Way Off Course in Shipyard Litigation

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 24, 2011

Showing questionable wisdom, the United States and its justice department have filed suit against Bollinger Shipyards Inc., Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC and Halter Bollinger Joint Venture LLC. In general terms, the government alleges that…

Your Seaports, Your Waterfront: by the Numbers

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 17, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation has spent more than $30 billion to individual states for stimulus projects. That number could grow to more than $45 billion, if all of the money obligated is paid out to allow more projects to go forward.

The Bottom Line:

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 3, 2011

In late July, I posted a weekly eColumn on MaritimeProfessional.com which was entitled, “Washington Explained: Budgets and Bewildering Blunders.” That column went on to explain just some of the ways we, as a nation, have gotten to the point of almost defaulting on the national debt.

Ballast Water Discharge Regulations: Still Swimming Upstream

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

I follow the ballast water treatment, technology and regulatory beat with particular interest and until last Wednesday, thought that I knew just about everything there was to know about this ongoing drama. Stretching back more than fifteen years…

Washington Explained: Budgets and Bewildering Blunders

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 13, 2011

The July 11th Media Advisory issued by Marad, DOT reference: xx-xx (I couldn’t possibly make that up), heralds the departure of not one but two ships from the James River Reserve Fleet near Hampton Roads, VA. The James River fleet is one of…

High Speed Misery: for Both Superferries & U.S. Taxpayers Alike

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 6, 2011

As Marad closes the book on the Hawaii Superferry debacle and limps along in autopilot – hoping no one asks them the hard questions – I reflect back to the previous administration’s version and frankly yearn for the spirited give-and-take of…

The Numbers Leave You Numb

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 29, 2011

At mid-year, there is no shortage of news from the domestic waterfront and far beyond into the International trade routes. Doubts about the (recovering) economy can always be tied – to a certain extent – to trade and commerce numbers. If so…

Center Stage: the New Face of Maritime Training

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 22, 2011

Buzzards Bay, MA (18 June): Under blue skies, unseasonably warm temperatures and in front of a boisterous full-house crowd of family and well-wishers, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday sent off its latest crop of 268 graduates into the workplace.

STCW: Workshop(s) on Implementation of 2010 Manila Amendments

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 15, 2011

Roughly coinciding with the unrelated announcement from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that it had cleared the Coast Guard’s draft Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) relating to Implementation of the 1995 Amendments to the STCW Convention…

ECDIS Model Course Hits the Street

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 8, 2011

The ECDIS Model Course revision – a very long work in progress, especially through the IMO validation process – is at last here. After considerable international peer review, modification and validation, the IMO Subcommittee on Standards of…

Finding the Right Ship; Eliminating the Wrong Ones…

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 1, 2011

The US Coast Guard’s recent release (May 26th) of its 2010 Annual Port State Control Report is an interesting document and a good read. As a broad overview, the report shows “a continued improvement in Flag Administration, recognized organization and vessel performance during 2010…

Falling Short:

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 25, 2011

Shoehorned into a narrow one-hour slot immediately preceding the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech to Congress, the (feigned) importance of U.S. maritime regulatory policies became all-too-obvious during a subcommittee hearing largely comprised of grandstanding by various house members.

Mixed Signals: Coast-to-Coast Pilots

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 18, 2011

If there is one thing on the domestic waterfront (I mean, leaving aside the failures of Marad) that can really get folks going, then that would be any discussion of domestic state licensed pilots and the local laws that sustain those protocols here in America.

Washington by the Calendar

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 11, 2011

For those of you that think nothing ever happens in Washington – at least nothing profoundly affecting the commercial maritime world – the GAO (and others) have news for you. In many respects, it has been a busy Spring for those who shape and advise on government policy inside the beltway.

Hard Work Ahead as CT Ports Look to Better Times

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 4, 2011

If last month’s solicitation for an apprentice pilot by the Connecticut DOT sounded like good news from New England, then you probably aren’t too far off the mark. This and other snippets of information emanating from the Constitution state…

A Glimmer of Hope

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 27, 2011

It wasn’t too long ago that – for seemingly the umpteenth time – I lambasted the U.S. Maritime Administration and its DOT parent for its continued, abject neglect of the domestic maritime industry. I won’t apologize for any of it and I stand behind every word of every article.

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.

Cruise Line Itineraries: It’s not rocket science

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 13, 2011

I spent almost 15 years living in Houston, Texas, beginning in 1982. For some of that time, I shipped out of Beaumont on a chemical tanker with a schedule of 75 days on / 75 days off. Later, I worked the ship channel as a cargo surveyor, ship vetter and marine consultant.

Paper Tiger: America’s Marine Highways

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 6, 2011

It doesn’t happen often, but this week was one of those times when I arrive at Tuesday afternoon wondering what I will post in my weekly e-column on Wednesday. With nothing earth-shattering coming to mind, I instead busied myself with preparations…

Washington Watch:

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 30, 2011

U.S. Coast Guard’s Lantz a candidate for IMO Secretary General – does he have a real shot at the job? The Department of State last week issued a release announcing that it had nominated Mr. Jeffrey Lantz of the US Coast Guard for the position…