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A Book Review

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 24, 2015

Firefighting probably will never be a (hot) topic for discussion at the breakfast table, during leisure time or possibly any other venue. On the other hand, I can think of few things more important to a merchant mariner – or any seafarer, for that matter.

Dialing for Dollars, Reaching for Relevance

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 6, 2015

It was just last week that U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen made the annual trudge to the Hill to present his case for an operating budget in the coming fiscal year. At the same time, it is important to note that the President's Fiscal…

Getting on Board the Regulatory Train

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 19, 2015

This week finds the collective domestic oil industry wringing its hands about the latest in a series of serious oil transport train casualties. This time, on Monday, the news involved a crude-carrying train that derailed in West Virginia, complete…

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…

A Double Edged Sword

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 29, 2015

As I filled up the SUV yesterday night ($1.98 per gallon, thank you very much), the happy event also took me back to September of 2008, when, as I remember it, I also (bunkered) that same vehicle with a similar amount of fuel. Even today, I…

FLA Pilot Rate Reductions: not so fast …

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 30, 2014

Hard aground: That’s exactly where local pilots hope the effort to reduce their wages earned on board Miami-based cruise ships will stay. But the $1.6 million in annual relief sought by their biggest collective customer base in the region still…

The Crude Oil Markets are Changing

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

In its most recent report, “Changing Crude Oil Markets: Allowing Exports Could Reduce Consumer Fuel Prices, and the Size of the Strategic Reserves Should Be Reexamined,” (GAO-14-807, September 30), the always measured and well-balanced Government…

Politics and Religion: on the water

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 15, 2015

At about the same time that the U.S. Coast Guard, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and a few dozen other flag states were hashing out the so-called Manila Amendments to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code, I had a conversation with the U.S.

Ship Scrapping Scandal Simmering?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 9, 2015

It came to my attention just this week that MARAD had recently (October 2014) awarded a ship recycling contract to a Texas company that bid $400,000 less than a Louisiana company for the exact same vessel and contract. For its part, MARAD says…

Fatal Ferry Follies

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 31, 2014

As the clock ticks down on yet another year, I couldn’t help but take note of the new cruise ship passenger drill requirements, effective from 1 January. These rules involve heightened requirements for mustering of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure.

Chouest, Bordelon Acquire Bollinger Shipyard Group

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 23, 2014

LOCKPORT, La., based Bollinger Shipyards also announced that Ben Bordelon will assume the duties of Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Ben Bordelon, along with the Chouest family from Galliano, LA, has acquired all assets and stock of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.

Mixing Oil & Water

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 22, 2014

The resurgence in the U.S. maritime industry and its current robust condition is, in the opinion of many analysts, largely a function of the so-called domestic ‘energy boom.’ That boom, which has catapulted the U.S. into a position of being one of the world’s largest producers…

Over the Horizon

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 28, 2014

From Charlotte, NC – also my home – comes the November 11th news that Horizon Lines will cease providing liner service between the U.S. and Puerto Rico by the end of 2014 due to continuing losses without prospects of future profitability. It was…

Local Tragedy – Global Implications for Seafarers Everywhere

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on November 13, 2014

As 14 officers and crewmembers of the ill-fated South Korean ferry “SEWOL” were this week convicted of various crimes and sentenced to jail terms of as much as 36 years, the operator’s executives, shipping regulators and other stakeholders still remain on trial on various charges of negligence.

Bitts & Splices

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 10, 2014

On the way to Charleston, South Carolina this week to witness the joyful christening of the world’s first multi-mission pilot boat and response platform (more on that later) at the Charleston Pilot’s swank headquarters, I first had to traverse about 200 miles of Interstate highways to get there.

Summing Up SMM

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 19, 2014

According to the SMM web site, this year marked the 26 version of the 2014 version of this iconic trade show. This year, the show attracted more than 2,100 exhibitors from all around the world, notably including 150 first-time companies, and 50,000+ industry visitors.

Exporting Crude Oil: a no-brainer

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 3, 2014

As I watch the back and forth in Washington – and beyond – on the issue of whether to allow the export of crude oil and LNG, I can only shake my head and wonder why it is even a topic for discussion anymore. I honestly cannot think of a single reason why we shouldn’t.

Pilot to Co-Pilot: “We’re going down!”

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

Whenever I hear about cruise line issues and especially those that emanate from south Florida, I always wax nostalgic about my former life as a seafarer and then, later, as a cargo surveyor and tanker expeditor. In the early to mid-1980’s, I…

The Landing Pass Extension Act of 2014 (HR 5080)

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 14, 2014

The Landing Pass Extension Act of 2014 (HR 5080)  was assigned to a congressional committee on July 11, 2014, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. Currently, all crewmembers on foreign flag ships visiting the U.S.

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.