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Less With Less

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 7, 2013

The annual meeting of the National Waterways Conference, held in the last week of September at Savannah, GA, held little in terms of certainty for attendees. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Major General Michael Walsh told those present…

Wandering (Aimlessly) in Washington

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 20, 2013

The House subcommittee hearing held last week in Washington centered on maritime transportation regulations and their ultimate impact on safety, security, jobs and the environment. Nevertheless, the lack of homework done by various subcommittee…

Environmental Compliance: at what cost?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 28, 2013

The latest statistics from the great state of California chronicling Loss of Propulsion (LOP) incidents for deep draft vessels entering those waters show a recent (and marked) increase in this type of casualty. Indeed, and if the current trend continues…

Back to Basics

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 14, 2013

The recent and somewhat mind-boggling (but entirely believable) news that an $80 million yacht was “hijacked” by students who were spoofing GPS signals shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone. That said; I’m no less appalled by the revelations…

Defining Fleet Optimization

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 31, 2013

In advance of the first deliveries of U.S.-flag LNG and dual fuel powered vessels, the second annual SHIPPINGInsight Conference is looming large as a “must-attend” event on this year’s busy calendar. That’s because the 2013 SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference…

Transas SimUC: showcasing what’s coming next. Actually, it’s here now.

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 17, 2013

Easton, Maryland: This historic, sleepy little town in rural Maryland, about 90 minutes removed from Washington, DC, will never be mistaken for the epicenter of the global maritime industry. This week, however, and with more than 250 attendees gathered from more than 50 different countries…

Marad: Domestic Shipyards Support $36 Billion in GDP

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 10, 2013

A recent report issued by, of all people, the DOT’s U.S. Maritime Administration, chronicles the good news emanating from U.S. shipyards, from sea to shining sea. The report arrived in June while I was on brief holiday and I have finally had a chance to sit down and go through it.

Risk: Redefined

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 27, 2013

It is that time of year again and most likely, you, too, are contemplating some sort of holiday with the family. Having just returned from an 11 day trip out West, I can extol the virtues of recharging one’s batteries far removed from the daily grind, even for a brief period of time.

National Freight Advisory Committee Unveiled

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 5, 2013

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last month announced the members of the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC). The newly announced Advisory Committee will be comprised of 47 voting members from outside the Department of Transportation.

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…

The U.S. Department of Transportation

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 8, 2013

Fully 6 months after winning a second term in office, President Obama has (finally) nominated a candidate for U.S. Secretary of Transportation to replace outgoing DOT Chief Ray LaHood. On April 29th, Anthony Foxx, the Mayor of Charlotte, N.C., was tapped for the role.

Sure Signs that the Apocalypse is upon Us

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 24, 2013

It has been a while, but current events bring me (way) back to a trip I took to Africa in the 1990’s. Halfway through a three week photo safari, my wife and I found ourselves in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on our way to Lusaka, Zambia. Bear with me here: I do have a point.

Subchapter M Looms: Operators and Suppliers Respond

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 10, 2013

Amelia Island, Florida: At the second annual Workboat Exchange, held just last week at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida, about 160 marine buyers and sellers alike got a full taste of the best food, weather and accommodations that the Sunshine state has to offer.

Hope Springs Eternal

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 27, 2013

The St. In case you missed it, Spring has sprung. I know this (certainly not because it is warming up) but only because on March 22nd, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced the opening of the Seaway’s 55th navigation…

Sequestration?

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

This past week, the U.S. Coast Guard, following similar moves by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, suspended new enrollments for a popular tuition assistance program for its members. The Coast Guard insists that the cost-cutting requirements…

Even Keel, Steady as She Goes

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 4, 2013

When U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered the 2013 State of the Coast Guard (SOCG) Address at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C. on February 27, the event was billed as the most well attended…

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.

The Center Porthole: Good News on the Horizon?

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

It has been more than four years since I’ve seen the inside of the DOT building in Washington. That may not mean much to you but some of us, from time to time; need to report on the regulatory climate and federal oversight of the nation’s maritime industry.

A False Sense of Security

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 3, 2013

The perfect storm, conveniently scheduled for the end of 2012 didn’t happen. An 11th hour compromise in Washington seemingly has headed the mandatory spending cuts off at the proverbial pass. The USACE released (a little) water into the Mississippi River…