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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Staying ahead of the game: How to create a competitive maritime industry

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 8, 2019

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…

Embracing the Nuclear Option

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 3, 2018

N/S Savannah: worth seeing, worth saving – and, worth every penny spent to do both.Baltimore, MD: As the Editor of both Maritime Logistics Professional and MarineNews magazines, I flatter myself that I have – perhaps like no one else covering…

A Good Day for the Collective Domestic Waterfront

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 29, 2018

Maritime asks and Washington delivers funding for myriad maritime projects, newbuilds and infrastructure renewals. There is something for everyone in the FY ’18 Omnibus.The recent signing of the FY ’18 Omnibus Funding Bill contained a raft of good news for the domestic waterfront…

Feeling Blue in a Brown Water World

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 8, 2017

The environment for licensed mariners – especially the unlimited tonnage kind – is becoming especially ‘iffy.’ We’ve seen this movie before – this time it is different, more complicated and far more serious.On my way home from a trade event…

Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 29, 2017

And other well-worn clichés.Some things never change. For example, my good friend and OMSA President & CEO Aaron Smith told MarineNews magazine readers in September 2016 that, “I’m running out of ways of telling the Board of Directors and membership…

Electrocuted!

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 5, 2017

Reluctantly touching the third rail of the American waterfront.I looked up the common idiom of ‘touching the third’ rail this week.Yourdictionary.com explains it like this: The electrified rail that runs besides, or between train tracks to power electric trains.

SITREP: USMMA

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 2, 2016

The real issue hasn’t yet been addressed. Is it too late?Amidst the uproar that immediately followed the U.S. Maritime Administration’s curious decision to suspend the ‘sea year’ training for a subset of Kings Point cadets, USMMA alumni, parents…

NSMV: the Built-for-Purpose Training Ship

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 29, 2016

Anybody who has spent four years at a State Maritime Academy – and I suppose we now can add to that list (this month) about 60 Kings Pointers – has also spent time at sea on a Marad-owned training vessel. Typically, these platforms are long in the tooth…

Fitting a Square Peg into a Round Hole

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 18, 2016

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 Just in From DOT: we need to spend more on ports

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 8, 2016

As I waded into my overflowing E-mail box last night, I came upon this little gem, delivered by none other than your friendly neighborhood U.S. Department of Transportation. It turns out – and I know that you won’t believe this – we need to be spending more on our ports…

Solving Tomorrow’s Workforce Crisis – Today

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on October 8, 2015

This year’s North American World Maritime Day at the MITAGS facility in Linthicum Heights, MD notably featured the ‘big three’ of the domestic maritime policy, regulatory and legislative sectors – all on one day.Linthicum Heights, MD: On Tuesday, U.S.

Meaningful Cadet Training Means Funding Modern Ships

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

State Maritime Academies scramble to replace aging training platforms.As the state maritime academies collectively plead for “new, modern training platforms for the mariners who guide the critical cargoes to our ports and to our servicemen and women overseas…

CMA, WOW – and YOU

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 31, 2015

The ‘human element’ moves to the forefront at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s 30th annual event, and then, later, at the 7th annual Women on the Water gathering at Kings Point.I must admit that I struggled to come up with an overriding…

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…

National Maritime Museum

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 30, 2014

The UK’s National Maritime Museum in Greenwich was authorized by the National Maritime Act of 1934 and formally opened by King George VI and Princess Elizabeth on 27 April 1937. It is situated in the Greenwich Royal Park in buildings formally…

2 Training ships to provide sea time for cadets

Posted to 2 Training ships to provide sea time for cadets (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 26, 2014

Shortage of on-board training slot has placed both maritime training academies and the administration in a state of predicament. Unable to provide the required sea time for the many cadets who graduate from the Nautical Sciences, Marine Engineering…

HMS Beagle

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on October 9, 2012

HMS Beagle was commissioned in 1820 as a 10-gun brig, but never sailed as such, except on a ceremonial voyage to London. After lying “in ordinary” (laid up) for five years, she was refitted as a six-gun barque (with the addition of a mizzen mast and the removal of four guns).

OpenHydro Wins Contract for Tidal Project in Puget Sound

Posted to Subsea (by Chuck Bunton) on November 4, 2009

A contract to develop a tidal energy pilot project for a public utility provider in Washington State has been won by the Irish company OpenHydro. While little detail of the contract has been made public, it was confirmed that the contract with…

China’s land link with Europe no match for ocean

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on April 6, 2011

The throughput of the port of Lianyungang in 2010 reached 3.8 million TEUs, up 27.7 percent on the previous year. In February alone, its cargo throughput reached 12.11 million tonnes, and container throughput hit 322,800 TEUs, according to China' Ministry of Transport.