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Upward Falling Payloads

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 24, 2013

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the people who brought you the Internet, is seeking a different method of addressing the worldwide demands of maritime domain awareness in times of crises. While the US Navy is large, its…

Dozen more China FTZs a waste of effort

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on January 28, 2014

China will have 12 free trade zones, Beijing announced a couple of weeks ago. Interesting, considering that Shanghai can’t even explain exactly what its own highly publicised free trade zone will be doing. So far it is all hot air and hyperbole…

LA and Long Beach have little cheer this Christmas

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 22, 2013

Just as has been feared, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are now governed by political appointees, city council favorites and no one who has a technical maritime background. Dynamic is hardly the word to describe the commissioners. The…

Low emission scheme could hurt Hong Kong

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on November 20, 2013

In the first nine months of this year, Shenzhen port handled almost a million boxes more than Hong Kong. There is little doubt that it will move past its neighbour into the world's third busiest container port by the time the New Year bubbly is raised.

Carriers prepare for slow trot into into Year of the Green Wood Horse

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 24, 2013

The Year of the Horse is riding into China early next year and it is playing havoc with shipping schedules in the first quarter. Chinese New Year falls at the end of January and factories traditionally close for three weeks and sometimes even longer.

The Los Angeles master plan is a revamp

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 30, 2013

The Los Angeles master plan may not be to everyone’s taste but it is a revamp of previous thinking. Three distinct areas are set out, the breakwater to the V. Thomas Bridge (413 acres), West Basin and Wilmington (1,098 acres), and Terminal Island.

Shipping slump spreads the pain to box makers

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on August 29, 2013

If you think the container shipping business is depressing, try the container making business. A good 20 percent of the 30 million boxes in circulation around the world are more than 20 years old, even though their lifespan should be 15 years.

Russian Maritime Border Guard

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 30, 2013

The Russian Maritime Border Guard is part of the Russian Border Guard Service, which is part of the Federal Security Service of Russia. The Federal Security Service is the successor to the Soviet KGB, which collapsed with the rest of the Soviet Government in 1991.

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.

“Big Data” and What it Will Mean for Maritime Training: “The Art of the Possible”

Posted to Maritime Training Issues with Murray Goldberg (by Murray Goldberg) on February 25, 2013

Blog Notifications: For the latest maritime training articles, visit our company blog here. You can receive notifications of new articles on our company blog by following the blog.Maritime Mentoring: International Maritime Mentoring Community - Find a Mentor…

It’s hunky dory on maritime manning & training front

Posted to It’s hunky dory on maritime manning & training front (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 11, 2013

Encouraging updates from the Manning and Training sector in India present a healthy picture of the industry. It appears that the future is set to get brighter as was revealed in a panel discussion held under the aegis of the Company of Master Mariners of India.

A bullish start to the year for US ports

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on January 30, 2013

US ports are reporting some pretty good results for 2012, despite gloomy assessments from economists about the performance of the national economy. What’s more a couple of forecasts for 2013 are surprisingly upbeat, while indications from others show a good first half of their fiscal years.

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.

S.A. Agulhas II

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 18, 2013

The Agulhas II replaces the older and smaller Agulhas as South Africa’s supply vessel for its scientific and weather stations in Antarctica (SANAE IV located on a rocky outcrop several miles inland in the Queen Maud region); on Marion Island…

TAMP to lose its tariff fixing role

Posted to TAMP to lose its tariff fixing role (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 9, 2013

Facing all round flak the government has finally decided curtailing the tariff fixing function of the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP). This was one of the major decisions taken at the 14 Maritime States Development Council (MSDC) meeting of 8 January 2013. The Union Shipping Minister G.

So much supply, so little demand

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on November 20, 2012

Freight rates can always go up, the fuel price can always come down, but once delivered, a container ship immediately becomes a hole in the water that has to be filled with money. With shipping line profitability a cruel joke and such economic…

India Shipping Summit focuses on positive perspectives and opportunities

Posted to India Shipping Summit focuses on positive perspectives and opportunities (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 15, 2012

Acknowledging the economic downturn that has spread gloom in most spheres of activities, factoring in low key performances and struggles of stakeholders to remain afloat, the recently concluded India Shipping Summit 2012, held last week in Mumbai…

The Human Factor on the Costa Concordia: How Can We Address Onboard Communication and Cultural Barriers?

Posted to Maritime Training Issues with Murray Goldberg (by Murray Goldberg) on September 24, 2012

Blog Notifications: For the latest maritime training articles, visit our company blog here. You can receive notifications of new articles on our company blog by following the blog.Maritime Mentoring: International Maritime Mentoring Community - Find a Mentor…

Placid management veneer at two major port systems is shaken

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 31, 2012

There are upheavals at two ports that have been considered among the most admired and efficient in the country. Seattle’s CEO, Tay Yoshitani, is being scrutinized for taking on a directorship for 3PL group Expeditors, while Jerry Bridges has…

Deep seabed mining

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 17, 2012

For over forty years, deep seabed mining has been a continuing disappointment. Since discovery of polymetallic minerals, such as manganese nodules and cobalt crusts, on the sea floor in the 1970s, prophets have asserted that large-scale extraction…