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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.

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.

European discovery of Florida

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 2, 2013

On 2 April 1513 (500 years ago, for those who have lost count), a fleet of three Spanish ships commanded by Juan Ponce de León sighted land west of the Bahamas. He believed it to be another island and named it La Florida (the Flowery Isles) in recognition of its verdant landscape.

Happy Holidays (?) from the West Coast

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 5, 2012

It’s that time of year again. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mistletoe over the front door and great expectations or the holiday season to come. What’s not to like? On the other hand, and with the strike by clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach…

Essar Shipping inducts two mini cape vessels

Posted to Essar Shipping inducts two mini cape vessels (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 19, 2012

Essar Shipping Limited (ESL) today reported having taken delivery of two mini cape bulk carriers, m v Kishore and m v Ashok. These new builds are the last two mini cape vessels out of six that have been on order with STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., China.

China looks inwards as export demand remains weak

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 25, 2012

China became known as the world’s factory by offering manufacturing costs that could not be matched by the developed nations. Its wages paid to uneducated rural migrant labour were a fraction of the mostly unionized pay required in the West, and land for factories was plentiful and cheap.

Marine Engineers’ Convention on overcoming economic meltdown

Posted to Marine Engineers’ Convention on overcoming economic meltdown (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 24, 2012

It is incredible that the two-day 26th National Convention of Marine Engineers finally took place in Mumbai, (Navi Mumbai to be exact) over the past weekend on 22 and 23 September 2012. It is in fact the first time in several years that Mumbai was selected as the venue of this convention.

Rates war back in the picture on Asia-Europe

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on September 4, 2012

“A general rate increase in November? Skou must have lost his mind,” was the retort of Hong Kong Shippers Council executive director Sunny Ho to news that the Maersk boss planned to hike box rates from November 1. It was an understandable reaction from the feisty Ho…

China factories being pushed over the edge

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on November 8, 2011

We asked the question last week that retailers in the US and Europe must surely be ready to put in last minute orders to restock their inventories before the Christmas buying season starts in earnest. Yesterday we received the answer, from the US, at least.

KPIs are key to cost reductions

Posted to SHIPPINGInsight (by James Rhodes) on July 23, 2012

You may have seen the announcement, reported on MarineLink.com last week, that Maersk LIne has saved almost USD$90 million on fuel costs in three years by measuring the performance of individual ships. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were…

ABG’s Advance Pollution Control vessel for Coast Guard

Posted to ABG’s Advance Pollution Control vessel for Coast Guard (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 18, 2012

ABG Shipyard, India’s largest private shipbuilding company has built what is considered to be one of the most advanced pollution control vessel in the world. Christened Samudra Paheredar the vessel is set to be commissioned tomorrow and will…

India’s On-Line COC examination draws global interest

Posted to India’s On-Line COC examination draws global interest (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 9, 2012

Maritime regulatory authorities, the world over, are showing keen interest in the on-line examination system, ‘ePariksha’ for seafarers who appear for the certificate of competency (COC) examination. The Director General of Shipping (DGS), Ministry of Shipping…

Amelia Island

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on June 29, 2012

Amelia Island is the northern-most portion of Florida on the Atlantic coast. Georgia lies just across the St. Marys River. This political separation today is of little significance, but it was highly important in earlier times. Some years after…

Right whales

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

There are three species of right whales (four if you include the bowhead whale). These are the North Atlantic right whale, the North Pacific right whale, and the Southern right whale. They acquired the name “right” from whalers, because these whales are commonly found near land and because…

Kort nozzle

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 14, 2012

A Kort nozzle is a hydrodynamically-designed shroud that encircles a ship’s propeller just outside the blade tips. The entire assembly of the propeller and the nozzle is referred to as a ducted propeller. The concept of the ducted propeller…

Delta Mariner

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 31, 2012

The M/V Delta Mariner was recently involved in a bridge allision on the Tennessee River near Cadiz, Kentucky. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation and it is premature to speculate as to the cause.

Asia-Europe will decide the shape of shipping in 2012

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on December 22, 2011

When Daily Maersk was announced a couple of months ago, the industry held its breath to see what the other carriers would do about it. What Maersk was offering were guaranteed transit times between certain Asian and European destinations with the payment of penalties for late delivery.

HMS Rattler

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 2, 2011

A steam-powered side-wheeler with the tentative name HMS Ardent was under construction in Sheerness when the Royal Navy decided to begin its own experiments with screw propulsion. When commissioned in 1844, the newly-named HMS Rattler became…

On-Line exams for Certificates of Competency

Posted to On-Line exams for Certificates of Competency (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 15, 2011

As the clamor for holding examinations for certificates of competency (COC) on-line took on a strident pitch, head honchos and leading lights of the maritime trade especially from manning agents, training institutes, ship owners, classification…

War of Jenkins’ Ear

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 15, 2011

Relations between Spain and Great Britain during the 1730’s were strained to say the least. Spain had granted to British ships extensive trading rights in Spanish colonies in the Americas and now rued the decision. There were numerous confrontations…
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