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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Autonomous Shipping: Don’t Miss the Boat

Posted to Accelerating Innovation (by Mare Straetmans) on August 30, 2017

The Norwegian company Yara is currently building a full-electrical containership fitted with an autonomous control system: the Yara Birkeland. During a recent visit to a major maritime conference, imagine my surprise when most attendees – some…

The Regulatory Hammer Pounds the Waterfront

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on August 17, 2017

You may have missed the memorandum, but it turns out that the maritime industry – you know, the one which moves 95% of what you use on a daily basis? – is bad for the environment. Very bad. I didn’t actually know this until I read a recent article that asked…

Discussing LNG as a Marine Fuel in Port Canaveral, Fla.

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on August 15, 2017

On August 9, 2017, I had the opportunity to visit and tour Port Canaveral, Fla. and discuss liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Attendees at the discussion included Port Canaveral leadership, staff, port partners and tenants, representatives of the U.S.

Putting Scale in Perspective

Posted to Dejan Radosavljevic's Blog (by Dejan Radosavljevic) on August 3, 2017

At any marine conference or workshop, you will hear many topics being debated: validation and accuracy of CFD predictions, best practices in simulation, the latest industry regulations affecting ship design and many more. One topic that always…

Sourcing Candidates: Quality from the Start

Posted to The Hiring Process (by Thomas Montgomery) on July 21, 2017

By Vicki Morgan and Thomas MontgomeryWhat do you do? Crew Dispatch is screaming they can’t crew their boats because HR won’t hire any people. Operations Managers and Port Captains complain that the people you hire don’t know anything, so why can’t HR hire more experienced people?

Marine Safety: Unfinished (but everyone’s) Business

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on July 19, 2017

Contemplating Competence, Commerce, Collisions & Casualties.The dog days of summer are here. That means just about everyone (except, perhaps, yours truly) is on some sort of vacation or another. Many of these people are headed for the beach…

The Panama Canal Expansion Proves Real and Dredging Must Continue

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on July 17, 2017

By Owen Braley and William P. DoyleOn June 26, 2017, Panama celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of the expanded Panama Canal. On the inaugural day, the first post-Panamax vessel to transit the expanded canal was the 9,400-plus TEU containership COSCO Shipping Panama.

5 Types of Container Weighing Systems for Ports and Terminals

Posted to Kevin Hill's Blog (by Kevin HIll) on July 17, 2017

Every port and terminal facility needs weighing systems for containers. Weighing is critical in several processes in ports where accurate readings are paramount. To achieve this, the following weighing solutions can be incorporated. 1. WeighbridgesWeighbridges…

An Inside Look at Ballast Water Testing

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 21, 2017

Seattle, Washington: Last week’s visit to the Pacific Northwest and its impressive waterfront maritime cluster was highlighted by a visit to the Golden Bear, the training ship of the California Maritime Academy. Now on its annual training cruise…

Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel and IMO - MARPOL’s Annex VI

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on June 6, 2017

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) will meet July 3-7, 2017, in London, where the January 1, 2020 implementation of the .50 percent m/m (mass by mass) global sulfur content limit for shipboard fuel oil will be discussed.

Where Do Ports Fit in California's Environmental Regulatory Vision?

Posted to U.S. West Coast Trade (by John McLaurin) on June 1, 2017

California is a state with a long history of dancing to its own tune.We are innovators in culture, fashion, entertainment, business, technology and government regulation.Today, California has an environmental regulatory vision. And at times…

Piloting Choppy Waters

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 30, 2017

Uncharted hazards roil the waters for established pilot organizations across the fruited plain. These days, there is never a dull moment for this uniquely American system of piloting deep draft tonnage to and from the ports dotting our 95,000+ miles of coastline.The U.S.

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.

Constitutional Collision Course

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on April 28, 2017

The Galveston-Texas City Pilots act to head off local federal pilots who want to compete for business in a previously closed space. Their motion in Galveston County District Court may instead force the State to rule on a matter that may or may have not had legs to begin with.

A Tale of Three Ports

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 31, 2017

On three coasts, three pilot disputes – like a bad penny that keeps turning up – refuse to go away. Domestic and international stakeholders from sea-to-shining-sea are watching very carefully from the cheap seats.The U.S. system of marine pilot oversight is a familiar one to most of us.

The New Generation of Alliances Set

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 21, 2017

On April 1, 2017 a new generation of ocean carrier alliances will become operational. We caught up with Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Commissioner William P. Doyle after his return from an industry conference earlier this month in Long Beach, Calif.

Ballast Water Treatment: A ‘Sample’ of What to Expect Next

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on March 18, 2017

Having just returned from the 4th Annual Ballast Water Management Summit held in Long Beach, CA, I’m completely up to speed (or so I kid myself) on the complex topic of ballast water management systems, treatment and the regulatory quagmire represented by the IMO, U.S.

Lessons from Hanjin Line Bankruptcy

Posted to From the desk of FMC Commissioner Doyle (by William P. Doyle) on March 2, 2017

The August 2016 collapse of Hanjin Line was a wake-up call for the entire ocean transportation supply chain. More than $14 billion in cargo was stranded at sea and ships were scattered all over the globe at anchor or just outside territorial waters.

Kings Point at the Crossroads

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 26, 2017

As the United States Merchant Marine Academy recently announced the resumption of its commercial sea year training program, many unanswered questions remain and more importantly, myriad problems unsolved.Roughly concurrent with news that the…

Gender Discrimination in the Pacific Northwest

Posted to U.S. West Coast Trade (by John McLaurin) on February 17, 2017

In 2016, a jury awarded a woman $3.6 million in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the Puget Sound Pilot Commission, a Washington State agency. The woman, a former deep draft vessel master, was awarded the money after she was denied a state pilot license.