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Friday, October 19, 2018

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.

Seafarer’s Shore Leave, Travel Bans … and the Big Picture

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on February 13, 2017

It has been a wild ride, these past three weeks. I suppose that’s true no matter which side of the political equation that you reside. The flurry of executive orders on a wide variety of topics and issues has delighted some, and enraged a similar number of others.

Fatigue at Sea Should Not Be Ignored

Posted to Captain Fared Khan's Blog (by Fared Khan) on February 8, 2017

The recent report, ‘Project MARTHA’ published by Intermanager shows that fatigue at sea is a growing problem. The report highlights growing levels of fatigue, particularly among Masters and Watch Keepers.Fatigue at sea (both physical and mental)…

For Alaska, Offshore Energy is Key to a Better Future

Posted to Arctic Energy (by Lucas Frances) on February 6, 2017

In the twilight hours of 2016, President Obama signed off on an executive ruling that will do far more damage to the Alaskan economy than the temporary downturn of global oil prices. The President issued a memorandum declaring an “indefinite”…

Joint Liquefied Gas Carrier Instrumentation Training

Posted to From the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (by LCDR Dallas Smith) on January 24, 2017

Each quarter, the Liquefied National Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise holds webinars to train Coast Guard vessel inspectors, facility examiners, pollution responders, security personnel and planners across the country who are or will soon be involved in the liquefied gas industry.

Securely Connected Vessels: Vessel Communications and Maritime Cybersecurity

Posted to Maritime Software....Making It Easy (by Dean Shoultz) on January 23, 2017

As improvements to communication technologies, sensors, and vessel electronics continue to progress, operators are more motivated than ever to provide reliable communication solutions to their fleet. The wide range of options and variables involved…

Galveston County: Hosting this year’s Pilot Wars …

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 23, 2017

In Texas, two challenges to a local pilot system are in play. Across the U.S. Gulf Coast, stakeholders are watching closely.To hear the stakeholders tell it, an ongoing challenge to the rate increase requested by the Gal-Tex pilots in Galveston…

Where Does eLearning Content Come From?

Posted to Maritime Training Issues with Murray Goldberg (by Murray Goldberg) on January 20, 2017

management systems (LMS) and its applications. of training. The other critical component is the learning content itself. self-evident. Fleet Operations at BC Ferries. receive the same training materials and are assessed to the same standards. information on routines, knowledge and skills.

Shipping Will Find Ways to Ride out Protracted Downturn

Posted to Shipping & Transport (by Richard Greiner) on January 4, 2017

Making predictions about the shipping industry is as volatile an undertaking as the business of shipping itself. Who, for example, predicted that the Baltic Exchange would be sold to Singapore? The same people, presumably, who foretold that…

Ideal Intermodal Advice for Mr. Trump

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on December 28, 2016

It is tempting to close out the calendar year with a particularly exciting blog topic. Ballast water technology approvals, the merchant marine academy accreditation follies, or perhaps, a lively Jones Act discussion – these all come to mind.