Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Follow the Greek lead on ship finance

As I get set to leave Athens after yesterday’s execellent turnout at the Capital Link forum I am reminded that many of us will return here in June for Posidonia, the shipping industry’s largest and most famous conference and trade fair. My first Posidonia was in 1976. Continue reading

Don’t rely on the BDI for market forecast

I’ve just arrived in Athens fresh from the excellent Mare Forum in Houston and ready for Capital Link’s seminar on the capital markets and I thought I would give you a snapshot of my take on what happens next in the shipping markets. Continue reading

NAMEPA Part II: Working in partnership

Although NAMEPA is a young organization, it has already become a significant interlocutor between local government and environmental groups in sensitive coastal areas. Continue reading

NAMEPA Part I: It’s good to talk…

I am off to Houston this week for MareForum USA, where I have been asked to talk about the development of NAMEPA[North American Marine Environment Protection Association], so I thought this would be a great time to share this information with my blog readers. Continue reading

Clarifying the STCW issues

In June, delegates to the Revision Conference of the International Maritime Organisation on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping will meet in Manila to take up 13 draft resolutions dealing with such issues as recruitment and retention, crewing levels, and the like. Continue reading

The vital role of Amver

amver-flagIt has been said that seafaring knows no nationality. Certainly, in the face of trouble, all sailors are united. Such is the case with AMVER, which stands for Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Reporting (System). Continue reading