Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Tragic death of Wolfgang Schroeder

It was sad to hear of the recent deaths of three leisure fishermen who were lost when their 25ft craft caught fire and sank off Bantry Bay in Ireland. A fourth occupant of the boat survived although injured , and was rescued by helicopter. Continue reading

Ringing the changes

mikethumbThe excellent Dennis Bryant, whose blog is all-encompassing on marine affairs, passes on an important recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board after investigating embarrassing events where US Coast Guard patrol craft were involved in collisions. Continue reading

Play it again, Sam

Many years ago, we were securely alongside in Melbourne, having our lunch, as it happened, when another vessel got slightly out of control when berthing and put a nasty dent in our side. Continue reading

Flexibility is vital for future ship design

A memorable description of how a ship is planned, designed and built is in “The Building of the Ship”, written by a poet named Longfellow in the late 1840s: Continue reading

Not quite multi-purpose

What can you employ a containership for, if charterers are reluctant to take your ocean greyhound to transport boxes around the world. Continue reading

Bigger, better and cheaper?

It is called crying for the moon, or more bluntly, asking for something that just isn’t going to happen. What shipowner would not like clever, more advanced ships, but also lighter, so that their engines are not pushing around enormous quantities of steel that isn’t earning them any money? Continue reading

The trial lawyers’ payday comes to the Bayou

As an American lawyer, my heart rate naturally goes up when I think about large-scale litigation. My professional pride also swells to see that our legendary legal ingenuity is not a thing of the past. Continue reading

Decisions, decisions…..

I know a shipowner who is fond of observing: “I have never had difficulty making decisions. Or mistakes.” As all shipowners know, regulatory requirements change. So does the market. Continue reading