Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Maersk fine sends signal on hours of rest

One tends not to be surprised when the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency, which has given umpteen warnings that they are to look closely at hours of rest records, take a shipowner to court and heavily fine them. Continue reading

Refuge and the “best-case scenario”

Who thought that there had been some sort of international accord on what we are enjoined to term “places” of refuge, so that wounded ships may be afforded some degree of safety? Continue reading

Integration is key for risk management

In February, I spoke about the purposes that led to the founding of NAMEPA. It is now three years since we were organised, in October, 2007. Continue reading

Will the weak inherit the seas?

If you are really quite old, you will remember “low powered steamers”. These were ships, typically owned by parsimonious tramp operators, which were fitted with such a miserably small and low powered engines that they were barely able to make their way against adverse weather. In my rather ancient copy of Ocean Passages for the World 1923 ( handed down – I’m not that old), special routes are provide for this category of ship, which seems only slightly less-burdened by her vulnerability to wind and weather than the sailing ships, which have their own section in this useful volume. Continue reading

Thank You USCG

At the start of this month and much to my pleasant surprise, I received a wonderful honour from the United States Coast Guard in the form of the Distinguished Public Service Award. Continue reading

The importance of something extra

Recent debate, arising from concern about the safety of deepwater drilling, has included discussion of whether and when backup or redundant safety technology is desirable. Continue reading

Mr Sadler’s modest proposal

Shipping, in its fragmented aspects, often resembles certain districts in the western Balkans.

So the news that our friend Richard Sadler, chief executive of Lloyd’s Register, has proposed a coalition of major shipping organisations is balm for the persistent frustration that many of us feel, when we blame everyone else for not getting things fixed.

I fully support his idea.

Since my endorsement of any new idea has, I hear, been considered by some persons to be tantamount to the seal of doom, let’s examine Richard’s suggestion while there’s still time.

Richard would like to see a coalition of interests emerge, that will among other things define shipping’s role in international commerce.

I believe that he is right. While one must surely respect the separate status of the various national… Continue reading

Are we surprised by lack of respect?

Michael’s excellent post on the total lack of respect for a master has generated some truly shocking feedback and I wish that more people like Capt.Rowe would comment on what is an increasingly infuriating situation. Continue reading

In praise of politeness

It is not very original, but true nonetheless, to state that the modern shipmaster is rich in responsibility, but grossly impoverished in his authority. Continue reading