Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Uncertain guidelines in a shadowy world

The recent release of four employees of Protection Vessels International, after nearly six months’ detention in Eritrea, together with the imprisonment of six persons — American, Kenyan and British citizens — in Somalia, convicted of illegally bringing ransom money into the country, shows the risks that are run by those offering anti-piracy services. Continue reading

When wrongs don’t make a right

This is the age of “rights”, and a good thing too, except that it can become something of a religion, as people rather go over the top as to their entitlements, and every man and his dog needs an accompanying lawyer. Continue reading

Awareness and alertness are vital

At the beginning of this month we had Seafarers Awareness Week, a communications campaign promoted by Seafarers UK, a leading charity, aimed at enlightening the public about the vital role of mariners, shipping and the sea services. Continue reading

Problem wrecks and their cargoes

The past century of commerce and warfare has left a legacy of thousands of sunken vessels along the U.S., Canadian and European coasts. Continue reading

Sustainability – who pays for it?

Sustainability has been the theme of German shipowner Robert Lorenz-Meyer, during his two years as BIMCO President which ended last week in Vancouver at the organisation’s General Meeting. Continue reading

Belts and braces needed on lifeboat safety

There seems to have been a good deal of dissatisfaction in the shipping industry at what the regulators at the IMO managed to put together at the Maritime Safety Committee on on-load lifeboat hooks. Continue reading