Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Clay on Maritime TV

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A failure of leadership

Shipping, it is often said, is a house of many mansions. It is characterized by different qualities, and varies according to the nationality of the ships themselves, and their owners. Continue reading

Watch your weight!

There is a certain category of shipper, I’m told, who is so dim (or so dishonest) that when a container is delivered to him for loading, will stuff the thing with cargo until the doors will barely shut. Continue reading

Marintec China 2011

As NAMEPA’s (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) founding chairman I was asked to speak at the recent Senior Maritime Forum held in conjunction with Marintec China 2011 in Shanghai. Continue reading

Salvage – where the unthinkable becomes reality

When a shipowner, or a ship designer contemplates some huge new ship, does he ever consider what might happen if it goes wrong? It is a question that you don’t exactly like to ask in all the heady thoughts of ground-breaking technology and a commercial great leap forward. Continue reading

Those in peril

Last week, a small ship sank in a gale off the Welsh coast. Of the SWANLAND’S crew of eight, only two were saved, despite a distinguished rescue effort in terrible conditions by eleven Coast Guard teams, the RNLI and Royal Air Force. Continue reading

The Greeks have a word for it……

“Cataclysm” is, like most words of its type, of Greek derivation. A Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, told us nearly 2,500 years ago that one thing above all was certain: “all things change”. Continue reading

A shipping “toolbox”?

I have a toolbox in my shed, full of chisels and screwdrivers and the occasional broken drilling bit. Government management advisers now offers a “toolbox” of ideas for regulatory implementation, which prove they have your welfare entirely at heart, as legislation is proposed. It is a nice new shiny bit of …er…jargon. Continue reading

EMSA – our precious apple cart.

My late uncle Robin, a prudent man, used to warn: “Don’t upset the apple cart.” Continue reading