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

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

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

EMSA – our precious apple cart.

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