Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

It’s an ill wind

A trip around the lighthouse was always a popular excursion in the Victorian seaside, while coastal paddle steamers could make a decent living when the weather was not too stormy. Sea voyages to nowhere have rather gone out of fashion in recent years, so it was good to see that offshore windfarms are now becoming a popular tourist attraction in European waters Continue reading

A heavy heart

Forty years or more after containers really started to be seen on the world’s steamship routes, what a song and dance we are still making about the importance of weighing containers. Continue reading

Terrible thing, freedom

There are some people around who get terribly angry at their inability to “control” shipping. Listening to one Carl Schlyter Member of the European Parliament, declaiming about the recycling of ships at the World Maritime University conference on the subject last week, one feared for the fortunes of the shipping industry. Continue reading

Watertight bulkheads – full of holes.

It is not a brilliant idea, once you have installed a watertight bulkhead of sufficient strength to withstand the sea, should it be lapping at one side of it, to then drill it full of holes to accommodate pipe and cable runs. And while you obviously have to pierce such bulkheads for very good technical reasons, there are ways of going about it that do not effectively render the barrier about as much use as a colander (possibly a more relevant comparison than a chocolate teapot). Continue reading