Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Namepa’s National Maritime Day panel – Part I

As part of Namepa’s National Maritime Day celebrations I recently hosted a panel that covered a host of regulatory requirements from whistle blowing, to the Maritime Labor Convention, to harbor of safe refuge and seafarer welfare. Continue reading

More to fatigue than meets the eye?

It is good that we are taking the matter of fatigue more seriously than ever before, although it has yet, because of fierce lobbying by nations which have a large number of ships with people aboard working watch and watch, to produce any great change in workloads. I know that seafarers have nice long leaves, but if you have four months of 93 hour weeks and interrupted sleep every night during the tour, the gloss sort of gets worn off. Continue reading

MMPC meeting review on US flag

I spoke to Dave Gardy from Maritime TV after our recent Merchant Marine Policy Coalition meeting in Washington. The meeting’s purpose was to gather feedback and generate ideas about building a consensus on a process to develop a framework for revitalizing the U.S. Flag Merchant Fleet, MARAD and the U.S. Maritime Industry. Continue reading

Plea for transparency in Costa Concordia case

What on earth are we to make of the recent hearings in Italy where prosecutors were seeking indictments against the former master of the Costa Concordia and five others involved in the wreck of the ship sixteen months ago? Continue reading

My thoughts on MARAD future

I spoke to Dave Gardy on Maritime TV about the recent resignation of MARAD Administrator David Matsuda and its future course. Continue reading

Vessel ‘blackouts’ on the increase

That was a truly appalling accident in the Port of Genoa, when the ro-ro containership Jolly Nero, manoeuvring in the harbour, brought down the VTS tower with several deaths and injuries Continue reading

Clay on Maritime TV – the end of the US merchant marine debate Part II

Clay speaks to Dave Gardy regarding what happens next for the US merchant marine. Continue reading

A PEC for the cat

The latest Marine Bill has made its passage through the UK Parliament and now awaits the Royal signature. Continue reading