Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Remembering brave seamen from a bygone age

You have to be of a certain age to remember the story of the Flying Enterprise – the Isbrandtsen C-1 cargo liner overwhelmed by storms in the North Atlantic around the New Year of 1952. It was a saga which gripped the public imagination on both sides of the Atlantic as the crew of the ship, which had cracked forward of the accommodation in the midst of a hurricane, fought to save her. Continue reading

Death off Cebu

There is an awful inevitability about the sinking off Cebu with heavy loss of life of the Philippine domestic ferry St Thomas of Aquinas, after a collision with a cargo vessel. Both ships were 41 years old, sizeable relics of the developed world shipping operations that passed them on to the maritime developing nation, whose owners find it difficult to afford anything better. Continue reading

Casualty investigation requires some proper forensics

How do you build up expertise in this field, which is quite specialist and far more complex than was once believed, when a gaggle of old shipmasters would sit around a table and ask searching questions of some wretched chap who had run a ship aground? Continue reading