Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

The cost of compliance

I spoke to Dave Gardy this week on the impact of the new environmental regulations and the cost of compliance. Continue reading

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

Shaken faith

Not a lot seemed to happen during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, although the UK Met. Office managed, on the Blairite principle of “today being a good day to bury bad news” to sneak out, at the height of the festivities, their latest assessment that global warming is happening a great deal slower than the climate alarmists would have had us believe. Continue reading

Cold comfort

Who might be slightly alarmed at all this heady talk about the huge maritime opoortunities opening up in the far north as the Arctic ice melts? We had alarmed noises coming from the environmentalists earlier in the summer, after satellites had photographed more clear water than they had ever noted before (at least since satellites overflew the north polar regions). Continue reading

Now wipe your feet

There are some days when you feel that the lunatics really have taken charge of the asylum. That estimable watcher of Washington Dennis Bryant notes in his excellent newsletter that the US Maritime Administration is seeking “interested offerors to conduct a study of the safety, economic and environmental issues of vessels to be conducted with double hulls.” Continue reading

Let’s sort out containerships?

It is now six months since the modestly sized cellular containership Rena came to a sticky end on a well marked reef off the New Zealand Port of Tauranga. Continue reading

Lessons learned again?

April is said to be the cruelest month. It is memorable for disasters, from the Titanic to Texas City, Deepwater Horizon and so on. 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

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

Oversight, assessment of risk and management: Part 3

As we all know the ISM Code was adopted by IMO in 1993. The Code was drafted as a self-contained document. However, its provisions were bought into force internationally when, at the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Conference in 1994, compliance with its provisions became mandatory under a new Chapter IX to the SOLAS Convention. The Code differs from other quality assurance systems in that it is mandatory; it has been amended over the years, and is generally incorporated in OPA ’90. Continue reading

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