Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

Maritime TV’s ‘Mondays with Maitland’ – Working with Congress to Insure Seafarers’ Port Access Rights are Respected at U.S. port terminals


In this 37th interview in the series, Clay discusses the need to make sure seafarers’ port access rights are respected while they’re on ships calling on U.S. port terminals, especially as it relates to Section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act legislation. He also discusses his involvement with the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) which is working to support this legislation… Continue reading

Maritime TV’s ‘Mondays with Maitland’ – Clay’s perspective on the lessons learned from the MOL Comfort sinking and subsequent lawsuit.


In this 36th interview in the series, Clay discusses the issues surrounding the June 2013 MOL Comfort sinking after it was announced last month that claims against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for the loss of the ship are now amounting to over $500m, with more than 100 claimants joining the Tokyo court legal action headed by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL). Clay points to certain classification societies and shipyards in assessing responsibility for disasters like these, but stresses the complexity involved in addressing the problem… Continue reading

Alaska ro-ro voyage demonstrates value of U.S. mariners, pollution controls

Last year, at a Coast Guard Foundation dinner in Seattle, Carleen Lyden-Kluss and I bid on and won a one-way trip aboard Midnight Sun, a ro-ro trailer ship operating between Tacoma, Wash., and Anchorage, Alaska. Our attention was attracted by the fact that Midnight Sun’s owner, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), a member of the Saltchuk group of companies, has a well-earned reputation for innovation combined with careful attention to efficiency and performance. Midnight Sun is one of two Orca class ships, purpose-built for the Alaska trade. Carleen and I have been active in advocating a need for growing attention to Alaska’s maritime future, including its growing maritime connections with the “Lower 48”and with the expanding economies of Asia. As co-founders of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)… Continue reading

Maritime TV’s ‘Mondays with Maitland’ – A Call for a National Maritime Education Conference in 2015 in DC


In this 19th interview in the series, Clay Maitland discusses importance of fostering communication between maritime educational professionals in this country, from the maritime high schools and vocational schools though the union institutions and the maritime academies, to compare notes on curricula and interface with industry. He proposes a large-scale National Maritime Education Conference to be held in Washington D.C. in the September-October 2015 timeframe… Continue reading

Maritime TV’s ‘Mondays with Maitland’ – New U.S. Sealift Capacity, Resources and Training Needs


In this twelfth interview in the series, as the 2nd National Maritime Strategy Symposium is about to take place in Washington D.C. on May 6, Maitland predicts the need for additional sealift capacity and trained mariners because of the increasing number of regional crisis points in the world, including the Black Sea, Persian Gulf and Asia… Continue reading

8th Mare Forum USA 2014 “Shipping – a four dimensional view” conference

On Monday, March 3rd, Mareforum held the 8th Mare Forum USA 2014 “Shipping – a four dimensional view” conference in Washington DC. Despite snow, which resulted in a US government shutdown, the conference was productive and enlightening covering a myriad of operational and regulatory issues.

Clay Maitland was a speaker on the Marine Planning panel, and contributed throughout the day. To view the conference please CLICK HERE

Maritime TV’s ‘Mondays with Maitland’ – The Vision for the Future of the U.S. Coast Guard


In this eighth interview in the series, from his position as Chairman of MMPC, Maitland provides his thoughts on the vision for the future of the U.S. Coast Guard… Continue reading

NAMEPA and Fednav Win the Environment Award at the Inaugural Lloyd’s List North American Awards Event in Houston

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Canadian-based Fednav were both recipients of the Environment Award at the Lloyd’s List North American Awards dinner held last evening in Houston, Texas. Over 300 people from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean attended this inaugural event. The Environment Award is one of 17 awards presented by Lloyd’s List. Other awards included a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Robert Somerville, formerly Chairman and CEO of ABS, as well as Newsmaker of the Year presented to Columbia Pictures for the movie “Captain Phillips” Continue reading

NAMEPA and WGMA “Winds of Change in Shipping”Conference

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association and the West Gulf Maritime Association hosted a conference on the “Winds of Change in Shipping” in Houston today.

Clay Maitland, founding chair of NAMEPA welcomed the participants.

“NAMEPA is six years old now,” Maitland said noting that he and Carleen Lyden-Kluss, and others, established the organization to promote awareness within the maritime industry of the environmental requirements and regulations that the industry faces.

Maitland thanked the WGMA for co-hosting the conference and introduced Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, the acting maritime administrator for the United States Department of Transportation.

“I’d like to talk this morning about the ever-changing state of shipping,” Jaenichen said.  “I think we all know that change is coming.”

His list of changes included geo-political and… Continue reading

Maritime TV’s ‘Mondays with Maitland’ – A New Vision for America’s Maritime Academies


Another interview in a Maritime TV series featuring Clay Maitland, Managing Partner, International Registries, Inc., and Chairman of the Merchant Marine Policy Coalition (MMPC), entitled ‘Mondays with Maitland’. The program addresses issues of the day throughout the international maritime industry. In this seventh interview in the series, from his position as Chairman of MMPC, Maitland provides his thoughts on a vision for the USMMA at Kings Point, the State Academies and a New Maritime Academy for Alaska… Continue reading

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