Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

The cost of wreck removal

Where I come from, on a small island off the coast of Northern England, low tide occasionally exposes the shape of a great iron boiler, the brown metal covered in limpets, its rivet holes rusted away and the tubes festooned with weed. 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

The percentage game again

There is a lot of luck involved in salvage. Those involved in the salvage of the containershp Rena which went aground on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga three months ago might have comforted themselves with the prospect of better weather as the southern spring gave way to summer. Alas, as the tourists have complained, it has been a lousy summer in New Zealand, and the broken halves of the containership with wreckage and cargo swirling up the tide bear witness to this salvage rapidly giving way to a “wreck removal” contract.

But as containerships go, this is a tiddler compared to the giants now entering service on the main line routes. How do salvors, and everyone else from… Continue reading

Salvage – where the unthinkable becomes reality

When a shipowner, or a ship designer contemplates some huge new ship, does he ever consider what might happen if it goes wrong? It is a question that you don’t exactly like to ask in all the heady thoughts of ground-breaking technology and a commercial great leap forward. Continue reading