Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping


Clay Maitland has endowed two scholarships for students entering the maritime industry:

  1. The Clay Maitland Scholarship in International Transportation, at the State University of New York Maritime College (Ft. Schuyler), for the benefit of students in the Master of Science degree program in International Transportation Management;
  2. The Virginia Maitland Sachs Charitable Scholarship Fund at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA, for the benefit of students at the Academy.


Clay Maitland wins the Lloyd’s List Lifetime Achievement Award

Clay Maitland wins the Lloyd's List Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime winner


6th Annual Capital Link
Greek Shipping Forum
“Opportunities & Challenges”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Athens, Greece

When I chose this title, along with Nic Bornozis, I might have been thought to be drunk or crazy. It is, after all, hard to find one, let alone ten, such “signs”.

There is an old saying: “if you seek a sign, look to the heavens”.

Well, I’ve tried looking everywhere else, with mixed success.

Certainly, we in this industry have been assailed by what the bible calls “job’s messengers”, or false hopes.

These are therefore hard times also for Chinese ports, Norwegian offshore shipowners and us investors.     Just to name three categories.

Recently, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) put a number on the… 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

Merchant Marine Policy Coalition Applauds MARAD Administrator Confirmation

The Chairman of the Merchant Marine Policy Coalition (MMPC), Clay Maitland, today applauded the Senate confirmation of MARAD Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen.  Stating that this confirmation is “Well deserved and long overdue”, Maitland congratulated Jaenichen and wished him well on the ambitious and necessary work that lies before him.

Coincident to Tuesday’s news, Maitland had released a webcast on Monday calling for the confirmation.  “Congress has been relaxed on taking a position on maritime policy. With Russia, the South China Sea, the Middle East and more, we are facing global challenges analogous to the late 1930’s.  We need a strong US flag merchant marine to provide sealift capability.  Chip has been leading

Maritime TV’s ‘Mondays with Maitland’- The Importance of Passing the Coast Guard Authorization Bill Now

In this fifteenth interview in the series, Maitland discusses the importance of passing the U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Bill, currently held up in the U.S. Senate over the cargo preference provision… Continue reading

Interview with Clay Maitland, NAMEPA – Posidonia 2014

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Survival at Sea

When a ship starts to sink, the important thing is for the passengers to get out alive and safely. For this reason, the International Maritime Organization has spent a great deal of time discussing measures to improve the survivability of passenger ships, particularly ferries. The issue has been before the IMO since before it existed (see the TITANIC), and certainly since the losses of the HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE and ESTONIA in the 1980s.

The latest sinking—that of the Korean ferry SEWOL—has given rise to a large number of theories, most of which make no helpful contribution to the critical question: How do we get the passengers out alive and safely?

The key is to prevent or delay the entry of water, from whatever cause, when an accident… Continue reading

Maritime TV’s ‘Mondays with Maitland’ -Robotics in the Maritime Industry: Outpacing the Human Element?

In this eleventh interview in the series, from his position as Founding Chairman of (NAMEPA), Maitland provides his thoughts on roboticsin the maritime industry and whether a fully-automated ship is even feasible… Continue reading

The Woes of March

Today, March 24, is the 25th anniversary of the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill. March is a bad month for these things: on March 18, 1967, the tanker TORREY CANYON struck Pollard’s Rock on the Seven Stones reef between Cornwall and the Scilly Isles. On March 16, 1978, the VLCC AMOCO CADIZ, carrying 22,000 tons of crude oil from the Persian Gulf to Rotterdam, suffered the loss of her hydraulic steering gear off the French Coast. The vessel broke up, and her entire cargo was lost, polluting over 180 miles of the Coast of Brittany. And then came EXXON VALDEZ on March 24, 1989, which struck Bligh Reef, in Prince Williams Sound, off, as it happened, Valdez, Alaska. Continue reading

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