Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

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

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Posted on | May 6, 2014 | No Comments


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

Survival at Sea

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Posted on | April 21, 2014 | No Comments

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?

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Posted on | March 31, 2014 | No Comments


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

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Posted on | March 25, 2014 | No Comments

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

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

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Posted on | March 7, 2014 | No Comments

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

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Posted on | February 24, 2014 | No Comments


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

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Posted on | February 20, 2014 | No Comments

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

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Posted on | February 19, 2014 | No Comments

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

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Posted on | February 17, 2014 | No Comments


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

A Look Back at the National Maritime Strategy Symposium- What Needs to Happen Next

By Clay Maitland

Posted on | February 10, 2014 | No Comments


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 tackles issues of the day throughout the international maritime industry. In this sixth interview in the series, from his position as Chairman of MMPC, Maitland provides his thoughts on the recent National Maritime Strategy Symposium and what needs to happen next in this effort to re-vitalize the U.S. flag merchant fleet… Continue reading

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