Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

The silence of the lambs

In what Britons call a leader, and what we Yanks call an editorial, I have been somewhat taken to task by Lloyd’s List. On March 22nd, the leader’s author “take[s] exception” to my statement, made at CMA in Connecticut, that industry trade associations have been strangely silent when it came to positive measures that could be taken against the spread of piracy. Interestingly, in another leader (editorial) five days later, Lloyd’s List seemed to acknowledge the force of my comments. Continue reading

Piracy:Will we ever find a solution?

We have inveighed against the tendency in our industry, to keep repeating: “Something must be done about piracy”, without getting specific about what that “something” is. Continue reading

What do oil spills, piracy and the Greek crisis have in common?

There are at least three “received truths”, as one of my college professors sarcastically called them, that, in the world of shipping, may be open to challenge. One is that last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion had nothing to do with the rest of the shipping industry, being only about wells and rigs — and not ships Continue reading

Shipping enters new risk era

You wouldn’t know it from reading our favorite trade journals, but the shipping industry is not immune to “country risk.” Continue reading

Our new Hamburg rules

Attendees at the Global Maritime Environmental Congress (GMEC) held in Hamburg earlier this month were able, during the course of an excellent programme, to discuss many of the maritime issues that demand to be addressed in a constructive way: openly, frankly and publicly. Continue reading