Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

The Titanic casualty revisited

It is the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic and we have had schmaltz, nostalgia, endless social commentaries about the elitism of death by drowning and along the line a bit of money made by the authors, programme makers, and general commentators. I’m guilty as charged. Continue reading

Women and children first

There is some meaty and controversial stuff in Lloyd’s List Australia about whether the old and noble sentiment of “women and children first” retains any credibility in today’s climate of fearsome feminism and institutionalism selfishness. Continue reading

Speeding into danger

The centenary of the sinking of the Titanic on Sunday 15th April is being attended with a curious combination of reverence and the absurd. Continue reading

Lessons learned again?

April is said to be the cruelest month. It is memorable for disasters, from the Titanic to Texas City, Deepwater Horizon and so on. Continue reading

Balancing size and safety.

AS WE approach the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic this coming April, passengership safety remains an important issue. Continue reading

A grim reminder of present problems

Before we get too exercised by the commemoration of the Titanic centenary, it might be quite apposite to recall that next month it will be 25 years since the purpose-built 1150teu containership Hanjin Incheon was lost in the North Pacific with all on board. Continue reading

Symbols of maritime decline

Our government’s present inability to land a cargo of gasoline in a U.S.-flag vessel in icebound Nome, Alaska, symbolizes the shortage of foresight of our maritime policy makers. We are unable to provide a U.S.-flag ice-strengthened tanker to lift cargo between points in the United States (within Alaska), and will apparently have to secure the services of a Russian vessel instead. Continue reading