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The Manila STCW amendments and new training requirements are now transparent enough for all to see. In Washington, the U.S. Coast Guard’s maritime policy folks are quietly determining the “U.S. interpretation of the convention.” On the street, not everyone thinks that the “more is better” approach is the way to go. A fast-approaching implementation date looms large in the porthole as the implications of possible U.S. “exemptions” from the STCW code become more obvious.

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe by Joseph Keefe on 8/4/2010 8:20:50 AM | with 3 comments


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The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation convened on July 20th in Washington to receive testimony regarding the current Status of U.S.-flagged Vessels in U.S.-Foreign Trade. Industry heavyweights weighed in on the full array of unanswered questions, but the hearing also served to bring one more to light: Is MARAD necessary?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe by Joseph Keefe on 8/11/2010 8:59:13 AM | with 4 comments


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September’s regularly scheduled Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) meeting is cancelled. The U.S. Coast Guard cites failure to have a “signed” charter as the reason. With Committee members in the dark about MERPAC’s future, key STCW decisions could be made without important stakeholder input. Still to be answered: In MERPAC’s absence – does the Coast Guard have the expertise and/or the best interests of U.S. mariners at the heart of their decision process?

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe by Joseph Keefe on 8/17/2010 10:16:37 PM | with 0 comments


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Visiting Kauai in a post-Hawaii Superferry world while paying last respects to the recently-departed concept known as Title XI.

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe by Joseph Keefe on 8/25/2010 11:48:03 AM | with 2 comments