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Coast Guard and the Arctic

The Coast Guard's antiquated icebreaking fleet keeps Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft awake at night. By Adm. Paul Zukunft (For those who were unable to attend the 6th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations in Washington, D.C., last week, Coast Guard Maritime Commons provided highlights of the commandant's comments below. The comments were further edited for brevity by WorkBoat.)  In my role as the commandant of the Coast Guard, I...

Coast Guard encourages alternate vessel compliance

The Coast Guard encourages vessel owners to take advantage of the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) to help streamline vessel inspections and reduce downtime. By Capt. Kyle McAvoy, chief, Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance The Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) is a voluntary alternate inspection process for U.S.-flagged vessels to obtain a certificate of inspection. This is done by complying with international conventions such as Safety of Life at Sea and...

Chartering can enhance your flexibility

If your business is like most in the marine industry, the vessels in your fleet may make up one of your largest expenses. By Ronnie Evans Ronnie Evans is Director of Marine Finance at Key Equipment Finance. He has more than 20 years of experience in the finance industry. He can be reached at ronald_evans@key.com. If your business is like most in the marine industry, the vessels in your fleet may make up one of your largest expenses. Having the flexibility to downsize your fleet in a...

Recognizing U.S. Merchant Mariners on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we pause to recognize the sacrifice of and honor those who have given their last measure of devotion to defend the United States. By Paul "Chip" Jaenichen   Paul "Chip" Jaenichen is the administrator of the Maritime Administration. C On Memorial Day, we pause to recognize the sacrifice of and honor those who have given their last measure of devotion to defend the United States. We should reflect and offer our gratitude to these soldiers,...

NASSCO launches world’s first LNG-powered containership

The world's first liquid natural gas (LNG)-powered containership rolled out of NASSCO last weekend. By Paul "Chip" Jaenichen Every year, car buyers and auto enthusiasts await the release of Detroit's new models. It's an exciting moment to see what some of America's most innovative design and engineering teams can produce. But unlike cars, new models of U.S.-made shipping vessels don't roll out every year.   Paul "Chip" Jaenichen is the administrator of the Maritime...

The commercial vs. rec debate

I have mixed thoughts on the commercial vs. rec debate. By Capt. Frank Dudis I recently read WorkBoat’s March story, “Close Calls, Rec boaters are putting commercial mariners on edge,” with mixed thoughts. I am an observer on both sides of the recreational vs. commercial operator issue. Besides being a northern New Jersey Sea Tow towboat operator for 16 years, I have been a licensed New York and New Jersey safe boating instructor for the past seven years. Education can’t fix bad...

Low oil prices and marine finance

Without a crystal ball it’s impossible to predict how long oil prices will be depressed or how low they will go, but those in the industry have been here before. By Ronnie Evans Ronnie Evans is director of marine finance at Key Equipment Finance. He has more than 20 years of experience in the finance industry. He can be reached at ronald_evans@key.com.There’s been a lot of talk about the impact of lower oil prices. People in all industries, especially those directly involved in offshore...

Maritime cybersecurity is a national priority

Everyone needs to pay attention to their cyber risk. Rear Adm. Marshall Lytle, assistant commandant for cyber command, spoke at the maritime cybersecurity learning seminar and symposium held at Rutgers University. His condensed remarks were originally published on Maritime Commons. Rear Adm. Marshall LytleCyber permeates every aspect of our lives. While this technology transformation has spawned incredible innovation and improved efficiencies throughout the world, it has also given...

Outer Continental Shelf course targets Coast Guard marine inspectors

The Coast Guard has a multi-layered mission training program to qualify its marine inspectors that includes baseline training at the Coast Guard’s Training Center Yorktown, on-the-job training at their field units with testing to personnel qualification standards by vessel type, and several advanced vessel inspection training courses.By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Hnatow   The Coast Guard has a multi-layered mission training program to qualify its marine inspectors that includes baseline...

Military2Maritime program can be life changing

Helping our nation’s veterans transition to civilian careers remains a top priority for DOT and the transportation industry.By Anthony Foxx  In one of the most powerful lines of his 2015 State of the Union address last week, President Obama said, “If you want somebody who’s going to get the job done — and done right — hire a veteran.”    Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation   With veterans accounting for more than a quarter of our workforce here at the Department of...