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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...

Keep the Jones Act

The Jones Act protects an industry that accounts for upward of 400,000 jobs and $36 billion in total economic activity.By Jerry Fraser  As a matter of ideology, free markets hold up better in the classroom than they do in the real world. Repealing the Jones Act’s construction provisions, as Sen. John McCain is proposing, is consistent with the libertarian notions many of us harbor. But it’s not a libertarian world we live in. In fact, when it comes to global shipbuilding, government...

Celebrating oil, shrimping and fishing

One of my challenges as publisher of WorkBoat and National Fisherman is reconciling for our audiences the sometimes competing interests of those who harvest fish and those who drill for oil and natural gas in the ocean. By Jerry Fraser There are far worse jobs than serving as publisher of WorkBoat and National Fisherman. After all, as my grandmother liked to say, there’s no heavy lifting. But the job does present challenges, one of which is reconciling for our audiences the...

The status of LNG regulatory policies

The Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise projects that liquefied gas carrier arrivals to the U.S. will grow from approximately 1,000 a year to 3,800. By Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Hillenbrand  The Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) is one of six NCOEs nationwide focusing on providing consultation and technical services to the marine industry and Coast Guard on matters related to liquefied gas carriers; assist Coast Guard units with foreign gas carrier...