Pamela GlassPamela Glass
Pamela Glass is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for WorkBoat. She reports on the decisions and deliberations of congressional committees and federal agencies that affect the maritime industry, including the Coast Guard, U.S. Maritime Administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to coming to WorkBoat, she covered coastal, oceans and maritime industry news for 15 years for newspapers in coastal areas of Massachusetts and Michigan for Ottaway News Service, a division of the Dow Jones Company. She began her newspaper career at the New Bedford (Mass.) Standard-Times. A native of Massachusetts, she is a 1978 graduate of Wesleyan University (Conn.). She currently resides in Potomac, Md.

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A license to ferry

Massachusetts will soon launch a new vanity license plate with a rendering of the Steamship Authority ferry. There are many nautical-themed license plates out there. Maryland has “Treasure the Chesapeake, ”Rhode Island promotes the Plum Beach lighthouse, and Connecticut says it is “Home of the Amistad,” the slave ship where captives staged a famous mutiny in 1839. Massachusetts will soon launch a new vanity plate, and it has nothing to do with the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins or...

Fracking 2.0: A recovery lesson for barge operators?

Fracking 2.0 could be a new source of business for liquid barging. You’ve no doubt heard about hydraulic fracking and the new business that crude oil from this process has brought to the inland barge industry. But what about fracking 2.0? Some say this could be the next big trend in the oil patch. And if so, it could mean a new source of business for liquid barging, which has softened up of late as crude oil prices and production have dropped. Fracking 2.0 is what...

Barge industry hits milestones

Here's a list of the key developments that are affecting the barge industry over the past year. While reporting on the state of the inland barge industry for the June issue of WorkBoat, I made a list of key developments affecting the industry over the past year and into 2015. When you look it over, you realize that beyond the headlines of the crude boom, there are many other significant happenings that are affecting commercial navigation on the nation’s river...

Merchant vessels on front lines of migrant crisis

Merchant ships that ply the busy Mediterranean shipping lanes have been on the front lines of the migrant crisis as lifesavers. Merchant vessels rescued some 40,000 migrants from capsized or unseaworthy boats in the Mediterranean Sea last year, as thousands of desperate people from North Africa and the Middle East embarked on dangerous and risky crossings to start new lives in Europe. Merchant ships that ply the busy Mediterranean shipping lanes have been on the front lines of this...

LNG and the Jones Act: Do they mix?

Marad is putting the final touches on a National Maritime Strategy that will recommend ways to reverse the steady decline of the U.S. merchant fleet. Almost two years in the making, and the bun is getting ready to come out of the oven. On April 14, before a meeting of the Navy League, Paul “Chip”Jaenichen, administrator at the U.S. Maritime Administration, said that his agency is putting the final touches on a National Maritime Strategy that will recommend ways to reverse the steady...

Yoga, naps and other ways for mariners to combat fatigue

Getting good sleep is tough onboard noisy vessels with demanding work hours. Sometimes it takes a few simple things to stay alert and healthy on the job. Fatigue can lead to mistakes and accidents, as the body’s ability to react and respond are compromised. And mariners agree that getting good sleep is tough onboard noisy vessels with demanding work hours. How about that 20-minute power nap? Cutting back the caffeine? Jumping rope on deck?  These were a few tips...

Women rise to the top on the water

Women rise to the top on the water Women came to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., from all over the country last week to talk frankly about what life is like on the water, and how women are changing the face of the maritime industry. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a room with such positive female energy. Women came to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., from all over the country last week to talk frankly about what life is like on...

Barge tax will rise April 1 for inland operators

After many years of lobbying for higher fuel taxes to help pay for inland infrastructure, barge companies will soon be paying more with the expectation of getting more. Over the next few weeks, most of us will be looking for ways to pay fewer taxes to Uncle Sam as we prepare our annual tax returns. But beginning next Wednesday, inland towing companies will pay higher taxes on diesel fuel, and they won’t be complaining. They actually relish the increase, and lobbied...

Long maligned Olmsted Lock and Dam gets a boost

Finally, some good news to report about the much-criticized and extremely over-budget and long delayed lock and dam construction project on the Ohio River at Olmsted, Ill.   Finally, some good news to report about the much-criticized and extremely over-budget and long delayed lock and dam construction project on the Ohio River at Olmsted, Ill. That “damn”project just might get finished a few years earlier than the latest projections, and, amazingly enough, for...

LNG-fueled shipping in U.S. lags behind Europe

LNG appears to be the next big step in marine fuel, just as steam replaced sails and diesel replaced steam. I attended an interesting seminar this week at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., that focused on the intensifying debate over whether LNG is the fuel of the future for the shipping industry. One of the points I found particularly striking was how advanced Asia and Europe are in promoting and using LNG in maritime and inland shipping, compared to the...