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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Mariner credentialing demystified

Have you ever wondered what happens to the documents you file to receive your merchant mariner credentials? Have you ever wondered what happens to the documents you file to receive your merchant mariner credentials? Are they dropped in a big hole? Reviewed by some high-tech robot? Disappear for weeks on end in the wilds of West Virginia? If this has ever intrigued you, and you can get to landlocked Martinsburg, W.Va., then you might want to attend the open house at the National Maritime...

How many female ship pilots are there?

More data is needed on female ship pilots. The Board of Pilotage Commissioners in Washington state is looking for data about women currently serving as pilots in U.S. ports. The board, which is appealing a 2014 court decision that awarded $3.6 million to a female mariner who filed a discrimination suit, is preparing a plan to diversify its workforce. OAS_url = 'http://oascentral.workboat.com'; OAS_pos = 'Middle1'; OAS_sitePage = 'wb/news'; var OAS_RN = new...

Teaching an old French barge new tricks

Walking along the Seine here in Paris might evoke romance and architectural overload, but I find myself constantly drawn to looking at what's floating on the river rather than what's around it. Walking along the Seine here in Paris might evoke romance and architectural overload, but I find myself constantly drawn to looking at what's floating on the river rather than what's around it. What impresses me is the variety and creative uses that the French have developed for barges. OAS_url...

Flying the stars and stripes off the Turkish coast

Delaware, a state flag of convenience. At the crowded dock in Bodrum, Turkey, I was supposed to be looking for a 60' wooden gulet by the name of Alinda that was to take us and a few friends on a two-week cruise of southeastern Turkey. Instead, my eyes kept being diverted to the number of yachts tied up to the pier that were flying the Stars and Stripes and sporting Delaware on their transoms. Gee, I thought, this is exciting to see so many American boats that have made the long journey...

May I see your passport, er, TWIC please?

Beginning July 1, TWIC applicants will have to produce yet another documentation. Passports please! No, no, it’s not a surly airport TSA agent barking at you, but another part of that much-maligned agency that will be reviewing your application for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential. OAS_url = 'http://oascentral.workboat.com'; OAS_pos = 'Middle1'; OAS_sitePage = 'wb/news'; var OAS_RN = new String(Math.random()); var OAS_RNS = OAS_RN.substring(2,...

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. OAS_url =...

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 system. OAS_url =...

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...