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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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...

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...

Coast Guard faces more demands and budget cuts

The Coast Guard was in the spotlight in Washington this week, with a focus on its budget on Capitol Hill and Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft’s first “State of the Coast Guard”address. The Coast Guard was in the spotlight in Washington this week, with a focus on its budget on Capitol Hill and Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft’s first “State of the Coast Guard”address. Both events underscored the evolving roles of the Coast Guard far beyond the traditional duties of...

Remaking the Mayflower

A U.K. charity is building a replica of the Mayflower that will be launched in 2020 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the original ship's landing in America.  When I get a little restless on vacation, I turn to the BBC's website. Always a trove of interesting information, the website offered a story about a U.K. charity that is building a replica of the Mayflower that will be launched in 2020 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the original ship's landing in America.  I was...

Reviving U.S.-Cuba trade, more than cigars

President Obama's announcement that the United States will begin to open trade and diplomatic relations with Cuba is being received as as early Christmas present by the cruise, ferry, cargo vessel and port industries.  President Obama's announcement yesterday that the U.S. will make the first major move in 54 years to open trade and diplomatic relations with Cuba is being received as as early Christmas present by the cruise, ferry, cargo vessel and port industries. For years, these sectors...

For now, shipping industry free of Ebola restrictions

Experts say the deadly virus has had little impact on U.S. shipping — so far.There’s some good news from the Ebola front. Experts say the deadly virus has had little impact on U.S. shipping — so far. The U.S. Coast Guard has tightened port of entry requirements for ships coming from affected areas in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. But few vessels calling at U.S. ports actually come from those countries. The majority of  U.S.-bound ships sailing from the...

Maritime bills in limbo

Congress will get one more chance to pass maritime bills next month, but will they perform?Congressmen are now back home, trying to justify to voters why they deserve to be re-elected on Nov. 4. With party control of the Senate on the line, and lots of House seats up for grabs, both parties have a lot to be worried about. When you listen to the campaigning in many states, you often hear lawmakers congratulating themselves for voting for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act...

Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria: which is more deadly?

A recent study estimates that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley to Eloise could nearly triple the death toll.I don’t know about you, but it always rankles me when meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center name hurricanes after women. Female boat-naming doesn’t bother me, but female hurricanes get me all blown out of shape. How many Katrinas, Ritas and Sandys do you know that are the constant brunt of stupid jokes about unpredictability and dramatic entrances?...

Welcome aboard the Queen Elizabeth, July 7, 1951

I came across my mother’s old travel diary from a cruise taken in the summer of 1951.While at home in Massachusetts a few days ago, digging through old boxes and packing new ones to help my elderly father downsize into a smaller apartment, I came across my mother’s old travel diary from a cruise taken in the summer of 1951. It was a beautiful red diary made by a stationary company in Massachusetts, complete with her name and “My Trip Abroad” engraved in gold letters and secured with a...