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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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...

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...