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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

I have been privileged for some years now to be allowed to publish a column in the widely-circulated monthly magazine Maritime Reporter & Engineering News. Through the kind permission of the editors thereof, various of those columns, containing my ramblings on miscellaneous topics of a general maritime bent, are linked below.

November 2014 – Avoiding the edges of the sea.
October 2014 – Offshore supply vessels.
September 2014 – Rogue waves.
August 2014 – Polar Code afoot.
July 2014 – OSRO – child of necessity.
June 2014 – Maritime Washington in 1939.
May 2014 – Treatment of foreign seafarers.
April 2014 – Doing less with less.
March 2014 – Arctic taskings for the Coast Guard.
February 2014 – Preemption.
January 2014 – Sonar and the US Coast Guard.

December 2013 – Marine cybersecurity.
November 2013 – Nontank vessel response plan regulations.
October 2013 – Maritime strike operations.
September 2013 – GPS spoofing.
August 2013 – Training challenges.
July 2013 – LNG fueled vessels.
June 2013 – Why TWIC?
May 2013 – Rebuilding the presumption of preemption.
April 2013 – The Noise Code.
March 2013 – MLC 2006 and the US.
February 2013 – Places of refuge.
January 2013 – Responder immunity.

December 2012 – Arctic animal manifesto.
November 2012 – Suggested BWM regulatory changes.
October 2012 – Signed confessions – redux.
September 2012 – 100% scanning – dying a slow death.
August 2012 – Shipping & sanctions.
July 2012 – Arctic Shield 2012.
June 2012 – The ECA is coming.
May 2012 – The useless TWIC.
April 2012 – Use of force.
March 2012 – The garbage revolution.
February 2012 – The war against fatigue.
January 2012 – Are the ballast water stars finally aligning?

December 2011 – The eNav strategy and its implications.
November 2011 – A culture of complacency.
October 2011 – Seafarer competency – the Manila Amendments to STCW.
September 2011 – Towing vessel inspection proposal.
August 2011 – GPS Squared.
July 2011 – Tackling piracy head-on and otherwise.
June 2011 – The business model for maritime security.
May 2011 – Lessons not yet learned.
April 2011 – Disposal of chemical weapons at sea.
March 2011 – Payment of ransom.
February 2011 – AIS: coming to an ATON near you.
January 2011 – Maritime terrorism.

December 2010 – Banning of substandard vessels.
November 2010 – Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.
October 2010 – In defense of environmental regulation.
September 2010 – Oil spill investigation.
August 2010 – Americans with Disabilities Act.
July 2010 – Low bridge, everybody down.
June 2010 – Pirates burn Galveston.
May 2010 – Pirates, ransoms, and the US Government.
April 2010 – Incidental discharges from small commercial vessels.
March 2010 – Asian carp control.
February 2010 – The fallacy of technology-based security.
January 2010 – Demise of the single-hull tanker.

December 2009 – Alice in Wonderland and the weaponizing of ships.
November 2009 – North American Arctic – Shortcut or destination.
October 2009 – The dunnage crises.
September 2009 – The Pacific Adventurer disaster.
August 2009 – Counter-piracy efforts updated.
July 2009 – Milking the maritime cow.
June 2009 – Ratcheting down the risk of piracy.
May 2009 – ECA for all.
April 2009 – Holding your breath.
March 2009 – Noise pollution – an upcoming challenge.
February 2009 – Salvage and marine firefighting.
January 2009 – AIS expansion proposed.

December 2008 – Marine casualty investigation.
November 2008 – Regulation of incidental discharges.
October 2008 – USCG raises COFR amounts.
September 2008 – Regulation of ship design and construction.
August 2008 – Implications of the Jho doctrine.
July 2008 – Nontank vessel response plan requirements.
June 2008 – Coast Guard Authorization Act.
May 2008 – Air emissions update.
April 2008 – Biofouling.
March 2008 – The COFRs are coming.
February 2008 – CBP advance trade data proposal.
January 2008 – Augmented reality and e-navigation.

December 2007 – USCG environmental crime disclosure policy.
November 2007 – The TWIC program and a failure of imagination.
October 2007 – US policy regarding places of refuge.
September 2007 – Re-balancing the Coast Guard.
August 2007 – Ballast water management – a way forward.
July 2007 – Quarantine and isolation.
June 2007 – Pet food recall fallout.
May 2007 – Air emissions, bunkers & charters.
April 2007 – Gross negligence costs $150,000 and more.
March 2007 – Salvage and firefighting delayed again.
February 2007 – TWIC program – phase one.
January 2007 – Vessel security program upheld.

December 2006 – Oily water separators.
November 2006 – TWIC challenges – greater than we knew.
October 2006 – Whales – right, wrong, or indifferent.
September 2006 – TWIC – a bridge too far.
August 2006 – New OPA 90 limits on liability.
July 2006 – TWIC zeal untempered.
June 2006 – TWIC – this time for real.
May 2006 – C-TPAT and the GreenLane.
April 2006 – Exon-Florio, CFIUS, and foreigners.
March 2006 – Reporting significant harm to the environment.
February 2006 – Alcohol testing: the two-hour rule.
January 2006 – Preparing for the avian flu pandemic.

December 2005 – My time is NOT your time.
November 2005 – California – the incredible green hulk.
October 2005 – Wood packaging materials.
September 2005 – Harbor maintenance tax.
August 2005 – Potable water.
July 2005 – Sewage happens.
June 2005 – Crossing the boundary lines.
May 2005 – Do you have a permit?
April 2005 – Lemons, tiles, and false assumptions.
March 2005 – Nontank vessel response plans.
February 2005 – Tuns, tons, and tonnage.
January 2005 – Cargo security strategy.

    logo11 Avoiding the edges of the sea

    In the November 2014 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "Avoiding the edges of the sea". In the article, I discuss the success or failure of mariners in their continuing efforts to avoid the edges of the sea, such as rocks, shoals, piers, and bridges. Modern navigation equipment has proven only partially capable of overcoming poor practices.