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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.

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 OSRO - child of necessity

    In the July 2014 of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, you can find my article entitled "OSRO - child of necessity". In the article, I discuss how the concept of the oil spill removal organization (OSRO) was developed and brought into being during the implementation process for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).