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Great Lakes Dredging Crisis

The annual Great Lakes Waterways Conference, themed, “Recovery, Renewal & Reinvestment 2012,” was held during the last week of February in Cleveland, Ohio.  Various industry experts from both Canada and the United States attended and participated in roundtable discussions on the current state of Great...

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The Fatigue Cliche’

Has the concept of fatigue simply become a buzzword for criminalized mariners when they are forced to defend themselves against punitive Coast Guard investigations?  Or is the idea of fatigue legitimate?  In this modern age and with all the studies that have been conducted on...

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MARAd Mysteries – Part I

The best thing we can say about the current Maritime Administration (MARAd) leadership is that it provides bloggers with plenty of material.  Word went out last week that Rear Admiral Philip Greene would be stepping down from his role as Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant...

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ILO History and Seafarer Rights

I spent this past week at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland participating in the tripartite committee that crafted guidelines for the medical examination of seafarers.  While it is often easy to get lost in the weeds when creating these sorts of documents...

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