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Apr

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Get ahold of yourself! We’re having another conference.

Get ahold of yourself! We’re having another conference.

There, there. I know. It’s o.k. You missed our conference in Tampa last month. There’s nothing you can do about it now. It’s time to move on. “But, but,” I hear you saying, “the speakers…the discussion panels…the demonstrations!” Pull yourself together! As wonderful as it was, there’s going to be more that you wouldn’t want to miss […]

17
Mar

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One Continent. One Supply Chain. One Love.

One Continent. One Supply Chain. One Love.

There’s a funny thing about neighbors. You start off getting along really well, but over time, well, you drift apart. I’m talking about the Canadians next door. Of course, you get together for the playoffs, but you hardly ever discuss trade deals anymore and you haven’t had them over for a state dinner in ages. […]

17
Mar

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Shipping Industry Self-Help: Stop Crashing into Things

Shipping Industry Self-Help: Stop Crashing into Things

Welcome to the second part of our continuing series on how to be the best shipping industry you can be. In the first part, we discussed how it just hadn’t been your year, Shipping Industry, and how to approach the new year positively. Today we’re going to be tackling a seldom-mentioned, but equally important topic in shipping industry self-help: […]

11
Feb

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Nuclear Detection in Ports: Lessons from the Movie True Lies

Nuclear Detection in Ports: Lessons from the Movie True Lies

Nuclear and radiological detection in ports is an issue of growing concern. At least, it should be. Actually, its been kind of ignored until lately, but it is an important issue. Without proper scanning systems and information sharing protocols, our ports, and our country, are wide open for someone to bring in nuclear material, chemical weapons […]

28
Jan

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Some Pirates Don’t Need Guns: Seaports and Cyber-security.

Some Pirates Don’t Need Guns: Seaports and Cyber-security.

“We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face real threats to security and our economy.” President Barack Obama, 2013 State of the Union Address. Recently, Congress was asked “What do you think of port and terminal cybersecurity protocols?” They answered, “That would be nice.” With that in […]

18
Jan

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Zen and the Art of Shipping: An Inquiry into the Value of Cargo.

Zen and the Art of Shipping: An Inquiry into the Value of Cargo.

3 Minute Read. (Apologies to Robert M. Pirsig.) Note: What follows should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It’s not very factual on shipping, either. The shipping industry: We live in a constant swirl of figures, estimates and predictions. Lately a lot of […]

07
Jan

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It Just Wasn’t Your Year, Shipping Industry.

It Just Wasn’t Your Year, Shipping Industry.

3 minute read. People everywhere are saying that the Shipping Industry is depressed. Yes, you have been a little depressed, haven’t you Shipping Industry? Feeling a little low in the water? Let’s be honest: Last year wasn’t great, was it? It just wasn’t your year. Yes, positivity has been in short supply lately, hasn’t it […]

18
Dec

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`Twas the Night Before the Merger

`Twas the Night Before the Merger

`Twas the night before the merger And all through the port, Not a dock worker was engaging In any form of transport. The tankers were nestled all snug in their berths, While visions of market share gave them great mirth. The CEO in his blazer and I in my yachting cap, Had just settled down […]

27
Nov

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We Need Less CO2 and Way Fewer Acronyms

We Need Less CO2 and Way Fewer Acronyms

“[The impacts of climate change] go far beyond the environmental. Their consequences reach to the very heart of security agendas.” Margaret Beckett, former British Foreign Secretary. The T&E, IMO and other NGOs tell the UN to reduce CO2. O.k. Clearly the shipping industry produces far too much of two things: Acronyms and CO2. We can […]

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