Art Garcia

Contributing Writer

Art Garcia

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Art Garcia is a regular contributor to The Maritime Executive magazine. He has an extensive media background and has been a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (London) and Christian Science Monitor.

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Playing Catch-Up

By Art Garcia 2017-02-18 04:32:09

The U.S. lags far behind Europe in the development of offshore wind, but Block Island is a start. By Art Garcia The first offshore wind farm was installed off the coast of Denmark in 1991. Since then, sixty-four more have been built in European waters, employing 58,000 workers. The U.K., Belgium, Germany and Denmark have taken the lead in harnessing and utilizing offshore wind. Today, 80 percent of Denmark’s electricity is supplied by wind power. With the world’s...

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P&I: Stormy Weather

By Art Garcia 2013-08-23 10:20:00

“Building Resilience – Defining for a Sustainable Future” is the theme of the annual conference of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) when it meets in London in September. The focus will be the severe losses that hit several lines of the marine insurance business in 2012 and what to do about them. “Although the claim frequency and cost are beyond our control, we’re going to do our part to turn it for the better in 2013,” said IUMI’s...

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The ECDIS Revolution

By Art Garcia 2012-12-17 13:35:00

Like it or not, the age of paper charts for navigation is quickly coming to a close. By Art Garcia Clearly waiting on the horizon is the deadline for the IMO’s directive calling for mandatory carriage of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) by deepwater vessels. But there’s been no “full-ahead” response by some shipping companies to meet the 2012 requirement to switch from paper charts to...

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Pipes, Pumps and Valves: All Systems Go

By Art Garcia 2012-12-17 13:34:00

Demand is increasing for the type of basic equipment that every vessel needs, but counterfeiting is a growing problem. By Art Garcia The tide has turned for major manufacturers of marine pipes, pumps and valves, bolstered by a rebounding economy, increased commercial and military vessel construction, and a strengthened market for offshore support vessels. At...

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Is LNG the Fuel of the Future?

By Art Garcia 2012-12-17 13:33:00

The economic and environmental benefits of LNG-fueled vessels are compelling – and surprisingly affordable. By Art Garcia Like most major industries, transportation contributes to the growing global problem of airborne emissions, fouling the air and resulting in major health problems in the U.S. and around the world. In the maritime sector, a big rebound in...

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Second Port of Oakland Exec Suspended

By Art Garcia 2012-12-17 13:33:00

By Art Garcia The Port of Oakland’s newly installed Acting Executive Director Deborah Ale Flint ordered Maritime Director James Kwon to return immediately from a business trip to China in the wake of charges he spent $4,500 in public money entertaining shipping executives in a Houston strip club. Kwon was suspended and put on paid administrative leave one day after port commissioners placed his boss, Executive Director Omar Benjamin, on immediate paid administrative leave as...

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Port of Oakland Saga Continues

By Art Garcia 2012-12-17 13:32:00

By Art Garcia Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin [seen in thumb image] resigned on Monday in the wake of a scandal over questionable expenses charged to the port. Benjamin and Maritime Director James Kwon were placed on paid administrative leave in mid-October as port officials investigated a $4,500 expense for a 2008 gathering to entertain shipping executives at a Houston strip club. The executives, with BNSF Railway, have said they have no record of...

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The Power of Simulation

By Art Garcia 2012-11-20 15:40:00

By Art Garcia Realism continues becoming more real in maritime simulation with one of the latest advances being touch-screen visual solutions. Already around for a time has been 3-D, and rapidly developing is 5-D. All that appears to be missing from marine simulation is the smell of salt air, and even that is making inroads. A company called Transas Technologies has an “edutainment” division that merges education and entertainment: “In this area we actually have a 5-D attraction...

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Wanted: Naval Architects

By Art Garcia 2012-11-20 15:10:00

An “under-the-radar” profession is doing just fine, thank you. By Art Garcia “What recession?” responded John Waterhouse, Chief Concept Engineer, Board Chairman and a founder of Elliott Bay Design Group, when asked how the Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm fared during the global economic slump. “The marine industry did not suffer the same downturn as other sectors of the economy.” Echoing Waterhouse’s optimism is Robert Allan, Executive Chairman of 82-year-old naval architecture and marine...

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