Joseph Collum

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Salvage: Making a Bad Situation Worse

By Joseph Collum 2016-01-08 18:15:36

As if ever-bigger ships weren’t enough of a challenge, salvors these days must contend with political interference, misguided legislation, and the threat of lawsuits and even jail time. The 21st Century is the age of mega ships – from containers and tankers to ro-ros and cruise liners. As vessels grow ever larger, so too have the stakes when something goes awry and the challenges to salvors who come rushing to the rescue, trying to prevent bad situations from exploding...

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Leviathans of the Sea

By Joseph Collum 2015-11-16 18:31:07

When Malcom McLean launched the very first container ship in 1956, transoceanic shipping was so costly it made little sense to transport most cargo around the globe. McLean, a North Carolina trucking entrepreneur, concocted a plan to load entire truck trailers onto ships with their cargo inside. When the trailer reached its destination, it could seamlessly be offloaded onto a truck or train and transported to consumers – quick, cheap and efficient. In 1956, McLean loaded a converted tanker he’d...

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The Pulse of Global Trade

By Joseph Collum 2015-09-11 14:27:05

The roll-on roll-off sector shows the economy is strong.    Fitbit is the latest craze in so-called “activity trackers,” wearable devices that monitor everything from the number of steps you take in a day to the amount of calories you burn to how restless you are when you sleep. Ro-Ro is to the world economy what Fitbit is to personal health. The pulse of Ro-Ro shipping says much about the condition of the global marketplace. And seven...

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Passenger Safety: The Elephant in the Room

By Joseph Collum 2015-03-13 09:30:05

***From Jan-Feb 2015 Edition of The Maritime Executive magazine*** If there’s one topic that’s taboo...

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Meeting the SECA Challenge

By Joseph Collum 2015-02-19 16:17:26

***From Nov-Dec 2014 Edition of The Maritime Executive magazine***   On January 1st a new IMO mandate for North America and northern Europe will take effect, reducing the amount of sulfur in fuel by 90 percent. But how will it be enforced?   The shipping industry is bracing to feel “the pointy end of the stick,” as one executive calls it, when new sulfur emission regulations take effect on January 1, 2015 in northern Europe, North America and...

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