Stephen L. Caldwell

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Stormy Weather

By Stephen L. Caldwell 2018-03-07 19:13:15

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Karl Schultz, Commander of the Atlantic Area, summed it up this way: “The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season set historic records with three incredibly powerful Category 4 hurricanes making landfall in the United States in quick succession.” For the cruise industry, this was bad news. The Caribbean is the industry’s most popular destination, and two of the three Category 4 storms – Irma and Maria – were direct hits.  The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June...

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Wake-Up Call

By Stephen L. Caldwell 2017-12-22 22:11:26

On Tuesday, June 27, Maersk was hit by the “NotPetya” computer virus that shut down its container business. Soon mainstream and industry media outlets were reporting stoppages at Maersk operations in Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Auckland and a dozen other ports around the globe. Fear of the unknown – and prospects that the virus could spread – caused worldwide consternation throughout the maritime industry.  Maersk was both quick and transparent in its response, using social media and other communication channels to inform...

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IT Solutions

By Stephen L. Caldwell 2016-11-21 20:10:38

In tough times, every dollar counts. Software programs that automate critical functions can help. By Stephen Caldwell With global economic growth down, commodity prices sinking, and shipping capacity and competition up, it’s more important than ever for maritime companies to control their costs in order to stay afloat. And maritime software is one of the most important tools they have to do so. Almost every aspect of maritime operations – from managing an entire fleet to evaluating an...

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Somali piracy

Maritime Security: Moving Targets

By Stephen L. Caldwell 2016-01-08 18:07:17

While Somali piracy is in remission, other threats are multiplying. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) recently sponsored a maritime security conference that provided participants with an update on piracy and other threats to shipping. The conference, “Current and Future Challenges to Energy Security in the Maritime Environment,” covered a variety of issues but was clear on one point: Threats to shipping, from piracy to terrorism, are alive and well. The Rise and Fall of Somali Piracy Most of...

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