COMMENT: Amidst a continuing flow of bad news about COVID-19 in the maritime business, with mariners stuck aboard vessels, bright spots have emerged along the East, West and Gulf coasts, in the U.S. ports, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: The debate in Washington, D.C. over “infrastructure”- however you define it, is continuing, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: USA infrastructure has endured yet another crisis, with the outage of the Colonial Pipeline, a major artery for moving refined products from refineries (in the US Gulf Coast) to consumers in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, writes Barry Parker.
Well, truth be told, for a while I stopped writing about “Infrastructure” bills from Washington, DC after an almost handful of failed efforts. This time, it may be different, but I am not holding my breath, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: Yes, this column’s name refers to a place up north, but, like many native New Yorkers, I spend time in the “Sixth Borough”- otherwise known as Florida, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: All along the East Coast, the talk is all about off shore wind, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: I must confess, over the past four years, I got a little tired of writing about the huge breakthrough “Infrastructure” investment initiatives which, as all boats rise with the tide, would benefit ports throughout the USA, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: Ships calling at ports are subject to international regulations drawn up by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with headquarters on the River Thames but with 170+ member states, and a nearly equal number of hangers-on. Obviously, the IMO’s actions will impact ports directly - think about waste or ballast ...
COMMENT: Around New York, we’ve seen huge sea changes since the beginning of 2020, along with the rest of the maritime world, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: All eyes are on the U.S. Presidential election, being held on November 3rd, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: In the commercial shipping realm, one of the major disappointments (dare I say “scandal?”) tied to the COVID-19 pandemic has been the difficulties in the movement of seafarers, brought on by a maze of travel restrictions and bureaucratic impediments, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: The late and great baseball player/philosopher Yogi Berra once opined, “It’s very difficult to predict what might happen….especially in the future," writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: When describing shipping matters, clichés such as “best of times/ worst of times” are abounding at present, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: Worldwide supply chains, and the ports that go with them, have been completely overtaken by the Coronavirus, COVID-19 issue, writes Barry Parker.
COMMENT: Yes, we have heard it before. Investment in infrastructure (the “I-word”) was a centerpiece of President Trump’s campaign four years ago; it also figured in peace-making overtures between Democrats (led by House speaker Nancy Pelosi) and the party of Trump, the Republicans, during the various political feuds of ...