Matsuda Stepping Down as U.S. Maritime Administrator

Perhaps the most unpopular person in the U.S. maritime industry, Maritime Administrator David Matsuda has today announced his plans to step down from his post, a role he has held since June 25, 2010.  His tenure has been marked by a general inability to connect with U.S. maritime industry stakeholders and support growth within the industry.  Filling in the role will be Deputy … [Read more...]

You’re Fired – King’s Point Superintendant Wades Into Brown Water

In the heat and sunshine of a clear summer day, hundreds of cadets stood at attention to welcome the new superintendent, Rear Admiral James A. Helis, to the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. All but the freshman class of cadets were familiar with the uniforms, flags and ceremony that surrounded the event, but only a handful had met Helis.  Many stood … [Read more...]

GMATS: MARAD’s David Matsuda Speaks

By David Matsuda, U.S. Maritime Administrator Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy made the decision to close the Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS), based on a recommendation from an internal task force.  We want to share with the maritime community why this step was necessary. In … [Read more...]

A Failure of Leadership

By Clay Maitland Shipping, it is often said, is a house of many mansions.  It is characterized by different qualities, and varies according to the nationality of the ships themselves, and their owners.  Here in the United States, however, one thing cuts across all of the niche markets and special interests:  we need leadership.  Nowhere is this more apparent then in the … [Read more...]

Really Mr. Matsuda? Maritime Matters?

We had no idea... thanks for the heads up sir. David Matsuda, the highest ranking maritime official in the US government, came down to New Orleans for the International Workboat show this past week to deliver the profound message to us all that "Maritime Matters". In the following video Matsuda urges the industry to increase the general public's awareness of maritime … [Read more...]