Matt Guasco

Matt Guasco

The Age of Sail Reborn

Launched in 1851 the “Flying Cloud” was the fastest clipper ship under sail. Making the run from New York to San Francisco in 89 days 8 hours, she set the record as the fastest Packet ship afloat, a record which would stand for 100 years. In 1838 the SS Great Western became the first trans-Atlantic passenger liner to integrate steam with sail.

Apr 17, 2017 • (0) CommentsView Full Blog

All the Ships at Sea

Until his death in 1972 Walter Winchell entertained America with his views on everything from crime to maritime. His comments on the U.S. Merchant Marines even landed him in court.

Dec 27, 2016View Full Blog

Iran enters the Mega Ship Age

Established in 1967 The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line commenced operations with 2 coastal traders and 4 ocean going vessels.

Dec 21, 2016View Full Blog

Passage to the East

In 2012 with all good intentions, Chinese billionaire Wang Jing formed the Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Group (HKND). His vision: to create a new route to the Caribbean.

Dec 13, 2016View Full Blog

Triple Indemnity Sought Under The Shipping Act

In September of 2012 the Department of Justice found evidence among eleven Roll-On/Roll-Off carriers of misconduct under maritime regulations. The FMC (Federal Maritime Commission) allows carriers to jointly set pricing and make adjustments to combined capacity, if these events are filed in advance. Un-documented action is subject to fines and compensation to injured parties up to twice the value of assessable damage.

Dec 05, 2016View Full Blog

Ballast Water - does it have the power to scrap ships?

What has one to do with the other you might ask? First we need to address what ballast water is and how it affects our oceans.

Dec 01, 2016View Full Blog

Looking at AAPA’s Infrastructure Wish List

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) last week released a statement echoing President-Elect Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again.” In a letter to the transition team, the association outlined several areas for investing the $1trillion pledged by the GOP for rebuilding America.

Nov 28, 2016View Full Blog

Port of L.A. Announces Best Month Ever

October volume figures were applauded by port executives, who said the Port of Los Angeles notched the best month ever for a Western Hemisphere container port!

Nov 21, 2016View Full Blog

Just in time for Thanksgiving

The shipment of fresh and frozen produce is a billion dollar industry and ocean carriers take this commodity group very seriously.

Nov 18, 2016View Full Blog

Somalia, Trading in Oil and Piracy

Recent developments in Somalia may be a blessing or curse for international commerce as the nation enters a new age of exploration.

Nov 14, 2016View Full Blog