Matt Guasco

Matt Guasco


Hard cargo in a Cloud based world

In Norway there’s a company called Nimber which offers a unique courier service. You might call them the UBER of goods movement. The firm matches people who need to send things with people willing to “bring” them. They claim to accept everything from Cakes to Couches and initially, all this takes place in the cloud!

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A helping hand in the Gulf

His friends and colleagues would say of Jerry Nagel that he was a dedicated and passionate maritime professional.

May 30, 2017View Full Blog

Jones Act under fire, battle lines drawn

Last week CBP withdrew its proposed change to the Jones Act exempting the carriage of offshore drilling material and supplies by all but U.S. flag vessels. The ruling sparked a heated controversy among industry associations and trade unions who lined up on both sides of the issue.

May 22, 2017 • (0) CommentsView Full Blog

In the Wake of the Titanic - Icebergs in the North Atlantic

On the evening of April 14th, 1912, the HMS Titanic was making her way from Southampton to New York. Steaming off the coast of Nova Scotia she collided with an Iceberg at 11:40 pm. By 2:20 am after taking on water along her starboard side, the “unsinkable” vessel foundered, broke apart, and sank with over a thousand souls onboard. In response to this tragedy the International Ice Patrol (IIP) was set up to monitor the flow of icebergs within shipping lanes between Europe, Canada and the United States.

May 09, 2017View Full Blog

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, 2017View 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