Matt Guasco

Matt Guasco

Season’s Greetings, Many Happy Returns?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us, but in the retail world, a season forgiving it’s not.

Nov 22, 2017View Full Blog

The Jones Act: a New Face or New Fate

On September 20th Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico with Category 5 winds, knocking out power and devastating much of the island’s roads and infrastructure. Two weeks earlier, Hurricane Irma passing just north of the island also created significant damage. These storms dealt Puerto Rico a devastating blow. Fuel Oil and Natural Gas reserves were hardest hit, making it extremely difficult to restore power and electricity. As food, water and medical supplies become depleted, Puerto Rico faces a resupply problem. How to get the ports and infrastructure up and running so that relief can reach the people?

Sep 29, 2017View Full Blog

Reflagging America

In 1960 America held 16.9 percent of the world’s tonnage with 2,926 cargo vessels and tankers, against a total capacity of 17,317 vessels worldwide. At the turn of the century that number had dropped to 282 vessels registered under the U.S. Flag.

Sep 12, 2017View Full Blog

A Nightmare Named Harvey

Levies are overflowing and much of Houston’s Transportation infrastructure is at this point inoperative.

Aug 31, 2017View Full Blog

Will cyber hacking continue to plague transportation?

Maersk's recent attack left a black mark on the reliability of global documentation. Working through the backlog of issues, the mega carrier admitted this attack took its toll not only on container operations but on customer confidence. If a transport giant like A.P. Moller could be hit with the Petya virus, what are the chances that your data can remain secure?

Aug 28, 2017 • (0) CommentsView Full Blog

Clearing the Air, Ports Step up to Green Initiatives

The Ports of L.A. and Long Beach rolled out their 2017 “Clean Air Action Plan” (CAAP) this July aggressively stepping up air quality standards for the region.

Aug 21, 2017View Full Blog

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!

Jun 27, 2017 • (0) CommentsView Full Blog

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