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Maritime--WISTA USA AGM Takes Manhattan

The WISTA USA 2015 AGM and Conference was held Friday, May 15, 2015 and hosted by the New York/New Jersey Chapter of WISTA USA. The topics discussed included Emerging Challenges Facing Shipping. A link of the notice is here => WISTA USA 2015 AGM.

For those not familiar with WISTA, the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association,  is a networking organization for women at management level in the maritime industry. WISTA mission statement holds that WISTA shall:
Facilitate the exchange of contacts, information and experiences among its members Promote and facilitate the education of its members Provide liaison with other related institutions and organizations worldwideWISTA's vision is that shall be acknowledged as a professional and highly reputable shipping organization with focus on improving levels of competency in the shipping industry and shall:
Attract highly qualified people to the industry Attract highly qualified people to the organization Improve le…

Maritime Law--Ferries Between Florida and Cuba Now Licensed in U.S.

According to several news sources, passenger ferries could be set to run between Florida and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years after the U.S. government approved 5 new ferry services on May 5, 2015. The U.S. Treasury granted licenses to at least five American companies to operate ferry services to Cuba for the first time in more than a half century, potentially bringing the former Cold War antagonists closer. These companies include Airline Brokers Co. of Miami, Baja Ferries USA, Havana Ferry Partners, United Caribbean Lines and America Cruise Ferries of Puerto Rico. Services between the two countries had stopped in 1960 when the U.S. imposed a trade embargo on Cuba. However, the U.S. announced the restoration of diplomatic ties in December 2014, an issue I have blogged on before. President Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at April's Summit of the Americas Photo AP
These granted licenses do not necessarily mean that ferries will start launching for Cu…