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EDITOR’S NOTE aithful readers of this publication will have read in December’s editor’s note that longtime Marine News editor Joseph Keefe is now settling into well-deserved retire-

F ment. Those familiar with Joe’s work know that his successor has big shoes to ? ll.

Luckily for me, Joe has been a generous teacher during our time together at New Wave

Media, from my ? rst days as an intern in 2013, through my tenure as an editor for and then as managing editor of Offshore Engineer. I speak for everyone at this 80-year-old publishing house when I say Joe has been a diligent editor and astute industry commentator, an invaluable asset to our team and an absolute joy to work with.

We wish him all the best.

As the new editor of Marine News, I look forward to picking up where Joe left off, and

I’m already hard at work to maintain the high level of feature writing and expert analysis you’ve come to expect, kicking off with this edition’s INSIGHTS interview with Red and White Fleet chairman, Tom Escher, starting on page 6. When it comes to maritime’s green evolution, many merely talk the talk, but Escher stands ? rm among those who are walking the walk.

Also in this issue, our annual passenger vessel edition, regular Marine News contribu- tors Tom Ewing and Barry Parker weigh in on this industry’s most crucial topic, with feature stories on safety that begin on pages 24 and 28 respectively. This subject is, and always will be, top priority for all serving this industry. But achieving safety, and the regulations that surround this mandate, are not always as simple as the endeavor itself.

And luckily for you, Joe delivered a couple of articles for this edition before starting his next chapter on January 1. I consider the stories starting on pages 34 and 42 – along with his long list of story leads and words of wisdom – to be his farewell gift.

No doubt you’ll see Joe’s in? uence in the issues to come. And who knows? You may even see a few changes.

Eric Haun, Editor,

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