Kathy A. Smith

Marine Industry Content Writer


A passion for ships led me to write marine trade articles and marketing content for the marine sector.

I have over 200 published trade articles in more than 20 North American and UK trade publications. Additionally, I've written copy for marine businesses, including press releases, blogs and other marketing collateral.

Below are selected writing samples.

Known to be highly responsive and collaborative, I tap my quick-study abilities and extensive experience to produce high-quality work. I also bring my skills as a marine virtual assistant to the table where needed.

Have a writing project on the go that needs help? Let's talk!

You can reach me at [email protected].


Press Release Writing, and Copy-Editing Sample

The Maritime Executive
Atlantic Pilotage Authority Chooses MSRC

Canada's Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) once again chose the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) as their preferred training organization for specialized SEAiq training on Portable Pilot Units (PPUs). A total of 16 pilots from Cape Breton Island Pilotage were trained by MSRC's Captain Bernard Cayer in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.

Camosun Coastal Centre - IMTARC's Aboriginal graduates start work at Meridian Marine

Esquimalt, BC - Dec. 15, 2014 - The Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC), BC's key shipbuilding and repair industry workforce development integrator, today announced that seven of 13 graduates from the First Nations Employment Society (FNES) "Passport to Shipbuilding and Repair" course will immediately begin work at Vancouver-based Meridian Marine Industries Inc.

The Maritime Executive
Vietnamese Pilots Train at MSRC

Members of the Vietnamese Newport Pilot Limited Company recently received pilot simulation training at the renowned Maritime Simulation and Resource

Australia's Coastal Shipping "No Man's Land"

A small article in The Australian, Australia's national newspaper, has signaled that the merry-go-round on Australia's coastal shipping policy will continue. The new government, voted in three weeks ago, confirmed...

Fishermen's News

Propulsion 2023: Advances in Options

Advances in propulsion options for commercial fishing vessels continue to grow as the industry adapts to changing technologies and new fuel options. C ustomers are looking for options that are fully customized to their needs, while meeting regulations and reducing emissions. Some of the most well-known manufacturers continue to blaze the trail of innovation.

Refrigeration 2023

Last year saw some significant additions for Integrated Marine Systems (IMS), based in Mukilteo, Wash. The big change? New hires in the engineering department, with the father-and-son duo of Tom and Vince Giacalone coming on board.

Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal - Celebrating 100 Years

By Kathy A. Smith On January 10, 1914, the Port of Seattle commissioned Fishermen's Terminal as its first operating asset. Since then, the prominent West Coast commercial fishing facility has been providing, and constantly improving on, much-needed amenities that service the North Pacific Fishing Fleet's eclectic mix of commercial vessels.

Pacific Maritime Magazine

Container Handling Equipment: 2023 Update

T he global container handling equipment (CHE) market is estimated to reach $10.16 billion by 2030, according to Straits Research. The drive to cut emissions, improve efficiencies and keep people safe are some of the top trends that are influencing the market's effect on ports around the world. The U.S.

Green Terminals 2020

By Kathy A. Smith Ports on the West Coast continue to invest in environmental projects that push the boundaries of technology and innovation. In late 2019, the Port of Los Angeles introduced the world's first zero emissions battery electric top handler, which can lift up to 90,000 pounds.

Above Board - Maritime news from the seven seas

Deadly Disasters and Other Incidents It rained cranes the day the containershipMilano Bridge hit the quay at Busan in South Korea. While the vessel was trying to berth, she struck the quay as well as several container cranes.

Above Board - Maritime news from the seven seas

The year 2023 could see full implementation of a ban of heavy fuel oil use in commercial shipping in the Arctic, according to the outcome of the IMO's 6th annual meeting of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR6).

Marine News, Maritime Reporter, Marine Technology

From Across the Big Pond

With familiar faces, new partnerships and Houston office, Damen widens its North American profile with a flurry of new work orders. With a flourish and a flurry of new business, Damen's new U.S.-based office officially opened in Houston, Texas on July 1, 2016.

ATB Design Comes of Age

The emerging trend of marrying the design of an articulated tug and barge (ATB) to a particular propulsion system to maximize efficiencies of that system has, of late, been taking hold in workboat markets.

The Maritime Executive

The Maritime Executive
Deep-Sea Explorers: The World of Seismic Survey Vessels

You have to find the oil before you can drill. By Kathy A. Smith The work of marine seismic survey companies is becoming more and more critical as the world's recoverable oil and gas reserves continue to be a concern.

The Maritime Executive
SPECIAL REPORT: State of the Offshore Market

Specialized vessels, enhanced fuel efficiency and a reduced environmental footprint are keys to success. By Kathy A. Smith Increasing capital investments in offshore vessels indicate the market is steadily on the rise. The annual spend on OSVs has boomed from almost $500 million to nearly $1.4 billion during the last five years, says a report by Douglas-Westwood Associates.

The Maritime Executive
Cruise Industry Outlook: Steady As She Goes

Despite the Concordia tragedy and a stagnant global economy, the number of cruisers keeps going up. By Kathy A. Smith Last year approximately 20 million cruises were booked worldwide, and that number is expected to rise to 30 million in the next 10 years.

The Maritime Executive
Johan Sperling

Jensen Maritime has grown over the past 52 years to become a recognized leader in vessel design and marine engineering. Twelve years ago, Johan

Seaports Magazine

AAPA Seaports
Seaports Maintenance and Modernization

Seaports Maintenance and Modernization By Kathy A. Smith The role that maintenance and upgrades play at ports is naturally critical to keeping assets running well and cargo moving as efficiently as possible. Ports are challenged to prioritize their limited resources between major capital inves

AAPA Seaports
Keeping an Eye on Port Security

Ports around the world are facing increased security threats. Some threats are physical, but others are from ultra-suave computer hacking. As a result, security and technology personnel are stepping up their efforts to help ports, terminals and their supply chains mitigate risk. By Kathy A. Smith Ports around the world are facing increased security threats.

AAPA Seaports
Big Data, Big Possibilities

Metrics and key indicators can help a port improve its performance, if used in a meaningful way By Kathy A. Smith The job of determining what data and key performance indicators ports need to track and monitor is an ever-evolving one.

UK Trade Publications

Port Strategy
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Tug Technology & Business
Inland waterway operators step up investment

Despite constraints brought about by changing economic and trade patterns, inland waterway towing service providers in the USA and Canada are continuing to upgrade their fleets