Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maritime TV, (www.MaritimeTV.com), a subsidiary Internet TV Channel on the TV Worldwide Network (www.TVWorldwide.com) announced that it was experiencing exceptionally high traffic volume and feedback related to the channel's video interview with Dr. John A.C. Cartner concerning his 10-point plan for the future of the U.S. maritime industry. The plan was detailed in a white paper that Cartner submitted through his law firm, Cartner & Fiske, LLC in response to comment solicitation for DOT's FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan Draft. The white paper, entitled, Ten Points to Rationalize and Restart the United States Maritime Industry is available to review here. The plan was also submitted directly to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
"We've had to provision our servers for the unexpected exceptionally high traffic volume for this on-demand feature interview," said Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of TV Worldwide and President of Maritime TV. "Our interview with Dr. Cartner about his plan definitely hit a nerve. Even those who disagree with elements of the plan have indicated that it started an industry-wide discussion that needed to take place after sequester-related activities threatened U.S. flag shipping's very existence."
Click here for video interview with Dr. John A.C. Cartner
"I have received extensive worldwide feedback, mostly positive to the elements of the plan I proposed in the white paper," stated Cartner. "I don't expect everyone in the industry to support every point in the plan, but I am heartened by the interest that's been generated and the positive discussion that is taking place regarding the future of our industry. There is no pride of authorship here…we're at a critical juncture and it's clear that the time to act is now." Dr. Cartner holds advanced academic and law degrees and is a former shipmaster of large oceanic vessels. He is author of several influential maritime books and numerous articles with a broad worldwide readership.
Gardy added that in addition to new international program introductions over the next several months, Maritime TV will be highlighting activities relating to U.S. maritime industry revitalization efforts. "With the upcoming launch of the Captain Phillips movie that details the MV Maersk Alabama hijacking by pirates, mainstream attention will be drawn to U.S. maritime industry. We're getting feedback that it's an important opportunity for a national discussion on a number of fronts regarding U.S. flag shipping," said Gardy.
About Maritime TV, a Subsidiary of TV Worldwide
As a pioneering global Internet broadcasting and streaming media company, TV Worldwide (www.TVWorldwide.com) developed the first Internet TV network of community-based interactive channels, including Maritime TV (www.MaritimeTV.com) in 1999. Maritime TV is now the industry's pre-eminent channel for live and archived webcasts and video presentations involving the commercial and military shipping industry. Programming on Maritime TV ranges from congressional hearings on important marine industry issues, to live interactive town hall and advocacy group meetings, to training on shipboard safety and operational fundamentals. Maritime entertainment-based programming is also available, including the entire collection of episodes from the renowned television series, 'Victory at Sea'. Over time the channel has also evolved into a leading source of industry-specific information for media outlets in the mainstream press, such as USA Today. Maritime TV is pleased to serve this industry, so vital to the global economy, as the world's first maritime TV channel.
About TV Worldwide
Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com) developed the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector. Known by many in the industry as "Intelligent Internet TV," Fortune 500 companies, 35 government agencies, and numerous International associations, including the National Association of Broadcasters, utilize TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company's unique achievements in new media, TV Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast past Daytime Emmy Awards and the Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering. CEO Dave Gardy has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy has served as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA).