August, 2007 – Editor`s Page

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It is high time we woke up and improved our governance and became more efficient. We should consider our social, economical, cultural status and build infrastructure accordingly. India`s poor experiment with socialism is the reason for its poverty. i.e. free issue of TV`s, laptops to be dispensed with, but for limiting itself with the basic human needs, valuing tax payers money. Tax payer funding could be better utilized for rewarding citizens who make our nation “INDIA” proud.

Gain without pain should not be encouraged, instead of promoting active productive work, its like encouraging lethargy amongst the people. What matters is the creativity and efficiency displayed by countries in adopting and growing the technology. Uniform approach and up gradation to regulation, be the underlying principle in maintaining the integrity of Indian Registries, with high class quality standards. When a grave mistake was pointed out in Indian Standards, Bureau of Indian Standards took their pretty cool time into years of valuable time, hushing up with their formalities, regretting in saying no fault of theirs, since BIS is restricted to documentation work. India`s problem is lack of vision in governance and lack of efficiency in the growth of creativity in the society. We need to constantly keep looking ahead and examine the technical, organizational and environmental issues, associated with maritime innovation during this information age.

“MARINE WAVES” was launched online AND simultaneously newsprint was launched, on World Maritime Day 2004, which was subsequent to my being instrumental in launching “Waves” on 5th April 2001 (National maritime Day) which was six months prior to my leaving to UK for higher studies with scholarship. We are more delighted to report the day to day changes in the maritime scenario with updates of time to time, been going from strength to strength, with the constructive criticisms, opening up the doors towards development, envisaging to keep bettering the moving wheels of our mission with transparency from the clouded vision which is gradually diminishing. Do have a look at the site (www.themarinewaves.com) and keep yourself abreast with the maritime scenario. We`re tracking the events via our dedicated network of correspondents around the world as well, our endeavor to keep you fully informed with updates. If you have any suggestions, as to what else we should be covering, please feel free to contact us at seafarersman_484@rediffmail.com or pkc484@yahoo.com

All of us are aware that employability of adequate coastal vessels around our Indian coastline would help the nation to ease growing road traffic congestion and pollution problems, thereby deliver significant social and economic benefits. It is the most fuel-efficient, economical mode of transport. “The government spends on roads and on rail, yet shipping continues to be neglecting coastal shipping, which was voiced in the 1980`s through Shri.Manoranjan Bhaktha, the only MP of the Andaman Islands. We should make better use of the neglected, too often ignored mode of coastal shipping, to help achieve transport sustainability.” Coastal shipping and its related infrastructure is a national resource and a valuable component of the transport system. As such it needs to be integrated into transport planning to compliment the land transport modes includes inland water ways. The regular service of smaller coastal vessels would reduce the need for increasing the depth of berths and harbour entrances and would provide a greater service with less capital needed to be tied up. At the same time regional economies would still have access to efficient and reliable services to get their goods in and out. In many cases road and rail will be the best alternatives but it is high time, we as a nation started to consider the greater use of coastal water borne transport as a major contributor to the national transport strategy.

Periodical Meet, to exchange views on the policies and technical issues in respect of skilled labour returns by way of foreign-exchange. good for their societies, while we were plodding along in our usual complacent pace. regulation, marine safety, pollution prevention and the welfare of seafarers for ships on their registers worldwide and for visiting ships in their waters. Thereby, the Secretary, Ministry of Shipping who has ultimate responsibility for the Safety of Shipping would be assisted with the relevant valid data as feedback for absorption.

However, when an alternative approach is considered necessary or appropriate, The UK has extended International Conventions, which aim to increase the safety standards for shipping and pollution prevention The Paris MOU consists of 25 participating Maritime Administrations and covers the waters of the European coastal States and the North Atlantic basin from North America to Europe. The Paris MOU aims at eliminating the operation of sub-standard ships through a harmonized system of Port State control.

“Accident investigations” need to pass on the lessons that will allow us to avoid accidents in the future. In any endeavor, things can go wrong. But in the maritime sector, this can have major implications for the ship, its crew, passengers, cargo and the environment. As such, we are duty bound to do all we can to look at the root cause of any incident, so that we can minimize any future risk. Unethical practices have no place in today`s quality ship management sector.

Ships and ports are crucial for the strategic supply of energy and raw materials required by industries and our citizens. Moreover, ships and ports are of essential importance for the generation of direct and indirect added value and for the creation of jobs in maritime related industries. Having qualified personnel for Indian fleet is one of the major challenges we face today. We all have the interest to ensure that the INDIA remains a world leader in shipping. Our constant efforts on safety are bearing fruits and we can proudly say that, today, Indian manned vessels are among the best, economically efficient and environmental performing shipping services in the world. And, if reported, are the exception rather than the rule, The Trade association for in-house and third party ship managers.

“Today`s quality third party managers embrace a process of increased transparency and closer cooperation with their principals, to ensure best standards of ship management are continually maintained. A holistic approach to build up relevant ideas which includes definition of operational key performance indicators encompassing the running cost data. It`s high time ship owners and ship managers sit down and examine the whole management fee structure to ensure that quality managers perform the quality management task they have been assigned in the most professional manner which would be more rewarding. for the essential work they carry out,” as the trade association for the management sector is to enhance quality, professionalism and transparency among its membership and throughout the industry in general. But InterManager is also hoping for an understanding that these goals require that the profession is able to achieve reasonable levels of earnings. Guy Morel added: “An equilibrium has to be found whereby owners enjoy efficient services and managers are awarded reasonable monetory gains in the form of incentives to work openly and efficiently.”

They share the ultimate responsibility for the Safety of Shipping, would be assisted with the relevant valid data as feedback for absorption, However, when an alternative approach is considered necessary or appropriate, The UK has extended International Conventions, which aim to increase the safety standards for shipping and pollution prevention The Paris MOU consists of 25 participating Maritime Administrations and covers the waters of the European coastal States and the North Atlantic basin from North America to Europe. The Paris MOU aims at eliminating the operation of sub-standard ships through a harmonized system of Port State control but the surveyors and port authorities makes hay when the sun shines, in the principle of higher the weakness in standards of ships calling in, the better their personal earnings to negotiate, which is at the cost of the ship`s personnel. Those who do not yield to their pressures, ships held.

Nevertheless, the potential for improvements in reduction of noxious emissions and in energy savings for ships and river barges are considerable. Some industry experts have pointed out recently that existing fleets need could reduce their energy use by at least 10%, perhaps by as much as 40% in the future, and technology has the answer.

Dr. Chandran Peechulli,
Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA),
Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.
Managing Editor & Publisher-“MARINE WAVES” International Maritime Newsletter.

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