August, 2010 – Editor’s Page

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Happiness can come only through you, if you have a desire to achieve without blaming others. “Great acts are made up of small deeds to start with”. One has to face life as it comes, though one can foresee to some extent,knowing before hand as to what could happen. Wish, hope and pray, whatever it is, it will come and go away.Ultimately, you will have to face the situation and do something about it. Take it to your stride with confidence and overcome efficiently….. Dr. Chandran Peechulli.

Successful business is the outcome of rich, realistic, relevant thoughts of imaginations originated by initiation of key principles to last. The key to quick decisions is to act promptly and wisely without any undesired hesitation.It starts with one good decision and then snowballs from thereon…..Sai. Sri. R. Venkatakrishnan.

With ego, you lash out when someone insults, disagrees or criticises you. Without ego, you`re able to accept your flaws without compromising your worth……Brahmakumaris.

Success comes only to those who remain mindful of the core insight, understand all of its ramifications and orient their decisions around it. He cuts through the thicket of often conflicting possibilities and zeroes in on what matters most, revealing the surprisingly different keys to great managing and great leading…… Marcus Buckingham, New York Times.

MMD Services: to be a live national-link, to Indian seafarers on F. G. vessels.s

Seafarers do not have time, even to understand their own rights. They rush back home after long periods of separation (from their near and dear ones), after their working out on the deep seas, with their hazardous working and living conditions in the merchant navy. During the hard-earned leave, here again restricted to spend their valued time with their family members, owing to accomplish the mandatory renewals of passport, CDC, COC, DC Endorsement etc. Motor Driving Licence (DL), medicals and meeting to the formalities of paper- (documentation), work, attestation, hassles involved etc. Opportunists at the grass-roots deliberately delay the workprocess, to gain self-importance, expecting their palms to be greased, signalling to induce bribe, which leads to corruption. “The only way to be desire less is to be wakeful, watchful. Watchfulness creates a light in you and in that light the darkness of desire cannot enter.” The need for strict laws and swift judicial process in India, can bring about improved governance, regulations of bare necessity,revolution is for the much needed changes, for fair and just actions rather than shield the unscrupulous characters.

It is my sincere advice to Mariners opting shore jobs, to firmly think and decide that they should learn to stick to one, specialise and excel or else majority of the jobs are snatched away by the retired Indian Navy personnel, who had their family life and drawing pensions,they successfully compete for their second source of income. In the Merchant Navy, it is all that you save for the future which should be borne in mind, since there are no after-service /retirement benefits. Many who have not thought to save for the future, during their service period, are suffering in their good old age. Merchant Navy personnel while in service have earned substantial foreign exchanged earnings for the country and supported to keep the world trade alive. It is high time, our government and the shipping companies jointly come forward to have corpus fund (Indian Seafarers Welfare Fund), to support them in their old age, with a home and basic needs, to those who are in distress. NGO`s to be involved.

Mariners who have taken up teaching jobs, is to discharge their duties efficiently and effectively with passion for innovative approach, as the seafarers out at sea, cannot apply trial and error methods blindly out at sea, putting themselves under risks, as it is very dangerous in the safety angle, to avoid disasters. Let us not set aside the good principles we have built in, learning over the years. What we need is the pragmatic approach, to the laid down Policy and Procedures. Leaders in the shipping, ports, safety, health and environment etc. should focus upon with a visionary of professional competence, looking at the situations in a realistic and practical way and inter act, simultaneously feel the pulse of those to be administered for the implementation of the necessary changes in time and quality,to increase performance efficiency.

What is more important is the commitment towards “Seafarers Welfare”. There hardly exists, any “system of checks and balances” to ensure accountability, because of the weak background of those mariners inducted earlier into the department, the dis-interested lot without even a professional diploma or degree, lacking rich sea-service nor the relevant management qualification but for COC to man shipboard operations by set-paper examinations, lacking foresight to foresee ahead to plan and execute innovative changes,for improved performance of efficiency, with due thought on safety, health and environment.

Absence of accountability will allow a system to be manipulated to the whims and fancies, by the vested interests, leading to corruption.The solution lies in bringing greater transparency to management, missing in the current scheme of regulation. In the wake of the seamen`s outcry, within themselves over the mismanagement and the financial irregularities of funds received in the name of seamen`s welfare, if believing in god, and their own conscience, it is the self regulation that is called for here, for their conscience to prick,by those committing mistakes at others cost. `Karmyog` will certainly speak; it is only the question of time ahead for realisation, as almighty watches one`s deeds. A good practice is of understanding, developing and deploying the right people with the requisite skills with sincerity.

Let`s keep pace with the latest changing scenario, of going the unconventional way of using informal ways of specialised subjective meetings/conferences /seminars/open page comments etc. to discuss significances of the changing scenario and growing trend, for progressive changes through research and development, to keep the wheels of progress moving ahead.

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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