July, 2007 – Editor`s Page

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From the Editor`s Desk

“Good Teaching Emanates From reseach. Any Institutuion is judge by the levels and extent of research works it accomplishes.This sets in, a regenerative cycle of excellence”…..Former Indian President………… Dr.A.P.J.ABDUL KALAM

* A thought on this, is seriously lacking in Indian maritime discipline. School drop-outs, followed by seamanship or apprenticeship to master mariner with COC of set paper exam, for ships operation and maintenance, is no substitute for enrolment into faculty of academic maritime colleges/ institutions of higher education, as Deans, Director of Studies etc. This approval appears to have been given thoughtlessly by those of the said class, on induction to the Mercantile Marine Department, Ministry of Shipping, unlike other competitive class one posts, which discourages mariners from further enriching their knowledge through research or enhancing their qualification. One need to develop curiosity and a “scientific outlook” if to keep developing from where we are.

* 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. of free issues from public fund at the cost of the tax-payers, which is detrimental, to change the lethargic-group into active positive mood, towards a productive INDIA, with no discrimination of caste, creed religion, gender etc. but for limiting itself, with assistance of the basic human needs. Learning and doing well should come from within, nothing more than motivation and encouragement. Surplus revenue incurred could be better utilized for rewarding citizens who make our nation “INDIA” proud. What matters is creativity and efficiency displayed by adopting and growing the technology. A uniform approach and up gradation to regulation, be the underlying principle in maintaining the integrity of Indian Registry, with high class quality standards. 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, organisational, and environmental issues associated with maritime innovation during this information age. It is to be, to the very core of our efforts to conceive, develop and implement a sustainable economic development strategy, through performance and efficiency.

* Periodical Meet, to exchange views-free flow of ideas on policies and technical issues in respect of regulation, marine safety, pollution-prevention and the welfare of seafarers. Preferably conduct Regional-wise Open Forum for seafarers meet, involve them to share their rich experience of out at sea for more wider feedback, to collate and assimilate, forming valuable data, study wherever feasible of ships on their registers worldwide, which would pave the way for Indian Shipping to standout with the best management policy and practice, getting rid of the flawed marine policies and systems procedures, which had allowed loopholes, defects and deficiencies. A conference, aims to achieve an open and transparent exchange of views that consolidates the conference role as the appropriate forum to strengthen maritime relations and promote best practice and high quality standards. This is achieved by discussion, of policies and technical issues in respect of regulation, marine safety, pollution prevention and the welfare of seafarers for ships on their registers worldwide and for visiting ships in their waters.

* We need to move urgently, to ensure better use of existing infrastructures, further efficiency and integration of transport modes and efficient management of information. Above all, we need to shift away from old modal views isolating sea from land transport. Supply chains, infrastructure networks, environmental standards and quality of life are suffering more and more from avoidable congestion. The need to continuously monitor, processes that involve the smooth combination of Ships, Railways, and Roads to supply Indian and world markets. Transport policy to look straight into the problems and opportunities created by the globalisation process. Sustainable economic growth requires all transport modes to work together. This would reduce external costs and, ultimately, avoids disruptions in our industrial, commercial and distribution structures. Integrated logistics are a key factor in our economic system.

* “Accident investigation is about learning the lessons that will allow us to avoid accidents in the future. In any endeavour, 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. Serious accidents require proper investigation. That means, looking at all the underlying causes that led to the event. Society expects proper investigation of such incidents. At the same time more importantly, we owe it to the maritime community and the professionals, who man our vessels to ensure that accidents are investigated in a fairly, timely and effective manner. That can involve examining the structure and fabric of vessels or the training and certification of the crew.” Unethical practices have no place in today`s quality Ship Management sector, owing to the advent of computers and information age, the exposures are quick and fast.

* Indian population has though tripled since independence; ample scope exists for generating highly skilled trained work-force, thereby utilizing optimised manpower resources that could fetch more and better earnings into the national exchequer by way of foreignexchange and pride to the nation, instead of only through business process outsourcing but more through knowledge process outsourcing, for innovated process development, to be on the top of the world. The well developed world was smarter in figuring out what will work well for their societies, while we were plodding along in our usual complacent pace.

Dr. Chandran Peechulli,
Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), G.M.(Tech) Crossworld Shipping.
Managing Editor & Publisher-“MARINE WAVES” International Maritime Newsletter.

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