March, 2005 – Editor`s Page

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From the Editor`s Desk

Seeing things through an open vision, in a broader perspective angle, with a clear mind, will yield better results. However hard the life at sea is, one should learn to be a real sailor when opted for it, adaptable to situations prevalent, live with unity and work as a team. Try to be cheerful and get along with others, within the limited manpower onboard for the contracted period. Accomplish the set of operations dutifully, efficiently, committed for smooth functioning and better turnaround of the vessel, while living with limitations and constraints out at sea, which boosts seafarers image.

Discipline needs to be the watchword, particularly while working with limitations and constraints in Materials, Machine, Men, varying sea/climatic conditions. Exhibit a good image of the nation to which you belong, at foreign port of entry. Discipline in the workplace was a sine qua non for the efficient working of any organization/set-up, which is an established truth. “Obedience” to authority in a workplace is not slavery, a commitment in accomplishing the goal/objective. It is not violative of one`s natural rights. Harassment, bullying, victimizing, humiliating any individual onboard needs to be seriously viewed by any good ship management company, which is essential for the prosperity and well-being of the organization and as well as that of the employees onboard as a whole. (Captain, Officers and crew).

My valued readers are aware that there is unrest onboard owing to the continuing egoistic style of functioning by Captain, which the new breed of qualified hands cannot digest. The need for a justified action without bias and prejudice. Discrimination, Victimisation, neglect to basic needs of floating officers and crew(ratings) by the Senior Officers onboard (i.e. Captain/Chief Engineer/ Chief Officer/2nd Engineer,) leading to disharmony be avoided. Consequently fabricating allegations with malafide intentions against any officer or crew by the Shipping, Manning Company needs to be seriously viewed by the maritime administrations, instead encouraging them. It is imperative for the shipping/manning company to keep all floating staff onboard to their best of morale, live in harmony to meet emergent needs efficiently out at sea. Viewing the sorry state of affairs, reforms are needed to the established principles of policy and procedures, meeting to the changing times. Enforcement mechanism that is non-discretionary, transparent, simple and effective.

The need for a self-regulatory mechanism by the ship`s captain, unlike those days, “My ship my order”, ” I am the King of this floating island ” etc. All these egoistic expressions of the past, by unqualified merchant navy captains need to vanish, owing to the happenings of unrest out at sea, i.e. Captain of the ship found missing onboard, found dead in mysterious conditions and of late a Ship`s Captain murdered onboard ( Philiphino captain of a 100,000 tonner.). It is strongly believed, all this owing to the attitude of the swollen headed ship`s captain who generally feels that they are not an employee, unlike other employed officers and crew, being the owner`s representative as per M.S. Act to take decisions out at sea (which came into being those days, when communication to interact with the owners/corporate office of the relevant shipping company ashore was very poor).

Such a situation, exploited by Captain in command making good for their own selfish gain “making hay when the sun shines”. Such abuse of power, being the cause for their egoistic, inhuman attitudes towards ship`s crew, owing also to their poor academic and social backing as well. Technology has brought the world closer, also raised India`s equity on the global radar. World Economies slowly taking recognition of the fact that India, taken giant strides in the field of IT, science and technology .

One can pause and think, how many of the Engine room crew, could turn out to be Chief /Marine Engineer, though in the olden days qualified Graduate Engineers sailed. Diploma engineers worked as ‘Fitters` (PO`s) with bare minimum prospects of promotion. MMD surveyors administered their office to their whims and fancies. Electrical Officer designate (wireman promote) had not to qualify even with an I.T.I. of the electrical trade, no hassles with MMD, enjoying full-fledged officer status onboard. In the state owned S.C.I. they even enjoyed senior officer status, to carry their family onboard during sailing. No one raised a finger at MMD, to point out this lacuna, other than the Mechanicians Association formed in Port Blair, under Presidentship of Shri.M.R. Bhaktha, M. P., which was turned a deaf ear tilldate.While on the other hand, the utility hands of the Deck with their poor academic and social background had more opportunities to even turn-out as Captains, by merely passing exam. of set papers,which was the sorry state of affairs.

Owing to the fast changing times, its high time the Shipping /Management companies realize, to prepare the new breed of qualified Captain`s mental frame-work, tune-up their mindset on ship`s operational management for a congenial living atmosphere, for all onboard the vessel, to avoid any untoward incidents, thus keeping up the good image of their shipping company and as well as the nation, to which they belong. The emerging need is for an industrialized outlook in the Shipping Industry, rather than the old sailors adventurous outlook of the past, adapting trial and error methods. Advent of Computers/ Internet age enables one with the basic studies with initiative to interact quickly, on any topic or subject, (which is now very well exposed into Frankenstein proportions) thereby enrich their knowledge. Consequently one can now sit and pause to widen their thoughts into their own horizon of thinking and progress, in their line of interest. Those who had a quest for learning and kept to the times, are only competent for induction into academic institutions of learning and teaching and not those with the ornamental title holder qualified through set papers. This answers the short sighted and lop sided thought of a senior master mariner of the department, expressed on the new breed of qualified hands out at sea, said with fancy degrees.

Media needs to come out plain without any cosmetics on them, nor any interference to the freedom of the press. Privacy and Press deserves protection while “Privacy is good and the Free Press better” which is known to the enlightened, for early corrective actions, instead of allowing bad situation to grow/aggravate. Safety & Health of seafarers to be never compromised. Suppression to exposure of crimes, occurring out at sea, needs to be seriously viewed, with greater sense of humanity and commitment of responsibility, by the national and international maritime administration.

YOU MUST ACCEPT THE TRUTH WHATEVER SOURCE IT COMES……MOSES BEN

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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n=”justify”>YOU MUST ACCEPT THE TRUTH WHATEVER SOURCE IT COMES……MOSES BEN

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.

www.themarinewaves.com * view highlights and back issues of editorial contents, to convince you all about what “Marine Waves” does to the society`s well-being, as a member of the Humanist Party of India.

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